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PODCAST: How to pass the CPA exam… and then publish a book about it

Written on May 1, 2020

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager

Passing the CPA exam involves a lot of preparation, and it always helps to have tips from those who have already taken it. After Mikayla Hutchings passed all four sections with scores in the 90s, she decided to self-publish a book about her studying techniques.

Hutchings joined us on the latest episode of The State of Business podcast to talk about key takeaways from her book and how she went about publishing it.

She said her most important advice is to stay committed to passing the exams as soon as possible.

“I know a lot of people kind of dilly dally around it and say, ‘I'll take it when I'm ready,’” she said, “But, I think it’s really important to put those dates on your calendar in order to be prepared before that and to keep yourself accountable.”

She also goes over how to best utilize the Becker study materials, how to review and what to expect going into the exam.

Hutchings was inspired to write a book to help other people pass the exam. She said Amazon made it easy to self-publish the book in digital and paperback formats.

“If you are, like me, not a professional writer, going through Amazon was very, very easy.”

She wrote the book because she wants to ease others’ worries and help them realize that they can pass the exam.

“I think you just kind of have to create these goals for yourself and then push yourself to follow those. It is possible — people pass. So, I think (test-takers) can benefit a lot from reading my book. It’ll make them feel more prepared to and I think it will help people feel less discouraged.”

Listen to the episode now and keep an eye on our Instagram feed for a giveaway of the book!

And you can learn more about Hutchings’ book here.