“My name is Jonathan, and I am a chronic test taker.” I can imagine myself standing up and saying that at some meeting for examinees anonymous. I have already taken and passed the bar exam in more than one state, and now I’m taking the CPA exams.
I decided to put off the BEC portion of my exam for a few weeks because I do not feel ready for it. I’m still working on practice quizzes and will probably begin the practice tests by the beginning of next month. I think the best advice that I can give to any of my fellow test takers is do not take the test under a time crunch (unless you are at your 18 month window and you risk having to retake another section that you previously passed). Since I am at the beginning of the exam process, I have a bit of leeway. So I decided to wait until I have more time to take practice tests and really ensure that I am ready to face this.
A word of warning, get your transcripts and application to your State Board of Accountancy or its equivalent early, but do not pay for the exam until you are close to ready to sit for it. I’m applying for licensure through the Florida Board of Accountancy, and it can take them three to four weeks to process your application to sit for the exam. The NASBA issued my Notice to Schedule less than a week after I paid for the exam. By having the materials in to the state early, they can have everything processed. That way, when you are ready to sit for the exam, all you have to do is pay. The Notice to Schedule itself is only valid for six months. Since that part takes about a week to process, wait until you feel ready to take the exam to pay for the exam and receive the Notice to Schedule. You may also want to check the Prometric website and check the seat availability, just to see how far out you need to schedule the exam. My area has two sites within 20 miles of my house, and both of them have plenty of slots available.This blog posting continues. Click here to read more →