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Are there any tools that I can use to track the progress of my CPA requirements?

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I am an undergrad student who pursue a CPA licence. #professor #accounting #cpa

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Alicia’s Answer

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Hi Carmen - have you checked out the Becker website? Even if you don't pay for their prep materials they have great information and resources on how you should prepare: http://www.becker.com/cpa-review. FYI, most public accounting firms will pay for Becker for their new full-time hires.
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Natalie’s Answer

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Hi Carmen - if you are talking about the requirements to sit for the exam, there are a few requirements to keep track of.

I know in Massachusetts we have specific classes you must take - I would look at your own state on the NASBA website (ex: https://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/massachusetts/) and make a spreadsheet or note with your state's requirements. As you take classes, you can check off what requirements you fulfill. I would also go to your academic advisor with your requirements or mention you are trying to become eligible to sit for the CPA and they will be able to make sure you have the right classes. It is helpful to do this earlier because you may find that you need more hours than you originally planned for when you began college.

In addition to classes, you may need additional documentation if you sit for your exam before you actually graduate or reach the full number of required semester hours.

This sounds confusing at first, but I would definitely recommend looking at your state's page on the NASBA website!
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Miranda’s Answer

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Hi Carmen,

First you have to look up your state's requirements for things such as credit hour requirements, course requirements, CPA exams, and working requirements. Then, the CPA Central website by NASBA keeps track of your application and CPA exams, where you can keep up with the status of your exams and licensing. Also, when you become affiliated with a firm, or if you buy your own program, (I used Becker), they can help you build a schedule to track your CPA exam progress.

Hope this helps!

Miranda

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Claudio S’s Answer

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Here is what I will suggest:




  1. For each course or CPA subject matter that you complete, use the completion of it to test yourself on your knowledge of the subject matter by answering/completing the past CPA exams. You can buy a compilation book of the past exams. It is an investment that is very much worth the money (for the cost of the book), time and effort (more time to focus on what your weak points are when you take a prep/review course).




  2. When testing yourself, make sure you time yourself so you get into the habit of taking the test under time pressure. Sometimes, being able to answer all 50 questions (even if 1/3 of them are "smart" guesses), will give you a higher probability of scoring a pass grade.




Again, I am assuming that your question is not really literal in the sense that you can easily track if you have taken enough credit to take the CPA exam.


Hope that helps.

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Marisa’s Answer

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Hi Carmen! CPA requirements will be different per state, but if you are planning on getting a CPA license in California the "Self Assessment Worksheet for the CPA Licensure Educational Requirements" from the California Board of Accountancy website is a great resource to see if you have the correct amount and type of credits to take the CPA in California.
http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/applicants/self-assess-wrksheet.pdf
http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/applicants/self-assess-er.shtml
To add on to Marisa, You do have to look at the requirements per the state that you are applying to. The best source is your local state department of accountancy, but the following website may help (http://www.pwc.com/us/en/careers.html). Good luck. #cpaexam Eric Pinto
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