Matt is a new weekly Club 75 Blogger as he documents his journey through the CPA Exam. He has been a member of Another71.com's Club 75 since April 2010.
Hello to all studying candidates out there. My name is Matt, and Im trying to finally finish this exam so that I can move on with my life.
I probably have one of the more unbelievable stories out there, and Im hoping that these final two exams I am currently working on will be my ticket to a CPA.
To start out, I first want to give everybody some background on my journey through this process. I started on this long, long, long road back in July 2007.
I did an internship in 2006 with Deloitte, was hired full-time by Deloitte in January of 2007 and finished my Masters in June 2007.
In July 2007, I decided it was good time for me to start taking the exam, and I had it all planned out to take BEC in July, AUD in August, REG in November, and FAR in January. In my mind I thought, This is it. I will pass all four and be done before busy season. Easy enough, right? WRONG!!!
Out of those four exams, the only one I passed was REG (Im in the Tax Department at Deloitte), and so we go on this journey of Matt trying to pass the exam.
Fast forward ahead to July 2011, and Im still working on trying to pass the exam. Ive taken the exam 21 times, not counting the two exams that Im currently studying for. Ive taken BEC 5 times, AUD 8 times, REG 2 times, FAR 6 times. Ive had my credit in BEC expire once, my credit for REG expire twice and my credit for FAR expire once.
Ive passed all of the exams at least once, but not all in the same 18 month window. Ive gotten two 74s. Both times, had I passed, would have resulted in me becoming a CPA, and both exams subsequently caused another exam to fall off.
Ive had one exam rescored to no avail. And yes, if youre wondering, I do keep my statistics on a sheet of paper. I think the people at the Prometric testing center in Omaha know me by name and always seem to ask, Is this the last one?
Of the 21 exams, Ive had two outlier scores and everything else has been between a 64 and a 74. As you can tell, I havent given up, as it would have been very easy to just give up.
I feel as though I have lost 4 years of my life to studying, and it makes me sick to my stomach that I just cant get over the hump. Ive used Becker review materials, Yaeger, Wiley books, CPAforfree.com, Jeffs NINJA notes, and now Ive decided to try Roger CPA Review.
In this session, Im going to be studying for REG first (test date July 29th) and then FAR (test date August 25th). I just received my login for the Roger CPA Review course videos, and Im waiting for my software and books in the mail.
Currently Ive been through the Individual Income Tax section videos and the Federal Security Regulations sections on the Roger CPA Review course while I wait for my books. I have been listening to Rogers lectures and taking my own notes.
I have found that Rogers energy and passion to see his students succeed is second only to Jeffs motivation. I supplement my own notes by reviewing Jeffs NINJA notes to ensure that I have a full scope of the topic at hand.
I hope to get through the rest of the REG 2 and REG 3 sections of the Roger Review by the end of the week, review my notes, and supplement my learning with many, many, many MCQs.
Im hopeful that youll join me on the remainder of my journey to try and pass the CPA Exam. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Take care and all the best!