Professor Discusses 2011 CPA Exam Changes: What You Need to Know to Pass BEC

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CPAexcel CPA Review ( is excited to announce the release of an outstanding new video on changes to the BEC section of the 2011 Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam). Professor B. Douglas Clinton, an expert on the content of the CPA Exam, offers his insights on the current exam and how it will change in 2011. Professor Clinton, CPA, holds the Alta Via Consulting Professor of Management Accountancy endowed chair in the Department of Accountancy in the School of Business at Northern Illinois University. He teaches Management Accounting.

CPAexcel CPA Review Professor Doug Clinton offers insights on changes to the CPA Exam.

most important research task is trying to rebalance the profession so that providing management accounting decision support is recognized to be as important as it really is.

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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ AICPA CPA Exam is one of the most difficult professional exams in the U.S. With the monumental 2011 CPA Exam changes looming, the exam is expected to become even more difficult. There are anticipated changes to the CPA Exam Simulations as well as new CPA Exam IRFS (International Financial Reporting Standards) content which will be added to every section of the exam except Business Environment and Concepts (BEC).

The CPA Exam is divided into four sections: Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG).

Based on his detailed analysis of the AICPA’s changes, Professor B. Douglas Clinton, wrote new lessons for CPAexcel's CPA Review Course as well as a fascinating four minute video. The video may be viewed below, as well as on and

In Dr. Clinton’s video, he compares and contrasts the 2010 and 2011 BEC section of the CPA Exam. In a clear and concise manner, enlivened with humor, Dr. Clinton presents the 2011 topics:

  •         Risk Management
  •     Strategy and Risk
  •     Process Management
  •     Project Management (Operations Management)
  •     Strategic Planning.

About Professor B. Douglas Clinton — Ph.D., CPA, CMA:
CPAexcel Author and Video Lecturer
Northern Illinois University: Alta Via Consulting Professor of Management Accountancy, Department of Accountancy

Professor Clinton is an integral part of the distinguished faculty who create the CPAexcel CPA Review Course. Dr. Clinton composes exam-accurate study materials as well as presenting engaging video lectures on BEC topics.

Dr. Clinton states that his "most important research task is trying to rebalance the profession so that providing management accounting decision support is recognized to be as important as it really is." His favorite aspect of his teaching job is, "Seeing my students get excited about finding out something they didn't know. Fundamentally, my job is to teach and train accountants to be the best business professionals possible."

About CPAexcel:
CPAexcel is a successful global provider of CPA Exam Review Courses. CPAexcel CPA Review recruits a faculty of award-winning professors from the top accounting universities as authors, lecturers, and mentors. These professors produce CPA study materials which present with great clarity the underlying financial concepts in each section of the CPA Exam. CPAexcel's CPA preparation courses focus on translating mountains of government tax and regulation legalese into Bite-Sized Lessons of 30 minutes or less. These lessons are very understandable modules within a dynamic learning system which dramatically reinforces learning and retention. Concise, interactive lessons keep students focused while reviewing important concepts.

For more information about CPAexcel CPA Review and changes to the 2011 CPA Exam, visit


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