How to Pass the CPA Board Exam in the Philippines - CPA Tips and Requirements

How to pass the Philippine CPA board exam? It’s easy as 1, 2,3 for someone who really is deserving. This hub contains the best tips to pass the CPA exam. You will pass it and you knew it from the start, if you didn’t then you never would…

The Philippine CPA licensure exam is considered the most difficult board exam in the history of Philippine career professionalism, yup I’d like to say even harder and tougher than the bar exam. Lawyers’ exam may contain a little bit of accounting but the CPA board exam covers one part of Law which includes 60 to one hundred items of questions to pass. This means if you failed Law among the CPA exam subjects covered, you also failed the whole exam. So you wanna be a CPA lawyer huh? Lol

Before we dig deeper, bear in mind cpa-wanna-be that no one ever has passed the CPA licensure exam out of luck. So forget the eenie-meenie-minee-moe in shading the right answers from the multiple choices because the board of accountancy is so conservative of luck. Ha, ok, like I told you, it’s like playing Sudoku, if you know the rules, strategies and the main concept of accounting, you’ll definitely enjoy the shading part and you won’t need to wait for the official release of PRC’s CPA results because ninety percent of CPA passers are born than made. If the genes, the IQ and the love of accounting is in your blood, being a certified public accountant will definitely be in your fate.

Scope of CPA board exam:

The examination shall include but not limited to the following subjects:


1. Theory of accounts
2. Business law and taxation
3. Management services
4. Auditing theory
5. Auditing problems
6. Practical accounting problems I
7. Practical accounting problems II


Based on Sec. 16 of Philippine Accountancy Act of 2004, in order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a general average of seventy-five percent (75%), with no grades lower than sixty-five percent (65%) in any given subject.


CPA board exam requirements:

The requirements for taking the CPA licensure exam in the Philippines prescribed by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) and given by the Board of Accountancy are:


Applicants for CPA board examination shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board:


a. He/she is a Filipino citizen.
b. He/she is of good moral character.
c. He/she is a holder of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy conferred by a school, college, academy or institute duly recognized and/or accredited by the CHED or other authorized government offices.
d. The applicant has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.

**you can now apply online if qualified


How to pass the CPA board exam

11 Tips to pass the CPA board exam. I’ve listed the cpa exam tips for you.


Love accounting by heart. If it’s gonna be your profession, you must love it by heart. Loving what you’re doing is a great key to success.


Start your freshman year mastering it. We all know accounting is a cycle. The earlier you started practicing and mastering all concepts and process, the better you will understand it and love it by heart. Accounting involves analytical skills, doesn’t require anyone to be excellent at Math. You just have to have a strong foundation of the basic accounting concepts and mastering the basic accounting cycle, all else will follow. It’s a cycle that once you’ve missed a step, you’ll never proceed to the next or you’ll never proceed at all. The later you started getting serious with accounting, the lamer you’ll pass.


Practice makes perfect. Always the number one rule to success. Always practice solving accounting problems. It will sharpen up your auditing skills and you’ll get quicker and tougher.


Use the same calculator you’re comfy with. It’s advisable to get comfy using the one you’re gonna use to the board exam. It must be suited for you. The board has issued a memo regarding the allowed calculators to be used in the CPA board examination. Scientific calcu areen’t allowed. I suggest, know it while you’re still in school so you’ll be comfy with your calcu already. This will definitely save a lot of time.


Know your weakness and erase them weakness. The cpa board exam covers 7 subjects. Make each one your favorite. Never underestimate one subject -- for it might be the reason of your failure.


Dedicate a time to study and a time to play. Everything requires dedication. You must spend hours for accounting time in school and at home. Don’t over-study too. Play and have fun.


Have a thorough review. Aside from a self-review, it is recommended to enroll in a reputable review center to have a deeper experience of the actual board exam. It’s a cool CPA exam preparation for you. Review schools also have the updated materials and events regarding what is latest in the board. They will also assist you for your cpa exam schedule and requirements to assure you’re on the right tracks.


Believe in yourself. Believe that you’re shading the best answer because they are the right answers. Believe and trust in yourself. An exam is like a game, you need to focus and believe in your potentials to win it.


Pray. It works. It’s not whole physical and mental. You also need spiritual guidance. Thank the Lord and accept His blessings of having a healthy and bright mind.


Prepare everything completely settled. Settle everything you will need for the examination day. Extra pencils, calculators, scratch papers, erasers, IDs, permits, and all things you need to bring for the big day.


Relax and chill before the big day. Free and set your mind ready for the exam day. Don’t stress. Just breathe and smile…A positive energy will bring positive things.


Do not take the CPA board exam if:

  • You didn’t review well.
  • You know to yourself you’re not ready to take it.
  • You’re just depending on luck.
  • You can’t even solve any accounting problems.
  • You don’t know how to audit...
  • You don’t really wanna take it.
  • You didn't have a breakfast.


List of Calculators Allowed for the CPA Board Exam

Calculators allowed by the PRC for the CPA licensure examination are non-programmable as prescribed by their memorandum. The list below is the updated list. Glad to give the official link from the PRC itself.

Calculators allowed for the CPA board exam



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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

You've given a neat peak into my niece's world as a cpa,thanks twentyfive;)


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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

A very good Hub, Blaise. I think this is cool, and certainly very different. Anyone with a qualification or knowledge of Accountancy will never be out of a job, there's always work for people like this, even in a recession. Sorry for using the R word. Take care, Blaise. :) x


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Hello Prof. A :) It's a pleasure. You really have a smart niece. I think she's got your amazing genes ;)

Hi, Cath :) I'm happy to see you. Is it different in UK cpa exam? Yup, yup that's why I took that course though never really was my passion. lol It's fine using the R word with my page moi friend. No worries, you know I'm open to everything. :) Your Cheeky is in the finance field and you're on business, think it's so compatible :) Thanks for dropping by. Happy weekend. TC XO


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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I think CPA is different here, there are a few Accountancy bodies, and standards, its very technical (no surprise) and I confess its not my thing, I got a Business Degree, Cassy has a Masters now. Damn she is good. Yes, we are like jigsaw pieces that slot together. Ha. We had dinner out and rained a bit, we're home now. I did a hub, and I am resting myself, playing with the cat. Lol. He has no qualifications to speak of, he's flatulent, and scratches too much. LOL! Darn I'm bored. :D Have a wonderful weekend, Blaise. Tc! XO


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

CPA exams here are the toughest I think. It's not pure accountancy per se. But anywayz, the UK accountancy is on top worldwide. The big four accounting firms are majority from there. Me, too, accounting is not my thing. Wowee Cassy has a masters, that's huge! Cheeky girl is perfect in finance :)

Aww, cute cat! What's his name? Yup yup obviously you're bored moi friend. Well my page is open for your entertainment :) Too bad it's accounting...LMAO Beware of that cat.. Take care XX


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Astra Nomik 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I was good in Maths, in Business Studies, and tax especially. Cassy said I should join the Revenue as I am very qualified. Don't know if I want to work for the Tax Inspectors. Ugh. Accountancy is a great way to make money, in that Accountants are always in demand, and you can moonlight as a book keeper for small businesses or Sole Traders. I know two people doing that.

Yes, Cassy has a Masters. She is so busy with her book, I can't wait till its finished. She rang an agent, just for a laugh and the agent said submit the synopsis and first chapter. The agent read her Encounters hubs. She is in shock!! So am I. I think Cassy might be about to become a writer in print after all. She sees a thing and goes after it, blaise.

The Cat we are now calling "Scratch". He is a he and he scratches, he had a dry skin thing and we got him stuff he has to take. He hates it. Typical male thing. Lol.

Okay, got work to do. Take care, blaise. XO


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Accountancy is a great career because every business needs accountants. I like Math, Science and the Arts but study about money not my fancy LMAO I don't say I don't need money, it's just that I dunno maybe I'm just used to living this simple-happy-wandering-soul hahah

Wow! Cassy is gonna be a real writer soon I feel it. I dunno an agent here and my publishing a book was just a little dare. Thinking now to try that. ;)

Ow, cute name, scratch. :)

Glad to see you Cathy. Tc XO


jnsmartirez_CPA 6 years ago

Nice author. Good luck to all who will take the Board Exam. Passing percentage is increasing. Do you recognize that? So, everybody has a big chance of becoming a CPA. Just study hard and don’t forget to call HIM. May the GOD bless us all.


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twentyfive 6 years ago Author

Yup, CPA passing percentage is going up a hill curve. Prayers help so much. Goodluck to all CPA soon to be.. :) Thank you JNSmartirez :)


Jayson Amoranto 5 years ago

thanks for the tips.... god bless ...


Cendrick 5 years ago

Nice post...Passing rate for CPA Exam is really going up like what you said, twentyfive!


jumal 5 years ago

yeah..it's really tough..just review well..PRC is unpredictable, so read and read..=1


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

Yup, read and read and practice solving Accounting and Auditing problems and there wouldn't be no problem later ;)


renzkied 5 years ago

Hello. I am the last batch of BSC-major in Accounting 1993 and was able to took the exam last May & Nov.2005 but still failed. My question is I hope you guys can help me can I still take refresher course and take the examination eventhough i am a BSC-major in Accounting and Not a BS Accountancy graduate? I am now an OFW for 6 years here in the middle east and there is a special examination conducted here twice a year for CPAs I'dd like to take my chance again this time more serious. But the dilemma is my undergraduate degree If it is still allowed by PRC to take the exam? Please help salamat


42 5 years ago

hello, i have my degree in Business Management. I want to b a CPA. Is there a way that I can take the CPA board exam the fact that I'am not a BSA? Are there suplemental courses to take just for me not to study a all over again a BSA?


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

Hi Renzkied! I’m not so sure with your situation. But I know they used to allow BSC major in Accounting grads to take the CPA exam before and if you had taken it before and they allowed you, I think you can still take it coz wala pa masyado talaga BS Accountancy dati. And you have the right to take coz you wanna be a CPA. I suggest approach the PRC on this to be so certain. Good luck!

Hi 42! The only way I can think of if you just graduated in a Business Management course is to take up another degree which is BS in Accountancy. The course is related anyway so you just have to take accounting subjects and maybe few law subjects. You can finish maybe a year or two. You must look at the whole scope of the new BS Accountancy course and see the subjects that would be accredited from your Business Management and take up the remaining curriculum. Thanks for dropping by. :)


kristel 5 years ago

thanks 4 the tips and advice... GODBLESS ALWAYS!


cute 5 years ago

sure..


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

congratulations to the new CPAs who passed the latest CPA board exam in the Philippines!


Zinette 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips. God bless.

By the way, do you have free cpa board exam sample questions?


Angelica 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the tips. It really helps!


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twentyfive 5 years ago Author

@zinette Hello! It's a pleasure. :) I don't have a free cpa board exam questions. Luckily, I know there are lots available outside the PRC and Recto. They are so affordable. And if you know anyone who's in a CPA review school, they give them handouts. You can ask your friends for photocopies. They are the latest I know. Review schools help a lot. God bless :)

@Angelica Hi! You are very welcome :)


dante bogayong 4 years ago

godbless:)


Opera 4 years ago

Hi Twenty five..working na ko...bumagsak na ko last oct .2006 exam dahil sa mga "dont's" mo in taking sa exam..nagtry ko magreview ulit last June 2011, night shift..ngalang kasi sa pagod na ng work, sa pag aaral...nawala na ko sa focus at tuluyang d na pumasok...i tried naman sa nov. pa enroll weekend kaso full swing na..so d na ko enroll...

anyway i really want to pass...pls naman ano gagawin ko...nawawalan ko ng confidence pag d ko nasasagutan mga problem solving...i know sabi mo practice...pero pano ko mapra-practice if asa office ako at halos OT naman sa gabi,...pls...need ur advice..


Olie 4 years ago

hello OperA - I think kng gusto mo talaga mkapasa and sabi mo din na di ka mkpg review and makafocus sa mga topics- you must to choose- to giveup your w0rk for a meantime and go for he gold grab the oppurtunity n mkpgfocus s reviews- "kung kaya nila makapasa - makakaya din natin"


tyrone 4 years ago

about the dont's

even if you don't know HOW TO AUDIT..you can still take the board exam..

auditing theory and auditing problems subjects are really, in my opinion, just an intro from what "true auditing" is.

auditing theory applies in the whole audit engagement while auditing problems is mostly on execution part.


Grizzell 4 years ago

Hi all!

Yung bf ko ay gustong magreview ulet ng board exams, since nagfailed sya sa board a few years ago, since then ay nawalan sya ay nag give up na sya to review, Then now, naisip nya ulet na magreview. Am hoping na maipasa nya ito this time.

You mentioned here na if its in your genes, u should pass...well, his father was an accountant and his late mom was a topnotcher in both CPA-LAW exams..and my bf is good with his job too! He is now working at one of the government job here and have gained awards in his field. The only thing missing is to pass the board so that he will be qualified to be called a CPA.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Best of luck to your boyfriend. i think he'll pass it. :)


trisha 4 years ago

Hi i am a graduate of accountancy last 2003, and never took the board exam since then, pero nagreview ako , nagtayo kasi kami ng business kaya medyo nagfocus muna ako dun, now it's gone, i feel the need of importance of having a board exam passed... could you please help me if i can still make it to do the review and pass the exam? its been 8 years na rin and marami ng changes.....


olie 4 years ago

possible b ako mkapasa kung mgdepend ako s mga latest tetxbooks ng accounting subjects - as of now im working here at saudi arabia - last jan2012 ngfile ako s PRC and bumili ng mga texbook reviewers- tanong ko lang sir/madam malaki ba ang chance ko pumasa kung self review lang (no choice na mg-review center kasi nagun andito n ako ulit s saudi and 2-3hrs reading and refreshment ng mag subjects) ignore the style or way ng pgrereview ko--- my nkakapasa ba s exam ng self study lang without any idea what review center is? - - medyo weird mga tanong ko pero it helps me a lot - ^_^ God bless Us all -


jtl27 4 years ago

Hi! everyone i am planning to take cpa board exam but ang problema ko i don't know where to start again hnd kasi ganun ka strong foundation ko in school. nabagsak nko one and still have 1 chance bgo p mn ako marefresher course nagtake ako last May 2007 but unfortunately i was failed now, im starting to have my self review and then later on maybe i will enroll in review school. Now, im working here in brunei as accounting staff. Do i have a chance to pass the CPA exam?


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

@Trisha hi. I think you should go in a review school to know the latest updates in the Accountancy here in Phil. CPAR and RESA are one of the best review schools I know in Manila. I think the latter has branches in some provinces.

@Olie hi there. Yes of course you can pass even if you just self-review as long as you know the latest Accounting Standards, Laws and Tax Rules, PAS and the likes to be applied in all your accounting then that’s ok. If you know anyone in a CPA review school, you can just ask his handouts to photocopy them to know the latest standards and policies in the current accounting practice. Good luck. Thank you for dropping by.

@Jtl27 hello. Of course you will always have the chance. Since you have gained more experience, and have experienced taking the exam before, you now have the perfect picture what’s gonna happen next –which is as you know so tough. Just review, practice solving, audit and know the latest PAS in the Philippines. Thank you. Good luck. :)


olie 4 years ago

Good day twenty five - im still on dreaming ^_^ what if i passed the Cpa board exam and after a month i need to back abroad to work. My question is It is possible to get my PRC lisence ID without oathaking? or possible to get abroad -phil embassy-? or what if 1 or 2 years na nkalipas at hindi p din ako nakaattend ng-oathaking ceremony - maiinvalid b ung lisence ko -if nkapasa na ako-... thanks


olie 4 years ago

*license


Eunice 4 years ago

Wow thanks for the tips. I'll be taking the board exam this coming may. Sana makapasa. :)


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

@Olie you can take your oath before a Philippine Consul. You can download this important form and see all the requirements in getting your license. http://www.prc.gov.ph/uploaded/documents/rd%20oath...

Thank you for dropping by and goodluck :)

@Eunice It's a pleasure dear. Best of luck to your exam. Cheers!


aBBie 4 years ago

accountancy is one of the most highly paid profession,

and it can assure you a better future in this career !!!

but it is up to us in what field where going to excel


zhy 4 years ago

thanks for the tips and more power ;)


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Pleasure :)


gracie 4 years ago

is it qualified to take the CPA exam if you are not a graduate of BS Accountancy but BS Commerce major in Mngt. accounting?


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

before it is allowed, now not anymore


akkin 4 years ago

Hi Gracie. I'm currently reviewing for the upcoming CPA board exam this October. I'm also a graduate of Management Accounting and then decided to proceed to Accountancy for the main reason of taking the board exam. You're not allowed to take if you're not a graduate of BS ACCOUNTANCY. If you want, there are schools offering Man Acc graduates, like in my case to earn the degree of Accountancy in 2 years only.


roxane 4 years ago

hi twentyfive.. i am yet to take this degree andI'm so thankful for reading your tips


Gary 4 years ago

hello there, im bsc major in accounting. graduate of 1986. nalimutan ko na how to solve acctg problems. out of the country ako ngayon. may posibilidad pa ba na makakuha at makapasa sa cpa board exam. please help me , need your advice


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Hi Roxanne! It's a pleasure :) You will pass the CPA borad exam if you will start as early as your freshmen year in enjoying the accounting cycle :)

@Gary, since lots of accounting principles and policies have changed and are still updating and changing every now and then, it is advisable to take a CPA review before taking the CPA licensure exam. Review schools will tackle everything involving the scope of the exam plus they will give activities and you will have practice exams throughout the whole review. They will also assist you in filing your PRC board exam application until your exact date of exam to the school you will be assigned.

CPA review schools like CPAR and RESA are amazing.


girlai0724 4 years ago

Gud morning 25? I'am amaze reading ur suggestions and tips...tha't why i decided to ask too...because i want to take a board exam, but i'am afraid to fail...i just want to ask if ever i take the exam this year ..what was the very good things to do first, before going to the battle aside from being prepared?...:)


girlai0724 4 years ago

Hi 25 it's me again i want to ask additional question..hmmmm i decided to take a review aside for self review..but I'am working and i only free every Saturday and Sunday...is there any review school offer only that day? and if is possible...how many percent will i pass the exam..also i want to know what was the best school to enroll if ur just an average student? ...thank u and more power..:D


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

@Girlai hello good morning. Wow it’s raining outside and I love it. I know the feeling of being afraid to fail. Remember there are only things to happen in the exam, either you become a CPA or not. Choose the one you want to be. I think that’s the very first thing to do first, ask yourself if you really want this. Do you want to be a CPA or not? Everything else will follow after that realization.

Good luck. Also please, don’t give up if you failed the first time. Consider that as a good practice or experience. Thank you for dropping by and cheers!

Hi again girlai! Oh you are very welcome in this page. Yes review schools like CPAR and RESA offer flexible scheds like evening scheds and weekend scheds. If you are enrolled, you can always choose your sched. Even the one you choose can change. You can attend the review anytime you want or attend again and again the whole day. It’s up to you as long as you attend their quizzes. They will help you pass more.

For an average student, I think all review schools welcome anyone. Being average and a genius is not an issue if you want to be successful in anything.


girlai0724 4 years ago

Gud mornin,,,yah it's raining and i also like it,i'am very happy and thankful reading ur respond to my questions and cheering me up! :D

thank u, thank u, thank u...:D

God Bless u Poh!!!!!:D


jannaking 4 years ago

hello po...i'm a first year BSA student.i'm a little worried kc i'm 23 na,and 1st year p lang ako ngayon what if i graduated of at least 29 of age,is there still a chance for me to get hired?they say kc na sa mga company 25 y/o below lang ang kinukuha?what if i passed the board,would it make a diff. to get employed?pls help me,im really bothered about it..


Joe 4 years ago

The hardest exam in the world is the Philippines CPA. Why? Because the test is taken within a week. In USCPA, you can segregate your test within the span of 2 years. Philippine CPA, on the other hand, requires you to take all the test in a week or so.

There are four test in USCPA wherein the subject matter like Aud Prob, P1, P2 is combined into FAR. MAS=BEC, Aud theory=AUD, and BL+Tax=REG. It's somewhat the same but there is more pressure with the US counterpart.

I'm a CPA in the Philippines and I'm currently studying for the USCPA. I'm going to take it next year because of the stringent educational requirements they need to take it here. *rant on* Stringent= an extracurricular course that's not related to accounting. They are just making me expend money for college tuition. *rant off*

Anyways, good luck to Philippine takers! The passing rate is dropping drastically as of late.


Joe 4 years ago

@Janna, If I were you, I'll look for a job. It can be part time or full time. That way, you could at least show to your future employers that you are willing. I know someone who took USCPA on his 40's and were still hired by the time he reached 45 on the states because he had a job while studying.


Joe 4 years ago

@janna, forgot, he was hired by the big 4. That in itself is a huge deal.


jannaking 4 years ago

@joe , you mean,I should drop this course or rather shift it to any course?are you serious? is there really no chance for me because of my age?


Joe 4 years ago

Read my previous comments. I never said to drop your course. Let me reiterate my words: I know someone who took USCPA on his 40's and were still hired by the time he reached 45 on the states because he had a job while studying. He is working while studying.

I know it's gonna be a perilous journey, but once you've succeeded doing it, it will benefit you a lot. Since you're taking an accounting course, you should get a job related to it.

segue a bit:

There are people I know who didn't took the CPA exam because they excelled at their jobs but are promoted to a higher position (managerial positions at that). They are only taking it for "formalities". The catch is, they graduated with a degree in accounting.


jannaking 4 years ago

@joe ,but what if i can't find a job while studying? for we know ,hindi ganun kadaling maghanap ng work sa panahon ngayon kaya nga nag-aral ako ulit eh.ayoko naman masayang lang pinaghirapan ko kung darating yung panahon na wala ako makuhang work.sorry for being makulit,i just wanna know where to put myself.gusto ko kc malaman kung pag graduate ko ba ,applicable pa rin yung age ko sa linya na pinu-pursue ko ngayon na matapos? sorry and thanks in advance,gusto ko lang malaman opinyon ng katulad niyong my knowledge na sa mundong gusto ko ring pasukin..


Sunshine 4 years ago

I want to know if it is necessary or required to taje up and pass preboard exams in a review school for a refresher to be able to get a certificate?


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

I know it's not. They will issue you certificate still.


itsmeh 4 years ago

..hi, im an accounting graduate currently reviewing but decided not to take the exam this october, because i feel that i am not yet ready to take the exam,di pa sapat yung knowledge ku about accounting probably bcoz of poor foundation i had.naun ku pa lang nalalaman ung mga ibang topics na di namen na touch nung under grad pa ku. i decided to take another review while working, ask ku lang po kung effective po ba yun?di po ba yun sagabal in becoming a CPA?

any tips din po sa effective na pag-aaral.. paxenxia na mahaba...thanks in advance and God Bless(:


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Hi there. Only you could tell if you are ready. I admire your admission that you are not. Assess yourself if you are well prepared and if there is anything that could affect your review and concentration. Working can wait naman, But if your body and mind could handle work and review at the same time, then go.

The tips above are still my tips :) Any other tips I could think of right now are: eat chocolates or sweet things while reviewing, always be happy, have enough body energy, don't stress, take it all easy, don't rush. God bless you :)


Allanmh 4 years ago

Hi, have took CPA examination last October 2007 and failed it, after that have decided to work to support my family and have my sister to go into college to take up the same course and she is now taking the October 2012 examinations, hope she will make it. After this, I'm planning to review again while working same last 2007, really afraid of those new standards, do you think it would be easy for me to refresh and learn the new PAS? By the way is it true the Philippines will also follow the Uniform CPA examinations in US, if so when? I believe in US this will be effective this January 2013?


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

Buy the latest PAS book and start reviewing and mastering even before you take the CPA board exam review. It's like buying new tires to your car and having an awesome drive before the race. :) If the Board of Accountancy in the Philippines decided that uniform CPA exam in the US, I think it would take years before it will be effective here in the Philippines


jestine mae 4 years ago

hi :)

i juz wanna ask if i still have to take a professional examination abroad to be able to practice accounting profession there...ahhm.. particularly in Brunei. im planning to go there nxt yir . i juz want to know if it's possible to for me to have a job there when i get there, and i haven't had any work experience here in the Philippines.

thank u.


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twentyfive 4 years ago Author

If you're a CPA here already you can work in Brunei or other countries as a CPA provided you also undergo their qualifying requirements or exams if any. Every country has different standards as to career practice. Anyway, if you're a CPA, you don't need to worry much as it will be easy for you to pass and comply with their requirements


Andrew 3 years ago

it's my 4th time to take the board. It's very discouraging that people who are just average like me pass and I don't. Takes the spirit out of you. Any advice how on how I can cope? Thank you


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twentyfive 3 years ago Author

Always think you'll pass and you will. If you are really striving and learning what you don't know and strengthening your weaknesses, you can pass. Prayer is a big factor too


Stinainty 3 years ago

Hey fellas! How are you currently at this time?


ana 3 years ago

hi me requirements pa ba sa pag kuha ng cpa exams if matagal nang graduate and took the exam once pero hindi naipasa?interested kasi to take the exams again after so many years .thanks


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twentyfive 3 years ago Author

I think a refresher course will help you to know the current updates and accounting rules. Take up one before your exam. Good luck :)


sydritiasuada 3 years ago

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RRM 3 years ago

Guys, passing the board exam is not just a fate but rather a choice. What you need is discipline, courage, motivation and strong determination for you to fulfill your dream to become a CPA and of course, this is the most important among them which is strong faith to our almighty God.

Good Luck Guys!


scorpio 3 years ago

passing the CPA exam you need 33.33% preparation, 33.33% prayer & 33.34 luck. In addition you need self discipline, courage and strong determination to pass. Good luck


chihuahuafrancine 3 years ago

September 10, 2013:

Hello to Everyone!

Same with Ana, I'm interested to take the CPA board exam again. Once I have tried the exam but failed, and never looked back. Personally, I have never known Ana but when I was checking the latest CPA Board Exam syllabus online and saw the HubPages --- How to Pass the CPA Board Exam in the Philippines - CPA Tips and Requirements and read her lines, I abruptly signed up.

If Ana is interested after so many years, I had my first CPA exam in early years of 1990s --- two decades ago!

Ana has wanted to know if there is requirement. I do wonder, too, if PRC would still admit me to board exam after 20 years of absences. Are there any additional units do I have to earn before PRC allows me?

For any reply, thanks in advance.


a$ce 3 years ago

Hello, I'm planning to really take the CPA board exam depending on how ready i am.thanks for the tips and advice. =)


Em 2 years ago

You guys are lucky nowadays coz the passing percentage is almost 50%.. during the time when I had my exam, only 20% of us made it and 2 yrs before that the national passing was 12%! It was really tough in the 90s.. I have couple of batchmates now reviewing for CPA board exam :)


Gak 2 years ago

Hello po I failed 4x. Last exam was 2001. Can I still take the board exam?thanks


chan 2 years ago

Gud day. I just wanted to ask if it is possible to take the cpa board exam without going into any review schools? Right now, i have a current work and i don't want to lose it for now so i don't have any time for a review school. Thanks


james_cpa 23 months ago

i totally agreed on the author on what he listed above.

we only need this steps and have faith in ourselves.

if we have goal in life, no matter what it takes we will do everything just to aim that...


Aries 19 months ago

This should be follow in order to pass the exam!!

Im sure its absolutely worth to live with when you have the license.


Justin 18 months ago

Not the Toughest for me, I'm a CPA Lawyer, and it makes me wonder why people always exaggerate that it was really tougher than the Bar. Logically, Lawyers has bigger responsibility, and therefore it is "one" of the toughest, but no as tough as that of Medicine/Health Sciences like Nursing.


#xxleelipotxx 15 months ago

hi guys, ngayon pa lang ako mag uumpisang mag aral ulit gawa nang nagtrabaho ako after high school.. i am a graduate of science high school, i am good in math, science.. i guess hehe.. medyo inuna ko kasi muna pag tulong sa family ko and now im 29, makakahabol pa kaya ako talking about age limit, ma hahire pa kaya ako if for example i finnished and got prc exam passed at late 30's? (kung iaallow ni God) .. salamat po sa makakasagot


myra 8 months ago

i am planning to take board exam this year and i already inquire for some review center..... what i want to ask or need for you guys is...

prayer.....

godbless to me.....

-mejiko minerva


JayBeeCee 3 months ago

I graduated Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting last 1990. Want to take CPA Board Exam. Do i need to enroll in Accountancy course to be qualified to take the exam? Please help


Ayen 5 weeks ago

Hi...i took the exams 2002 may and october consecutively....i failed. i need to enroll for a refresher......anyane knows what are the requirements please?

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