Author: Dina Barabash, Content Development & Web Specialist
Posted: May 21, 2020

As Prometric continues to reopen test centers, CPA candidates look forward to continuing the Exam process. With testing beginning to steadily return to normal, many candidates will resume their test taking and others will take their first section. Before they do, they must get ready for these comprehensive Exams and be well-prepared. Many candidates struggle with feelings of anxiety before taking their Exams. This is understandable, as the Exam aims to ensure only qualified individuals become CPAs. There are ways to help curb this anxiety and it is important for candidates to take advantage of the many tools available to them.

One way to help curb some of the anxiety a candidate might be feeling, is by eating a healthy meal or snack prior to the Exam. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients. Although it may be tempting to load up on sugary drinks and snacks in order to get a rush of energy, this is not the best way to obtain sustainable energy. Rather, look for snacks that will keep you feeling energized for a longer time frame and will not cause you to crash later.

On the topic of steady stream, be sure you are studying a little bit each day, rather than cramming a lot of information in at one time. In addition, it may help you recall information later if you study in the same place over time. If you need additional help studying, be sure to take advantage of the many study-related resources available on the AICPA’s website. Be sure to visit the site for a number of helpful materials.  

If you feel overwhelmed when studying, or anxious about an upcoming Exam, remember to breath. Meditation, yoga and exercise are all good ways to stop your anxiety cycle. If you need to relax your mind, be sure to step away from what you are doing and focus on your breathing. Often, this is the break that you need to feel less anxious about upcoming events.

Do you already practice some of these ways to curb anxiety? Do you know of other ways to help reduce anxiety before a test? Let us know!

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