Motivation to Not Give Up-My CPA Story

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    Hi everyone, I know some times it helps to read success stories so here is mine!

    I went back to night school and got the 30 hours needed to sit for the exam(I did 2.5 years of night classes). I first sat for AUD in May of 2018, got married in June, bought a house in Sept. I took 6 months to study for FAR(way to long) and failed with a 72. For me, this was devastating. I had never truly failed at anything. I sat for a retake 7 weeks later and bombed with a 63. I then regrouped and began studying for BEC. One month out from my BEC exam, I was in a major car accident. I broke my left arm and two fingers on my right hand(the hand I write with). I had to do 12 weeks of physical therapy, work full time and study. I also taught myself how to write in my finger splints. I did move my test back and passed with a 76! I also received a credit extension from my board for my AUD credit because time was running out. So I have to pass REG & FAR in the same testing window! I pass FAR with and 82 and I miss REG with a 74. I missed being done by 1 point after all of that and lost my AUD credit. Again, devastation doesn't even begin to describe it. So I am rescheduled now for REG & AUD then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and my tests were canceled and I had to reschedule months later. I finally pass REG in August of 2020. I am schedule for AUD for November of 2020. I make a 72! I am six weeks away from losing my BEC credit now. I studied like I have never studied before! I took my AUD test in 12/30/2020 and my BEC credit expired on 12/31/2020. I passed AUD with an 82! I am done. After the accident, I seriously considered I may not be able to do this but I am so happy I finished. To all of you who pass these exams with kids at home, you guys are the real heroes. Thank you to this forum for all the support and I hope this helps someone keep going! In total this was a 5.5 year process for me. It was worth it!

    My test scores:
    AUD- 77*, 73, 82
    FAR- 72, 63, 81
    REG- 71, 74, 82
    BEC- 76
    *-lost credit

    AUD - 82
    BEC - 76
    FAR - 81
    REG - 82
    The darkest hour is always just before the dawn
    *-Lost Credit
    I did 2.5 year of night school then 2 years taking the exam!

    Thanks for sharing your story.
    Happy to see it all paid off in the end. I'm not sure how you found the will to keep going, but congrats on being done finally!!!

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)


    Congrats, πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ best wishes for a prosperous career! Keep us posted on licensing!

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 76
    REG - 88
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    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all first try! 2016
    Licensed State of Montana April Fool’s Day 2020
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    Experience was the worst part of the journey for me. You?
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