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I completed the UCLA ethics class last year. If you sign up 30 days prior to the start they do give a 10% discount on the price. Definitely not a BS class does require time and effort. I was moving to California so community college wasn't an option as I would have had out of state tuition. I believe you can take it for credit only or for a grade but credit only requires 80% to pass but grade was 70% to pass…if my memory is correct!
If you want to read an interesting real life case regarding this type of fraud look up Rita Crundwell of Dixon Illinois. She alone stole more than $54 million dollars from the city. Everyone trusted her and never questioned her for 20 years! It was found when she was out of the office and someone filled in for her and found irregularities. Just crazy!
Hello Alpal617, I understand your frustration, I spent 5 years and about 20 exams to finally pass in 2018, I took me 4 times to pass REG and then I lost it trying to pass the others. I don't think my family thought I was going to pass! When I first started the exams I was working on my Masters, working full-time and just wasn't a good combo for me. I decided I wasn't going to let the exam win! For me copious amounts of MCQ's worked and if I had a weak area I would read the book on the subject as I found there would be information in the book not on the MCQ's but on the exam.(I didn't take notes I just read the material). I started with Gleim then moved on to Wiley. To be honest I found Ninja MCQ's to be the best value. For FAR it was also copious amounts of MCQ's and I would read the book on the weak areas and review journal entries if applicable. Also in the final year of sitting for exams I realized if I took an evening off from studying to go to the movies or eat out it wasn't going to keep me from passing, I think I needed those mental breaks. Getting that final passing score is really an amazing feeling! I think I would have regretted it if I had not continued. Just realize it is a journey of perseverance. I know at least 5 people who gave up after trying the CPA and now regret it. It was definitely worth it for me both personally and professionally. I was working Government which required a CPA for promotion but it was a toxic environment and needed to leave. I moved states and was able to land a position with a 15k increase in salary thanks to the CPA. And no one asks you how many times you sat for exams…Another 71 is a great forum. I know that it also was helpful for me. I hope this gives you some encouragement and know that it is really more of a test of perseverance. Best wishes!
@Recked Yes, definitely happier! New position, Controller with small Mfg. Co, is much more challenging and interesting. I liked Auditing work but the Government job had morale issues, limited growth opportunities and definitely not worth staying for the pension. (Did vest and will receive a small pension for 7 years of employment).
@Tncincy I know you have been on here as long as I have. You can do it! It took me awhile to figure out how to study. For me it was copious amounts of MCQ's (Thanks Another 71!) Then I would read the book and I always found some tidbit that wasn't covered in the MCQ's. The feeling of passing that final exam is priceless. Perseverance is the key, I know many who gave up. I thought about giving up a time or two but I wasn't going to let the exam get the best of me…And now I am a CPA!
I finally became a CPA 1 year ago at age 54! I went back to school and finished a BS in 2011. I started as an Auditor with State Government, started a Masters program and also started the CPA…long story short, I finished the Masters at the end of 2015, the CPA end of 2017, licensed February of 2018. It was a 5 year journey for me…1 pass, 1 expired and many retakes…DO NOT GIVE UP! Was it worth it? Yes! It was a personal goal/challenge. Did it pay off? Yes! I left State Government went into Private with a $15K bump in pay. Best to all of you!March 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm in reply to: CALIFORNIA CPA LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS TIME 2019 #2240988
Thought I would NEVER get to post here!
I was licensed in TN in 2018, knew I would be moving to California completed the additional classes I needed before moving.
I applied in August. Received confirmation 8/30/2018 application received.
Moved in September, sent form to former employer for experience verification(took 2 months for former employer to complete because of the detail-their reason). Meanwhile, had fingerprints completed; sent form to TN to verify the person completing my experience was a CPA in TN.
Was notified that my experience as an auditor for 7 years with the state of TN was deficient in one line item to get a CPA with attest privilege (wtf!).
There was a lull in communication from CBA. I contacted CBA and was told that I had to change my status application request by email to a CPA without attest experience to go forward(December 2018).
Notified 1/19/2018 that I was approved to be licensed.
Today, March 01, 2019, I received my California CPA license number! Yay! So more than 6 months.
I hear ya! I am licensed in another state and am trying to get my my CPA in Cali and the only thing left is the PETH. I had to take the AICPA ethics for my current CPA but the PETH is killing me! I have used the suggestions on here but didn't read them until my 1st fail! I feel that it is more brutal than the CPA! I But still have to retake even after taking several days and looking up each question using Ctrl-F…I will prevail! I hope it's a pass for you this week. Good luck!
I needed a class, already have a Master's. I did UCLA extension classes. The one I needed ended up being a really great class. They have certificates as well, that you maybe able parlay to your advantage. Community Colleges most like will charge out of state tuition. UCLA extension classes, I believe are the same price for everyone, they do give a 10% discount if you sign up 30 days prior to the class start.May 21, 2018 at 5:37 am in reply to: Do CPA Exam scores expire in the state of Tennessee????? #1804496
I assume you mean after passing all 4 exams. I looked at the Tennessee code (Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-1-106) and there is nothing addressing the scores expiring after all have been passed. They are good at responding to questions, call them at 1-615-741-2550.
I am taking the ethics requirement for California right now through UCLA extension and the class I am taking is taught by a retired CPA, his class is well put together, has a traditional text book, is 10 weeks long. It is a lot of work but you will learn from it. If you pay 30 days in advance you will get 10% discount making it just under $700. I am already a CPA in another state and need this for licensing purposes and I have a Masters already but I would not hesitate to take additional classes at UCLA.March 26, 2018 at 6:56 am in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1749285
I am licensed in another State and I am relocating to California summer time (Returning after 8 years-Cali native), I contacted the CBA and I was told that it would be 4-6 months after I have sent everything in…and it would take at least a month to process the payment!! (What year is Cali operating in?)I am lacking the college ethics class which I am taking this next quarter, so I will not even be able to apply until end of June! So I speculate it will be the end of the year before I get my Cali CPA! Crazy! After I passed it in TN it took 6 weeks to get licensed here and I thought that was a long time!
I definitely understand your situation as I also used Wiley.
Here is my bout with FAR:
After Q1 2017 1st score release I only had FAR left(Yay!) or so I thought…Q1 FAR score 70.
Then I studied and did a retake Q2 – FAR 66! wtf!(after a long score release wait!) I thought there was a pretty good chance I passed, hence I did not continue to study, big mistake on my part.
Okay here we go again Q3 – FAR 66! Again! how is that even possible?
This time I purchased Ninja MCQ's – I completed 4600 MCQ's and I did SIMS only on areas I knew I was weak on based on MCQ's. Sat 4Q on the very last day, leaving only 1 more chance to retake before I lost a section. I continued to study after until score release as it felt like Q3 exam, but I ended up with a 77 and finally finished. For me copious amounts of MCQ's worked. I originally started with Gleim, only passed REG then lost it.
Keep Moving forward! Good luck!
I work as an auditor in State Government. FAR knowledge is helpful for auditing. Without a CPA promotions are limited. There are plenty of jobs in Government that require a CPA. The CPA gave me an immediate 5% raise and my next promotion will be 10% on top of that and that will be by summer. Where my coworkers without a CPA are at about where I am salary wise and have been here several years longer than I have. Plus it opens up a multitude of options I didn't have prior to passing. So it is not just for Public Accounting.February 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm in reply to: Looking for some career advice for a 35 year old new to accounting. #1713475
Have you thought about government? There are opportunities in State, Counties, Cities and Federal.
Thank you everyone!
I was hoping that my journey would encourage at least one person not to give up. It is easy to get discouraged, I have a few co-workers who tried and gave up, they now regret it. I did question if I could pass it when I lost REG but thought, Geez! I know how to read, I can do this!
I tell you it was such a zen moment, such a calm feeling when I received that final passing score on 12/19/2017, totally worth the struggle! But licensing…that was another 6 weeks(Thank you Nasba!-their time table didn't align with mine!) I couldn't get licensed until my state(TN) actually received the scores from Nasba. I was licensed on 2/1/2018.
@Tncincy – Keep going! you can succeed! You will!
@Anu – Thank you!
This is the first time my score matched trending, usually it matched the average. Studied for a retake until score release. I covered 4600 questions this go.
It has taken awhile to sink in! Finally.
I am also waiting on FAR, hopefully my last! Good luck everyone!
I left mine blank. I read and re-read the instructions to make sure that I didn't miss any instructions. In real journal entries I wouldn't put a zero and since it didn't specify I left them blank. I did use “no entry required” as per instructions if I didn't need additional journal entries.
I am waiting for FAR. If I pass I am finally done. If not, one more attempt before I lose one. I got my fingers crossed! Good luck everyone!
I am retaking FAR on 12/10 and I am trying to get through 450 of “problem” questions this 4 day weekend, my goal is to understand why they are problem questions because I want to be done this quarter!November 8, 2017 at 8:42 am in reply to: How to find an audit job when you are out of college? #1659698
You may consider State Government. Most of the Performance Auditors in my State(TN) do not have have accounting degrees, but need to have a Masters. For financial/compliance auditing need to have the units to sit for the CPA to be considered. Just a thought.December 7, 2014 at 4:03 am in reply to: How do you Intend to Reward yourself after passing the CPA Exam? #635171
Well, according to my husband I will be rewarding myself by buying him a car!!! (He forgets that I have a government job!)
Yep, me too.
Sigh….67 on FAR again!!! FAR we will meet again in January! This time I will be the victor!November 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm in reply to: Forum Giveaway (Friday 11/7): Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership (15 Books) #617055
First I would like to help military veterans in some aspect (My daughter is currently serving in Afghanistan – Go Navy!) and I think I would be interested in setting up a non-profit that would involve setting up community gardens in areas that do not have access to fresh vegetables and fruits at low or no cost to the residents. I would also envision the gardens to be organic and non-GMO as well. It is hard to pick just one thing!
MattCPA18: Preferred dividends are ALWAYS subtracted if they are cumulative and if they are non-cumulative ONLY if declared. I hope that helps.
I am 51 and graduated with a BS in Accounting in 2011, I am currently pursuing a Masters in Accounting and will complete it in 2015. So it is never too late. I didn't go when I should have so I am doing it for myself but the benefit has been that my son who dropped out of college has returned to college based on my accomplishments. So it is a win-win!