If you’ve been reading this blog at all you know that preparing for the CPA exam can be a long tough haul.  It’s also a solitary one.  Not only do you need to separate yourself from the rest of the world for long periods of time to study but your friends and family can’t really appreciate what you’re going through so you end up not talking about it with them.

What are they?

But there is a resource that not only provides help with the exam itself but also a medium to communicate with others who are taking the exam as well:  CPA exam forums.  These are sections of websites that give CPA candidates chat boards to discuss their experiences and share information.  Examples are those on  another71.com and reddit.com.  If you’ve never been to one they are worth checking out for several reasons.

How can they help?

  • You can exchange ideas on how best to prepare for the exam based on tried ideas that have worked for others.
  • There are groups that only focus on one section of the exam if you need a deep dive to help with one.
  • Get answers to specific questions you may have.
  • You can stay abreast of what’s going on with exam changes or the profession in general.
  • Compare CPA course reviews with others to see if the one you’re using is really the best one for you.
  • You can use them for networking.
  • If you need a laugh they often have humorous posts or memes about the exam that can be really funny.
  • They give you, well, a forum to vent your frustration, commiserate, and give support to others who are in a similar position as well as get some yourself.

Perhaps the best benefit of CPA exam forums is that they let you know that you’re not alone in going through this process.  Having people to communicate with and the solidarity that comes from that can be a huge help to you on your journey.

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