CPA Exam

Ten Tough Concepts Tested on CPA-FAR: The Time Value of Money

Posted by Tyler Remick on January 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM CST

Understanding the time value of money for FAR is incredibly important. It appears in the accounting for leases, bond valuation, corporate finance (BEC), and pension accounting, just to name a few. Conceptually, it should be a very easy topic for students to master - a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow for the simple reason that with a dollar today one can consume, and without a dollar today one cannot consume. To compensate someone for delaying his or her consumption, interest is added to the principal amount (the amount of money that is being delayed). This interest represents the price of consumption today. The most common proxy used for this interest rate is the risk-free US Treasury rate. Any interest premium in addition to the US Treasury rate represents compensation for any other risk factors. This all should seem intuitive.

The AICPA does not allow the use of financial calculators on the CPA exam. Students are only allowed to use simple calculators that are provided with the testing software. This makes calculating present values and future values incredibly cumbersome and monotonous. Therefore, the AICPA relies heavily on discount factors and future value multiples to test students on these concepts. This is where the confusion ensues! Students need to be comfortable with this approach, so taking a step back and understanding the mechanics of what is going on is important. Here are some steps to take:

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How To Study For The CPA With A Full-Time Job

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on January 6, 2017 2:22:29 PM CST

Studying for a CPA exam while juggling a full-time job can be an overwhelming task since it requires a lot of hard work and discipline. However, while the task of learning the material is hard, it is not impossible. In this article, offers tips for studying for the CPA exam even when you work full time.

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Ten Tough Concepts Tested on CPA-FAR: Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on January 2, 2017 4:19:48 PM CST

In our first series of articles, we’ll discuss ten concepts that students often struggle with before they decide to work with a tutor for CPA-FAR. Each post will offer guidance on how to prepare to master the topic or concept discussed. In this initial post, we’ll cover governmental and non-profit accounting.

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Tags: CPA-FAR, CPA, CPA tutoring

Welcome to our new CPA Exam blog!

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on December 16, 2016 11:59:52 AM CST

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