Short story…I started taking the exams right out of school back in 2009 and passed them all except one (REG) which I failed multiple times. Due to a bad strategy on my end all exams ended up expiring.
I was working in BIG 4 at that time but ended up moving to a much smaller metro area and pretty much just forgot about the idea of getting a CPA. I ended up pursuing other (non work) interests.
However, As I wanted more progression in my career I once again realized the CPA was necessary.
Key pointers for success:
Study the hell out of your weak point! Since all my exams were expired I studied for REG for about 4 months before taking it because I was honestly intimidated by it from prior bad experiences . I had the mindset of wanting to understand every detail about every subject within REG. It almost became an obsession and I created all kinds of notes and outlines. I devoted a minimum of 2.5 hours per day and probably missed very few if any days in those 4 months. Once I passed that exam I knew I was home free. As you can see, that was by far my highest score of any.
It's always possible my friends (even if it is 10 years later)