June 23, 2020 at 9:32 am #3033036Electric ChickenParticipant
I passed AUD with a 79!!
I am officially done with this! I can finally have my life back after 1.5 years.
Glory be to God!July 9, 2020 at 11:50 am #3046107PokeyParticipant
I've been waiting for 4 yrs to make this post! I tested and failed over 20x before I passed them all! I didn't lose any credits thankfully because once I passed my first one, I made sure I would cram 2 test in one quarter (probably why I kept failing but the thought of losing a credit was greater for me) but I passed all of them within the 18 month window!!
Don't give up.. Whatever your thinking or feeling, you will push through!July 10, 2020 at 9:10 am #3046770kalousdmParticipantJuly 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm #3047307MichaelGuest
Anyone else not getting the eye for the “view score form”?
I believe I have all 4 credits, but I was hoping to see the form to confirm!August 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm #3068925August 6, 2020 at 8:57 pm #3069009CPALady18Participant
Its been a long two years, but I'm finally done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was waiting on the day I would finally be able to say that 🙂August 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm #3070092TncincyParticipant
Congrats CPALady18, It must feel wonderful, exciting, breathtaking, and absolutely unreal to be done. Congrats again.August 7, 2020 at 4:15 pm #3070101RobOhGuest
Congrats @CPALady18 That's awesome!August 24, 2020 at 7:54 pm #3085563CH89Participant
After many attempts, I have finally cleared AUD with an 84, and can say, with a big sigh of relief, I have passed the CPA Exam!August 24, 2020 at 8:03 pm #3085581DanielleGuest
After 20 years of working in various accounting positions that didn’t require me to have my CPA license I finally decided to get it to help with my new job search. So I spent the last year studying one part at a time while working and being a single mom. Just found out I past the last part. So looking forward to throwing all of those review books out. Congrats to everyone else who has finally finished this long and crazy journey.August 24, 2020 at 8:44 pm #3085713DieselParticipant
Received my final passing score and I can now say that I passed all 4 with Ninja. It's been one heck of a journey. I had to take several classes before I was even able to take the CPA exams. While working full-time, it has been hard. I've missed my family and I've missed being able to genuinely have fun… without a CPA study book by my side.
Now I can finally get back to my life and begin pursuing a new career with this lovely CPA certification heading my direction soon. Good luck to everyone and thanks to Ninja for all the MCQs and Sims I studied.
Onto my next journey.August 24, 2020 at 10:43 pm #3085887monikerncParticipant
Congrats to all. You did it! Check back in to let us know how licensing is going and to keep this wonderful forum going.August 25, 2020 at 12:07 pm #3086643sandysprotegeParticipant
The struggle has been REAL!!!
15 years in the making….August 25, 2020 at 12:27 pm #3086685April94Participant
I have been waiting over 2 years to post in this thread. I remember studying for my first exam, AUD, back in October 2017. I used Becker. I took the exam Jan 2018 and ended up failing with a 66. After that, I lost all my confidence and gave up on becoming a CPA. I didn't think I was smart enough to do it. Then, I started with Deloitte in August August 2018. All of my co-workers had passed some or all parts of the exam. I felt like a loser compared to them. Then one day, I decided to pick up studying again. I wanted to be a CPA. I said that to myself over and over.
I knew I had wasted $ on Becker, bc their teaching methods just wasn't working for me. I tried out different review courses and found Roger to be my favorite. Super energetic and enthusiastic! I took FAR twice and failed. Added Wiley test bank and passed on my 3rd try. Took audit next (Roger only) and passed with a 92! Then came REG. Tax is my weakest area and the beast got me – failed with a 71 – so close! Added Wiley TB and passed with an 81 on my 2nd attempt. Last came BEC. I was so burned out at this point but pushed through. Used Roger only and passed with a 77.
I am still in shock that I passed all 4 exams. 2 years ago, I didn't think I could ever do this. This was a hopeless dream. And now it's REALITY.
To everyone on this forum who has supported me, encouraged me, given me advice: thank you so much. You have helped me in more ways I thought possible. This forum definitely gave me more courage with these exams.
Congrats to everyone who passed today. To those who didn't – don't give up. You CAN do this. It will be hard and you might have to make a few sacrifices, but it WILL be worth it!December 1, 2020 at 9:35 am #3171273brittbrasParticipant
After 3 1/2 years of studying, lost credits and many tears, I can finally say that I have passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam!!!! Perseverance has paid off and I am looking forward to what the future holds now that I have passed. I'm also looking forward to getting to spend more time with my family now that this is over. For those of you struggling with the CPA, keep at it, you too will pass!December 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm #3172017MomoParticipant
Sooo glad to be done with this part of the journey! Phew I envisioned this for 2 years and finally, I get to actually live it. THANK YOU GOD!!
Now on to Ethics!December 4, 2020 at 4:32 pm #3174624AleksParticipant
After almost 3 years of fighting I am finally done!! I started out with Becker and failed 3 sections (FAR-65, AUD-72, and REG-63) before I decided to supplement with NINJA. I then passed AUD-78 and failed FAR-62 and then failed REG-69 and FAR-52 again because I reverted to Becker refusing to admit that it did not jive with my study method. I went back to NINJA and got me a pass in BEC-78 on the first try. I proceeded to fail again FAR-70 but passed REG-81 relying only on NINJA at this point. I quickly retested after a 3 week review but failed FAR-70 again. In a last ditch effort, I crammed again and finally passed FAR-80!
Over all I failed many times but kept at it and finally passed, hopefully this serves as some sort of motivation for someone struggling to not quit.
Over all attempts:
Luckily None of my scores expired because of the score extensions due to COVID-19 (Only good thing to happen out of it I guess), otherwise I would still be testing for AUD and BEC today.
A rough calculation of the total cost to pass these exams, including review courses and exam fees: about $9000.
Thankfully I will never have to go through this ordeal again. Now I'm off to play the waiting game with NYS on getting licensed in the middle of a pandemic.
Good luck for those still testing, and congrats to all those who have passed!December 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm #3175302TncincyParticipant
@Aleks, Congrats to you on passing. A long hard fight has paid off. Keep those fingers crossed for the rest of us. Please enjoy your CPA career 🙂December 11, 2020 at 1:56 pm #3180359ssaeternParticipant
After what seemed like an eternity (a little over 3 years), I am finally done. I was actually done in July but just posting now. I didn’t have enough accounting units so I had to spend about half a year going back to school after graduating like almost 10 years before. I first started with Becker because work was paying for it and I heard so many good things about it. However, I found out Becker wasn’t for me because I only passed BEC using it. So after it expired I decided to go with Roger. I found Roger more suited for me. His lectures were entertaining and his setup was almost like a college room setting; where he used a whiteboard to write stuff down. But his MCQs I felt were too basic. I didn’t pass any exams, but my scores were pretty close to 75. I then decided to supplement with Ninja. That combo allowed to pass AUD. For the other 3 exams I decided to supplement with Gleim. I didn’t have much success with the other three using Roger and Ninja; but again my scores were pretty close to 75. With the combo of Roger and Gleim test bank, I managed to pass. I did however had to take REG twice. I got the dreaded 74 on first attempt with that combo. Overall, I had to take it 15 times. I found Gleim to be very helpful. The MCQs and SIMs are a little bit more difficult. But because of that it prepared me better.
For those that are still on the journey, don’t give up. If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to give up, I would be a millionaire. If you put in the time and effort you will pass. Looking back I’m glad I didn’t give up. The long nights and giving up weekends to study was worth it. Now on to the next chapter of my life. In the words of Jimmy V. “Don’t ever give up…”December 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm #3189092TeeJay1993Participant
I passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam on my first try each!! Just found out I passed FAR this past week, and I am officially done and can enjoy the holidays! Take it from me, believe in yourself and work hard, it will pay off. I honestly NEVER felt good coming out of the exams, and I passed each time. Don’t count yourself out. Looking back I would be easier on myself, but it all got me to this moment. Good luck to everyone who is still testing, I have faith in you! Time for me to catch up on much needed sleep and relaxation time!
REG 87January 13, 2021 at 8:58 pm #3210605IraMartinParticipant
I thought I would never be writing this letter. And I am finally doing it!!! I also want to help all those that felt like me. Stuck, confused, working so hard yet no results. Yes I know there are those success stories of people accomplishing it in 6 months and scoring in 80+. But that was not me. I had no idea what I got myself into. I am stay at home mum with bachelors in communications and no accounting degree or accounting work experience. I was just looking for some intellectual challenge and to have something solid in my hands after my children grow up. So I went back to school to take all necessary classes to sit for CPA exam. I was straight A student, always on a Dean's list, I figured how difficult can this be. Oh boy,talk about an uphill battle!!! What a brutal exam. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened to me in the last 3 years. I Started in January 2018 with Wiley, failed REG with 67, then REG 66, then FAR with 62, then AUD with 64. I decided to switch it up with Gleim and finally passed AUD with 75 in September 2019. That was followed with BEC 66 in December 2019, BEC 64 February 2020. Then figured lets go back to REG and I get 75 in June 2020. Fail FAR in October 2020 with 73, pass it in November 2020 77. And finally BEC in December 2020 with 75. Funny, all that hard work and I barely got by. My advice is simple : DO NOT GIVE UP. Big fan of Ninja's questions, and Sparring videos. I believe those had a lot do with FAR and BEC success this year. Gleim might seem an overkill for some but since I had no accounting experience or a degree I needed that depth. KEEP AT IT. It is a lot of material, you need time for that to start sinking in, do not be so hard on yourself. This is brutal. Do not cut corners. Try to UNDERSTAND as much as possible. I do believe luck plays a huge role. I have noticed when exam is geared towards my strengthens then I pass. If I see my nightmare topics in SIMS, its game over. I believe in drilling of mcqs. I did easy 20,000 over 3 years, no joke. This was hard. But as time went on, it all starts to make more and more sense. You will need some time to figure out what works for you – what style, what videos, what program. I do not believe it is Wiley's reason I failed first 4. I just did not learn enough. Give your self time and room for error. Now that continuous testing has been approved, it will be beneficial I think. Unfortunately, Michigan never approved it so I never benefited from it. My journey started on January 12, 2018 and ended January 12, 2021. Exactly three years from when I received Wiley package. Keep at it!!!
REG – 67,66,75
AUD – 64,75
FAR – 62,73,77
BEC – 66,64,75January 13, 2021 at 11:03 pm #3210704CPAdreamerParticipant
Finally done after exactly 18 months. The key to passing the exam for me, was to translate as much of the study experience into a work like setting. I used excel spreadsheets and onenote screenshots extensively in my studying. Think about being “comfortable” in studying in whatever form that comes for you. You can do thisJanuary 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm #3211577Professor FarnsworthParticipantJanuary 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm #3212093Road2CPAParticipant
Done after 12 months (including 1 retake)! I've enjoyed reading everyone's success stories, which has kept me motivated. This process has definitely been draining and then factor in a pandemic – which ironically kept me in the house and forced me to study since there was nothing else to do.
Congratulations to all of those that passed with this most recent score release! For those still going through this journey, do not give up. Also, use this forum regularly because you will get some great testing tips, encouragement, and help with questions tough MCQs and SIMs.
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