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April 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm #2333379BMoneyParticipant
I took waaayyy too long. I thought I could more or less wing it with just some review books, and after I passed Audit and BEC right away on my first attempt, I figured the other two would be no big deal. Wrong.
My study skills weren’t always great, but FAR and REG slayed me. Just when I thought I was improving at FAR, I got one of my lowest scores. Eventually with expiring scores looming, I decided to quit the job I hated and signed up for the Ninja review. I think the MCQs and night-before review of the notes were just enough to pass.
Thanks so much to Jeff for the review materials and the A71 forum. Hearing others’ stories and anxiety about score releases kept me sane and let me know I wasn’t the only one going through the stress. It sometimes felt like family and friends didn’t appreciate how all-consuming this process is, that I couldn’t even sleep without dreaming of either practice questions or score reports.
When I finally got that last score, I couldn’t help but cry. It’s amazing how surreal it felt, and how quickly those failing scores didn’t seem to matter at all. Looking back, I almost feel proud of my failures, like they were a sign of the struggle and perseverance.
I didn’t realize how much of a process getting the license would still be. After I got my scores and thought I was pretty much through it, I found out not only that the ethics exam is a bitch, but that the educational requirements in California had changed since I first looked into the process in 2010. I thought I had met all of the educational requirements with three community college courses I took over the last year, in part just to get units, but found I need three more. I wish I knew if the Board agreed with my assessment while I wait for their response to my application, because I’m now signing up for summer courses. Hopefully these won’t be a waste of time also. The waiting in this process has been almost as tough as the exams.
Ethics took me almost a solid week since I failed it once. It’s too bad that it’s not written as carefully as the CPA exams, but what the heck, I’m not working now anyway so it gave me some purpose. Now to start the job hunt…
Congratulations to everyone who’s gotten through this. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the CPA designation is no joke, and probably doesn’t get the respect it deserves. To everyone who’s still working on the exams or the license, best of luck and stay determined, it will be worth it.
AUD – 87
BEC – 78
FAR – 65, 66, 71, 65, 78
REG – 67, 69, 64, 76May 6, 2019 at 7:59 pm #2382678JuneParticipant
Can't believe I make it to this thread! 82 for REG and I'm DONE! Thank you everyone! This forum is such a huge support ❤️! Good luck all!!May 6, 2019 at 9:50 pm #2383128YouTooShallPassParticipant
4 for 4 and I ain’t talkin about Wendy’s. So surreal I’m actually posting on this thread. Couldn’t have done it without Ninja and this forum. Good luck to all of you still chugging away. You can and will do this!!May 7, 2019 at 7:56 am #2384004sarah-caldwellParticipant
I started studying for FAR in April of 2016 and today I am finally done. I failed my first 5 exams and felt so defeated. I finally got serious and passed all 4 in a year! Don't give up!May 7, 2019 at 9:10 am #2384259cpacParticipant
So proud of this community and everyone here. I passed over a year ago and got my license in the mail on Saturday. I couldn't stop crying. Without this site I could have never powered through and accomplished my goals and am so glad we all are/were in this together!! Congratulations to all the new CPAs and thanks Jeff for giving us this community!May 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm #2384880crick84Participant
Awesome to read all of the “I'm done” stories. Couldn't be happier for everyone!
I started this journey back in 2013 and took several breaks along the way. Passed AUD yesterday to finally be done…done…done! Now to figure out the WA State Board of Accountancy licensure application, ethics exam and other requirements. :). Happy CPA'ing.May 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm #2385207yfzParticipant
Just got the score for BEC and I passed! I'm officially done with all four CPA exams!!!May 16, 2019 at 10:45 am #2405988nicholasloprinzi25Participant
Has anyone been able to pass without getting the research sim correct ? I struggled to find it, got definitely 2/4, maybe 3/4 of it right. Just out of curiosity, thanks!May 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm #241989946inchvertParticipant
Just got my FAR Score… Its an 80! I'm done y'all!May 22, 2019 at 6:55 pm #2419932SamParticipant
Passed Reg with a 93, pretty even grouping with the other scores being 92, 92, and 91 all on the first attempt. I am done. See ya!May 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm #2420136SandraParticipant
I'm done – Passed REG on second attempt. I am so happy to get my weekends back (so are my kids)
Mailing off the application tomorrow – filled it out last week to be prepared for when this happened
Congratulations to all!
SandraMay 22, 2019 at 8:16 pm #2420229LLParticipant
I am done. March 2018 – May 2019. One of the best gifts I have given to myself.May 23, 2019 at 12:21 am #2420565Cali_818Participant
I'm officially all done. Passed my REG retake with a 83. The biggest roadblock in this whole journey was passing FAR which took me 5 attempts!!! Congrats to everyone!!May 23, 2019 at 12:22 am #2420571mtlgeminiParticipant
Finally done. I had my first attempt in February 2017. Came back with a more serious approach in May 2018 and just received my last, passing score in May 2019.May 23, 2019 at 8:29 am #2421003TommyLParticipant
Feels like I'm graduating from college all over again posting here…..
Anyways, done!May 27, 2019 at 6:23 am #2429646Gias AhmedParticipant
Congratulation!! I am just starting my journey and studying FAR. I am requesting you if possible to give me some Idea or share your
experience with me.
Gias AhmedMay 28, 2019 at 7:31 am #2431815JBBParticipant
I'm done! Took me right at a year while working full time with family, etc. Own the material, stay positive, get some exercise!
AUD 83 8/11/18
REG 75 11/17/18
BEC 77 2/2/19
FAR 79 5/11/19May 28, 2019 at 12:10 pm #2432301mcast126Participant
Did anyone had an easier second testlet and still passed? Took BEC on the 23rd and my second testlet was easier. I need to pass is my last one!June 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm #2445165To0ld2PassParticipant
@Mcast126, I wouldn't worry about it to much. I never had a noticeably harder second testlet on any of the ones I've passed. I just took AUD though and the 2nd testlet was huge jump in difficulty.June 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm #2445168Terre PaulParticipant
I've been procrastinating on this post. In part, because being done is still somewhat surreal. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I can word exactly how triumphant it feels. So, I'll use #'s.
980 miles; distance I moved from home to a state that was more open to the idea of licensing an ex felon.
15 years: from the time I completed my B.S. until now.
6: number of kids and grandkids and adult stepchild sharing a 3 bedroom house when I first began studying.
50%: discount I received on Becker review through scholarship.
2x: number of Becker extensions I needed to complete all 4 parts.
4x: to pass FAR successfully.
3 for 3: passing other 3 sections.
6K: approximate $ spent on exam fees and Becker review.
1st and the Last: One of Jesus'alias, and whom I give all glory and honor too.June 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm #2467506AbbyParticipant
I'm finally finished!! Can't wait to have a life again 🙂 Congrats to everyone who also conquered the beast. We did it guys!!!June 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm #2467848AnthonyParticipant
I never thought I would make it to this board after failing AUD with a 70 the first time. However, after 2 yrs I am finally finished with the CPA exam after passing BEC with a 89. To all those who are still taking the exam, do not give up and keep going.June 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm #2468091AthleteToCPA2Participant
About a year from the start of studying and I am finally done! 94 on BEC to finish it off. For everyone who hits a roadblock or loses motivation, you can pass these exams with determination, sacrifice, and hard work. Also don’t pay too much attention to the Becker mock exams, they don’t always indicate how you’ll do on the actual exam. Good luck to all those still taking exams. It’ll be over before you know it!June 11, 2019 at 7:18 am #2468856Data_75Participant
I've waited a year now to post into this thread and now I officially can! Passed my last section REG! Congrats to everyone who has passed and good luck to everyone continuing to tackle these test!June 11, 2019 at 8:02 am #2468991TParticipantJune 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm #2469867Devious BananasParticipant
I am done! 5 years of school, 2 years of studying while working, 2 sections failed and retaken. I found out yesterday I improved my score 10 points on REG after a month of studying using only Ninja.
I am already planning my celebratory motorcycle rides with my newfound free time.
Congrats to everyone that's done!June 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm #2470386NateParticipant
What a great story you have, thanks for sharing, congratulations and thanks for using your story to motivate others. Welcome to the CPA club!June 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm #2470551Auditor_AmbiParticipant
So thrilled to finally be able to comment on this thread!! Passed AUD with an 82!
For those reading this forum for encouragement (which I often did throughout the journey!): beginning to study for each exam, I felt like I was at the bottom trying to climb a mountain. Be patient with yourself and take it a day at a time – your hardwork will pay off and the material will begin to make sense!
Top two pieces of advice to pass on the first try:
(1) Write down WHY you got any MCQ or Sim wrong to solidify your understanding of the correct answer
(2) Especially for REG and FAR, write out step-by-step cheat sheets of how to solve problems (ex: step 1-2-3 for like-kind exchanges, percentage completion, etc) so when you're faced with the problem on Test Day, you'll methodically know how to solve for and not make mistakes! Woot!
Again congrats to all who are officially done!! We made it!!
REG – 87 (10/26/18)
BEC – 76 (12/07/18)
FAR – 88 (3/08/19)
AUD – 82 (5/31/19)June 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm #2486169PepperParticipant
I am in shock. I started this process 25 years ago before I had my kids and put it on hold. I watched my mom go through the CPA exam in the 1980s and have always revered CPAs.
Now, after 18 months of studying, I am done with all four sections of the CPA exam on the first try while taking classes, parenting two teen boys and life happened…water heater died and flooded my office, car died, flat tire on car, sicknesses and family emergencies, etc. I listened to Jeff's audio tapes while I drove in the car and spent countless hours listening to Becker lectures. I am thankful for the another71 community…I knew I was never alone in this journey. Now I just need to complete five more classes and get a job!June 18, 2019 at 6:17 pm #2486973CorgiMomParticipant
I took my first exam seven years ago next month, and today I'm finally DONE! I thought I'd be a lot more excited to be done, but I honestly didn't think I passed this last exam (study schedule got way off track and I really hadn't studied as much as I needed to) so I'm more just in shock.