With a few simple strategies to help you manage your time and maximize your efficiency, you can be turning out work reports and achieving your study goals simultaneously. Below, we’ve put together 7 tips on studying for the CPA Exam during busy season to help you come out on the other side ready to pass a section.
Exam Review Planning: What (and How) to Study Two Weeks Before the ExamYou’ve been studying for weeks, and now CPA exam go-time is approaching quickly. In this post, we’ll talk about how to make the most of your last two weeks of studying and crush the exam.
Strengthen Your Weak AreasAs you study, compare how you feel on certain subjects to others. At this point, you want to take some time to reinforce concepts you really know, but most of your time should be spent working on weak areas.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, consider using Surgent for your CPA exam review course; its algorithms figure out where you’re weak and targets your learning to those areas. By the time you get to the exam, you’ll have a solid foundation in every test area.
Work on Your SIMSIf you’ve only been practicing multiple choice questions going into the exam, the SIMS are going to catch you completely off guard. Sims are a great way to get points, and you need to start practicing them earlier rather than later.
Make sure you have a strategy for simulations. You need to decide how much time you can spend on each question, and you need to know how to rank sim difficulty to stock up on points. You also need to make sure you know how to use the research tool and can easily find the answer to research questions.
Lastly, make sure you actually practice your sims during exam prep. Don’t just try for a little bit and then look at the answer. Real, dedicated practice will help you immensely on the actual exam.
Do Practice TestsNot taking at least one practice test is one of the biggest mistakes an exam candidate can make. If you aren’t familiar with the flow of the exam and how to pace yourself, there’s a chance you’ll miss quite a few questions.
Take two or more practice tests in the two weeks leading up to your exam, and make sure you simulate exam day as much as possible. Go to a quiet, distraction-free room, and take your time. Get comfortable working with the clock, opening several windows during simulations and using the Excel spreadsheet tool.
This is also a great opportunity to work on timing. Each exam is timed differently and has several different sections. You need to make sure you’re spending the right amount of time on each section so you’re not rushing to finish at the end.
The last two weeks of study can be the difference in passing or failing; use these exam review planning tips to maximize your study time and enter the exam room prepared.