Heading back to school to get an advanced degree may include becoming a certified public accountant. Many students who want to become certified public accountants are concerned about the format for the CPA exam. While it may be important to be prepared for the test format, it is more important to be prepared with the information that the test will cover.
The CPA exam is a long test scheduled to run about 14 hours. It includes simulations and multiple choice questions. The simulations are designed that the prospective CPA uses all of the things that he or she would use in a normal work day including spreadsheets and the use of accounting literature databases. The multiple choice questions will cover information related to facts and will include topics like the Code of Professional Conduct and federal tax law. Multiple choice questions are arranged by subject and split into sets of 25 questions called testlets.
To prepare for the CPA exam, students can take practice exams and get guides to help them prepare for the exam. These types of study aids only help if the student makes time through the course of a couple of weeks or a month to use them. Some students will try to use the study aids the night before the test, and while they may garner a tip or two that helps, they mostly do a disservice to their pocketbook with the purchase of items that they did not utilize to the fullest potential. They also create the conditions to suffer from greater test anxiety as they realize that they have not adequately prepared for the exam.
Students, who instead, make the most of the study guides and the test exams, will find that they have created an environment where test anxiety disappears and they feel comfortable with the format and the questions asked. The students will be able to get the maximum results from their investment in the study guides.
While it is important to be comfortable with the format for the CPA exam, it is also important that students know the information, get a good night’s rest before the test and be confident about their grasp of the subjects. Guides can prepare students to know statistical tendencies of tests, and they can provide tips on how questions are normally formatted and how to reduce the number of possible correct choices on a multiple choice question when the student has no idea what the answer is. Guides, however, are no subject for knowing the information and being able to process it in such a way that it is useful to the test taker and later to the people for whom the test taker will work. CPAs are respected for their knowledge and ability to do what other people dread. The CPA exam helps evaluate those with potential.