Author: Dina Barabash, Content Development & Web Specialist
Whether you have one Exam section left on your way to becoming a CPA or several, it may help to learn how best to manage your test anxiety. Testing can be stressful and there are many things you have to juggle. However, if you have the right tools, you can proceed with confidence.
One way to help curb some of the anxiety you 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.
When NASBA previously surveyed candidates, they let us know they thought FAR was the most difficult section for them. Have you taken this section or are you about to? Are you prepared to conquer the CPA Exam? In addition to your CPA Exam study materials, make sure you read the Candidate Bulletin, which is a comprehensive, digital book of all the important things related to the CPA Exam. It will make your journey a bit easier!
And, remember to try and stay positive because you’ve got this! One way to remain optimistic is to practice positive thinking. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. Try to focus on the good, rather than expect the bad. This may not come naturally, but with practice this will become second nature. Because you can do this, and the world needs more CPAs like YOU. So, through the long study hours, sacrifices and mountains of information, remember to breath and stay focused and positive.
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