"I'm struggling with FAR..."

Says every CPA candidate! FAR was the easiest section for me so here's all of my exam tips, strategies, and how now to run out of time on simulations.

The CPA exam FAR Review Intensive course has over 8 hours of FAR exam tutoring, coaching, and practice exams including FOUR instructor-led simulations.

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This is NOT the traditional CPA exam review course.

I built this program around what candidates tell me they need. They’re committed to studying but they want to maximize their study time. They want a different way of looking at the accounting concepts, instead of glazing over something and then memorizing for an exam that’s weeks or months away.

The Winston CPA Exam Virtual Classroom is not like other review programs:

​ - Proven study strategies and exam tips not found in traditional review courses

 - Learn frequently-tested accounting concepts not just memorization

 - Self-paced format supplements other course materials

 - Created with love by a 13-time CPA candidate who understands the CPA exam struggle


Coaching Membership Packages

CPA Exam Coaching + Accounting for Accountants

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CPA Candidate Basic

The basic membership grants you access to our CPA Exam Content Library. The library has instructor-led video tutorials on frequently tested exam topics + motivation, accountability, and exam-day strategies. If you need a different way of looking at exam questions and not ready for group coaching sessions, get the basic membership.

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CPA Candidate Premium 

The premium membership includes unlimited access to the CPA Exam Content Library + monthly group coaching sessions. Candidates choose the premium membership if they've failed an exam multiple times, need more effective study tips, and develop a strategy to pass the CPA exam and still have a life.

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$3,600/12 sessions

CPA Exam Coaching Intensive

In this small group virtual setting, we'll do learning assessments, set goals, and develop an exam-taking strategy and timeline for you to be ready for all 4 sections of the CPA exam. You also get:

  • Weekly check-ins & Q&A

  • Unlimited access to the Content Library for one year

  • Monthly tutoring sessions on exam topics

  • Guidance on applying for your license

  • One 60-minute career coaching session as a new CPA

  • Copy of the #CareerConvos: Career Advice for Ambitious Accountants eBook

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All CPA exam memberships include access to our private CPA Candidate Online Community, unlimited email support for quick questions, and early registration for our #CareerConvos career advice series featuring corporate superstars, entrepreneurs and educators, that are changing the accounting game.


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Hi. I'm Nikki, CPA Exam Instructor & Coach

I sat for 13 exams over 1,373 days. I struggled with the CPA exam because (1) I didn’t know how to study effectively and (2) couldn't find time to study being a mom and working full-time I already didn’t have enough time to do anything else.

The Winston CPA Exam Virtual Classroom contains all of the strategies, simulations tips, and question tricks that I learned as a CPA candidate. If you're struggling to pass the CPA exam, join us in the virtual classroom. 

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The Winston CPA Exam Virtual Classroom

had a 100% pass rate in the first 3 months!

What this community is:

  • Created by CPAs who have taken the computerized CPA exam

  • Equipped to provide you with CPA exam strategies, guidance, & career coaching for the CPA exam

  • Access to a diverse network of active CPAs, candidates, and exclusive career opportunities

What this community is NOT:

  • Answers to every multiple-choice question, simulation, & written communication

  • A skate-by program to memroize & skip studying

  • Free. The same way you’d pay for books and questions for other CPA exam review programs, give us that same love. 🥰



 - Live and on-demand coaching sessions with CPA exam instructors

 - Interactive study sessions to learn frequently tested exam topics

 - Extra CPA exam help and guidance not found in traditional review courses

 - Strategies to study, manage stress, and prepare for exam day

 - Q&A with CPAs to answer all your questions about the CPA exam

My CPA exam program covers all 4 sections of the exam and even if you’ve already purchased a review course, my program is built to reinforce your learning and give you a unique way of looking at accounting concepts.

Reviews & Kind Words


"The FAR workshop was very informative, especially with the MCQs. I find it better to go over the exam material with a live person verses watching a lecture more than once."

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Did you fail the CPA exam? 

I know that feeling. Be in your feelings, figure out where you went wrong, and get back on track with the Retake Roadmap course.

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I worked in accounting for 10 years before I got serious about the CPA exam.

I sat for 13 exams over 1,373 days. I struggled with the CPA exam because (1) I didn’t know how to study effectively and (2) couldn't find time to study being a mom and working full-time I already didn’t have enough time to do anything else.

My biggest professional accomplishment is passing that exam and becoming a CPA. I started my journey with the traditional approach of enrolling in a review course - spending hours reading 60+ page chapters, watching lectures, trying to consume all of this information - only to get to the practice questions and all of my answers were wrong. Here I am putting in all these hours of studying and re-reading things 3 and 4 times like why is this not clicking, and then I realized that method wasn’t working for me. I passed the CPA exam when I switched my study strategies and focused on understanding the concepts instead of trying to memorize everything.

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Future CPAs: What's Your Story?

Which exam are you studying for? What made you choose accounting? Share your CPA exam journey and get featured in our CPA Candidate Spotlight!

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Questions from CPA Candidates


I heard FAR is really hard. How do I pass it?

Don't believe everything you hear. FAR wasn't that difficult to me - but audit gave me the BLUES, it depends. 

It's important to learn FAR content because it repeats in other sections of the CPA exam. 

There's a unique approach I took to passing FAR on the first try. I share that and more exam tips in the FAR Exam Review Session.

I just graduated. How soon should I start studying for the CPA exam?

First, kudos on earning your degree! Once you graduate and want to go for your CPA license, download the latest version of the CPA Candidate Bulletin from the AICPA's website. This guide gives you an overview of the exam process, scoring, and application process. 

Another useful resource is my CPA Exam 101 course that you can access for free here: CPA Exam 101.

I want to become a CPA but where do I start?

Start first with getting familiar with the CPA exam structure & content. Then understand who the key players are and what it takes to pass. 

I could write a ton more but here's a free course I created that address everthything new candidates need to know to get started with the CPA exam. Access my CPA Exam 101 course here for free.​

You're so passionate about the CPA exam. Where did that come from?

Thank you! Being a CPA exam coach was nowhere on my goals list. It was after I passed and started getting questions from other candidates looking for help when I realized I needed to do something. Answering tough exam questions via DMs and email turned into a thriving business.

What are CPA exam blueprints and what do I do with them?

CPA exam blueprints are the outlines issued by the AICPA that provide candidates with a list of topics that could be tested on each section of the CPA exam (AUD, BEC, FAR, REG). Most review courses build their curriculums around blueprints.

The latest blueprints were recently issued. Download your copy and watch this tutorial I created to show you how to use the blueprints as you study: How to Use CPA Exam Blueprints

I heard the CPA exam is hard. What can I do to not stress myself out?

The CPA exam is a challenging worth taking so don't stress. That's easier said than done right?

Check out the CPA Exam Stress Management coaching session to deal with your anxiety and exam-day jitters.

Are you still doing coaching sessions?

Yes! Group coaching sessions are held each month and private coaching sessions are held by appointment. 

Whether you choose group or private sessions, each includes access to the Content Library with practice questions and exam resources only available to coaching members.

I have kids. How and where do I find study time?!

Being a busy mom is overwhelming enough - then add to that the CPA exam?!

Studying and parenting ain't easy, but it's doable. There's a session called Finding Time to Study in the CPA Exam virtual classroom for simple ways to study with kids or while working (or both)!

Which exam should I take first?

There's no right or wrong answer because it depends on your current knowledge of accounting concepts. I was strong in corporate accounting so I took FAR first. Start where you feel most comfortable to build up your confidence early.

I address this question and many more in the CPA Exam Q&A episode of The WERKin' Mommas podcast available on all podcast platforms. Listen on Apple Podcasts here: CPA Exam Q&A

I just got my score and I failed. What now?!

Ugh. Those fails are the worst! First, feel all the emotions you need to feel. Second, get back on track with my Retake Roadmap program that gives you a step-by-step plan to bounce back after failing an exam. 

Access the Retake Roadmap coaching session here: Retake Roadmap

This is a lot of stuff to learn and I'm overwhelmed. How am I supposed to learn all of this before my exam day?

The CPA exam is 1 thing where being a jack-of-all-trades can work in your favor. The content can feel overwhelming so as long as you're (1) organized and (2) learning the high-level concepts you're on the right path to preparing for the exam.

How do I choose a CPA exam review course?

This depends on a lot of things like your learning style, what you already know, and of course your budget.

Many candidates ask this and I address this question and many more in the CPA Exam Q&A episode of The WERKin' Mommas podcast available on all podcast platforms. Listen on Apple Podcasts here: CPA Exam Q&A

I spend a lot of time studying but don't feel like I'm learning anything. What am I doing wrong?

I've written several blogs about the CPA exam, study tips, and the importance of being disciplined about studying. 

Check out the blog posts here: CPA Exam Blogs