The day has finally arrived when you will be writing the CPA Exam and you’re probably racking your brain with a million things about what you should do. Don’t fret, here are some last minute tips that will make everything run smoothly.
It’s best to arrive at the testing centre at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you’re late, you may forfeit your appointment and run the risk of losing your spot to write the exam. You might not be eligible to get your examination fees refunded.
2.Store your personal belongings
Once you’re at the testing centre you must put away your personal belongings, such as your bag or cellular phone, in the storage lockers. You will receive a key to your locker which has to be returned to the test centre staff when you finish your exam. Be sure to leave expensive valuables such as jewellery, IPods, and laptops at home because the test center staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
3.Remember your identification
You have to sign in when you arrive at the testing centre, so be sure to have two pieces of identification with you (one photo identification, and both with your signature). You are required to keep your identification card on you at all times. If you leave the testing room to use the washroom, you are required to show your identification to be readmitted into examination room.
4.Remember to smile
All CPA exam takes will have their picture taken for administration purposes. So be sure to look your best and smile!
5.Remember to sign in
Before entering the exam room, you are required to sign the test centre log book. Each time you leave and re-enter the testing room, you need to sign the log book along with showing your identification.
After signing the log book, a test centre staff member will escort you to a workstation. You are required to remain seated in the same spot during the examination, except when asked to leave the testing room.
7.Pencils and paper will be provided
Don’t worry about bringing extra paper and pens as they will be provided by the test centre staff. You will be asked to enter your examination password on the scratch paper, and then you will return the piece of paper with your password to the test center staff when you complete the exam. If you need extra scratch paper, all you need to do is ask the test center staff for some. But in order to get a new supply of scratch paper, you need to give back the original stack of paper to the test center staff. You are not allowed to bring outside paper or pencils into the work station in the testing room.
It is imperative that when you start writing the CPA exam, that you manage your time efficiently. Use this guideline for managing your time for each of the four exams.
You have 2.5 hours to complete the BEC section. It consists of multiple choice questions, but do not miscalculate the time. Just because it is a shorter section, it doesn’t mean that you should spend too much time on each question. Give yourself 1.5 minutes to answer each question.
The Audit section is 4.5 hours long. According to recent candidate polls, it is the second hardest section next to the BEC section. For each multiple choice question give yourself 2 minutes as a benchmark. All together you will have 45 minutes per simulation (60 minutes per testlet.)
Probably the most difficult section from the CPA exam, FAR tests a large amount of knowledge. For many, the additional calculations add to the difficulty. Many candidates find that the 4 hours is not enough time to finish everything. So you should allow yourself 90 seconds to answer each multiple choice question and 45 minutes per simulation.
The Regulation section is the shortest part of the exam containing only 24 multiple choice questions per testlet. The other sections contain 30 multiple choice questions per testlet. So in the REG you’ll have 18 fewer questions to answer, but it doesn’t mean you should pay less attention to it. The Regulation section lasts 3 hours. To get through it, give yourself 75 seconds per multiple choice question and 45 minutes per simulation.
9.Review and Relax
When you finish writing the exam, leave the testing room quietly, hand in your scratch paper and sign out of the test center log book. Now you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
10.Some final tips
During the exam, take some mental breaks, stretch in your seat, drink some water and take a deep breath. Bring some chocolates or hard candies to munch on. The sugar helps to maintain energy levels. If you get stuck on a question, skip it, and do your best on the rest of the exam. Go back to it and just guess!