Passsed: After a Long Journey, I’m Finally Done

01 Oct 2011

Success Stories

Matt 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 April 2010.

All Exams Passed!

Holy cow, what a day! I will always remember where I was on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:30am. A day earlier I had found out that I had passed FAR and now I was just waiting for my REG score to be posted.

Knowing that the state of Nebraska posts the next day after scores are released, I knew that the morning would be the time the score would be posted.

At 7:30 I finally said, “OK, I’m going to check.” Heart pounding, cold sweats all over, I put in my ID and birthday and hit submit…..76 & credit was showing.

I had passed the final part of the exam, and I was now a CPA. I quickly got on the phone and called my fiancé, my parents and just about anybody who would listen to me. I was so excited. Most people are excited when they find out they passed, I was extra excited because of my situation.

I have what I feel is a very touching story in trying the pass the CPA exam. I started my journey July 27, 2007 when I took my first exam, and after 4 years 1 month and 26 days on September 22, 2011, my journey came to an end when I passed. I took the exam a total of 23 times (AUD 8 times, FAR 7 times, BEC 5 times, REG 3 times).

I had four exams expire (REG twice, FAR once, BEC once). I scored a 74 twice and both of these exams had I passed I would have been finished. Ultimately I ended up with all four of my passing scores in the 70’s.

Over my journey I tried countless different review courses from Becker, to Yaeger, to Wiley and finally Roger CPA Review. If I could own stock in review courses, I’d be millionaire. I spent countless holidays studying for exams, countless summers studying for exams, missed out on vacations, missed out on gatherings and just missed out on life.

I know I’m not going to get all that back, but my hard work paid off and now I’ve got the rest of my life to do it. If I had it to do all over again I would have started with Roger CPA Review from the start. Roger’s motivation, high energy, knowledge about the subjects, and his examples made studying actually fun and made me want to watch the lectures and learn the material.

Come on now, what review course do you know that actually has a pneumonic that talks about “Smoking Grass?” I felt his study plan fit me as a working individual who only had limited time to prepare for exams. I could get my studying done in 2-3 hours during the evenings and then had ample time to prepare on the weekends.

A few things I learned along my journey… Don’t ever give up. If you’re thinking you’re at your wits end and can’t go any further, think of me and my 23 times I took the exam. If I can pass the exam, anybody can pass the exam. It’s all about staying the course, staying confident and being able to control the highs and lows. You will have highs and lows throughout this and it's all how you control them.

Another thing would be change review materials if necessary. Sometimes review materials just run their course, you end up not getting anything out of the lectures, you’ve seen the same pneumonic devices, you’ve memorized the multiple choice questions and then you end up not getting as much out of studying for your exams.

A final point is after you’ve taken the exam, what’s done is done, you can’t spend your time worrying about it or trying to look up every question you can remember. You will drive yourself bonkers. Just realize that you need to move on and not think about it until you get your score back and then react accordingly.

Congratulations to everyone that passed during this testing period, and to those that are still studying out there please hang in there, work hard and you too will pass. Please let me know if I can ever do anything to help you. I will continue to stay on and blog here and there and would love to answer questions if people have them. Please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you with answers and advice.

Take care,

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Chris 13 years ago

Wow, you've finally made it after how many attempts?!!! Your story is amazing and I'm so happy for you. Now go enjoy your success and your life once again.

ILresults 13 years ago

Congratulations!!!! your story is similar to mine. I too started this journey 4 yrs back sometime in Aug 2007 and finally completed my final part FAR and got the result Sep 22nd at 7:50 AM. Can't forget this day too... I can completly understand how u r feeling now..:) Congratulations again...

Mahoney 13 years ago

Congratulations on completing CPA exam! You exemplify true strength and patience. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Amy 13 years ago

Congrats on finishing!!! My story is very similar and I have always felt like I'm the only one... I lost credit on 3 parts, two of which were taken on paper. I can't, and don't want to count how many times I've taken the exam. I did take a break for a couple of years, but now I am back at it, sort of. I passed AUD in Feb and haven't studied a single bit since. Woke up this morning feeling like jumping back in, just hoping I'm not too late. Your story is motivating as I'm trolling the web looking for inspiration. Thanks for sharing & good luck to you :-)

Laura 13 years ago

This next time I take BEC will be my 23rd time. Hopefully lucky #23 will the end for me too! and I have VERY similar stories and it gives me hope that this will be my last time. Good luck in your future endeavors; after this exam there is nothing that you can't do!!

JoMarie 13 years ago

Congrats!!! I'm glad to know there are others out there like me, takne these exams so many times. I'm going on my 25th time this month with Audit. Audit has been my beast. I've lost FAR, REG, and now BEC because of Audit. Going from 3/4 done to a 1/4 is really frustrating but reading how you've and so many have succeeded this testing window, it has really given me a lot of hope. Congrats again and enjoy being study free!!!

Kim 13 years ago

Matt, Yours is one of the best success stories yet... hats off to you! Hope that you are doing some major celebrating!

Matt 13 years ago

@Nerley - Send me an email ( Everybody else, thanks for the kind words!

Allyson 13 years ago

What a fantastic story of perseverance. I've followed your blogs from the first and I am so SO happy for you. Are you still pinching yourself? I still can't believe I'm done. What a feeling!! Congratulations!!!