How to Pass CPA Board Exam Philippines- 10 Effective Tips that You Should Do

Are you one of the many people who are planning to take the CPA board exam in the Philippines? If so, then you’ll want to check out these 10 tips that can help you pass the test! These tips are based on experience and research, so they should be helpful for anyone looking to get certified. Good luck!

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the CPA Board Exam Philippines? Do you feel like you’re not going to make it? Relax! Just follow these 10 effective tips and you’ll breeze through the exam.

Difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination
To be a Certified Public Accountant is not easy to get those three letters to be included in your name. It takes time, determination, patience, and self-control. Indeed, all of us went to many sleepless nights, tons of buckets of tears, and taking many pre-board examinations and money. There are many ways to pass the CPA board exam Philippines, but here are the top 10 practical tips you should do now.

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Despite those, passing the CPA board examination will open many opportunities in life. If you’re reading this, either you want to pass the CPA board exam or be one of the top notchers. Before giving you some tips, you must know the reasons why you must take them seriously. First, let me inform you why this board exam is a problematic examination here in the Philippines.

10 Tips on How to pass CPA board exam Philippines

Why should you be interested to know these tips? We understand that no matter how hard we try, it won’t work if we don’t know what to do. For example, assuming that you have all the materials to assemble, but the problem is you don’t have the manual to create. Similarly, having tips will help you to organise and build your dreams.

Tip# 1: Make sure to Have Contact

Going to a place without contact is a dangerous decision to make. Having contact with to site will help you to make your stay peaceful and comfortable.

Tip# 2: Don’t Bring To Many Books

For some students who are taking the review, they will bring all their books to a study. Is that a wise decision to make? Well, the answer is not. It is unwise to get all those books in the review because it could only add to your stress.

Also, most of those books are read during college, and you have many notes on them. However, if you want to bring it,  make sure that those books will help you understand not to give you more reasons not to study. Finally, getting those books might cost you travelling back and forth. I’m telling you, you can’t read many books during your review.

Tip # 3: Don’t Bring Review Materials

Are you keeping your final examinations, pre-board, comprehensive or other examination materials? If yes, it helps you a lot in reviewing topics. However, if you’re planning to bring all of those in your CPA review, it would not be a good idea.

Do you know why? During your review, the review center will give many materials, and your friends in the other review center might give you other materials. Those materials are enough to read during your review.

Tip # 4: Find Friends who can help you

Make sure you have your friends who can be your motivator or focus not on friends who can bring you destruction. Maybe you can go with someone known in your school as intelligent or help you understand some topics. Be wise, my student. Your friend can lead to success or failure.

If you find taxation a problematic subject, find someone good at taxation to help you understand well.

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up<span class="su-quote-cite"> Thomas J. Watson</span>

Tip # 5: Stay Focused and Positive

If you are a breadwinner, there is a lot of pressure on you, but don’t worry, you can still do it. Think of your future, not the future of your family.

I know most of the student, they failed the CPA board examination because of taxation. Well, you need to live and enjoy studying taxation. Have more effort in learning taxation and be continually updated. The most important tip is not to procrastinate in your study.

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well<span class="su-quote-cite"> Mark Twain</span>

Tip # 6: Have a Good Study Habit

The key to success in passing the CPA board examinations is your good personal schedule and discipline. Prepare a good plan for your private study and make sure you prioritize the complex topics. I know taxation might be one of those.

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well<span class="su-quote-cite">Pele</span>

Tip # 7: Be Confident

Many takers of the CPA board exam have no self-confidence. Having no self-confidence can lose focus during your studies. Make sure to tell yourself that you can pass it, and you will reach your goal as a CPA this year, not next time.

Tip # 8: Have Time to Relax

Studying and pressures will be so tiring. Don’t forget to relax and have some recreation with your friends. Having a positive vibe will help to stay focus and energetic in your study.

Tip # 9: Make Sure to Have the Right Amount of Sleep

There are many benefits to having a good sleep. According to the research, sleep can help you improve your memory, put you in a better mood, and have a good sleep will make you smarter. So don’t forget to have the right amount of sleep every day. Don’t torture your body by not giving enough amount of sleep.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything<span class="su-quote-cite"> Irish Proverb</span>

Tip # 10: Take A Nap in the Afternoon

If you have a busy morning or day and have more energy for the whole day, take a nap in the afternoon. Why is napping essential for those taking the CPA board exam? Well, there are many scientific benefits of napping. Naps can help you to acquire new knowledge or skills. Having a regular rest can improve your daytime alertness and help to retain more what you have learned on that day. So make sure to have a regular nap in the afternoon.

Laziness works. And the simple way to incorporate its health benefits into your life is to take a nap<span class="su-quote-cite"> Tom Hodgkinson</span>

5 Qualities You Need to Become CPA Topnotcher

Aiming to pass the CPA board exam is not enough. What else can you do? You can make a realistic goal to be a topnotcher. To be a topnotcher is not an easy goal to do. This article will learn from the Jason Chan-topnotcher and Jomari Jess Abellar- 2nd placer last May 2018 CPA board exam.

You must start your preparation in college if you want to become one of them. Being top in the board exam is not to be done within a short period. It would help if you devoted more time to do it, not only dreaming of it.

you intend it, feel it and work on it. And there must be a focus on the goal that you want to achieve. From the big plan to make it detailed to make more realizable<span class="su-quote-cite">Jomari Jess Abellar- 2nd Placer May 2018 CPA Board Exam</span>
What is the formula to pass the CPA board exam as a topnotcher? Learn this basic formula: Success= Consistency+ Self-Control+ Hard work+ Confidence+ Generosity. How do you acquire those qualities? Learn from the above details.


In every aspect of life, flexibility is essential. The same thing also is aiming to be a topnotcher. How does consistency work? According to Jason Chan-topnotcher says, “aiming to a topnotcher does not start during your CPA review. You need to start at the very beginning at the very moment you took up the accountancy course.”

Consistency will help you to focus on your long-term goal. Always be consistent in your purpose and study habit. However, consistency is not enough without self-control. Why is restraint needed?


Self-control is needed because of distractions from our friends, family, and environment. Without restraint is challenging to be consistent in your study habit. Despite those distractions, how to cultivate self-control? What you need is an excellent study schedule and stick to it. Make sure that you also have enough time for yourself.

If you’re in the first year in the accountancy course, now is the time to make a proper study schedule. Make sure that you will make a realistic schedule. What does it mean practically? Well, make sure that the program you make is feasible to do. Having consistency and self-control will give you the third formula-hard work.


Every success there is always hardworking. Make sure to have enough time to study every subject in the Accountancy course. For example, if you’re having difficulties in studying taxation, don’t stop. Find a way to enjoy and learn the complex subject you have. It would be better if you can be friends with those students at a higher level to ask them if you can’t understand.

Everybody wants to enjoy their college life. However, if you’re going to be more top-notch, make sure that you can still focus on your long-term goal. Don’t be tempted to do what others are doing. It would help if you always reminded yourself that there is “time for everything”.

Make sure to read and rewrite notes and then practice answering the question<span class="su-quote-cite"> Jason Chan</span>
Study now pay later<span class="su-quote-cite">Jomari Jess Abellar</span>


After having all said those qualities, you must have the courage to say that you’ll be a topnotcher someday. Without confidence, it would be a dilemma for you to reach your long-term goal. If you don’t have it yet, make sure to develop it now. Make sure to read this article to build your confidence.

One way also to build your confidence is to be prepared at all times. Even there are no examinations, quizzes, or recitation, make sure to read and rewrite your notes from the previous discussions every day. Reading plus solving problems and answering multiple choices could sharpen your understanding of the topic. For example, if you’re having difficulties understanding taxation, make sure to read the latest issuance, tax cases or even answer multiple choices. If you’re confident enough, then you’re ready for the next step being generous.

This quality is giving something to someone who needs it and sharing your learning with others. According to the research conducted by the BPS Research Digest is exceptionally useful.  When you teach others, you’ve got a better comprehension and understanding.

You can form a group study where you can share what you’ve learned — doing so will help you be confident and have long-term comprehension.

Related: Tips on how to study taxation in the Philippines.


Therefore, after reading these tips on passing the CPA board exam Philippines, you should be doing it right now. But how can you focus while in a review? During my study, I observed that some of those taking lessons had a hard time understanding the new techniques and methods.

Despite the students’ efforts, you know that not all of those who took the review succeeded in passing the Philippine CPA Examination. There are many reasons why some failed the examinations; one of these is during the CPA review. Read this to know how you stay alert during your reviews.

If you have other tips that will help those aiming to be CPA, please drop your thoughts in the comments. Your thoughts will inspire thousands of our future CPA’s. If you find these tips helpful to you and your friends, don’t forget to click the share icon below.

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  1. This is really nice. Extremely helpful for undergrad students and CPA hopefuls. Thanks to the OP for setting up this blog post. We’ve also compiled a bunch of free and update reviewers/study materials on our website. You can access it by clicking the link below. God bless!

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