In the last two years, two Oregon CPA exam passers were among the top exam scorers in the nation, receiving the Elijah Watt Sells Award from the AICPA. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt.
And fortunately for you, we asked Oregon’s last two Elijah Watt Sells Award recipients for their advice on the exam, here’s what they had to say:
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"Experimenting with CPA Exam Hacks" Life Hacking is a movement which focuses on finding tricks in everyday life to save time, get organized, and do more of the things you want to do. Small tweaks are made to your daily routine in order to increase productivity and do more in less time. This list focuses on tried and true measures that will get you extra points on the exam and are straightforward in nature. These are simple yet important tweaks to make that will not greatly change the way you study, but will further refine it.
Study Hacking 1. Don’t neglect missed questions: You know the drill, working your way through question after question can get tiresome and after awhile all questions seems to blend into each other. The best advice I received from a prior colleague of mine was to note which questions you missed, print them out, and then review them, including the right answers for at least 2-3 days prior. You will need the most work on the concepts you are the least familiar with so it makes sense to single them out.
The AICPA has released the first quarter 2013 CPA Exam pass rates. When compared to Q1 2012, AUD rates are up a bit 45.19% vs 44.90%, BEC experienced a pretty good bump 53.47% vs 48.63%, FAR up a nice bump as well at 47.16% vs 43.84% and REG up a bit 47.57% vs 45%.