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February 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm in reply to: Can an Out-of-State Candidate go for finger printing at a LiveScan Service in CA #2236035
Per the CBA website:
Licensees residing in California need to submit fingerprints via Live Scan. Your notification letter will include a Request for Live Scan Service. Take the completed form to a Live Scan location. You may view a current list of Applicant Live Scan locations on the DOJ website.
Non-California Residents – Hard Cards
As a licensee residing outside of California, you will need to submit your fingerprints via hard card. Included with your notification letter will be a fingerprint hard card. Only hard copy fingerprint cards furnished by the CBA will be accepted. Once your fingerprints are completed, mail the unfolded cards directly to the CBA at the address below.
California Board of Accountancy
2450 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, California 95833-3291
Attn.: Fingerprint Unit
I spent about $8,000(prep courses, application, multiple NTS, etc) to pass the CPA and get licensed in Tennessee, moved to California and just waiting for my license # to be issued after 6 months! it cost me another $1800 by the time I paid for additional classes required, California Ethics (because the AICPA Ethics isn't good enough for Cali! lol!) background check and application + licensing fees…so close to $10 grand…but it did land me a job with a significant pay increase!
I came from out of State and I took the Cali Ethics from UCLA extension. It is 4 Qtr units which is approved by the Board of Accountancy. If you pay ahead of time I think 30 days before you receive a 10% percent discount, it is a pricier course. It is a college class and required work to get an A. The professor was great and I learned from the class.
Sat for FAR today. Hoping it's the last time!
But I am going to continue to study as I have one more chance before I lose a section…
MCQ's seemed fair but didn't cover all areas but not focused on an area either. SIM's anybody's guess, I feel that there were items that were not covered in prep software as extensively as the exam tested.
Good luck everyone! Hope you all get at least a 75 on the 19th!September 7, 2017 at 8:06 am in reply to: Random thoughts of an AICPA 10%er, 11 attempts or more #1621784
For REG I did copious amounts of MCQ's tried to get my average in the upper 70's then, for my review I reread the book(Gleim) and took notes. I found that the book had little tidbits of info that wasn't covered in the MCQ's. I am hoping that it worked for FAR for 3Q (I did some reading for 1Q and 2Q but for this last attemp I reread the entire book and took notes and threw in some MCQ's. it's just so much freaking information! I'll trade my REG score for your FAR score!
The last three quarters I have seen trial balance adjustments, reconciling Gov't Wide, and financial statement translation…you just never know whats going to show up.
I would review SIMS having to do with preparing/adjusting financial statements. I sat for FAR on Labor Day.September 6, 2017 at 7:53 am in reply to: Random thoughts of an AICPA 10%er, 11 attempts or more #1621180
I totally relate! I am also on my last test, last year I had issues passing AUD even though I consistently scored in the upper 80's on practice exams yet took me three times last year to pass, then I passed BEC and REG(This was a retake as I lost it to the 18 month rule). This year for FAR, 1Q – 70; then 2 months of additional studying 1000's of MCQ's and 2Q I get a 66! How is that even possible? I lost some brain cells?! Well I decided to go for a Hail Mary! crammed for 12 days for 3Q and sat for the exam on Labor Day…figured it couldn't be any worse than 2 extra months of studying to get a 66! It is personal for me as well at this point. I have my own conspiracy theories! Hope we all get a pass this time around.
Here is a link to an example of bond amortization with BIC from fellow ninjas.
Hi Everybody! Found out while on vacation in beautiful Ireland (Helped ease the sting of not passing) that I didn't pass FAR again!!! Thought I'd be done with this agonizing journey! Have three more windows before I lose one. Gonna try a cram for 2 weeks…couldn't be any worse than my Q2 score with studying for 2 months after a fail of 70 in Q1 to get a frickin' 66! Good luck everyone retesting…Let's slay this beast!
Dang! I wasn't nervous until last week when I was reading about other peoples thoughts on score release…I will be on vacation during release so probably will not be checking it at 1 am. This is hopefully my last score release…nervousness is definitely building. If I have a retake, I will take it at the end of 4th Q.
Best of luck to everyone waiting!
I will be on vacation during score release, either way I am going to a pub…to celebrate or drown my sorrows…a win/win either way!August 7, 2017 at 8:10 am in reply to: How may pretest questions on the new version SIMS? #1595955
“* Each section includes 12 pretest MCQs and 1 pretest TBS. BEC also includes 1 pretest written communication task.”
Ummm, I am ready for a 75! Please!
@Cruzer- I looked into the Board of Examiner's report on the new exam. It basically says that the average CPA exam taker “should” have 2 years of experience. Well I have way more than that and it is still a b****! I believe the Board of Examiners meeting in August will be setting the passing(curved)or what constitutes a “75” based on the new exam criteria that has been reviewed for the past 2 months. A curve is a curve. I am just hoping that that we get a 75, whatever that really is…And be done with it!
Here is a link to a podcast from the CPA Insider(AICPA), July 17,2017 issue.
It explains why there is a 10 week lag in the scoring of the new version and the process involved. I found it interesting.
The podcast is on the middle of the page.
* Each section includes 12 pretest MCQs and 1 pretest TBS. BEC also includes 1 pretest written communication task.
This is from the AICPA website.
Tennessee. They hire year round, if anyone is interested in Auditing. They do look at GPA and 150 hours to sit for CPA.
I work for State Government and they give a step raise of approximately 5%.
The useful life at the purchase date was 10 years which is used rather than the remaining 15 years. $90,000/10=$9,000 per year. Three years had lapsed and 3 years of amortization had been charged. 3 x 9,000 = 27,000. at December 31, year 4 the patent was withdrawn. The remaining unamortized amount would be $90,000-$27,000=$63,000.
Waiting on last score as well. I had continued to study the first week after taking it and my husband asked why I was studying for a test I already had taken…(sigh). I look occasionally at SIM's and MCQ's. I do plan to read through the book starting next week “just in case”! It sure has been nice having free time though. Crossing my fingers that I reached the magical 75!
I would say look at all of them…at least be exposed to them. I had an AUD sim that when I saw it I thought, “Geez, am I taking FAR?!!!” AUD adjustments are from FAR section, I mean we are auditing financials so it makes sense to look at all of them.
This link has been posted many times before and it is extremely helpful!
I did for my last three passes(AUD, BEC and REG). I picked up some knowledge from items mentioned in the book but not in the MCQ's. This was after completing all the MCQ's in Wiley and CPAExcel. I am re-reading FAR in case I have a retake ahead. I lightly read portions for my last exam but not all of it.June 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm in reply to: Hello from the 1st Circle of Hell (aka Limbo-3 passed exams) #1572799
I laughed out loud at your title! I am waiting for FAR, the first weekend of June my husband thought it was insane that I was doing MCQ's for a test I had already taken! I told him that I need to keep at it until August. I have lightened up a bit. It's been nice to have “extra” time. I am getting back to exercising regularly again. I will be on vacation when scores are released, no point in worrying about what I can't change. Plus I will be in Ireland and enjoying a Guinness either way! Hoping for a 75 and never having to open another CPA prep course!
I took FAR yesterday. My research question was the exact same one from last quarter, what are the odds! It was so specific on an off topic. Just crazy! It sounds like most of us sitting for FAR had some of the same type of SIMS. “Creative” questions, I agree with that and I agree that the review programs are not really current with what is on the exams. So frustrating! I still hope we all get 75's (at least a 75).May 31, 2017 at 10:16 am in reply to: 5/31 – Good luck to all those testing today and to those tossing up a HAIL MARY #1563142
I am sitting for FAR at 1:30 today, I will take that Hail Mary for a pass!
@SOX with Sandals…LOL! I think that after every score release! Thanks for the laugh.
I am sitting for FAR tomorrow afternoon, not feeling too optimistic but will give it my all. Thanks everyone for sharing thier experiences these past few days it has been insightful. Hoping everyone gets a 75 in August. I am dreading that I will have to study until score release but it is what it is.
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Hi everyone! I only post occasionally but check on here daily. I want to wish every that the CPA gods will give you a pass, especially for those of us working on the last one! I am taking FAR on the 31st after a 70 last quarter. I am so sick of MCQ's! I am hoping that the new grading and the additional time studying will give me at least a 75 and everyone else too. Hopefully we will be celebrating come August.