Introducing CPA Exam Blogger: Kim

Kim is a new Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.

Third time’s a charm… I hope.

Studying for the CPA exam has brought many new experiences and now contributing to a blog will be another new first!

As a brief introduction, my name is Kim Jones, and I’m an OLDER CPA candidate. (I’m smiling as I say that.) I’m 48 years old and decided that it’s never too late to pursue a dream.

I passed the CMA and CFM exams earlier in my career and that has proven to be somewhat helpful in studying for the CPA exam, but not as much as I had hoped.

I passed BEC at the end of 2010, and I felt confident that I would be able to pass the other three parts within the 18 month timeframe. Then came the brick wall. After studying diligently and using my study materials to the fullest potential, I scored a 63 on REG in February.

I regrouped and studied diligently another 3 months and retook REG again in May and scored a 74. After a short spell of dealing with the disappointment (and I had already started studying for FAR by the way), I got the REG materials back out, added some of Jeff’s materials and ideas, got a CRAM course, and went back to work.

I’ve tailored my studying around my Candidate Performance Report. Like so many candidates, my weaknesses have been in the SIMs. The SIMs on the exam have looked so different than my study materials. But hopefully, since I’ve now been studying for REG since last December, I’ll make it over the hump when I sit again next Tuesday.

Oh, do I miss my hobbies! But I keep telling myself that this is just a short spell in life and that it will feel great to finally accomplish this goal.

Right now I just can’t wait to get into my car after the test and listen to my favorite music all the way home with no CPA tapes!

Much luck with your studies!


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Name (required) 12 years ago

Hey Kim, 1st of all..i would like to tell you something, Your age will never make you old or young...Your heart and mind is still young and that is what matter the most (Its a compliment okay buddy) I am 28 years old, but after reading your post i feel guilty inside my heart as i am not putting much efforts for this exam...I dont know why but i am kind of avoiding studying. But now i really really feel shame on my self... I am gonna put my efforts to the fullest from today on wards. I really want to thank you for your post it made difference at least to me.. Keep studying...and please post your experience i am learning my lesson from that :)

Kim 12 years ago

I could not find your name in the post... but thank you for the encouragement:) And I'm glad that you are going to take advantage of your younger years. Pass this exam before you acquire bi-focal eyes! I wish you the best of luck and I plan to continue to post...

Name (required) 12 years ago

My name is Pooja :) All the very best for your preparation and exams... Take care, keep posting