How long has it been since you finished your time in college? What work are you currently engaging in that can be applied to any or all of the four parts of the CPA exam? These are important questions to ask that could provide an advantage and potentially take off some of the recommended study hours when preparing for the CPA Exam.
For example, if you have recently just graduated college, particularly with that of your Masters in Accounting degree, then you will agree that many of your accounting courses have provided you with information that is both relevant and directly related to what you are studying for on the CPA Exam. You also have the additional benefit of (hopefully) still being in “school mode”, where you understand the rigor that is required of taking an exam and have study habits in place that work.
Maybe you’re not a recent college graduate, but you are working in a job that has provided you with applicable experience that relates to the content covered within the exam. While accounting is a considerably specialized profession, the ability to have any practice and repetition of working directly with the content you are studying will give you a “leg up” in at least one or more of the sections that you will be preparing for.
Finally, if you are utilizing all of your resources, such as attending study groups with people who are in the same situation as you are, applying yourself in review sessions and being consistent about reading through the notes you have taken, and utilizing any and all practice exams that are available to you, then you are already in a situation that presents you with the opportunity to engage with the material you are learning.