become a certified public accountant (CPA), students have to take and pass the
Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. It is a complex, multi-part,
lengthy exam that assesses important skills CPAs are expected to have. This is
what all accountants prepare for; it is the culmination of years of studying.
However, it is not as simple as showing up and taking a test.
is a complicated application process, an extensive list of requirements and
even some strategies that should be considered before taking the exam,” says Beth
Murphy, professor of accountancy at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of
years ago Murphy noticed that there was a lack of information about the
preparation for applying to take the exam. To fill the void for DePaul accounting
students, Murphy created a workshop to help students not only understand
strategies for applying and taking the CPA exam, but also understand what the
requirements are to become CPA exam eligible.
Comprehensive Computer-Based Workshops
Murphy’s Computer Based CPA Exam: Preparation, Application, and Optimal Strategies for Success workshop is offered several times per quarter. The purpose of the workshop is to provide students with helpful information about the requirements for Illinois CPA candidates and the alternatives available to students for meeting these educational requirements. Material
covered in the workshop includes:
- Content of the
- Passing requirements
- Eligibility requirements
- Application process
CPA Exam Workshop is one of the most popular events held every year, attracting
300-400 students annually. It is optional, but recommended for all accounting
students. This workshop can often steer the way a first-year undergraduate student
schedules classes so that he or she will meet the stringent educational credit hour
requirements in four (instead of 5) years. It also can help a senior ready to
graduate decide which month would work better to take the exam. Graduate
students also benefit from knowing their options with respect to when they
could potentially be eligible to take the CPA exam.
often attend the workshop early in their academic career and then come back
once more before applying for the exam to see if there have been any changes.
The workshop is updated every quarter. The
last major change to the exam came in 2011, when International Standards were
added to both the financial accounting and reporting and the audit sections of
the CPA exam.
The last major changes in the Illinois educational requirements
for CPA exam candidates were put into effect in July 2013, and they required
more accounting hours and some specific requirements about accounting and
business course content. Murphy has served as a DePaul liaison to the Illinois
Board of Examiners to demonstrate how the DePaul undergraduate and graduate
accounting curricula meet the updated education requirements which are conveyed
to DePaul students during her workshops.
next dates that the workshop will be offered are:
- Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
to 5:30 p.m.
- March 4, 11:50
a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
- March 5, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Workshops Key to CPA Exam Success
Poon (MS in Accounting ’14) attended the workshops twice before successfully
passing the exam. She currently works as a tax consultant
“I first attended a workshop when I started my accounting
program so I could gain an initial understanding of the CPA exam, and
then again closer to graduation and, therefore, closer to when I would be
eligible to take the exam,” says Poon. “I took the CPA prep workshop because I
wanted to learn as much as I could about the exam in order to know what to
Murphy's workshop is well organized and comprehensive,” says Poon. “Her CPA
workshop helped me pass all four parts of the exam within a six-month period,
while I was working full-time. I highly recommend all DePaul students
interested in taking the CPA exam to take advantage of this wonderful, free
has also presented this workshop at national conferences held for Hispanic
students, at the IL CPA Society’s Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship
Preparation Program, and at other local universities when invited.
accountancy students who want to find out more about the workshops should contact Murphy.