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When should I practice simulations for the CPA exam?

I truly believe that is a personal decision and one you’ll figure out in due time as you start studying. Simulations are trying to emulate what it would be like in real life. You have a task you need to accomplish. You have exhibits like emails, memos, reports, financial statements, etc. You have to take that information and complete the task. 


Ultimately, I would suggest doing them after you are fairly comfortable with the material in the module/chapter. The one reason I would wait is that simulations don’t necessarily test just what you learned in that module. They combine a variety of different topics to see if you can understand the big picture.


My view is to attempt it when going through a module, but most of the focus should be placed on watching the video and making sure you understand the big picture. When you come back for your final review, this is when you should be able to take the simulation head on and nail it!

Here are a few simulation videos from Universal CPA that you should check out:


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