Students often ask me how important it is to follow the AICPA blueprint when studying for their CPA exam sections Many students attempt to methodically review the blueprint and its updates during their studies, but often wonder what does “Remembering and Understanding” or “Analysis” really entail? The answer is that each section’s skill allocations are different (e.g. FAR, Audit, REG, and BEC).
If you have intentions on sitting for the exam, reading over the content covered for each exam can be very helpful to at least give you a general synopsis as to what you are in for, and the investment that you are about to commit to. By reading through this material (or at least a portion of it) you will at least give yourself a better idea of the new updates, which believe it or not, might modify your study approach. Now, will reading the entire blueprint alone prepare you for what to expect on the exam? Absolutely not. You must commit to a review course that will provide you with comprehensive knowledge that you will need prior to sitting for the exam.
It is widely known that the CPA exam is not something that you passively study for, but rather something that you need to commit a large portion of your free time to. The blueprint provides you with an overview, and review courses and supplemental support will provide you with elaborate information and real exam examples that will enable you to confidently sit for the exam and become a CPA.