Stupid things said by coworkers, relatives or friends regarding the CPA Exam

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    Anonymous
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    “If you don’t know this **** by now, you are never going to know it”.

    Posted by Another71 on Thursday, September 10, 2015

    We’ve probably all had a coworker, friend, or relative say something stupid-insane-dumb-outrageous or mean to us regarding the CPA exam. I’ve had several but topping the cake this go around happened just this week. I had found out prior that I had failed FAR by 1 point and BEC by 2. (double ugh!) My boss had offered to let me go back down to part time for the next two months while I study and retake the exams. A coworker was asking snidely what I planned to do and “was I going to go back to part time?” I replied that I didn’t know and that I’m giving it the weekend to think about. His response was “I don’t know why you’d go back to part time, it’s not like it helped this last time”

    What's your moment where stabbing the person in the eye seemed like a reasonable response to their dumb question?

    #1327091
    Go.For.Broke
    Participant

    Over Thanksgiving holidays:

    Me: “I'll have to say ‘no' to playing Ticket to Ride (a great board game!). I've got to sneak off to study somewhere for a few hours.”
    Brother-in-law: “When is your test, again?”
    Me: “In January.”
    Brother-in-law: “Is there really any point in studying right now? Won't you just forget what you study between now and January? Shouldn't you just cram close to the test date?”
    My wife: “It doesn't work that way. This is actually a hard exam.”
    Me: “Thanks, babe.”

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 78
    REG - 77
    Finished.  Praise be to the Almighty!
    #1327135
    Missy
    Participant

    I have a friend who quit the exams after a few fails and guaranteed me if she couldn't pass neither could I. Too funny, anyone can pass who never walks away.

    Old timer,  A71'er since 2010.

    Finance manager/HR manager

     

     

    #1327162
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    What happened to the rest of this thread? It used to have like 30 pages…

    #1327199
    Go.For.Broke
    Participant

    I may have bumped the original post from years ago. I think it may have been re-posted later on, and that's the one with the long thread. My bad, guys & gals.

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 78
    REG - 77
    Finished.  Praise be to the Almighty!
    #1327216
    KaliKingz
    Participant

    I looked for the original thread a while ago and came up short , so let's just run with this one.

    My uncle:”what are you studying for?”
    Me: “the CPA exam”
    Uncle: ” oh, you mean to become a notary public?”

    Yes, that's why I have been studying for a year and went to graduate school for.

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 86
    REG - 90
    Even when winning is illogical, losing still far form optional.
    -T.I.
    #1327237
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    @Go.for.broke I couldn't find a different one, and this is the one that the Facebook link above points to, so I think this is the “right” thread, just pretty bare-bones…

    But to not be totally off-topic…
    My best story was from I a holiday with a family dinner (Easter? Mother's Day?) the year I started my CPA exams. An uncle asked what I was using to study, and I told him I was using Wiley books etc. He told me there was no way I could pass the exams without going to live classes for them (I presume he meant like the ones Becker offered), and went on and on about how I couldn't pass them. Fast-forward to Thanksgiving of the same year, I had all 4 passed, with Wiley books/test bank, no lectures let alone live courses. Oops, not sure how that happened. 😛 (Note: we live in the middle of nowhere, so the closest live courses were probably 1.5 – 2 hours away, it's not like he was suggesting I just run down the street for a couple hours on the weekend…)

    #1327238
    marti85
    Participant

    My aunt asked why I suffered so much trying to get the exams passed. I said because I want to be a licensed professional.
    My 19 year old cousin asked: “a license?”
    Then my aunt added: “yeah a license, you know like when you go to the hair salon and those ladies have their haircut license hanging by the mirror, like that.”

    I almost died, but then again, she's the kind of person who thinks that anything that requires studying or anything that will prevent you from watching your nightly sop operas is not worth pursuing.

    CPA to be.
    #1327240
    Stilgoin
    Participant

    My favorite- “Oh yea. I took (insert random test here) and it was sooooo hard. But I passed, so you will get it.”

    Random Exams: LPN, Architecture, Buiding Inspector, Enrolled Agent, Real Estate, City Water Tester, ASE Certification, Contractor, X-Ray Technician, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, Insurance Agent, Cosmetologist, Nail Technician

    For reals- every single exam I listed; there was a real person who looked me dead in the face and said those exact words. I live in a small town where everyone knows everything. :/ I don’t want to be known for throat-punching random people, so I run a lot and try to avoid all CPA convos.

    Stilgoin, CPA

    There are enough critics. Be an encourager

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