I can now officially say that I am done taking the CPA exam! I found out last week that I passed REG and FAR!
I began my journey with the CPA in November of 2008, so this has been a long time coming. I have taken each test at least twice, and I took FAR 4 times, so I definitely know the struggles. I am here to tell you that if I can pass, so can each one of you still on your journey.
I thought I would take a second and share some of the tips I have picked up along the way.
Dont give up!!!! Believe me, there have been many, many times when I just wanted to throw in the towel and give up on becoming a CPA. Every time I got 74 after 74 on my tests I felt like crying (and sometimes did), but I picked myself back up because I figured that if I was investing so much of my life and money in this, I wasnt just going to quit.
Give yourself enough time to study for each test. Follow the NINJA Study Plan (free). It is set out very well and if you stay on track you will have plenty of time to study. I was notorious for scheduling back to back exams so I would have taken two tests each testing window.
I dont recommend this. I never gave myself quite enough time to study how I wanted to study. It happened to work this time but maybe if I had spread them out (at least REG and FAR) I would have passed them sooner.
If your study materials aren't working for you, drop them and get new ones. Dont just stick with a study material because you paid all this money for it, the truth is, you may end up spending even more in extra testing fees and still end up switching.
Before each test, do something that relaxes you, whether that is working out, going out with friends, etc. For me I went and got a massage the day before each test which helped relieve some of my anxiety.
So congratulations to all of you who passed during this last window and good luck for those of you who still have tests left! I know you can do it. Feel free to leave me any questions on what worked for me or didn't work for me for studying. I would be happy to help or even if you need some encouragement!!