Official “I Passed the CPA Exam” Thread - Page 31

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    I haven't been to this site in 5 years, but I was thinking about it this morning as this site was instrumental in helping me pass. I caught myself shamelessly oogling over my license this morning, and again, it has been 5 years. It never gets old. But thank you Jeff, I am glad to see you are still helping people pass.


    I’m done!

    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, 76


    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!!


    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!!

    AUD - 89
    BEC - 89
    FAR - 82
    REG - 83
    The end is near

    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!

    FAR- 67, 69, 57, 77

    AUD- 71, 81

    REG- 73, 84

    BEC- 87


    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!

    Working hard...

    AUD: 74, 91 1/18

    BEC: 78 12/16

    FAR: 65, 73, 66, 83 8/17

    REG: 64, 80 1/18


    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.


    Just got the score for BEC and I passed! I'm officially done with all four CPA exams!!!

    FAR - PASSED ON 12/19/2018

    REG - PASSED ON 2/5/2019

    AUD - PASSED ON 3/19/2019

    BEC - PASSED ON 5/7/2019


    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!

    AUD - 75
    BEC - 79
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 76
    Pushing through one step at a time!

    Just got my FAR Score… Its an 80! I'm done y'all!

    If someone with a Georgia "edumucation" can do this, you can too. Stay positive and work hard!
    AUD 78
    BEC 80
    FAR 80
    REG 81

    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!

    AUD - 92
    BEC - 92
    FAR - 91
    REG - 93
    Accounting Assistant in Wisconsin

    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!

    AUD - 85
    BEC - 76
    FAR - 77
    REG - 76

    I am done. March 2018 – May 2019. One of the best gifts I have given to myself.

    AUD - 76
    BEC - 76
    FAR - 79
    REG - 80
    I am DONE!

    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!!

    AUD 75
    BEC 78
    FAR 76
    REG 83

    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.

    AUD - 59 (9/2018), 75 (10/2018)

    BEC - 83 (5/2019)

    FAR - 73 (2/2019), 75 (4/2019)

    REG - 58 (2/2017), 84 (7/2018)


    Feels like I'm graduating from college all over again posting here…..

    Anyways, done!

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 84
    FAR - 78
    REG - 86
    Gias Ahmed


    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 Ahmed


    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 5/11/19



    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!


    @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.

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 76
    REG - 78
    Always chose the road less traveled.
    Terre Paul

    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.

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 81
    REG - 77
    The race is not given to the swift or strong, but to him that perseveres to the end.

    I'm finally finished!! Can't wait to have a life again 🙂 Congrats to everyone who also conquered the beast. We did it guys!!!

    AUD - 91
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 92
    REG - 93
    "It'll all be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."

    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.

    AUD - 84
    BEC - 89
    FAR - 86
    REG - 90
    We all fall down but we get up.

    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!

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 94
    FAR - 80
    REG - 76
    Former College Baseball Player Turned CPA

    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!

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 76
    REG - 76
    I wouldn't be mad if I never saw another multiple choice question again!

    After my sixth time with Audit, I am officially DONE!!!! 78 this morning on audit. Thanks Ninja and Ninja community.

    Devious Bananas

    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!


    @Terre Paul,

    What a great story you have, thanks for sharing, congratulations and thanks for using your story to motivate others. Welcome to the CPA club!

    AUD: 54 (10/31/15); 83 (12/02/17)
    BEC: 70 (01/31/16); 90 (07/02/17)
    FAR: 73 (10/03/15); 88 (02/17/18)
    REG: 83 (06/09/18)
    AICPA Ethics: 91 (06/28/18)
    Licensed: 08/16/18

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
    -Galatians 6:9


    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)


    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!

    AUD - 80
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 89
    REG - 82
    How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.
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