Knocked Down (FAR) – But Not Out

J.W. is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as he documents his journey through the CPA Exam.

He has been a member of's Club 75 since August 2010.

Week 10:

I probably checked for my FAR score 100 times yesterday. I Checked every 5 minutes once the website crashed to see if it was back up. After all that I got my score at midnight and it popped up.


It sucks to fail. I put in a lot of hours, but ultimately I have to work harder next time. That’s really the simplest way to state how I feel right now. I just have to work harder and work through whatever difficulties I’m having better. I'm still confident in my study materials, I have to work harder with what is there. This is by no means the end and I will pass next time.

We're all on this site to pass the exam and we are all accountants in some way, shape or form. The CPA credential is basically the pinnacle of our profession and we owe it to ourselves and to our loved ones to work our hardest to obtain it. This is our career and we should be the best damn CPA we can be.

There are 1,000 excuses for those of us that don't pass, but when it comes down to it when we fail we have to work harder the next time. It's not about putting in 100 hours and done its all about our individual abilities. Whether it takes 50 or 500 we need to make the time.

I'm going to work harder next time and now I'm no longer a rookie exam taker. I learned a lot about the exam and I'm going to be more focused and determined next time I take it. I failed but I don't intend on it happening again so I'm going to man up, make the time and study and cram MCQ's until I want to throw up.

I am going to overhaul my test preparation and work hard so exm failure doesn't happen again. We are all smart people, you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't. It's time to put the effort in and just do it.

So let me say congratulations to all those who did pass. I'll be on that side soon.

For those of us that failed, it is only temporary and when we pass it will be forever.

For those that need some inspiration today:


“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them.” – Tom Krause

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure” – Colin Powell

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street” – Zig Ziglar

“A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him” – Elmer G. Letterman

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success” – Walter Brunell

“Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.” – Chinese Proverbs

“We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

“To fail is a natural consequence of trying. To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying.” – David Viscott

“Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.” – Napolean Hill

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”- Sir Winston Churchill

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. ” – Elbert Hubbard

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” – William Saroyan

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. – Roger Van Oech

“Failure is success if we learn from it” – Malcolm Forbes

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Confucius



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Allyson 12 years ago

UGH! I hate that for you. I made a 69 the first time I took FAR and cried like a baby. For some reason, after that, I grew tougher skin and the failing scores just fueled my fire and made me mad, and I tried that much harder for a passing score. I hate that word "fail". It has negative connotations and what you are doing is all good. The inspirational quotes are great. I print them out when I see a good one and post them in my office. It helps to take a brek and read them. Your attitude is awesome and you will pass. Merry Christmas!

usha 12 years ago

Don't give up. I got 55 the first time in FAR and took the test again on 11/29. Got an 80 this time.

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You have the right attitude and I know you will succeed on your next try. Best of luck.