Stephanie is a new weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
First, a little bit about myself and my journey. Ive been at the CPA exam for almost 2 years now. I passed my first part, REG, in March (the time the window got extended because of storms) of 2010 and it will expired in September of 2011. I have 3 more parts to pass and although I probably have no shot of passing them all before REG expires, Im going to try.
I never thought I would go down the route of becoming a CPA because I worked in corporate tax accounting and few of the managers had their CPA designation where I worked. When my dad passed away in 2008 I knew I eventually had to take a crack at the exam because it was always his dream for me to be a CPA.
Now I find myself unemployed, laid off due to outsourcing to the Big 4, and studying seems to be even harder. I lack self-motivation and where while working I had a very defined study plan (8pm-12am on weekdays and at least 6 hours on weekends), now my day is filled with uncertainty and a lot of laziness. I try and make schedules, but I never stick to them because its easy to think that I have all the time in the world and I will catch up.
Im studying for FAR right now and my test date is May 20th, sickeningly close considering Im just going through the MCQs for the first time and Im about ¾ of the way through. But I really need to review everything and hit the software MCQs hard. Right now I am trying to study 25+ hours a week, which should be easy considering I dont have kids or a husband or a job, but its the little things that get in the way.
Until my test I really need to buckle down though and do at least 80-100 MCQ a day and read my notes and flashcards like crazy.
After FAR I will be taking AUD, which Ive failed twice, once with a 56 and once with a 71 (ouch!). Im thinking of using the Roger CPA Review course so if anyone has any advice, tips, or testimonials, post!
To be honest, I probably would have given up on the exam by now if it werent for my wonderful boyfriend and his support and for the fact that Im just too stubborn to give in to this monster.