15 CPA Exam Success Tips from Your Accounting Peers

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Preparing for the CPA Exam can feel like a fulltime job. In the midst of managing your personal and professional lives, you still need to find time to complete all of those MCQs and flashcards! Luckily, your accounting peers are happy to offer some assistance.

Our social media community recently shared their favorite CPA Exam tips. Here are 15 CPA Exam success tips from the Becker CPA Facebook and Twitter communities.

Pace yourself while studying and be sure to take breaks.
Cram sessions are proven to be counterproductive and they don’t guarantee that you’ll learn more information. Instead, take your time with each section.


“Take a break and walk around!” – Cody

“Junk food snacks between chapter sections” – Matt

“Set up a spaced repetition schedule to continually revisit the older lessons you studied. Definitely helps if you’re studying gradually over a long period due to work, family, etc.” – Mark

“Study under test conditions!” – Kirsten

“Finish each section before starting another.” – Karyn

Use your Becker materials.
Know that Becker is always here to help you through your studies! Also, consider which study methods are the best fit for your learning style. One student remembers material by writing things down.


“#flashcards” – Jared

“SIMS!!” – Kemberly

“Nonstop MCQs” – Louis

“MCQ, MCQ, MCQ, MCQ… I watch all skills master videos.” – Katy

“Going through every multiple-choice and simulation, writing down what I did not understand from the problem, and going back to the literature to review the concepts. Then… doing the MCQs again.” – Jolly

“Listen to previous lectures at 1.5 speed to refresh memory… so much material in FAR… also MCQs until my eyes bleed” – Andrew

“I use all of the post-its available in my desk and then I put them on my wall. Just writing things down helps me remember.” – Naiomi

“Studying the flashcards in your car before driving to work and when you park your car before going into the office.” – Michael


Stay encouraged and keep focused!
We know exam preparation is difficult, but stay motivated. You can do this!

“Stay positive…focus…believe in yourself. The exam is not hard; it is just a competition and the winner is the one who will have perseverance and will continue ‘til the end of the game. Never give up!” – Jimmy

“Just stay focused and finish exams ASAP.” – Ravi

You’ve already gotten started and that’s the hardest part of the battle. Feeling encouraged? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the CPA Exam on our Resources page.