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July 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1868218June 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1855165June 25, 2018 at 10:01 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1845206
You guys, omg, I almost forgot the best part. So I said I was emailed my approval letter (hopefully it's not a cruel phishing scam ha) – at the bottom of the email was this: “We want to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete the CBA Stakeholder Feedback survey”
I just made myself a cup of tea and am curled up under the blankets ready for this survey.
*Update – the survey is a joke.June 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1845196
@adtejeda – Ok I know – I know $120 is the initial license fee, have been ready to write the check. At the bottom of my letter, it had a piece to detach where I filled in my address and phone. I copied pasted what it said about fees here:
“Initial license fee if postmarked on or before 11/30/2018 $60.00
Initial license fee if postmarked after 11/30/2018 $120.00”
Ok, I don't want to keep saying woe is me, but I have yet to find anyone with the same or longer processing time as me. I wonder if they felt bad and gave me a discount? It took them from Jan to June (all docs in their hands in Jan) to approve my app. Very curious to see if others see this on their approval letter.June 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1840568
Friends – in an interesting turn of events, I have received my approval of application letter… via email. I expect the hard copy to come in the mail soon but I can send my payment now it looks like.
Um also – has there always been a discounted license payment option? As long as I pay before November, it's only $60…? After Nov 30, it's $120.
@tommythecat – I also took many classes at Foothill. Though I checked the box/request that said “please don't send until grades are posted” they sent it anyway with everything pending. It took me about a month to figure out the CBA had a useless transcript – just keep that in mind and be vigilant.June 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1832351
@hecubus330 – just speculating. It wouldn't surprise me if Big 4s got fast tracked by the CBA “unofficially” – not a knock at all. Literally just data gathering.
@adtejeda – ah, that does make a little more sense with the initial review. So lame you missed that cut off for ethics by such a short amount of time. I joked with my coworker about the exam portal and how nothing has changed. He couldn't believe nothing had changed from when he finished in 2011.June 13, 2018 at 12:17 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1831928
@adtejeda – It looks like your app already got approved, correct? That was why I asked if you were in Big 4, just trying to understand why multiple others on here got their app approved in this process in a drastically shorter time than mine. CBA has had my app since Jan and won't approve it until July sometime… 🙂 You got me beat on that timeline for sure. Like I said though, timeline on CPE just pushed out longer 🙂June 13, 2018 at 11:18 am in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1831843
Have we already determined/assumed that Big 4 apps get fast tracked?
CBA told me they didn't get my final transcript until Mar 15 (i.e. they didn't open their mail, it was sent in Jan). Was put on the approval desk Apr 15 and I should have my approval letter in the next 4 weeks.June 12, 2018 at 9:50 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1831432
And my app is still in “final review” – like it was 6 weeks ago. More time I don't have to do CPE I guess.June 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1830188
@cpa1993 – yeah I'm so numb to it I almost don't even think about it – almost haha. When I called late April they said, “final review, expect 6-8 weeks for another update.” Ya'll have inspired me though – I'll call tomorrow and come back with a sure-to-be-thrilling CBA update.June 10, 2018 at 11:08 am in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1828435
Haha, @cpa1993 – SMH. I sent my app in December and still haven't been approved. I haven't heard from them in months. Was told at the end of April my app was in final review and nothing since. Good times for @hecubus330. FML. So frustrating.April 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1757141
@cheeseman777 – can't believe they cashed your $120 check more than 2 weeks ago and you're STILL WAITING.April 4, 2018 at 10:26 pm in reply to: California CPA License Application Process Time 2018 #1757122
I mailed in my app in mid-December and still waiting. Only caveat is that one of mys schools sent their transcript before grades posted (thanks) and I had to have it resent in Jan. I called in once to make sure they received the updated transcript, said they did and it's in a queue to be processed. Got the 2nd update letter after that call saying they still didn't have enough units for me, but chocked that up to timing since I had recently confirmed they had all transcripts. I called back last week to get another status after radio silence for 6 weeks – woman told me she couldn't find my file “on the wall so it must be on an analyst's desk” and to call back in 4 weeks if I don't hear anything.
Holy frijole.February 24, 2018 at 7:25 pm in reply to: Cali CPA application-sending items completely out of order #1719166
Hey friends. I sent my application in in December and I'll give you an outline. Spoiler – they haven't finished going through my app yet.
@cheeseman777 – don't worry about how I did mine differently, just take note of the CBA update letter process and that the letters can be confusing when they are processing multiple pieces at once. Now that I think about it… haha. Your way might definitely be better.
Firstly – I submitted my items at generally the same time. I had my work experience done so decided to just have things sent within a week or two of each other.
Secondly – If you choose to submit your app, you need to have all items in to the CBA within a year or so or you forfeit your fee and your app is deemed abandoned – $200 or so. So don't do that.
Thirdly – This has been my timeline of events: Mailed app ~12/15/17. Received confirm post card first week of Jan 2018. Had transcripts requested and mailed to CBA also around 12/15/17. Live scan early December, experience form during that week as well. My process gets a little hairy because one of my schools sent my transcripts before my final grades were posted (thanks). It took until early Feb to find that out from the CBA. I just talked to them on Friday because I got a 2nd letter with an updated unit count saying I was short (didn't make any sense), and they basically are just juggling multiple transcripts of mine and have a large backlog of transcripts to process.
All this to say – it would probably make it easier to send your app last? Not sure how the CBA likes holding on to things that don't have an app to assign to but I'm sure they do it. The CBA sends letters to update you but they get confusing as they process things, make you think they didn't receive something when it most likely means they just haven't gotten through the back log yet. It sorta seems the update letters are sent via automated system.
Hopefully this helps!
This exam is such a… pain. Got an 86% a few months ago, got busy with online classes and finally retried it this week, spent lots of time and got a 76%! Copied my questions and answers but the questions on my 3rd exam – completely new. Not one single repeat. So tracking questions at this point doesn't do me any good minus the fact there could be similar situations. I'm going to try the 10 question at a time approach @NA474 suggested – thanks!
This exam is just ridic. And I just finished the accounting ethics class via UCSD. I learned the AICPA code inside and out and these questions on the PETH exam are just out to get you.
I shelled out $$$ for a tutor in order to pass REG on my 5th attempt. I was up against losing BEC credit and was super desperate. Lmk if you want his link. It was hands down worth the price and got me out of the REG rut. I also come from 0 tax background and just could not manage it alone.August 21, 2017 at 11:56 am in reply to: Did good in 3 of the 4 sections and getting destroyed on one (REG); please read #1608794
I'll tell you the only way I could pass REG was by getting a private tutor. After failing REG the 4th time, I was at a loss and panicked at losing BEC. Let me know if it interests you and I will share his link. The idea of a tutor was sorta weird to me. This guy is remote in FL and he's pricey AF, but he's worth it. I worked on taxation on entities with him because it was the one category I could never get out of the “weaker” section. I scored “stronger” when I got my passing score last week. REG is legit the devil in test form.
I know a lot of people thought they weren't going to finish, but I legit did not think I would pull this off. This last score release was brutal, waiting 4 months for, what could have been, my last score with BEC on the line – I just never thought I would be a CPA. I still don't believe it. 11 total exams, and 5 times to pass REG (the devil in test form). The first two years of my marriage being shackled to books. Getting two puppies just to leave the work (and fun!) to my husband. 40+ hour work weeks, family members passing. This exam is not for the faint of heart, but I am posting in this thread – boo to the freakin' yeah.
Jeff, this forum is the best. It's a priceless piece of our journey and I could have never made it through without. I will check back in from time to time to give back for sure. Thank to you all of the awesome members that chimed in with advice and support, especially with the fails. And I had a lot of them. I will fall out of my seat if I ever happen to meet one of you face to face and address you by your A71 name.
Yeah – I will be honest folks. This tutor is not cheap, but for me, I was in desperation mode. I could NOT lose BEC. I HAD to be done with this.
So here is the link to the tutor I used (his LinkedIn). He's a virtual tutor, you don't do video face to face, but do video Skype where you just chat like a phone convo with a screen share. Sounds sorta weird, I'll be honest. Before I gave the guy my money I messaged a few people on LinkedIn that had left reviews to make sure he was legit (though they could have been fake I guess but w/e). He's pricey, but like I said, I needed something to get me over the hump. I could NOT afford to lose BEC (literally and figuratively) so the investment in Darius was worth it. He's in Florida, but I'm in CA, doesn't matter. He has a huge window of times during the day of availability.
I did 5 sessions with him, and told him on the first session I needed to master Taxation on Entities. He wants to make the best of your time. You need to be honest with him during session where you are good and where you aren't so you can maximize the time and drill into your week areas.
I could go on and on, but here's the link. Shoot me more questions if you have them.
I just wrote in the Passed REG thread my experience. I'll jot it down here. It took me 5 attempts to pass REG. 3 attempts to pass FAR. AUD is the only one I passed on the first try. I went into my REG exams feeling semi-prepared and ready to pass (I never walked in feeling like I would nail any of these exams, but semi-prepared was good for me). A 72 on my 4th (and what was supposed to be my last) attempt was gut wrenching. With BEC pending expiration I went for a tutor. Lmk if you want details on him, but I will tell you that's what got me over the hump. I could not get my Taxation on Entities out of the Weaker zone. I got it to Stronger with him and it gave me my 76 I needed to be done and not lose BEC.
This crap sucks real bad. I have been there 4 times. It can be done.
Well, it took me 5 tries on REG, but I finally did it. 11 total exam sittings and I. AM. DONE.
REG was terrible. I will tell anyone who is up against the wire with an expiring exam pending to use a tutor. I was leery about going that route but dropped some $ on an amazing guy in FLA (screenshare/phone sessions) and he is honestly what made the difference for me. I could not for the life of me ever get my score on Taxation on Entities to get out of the Weaker zone. With my 4th fail being a 72 and another Weaker on Entities, that's all I focused on with the tutor. He got me to a Stronger on my score from today – 76. That 76 might as well be a 99 at this point.
Because I. AM. DONE.
Congrats to others who slayed this beast.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL GO PEOPLE GO!
THIS girl is DONE!
I'm going to go ahead and throw this out there – this makes me uneasy about the accuracy of matching scores to correct accounts. If they have an encryption and data issue, how do I know my score matched to me from NASBA is really mine…?
This happened last summer. CBA had a meltdown and said people were on vacation and hadn't processed all the scores or something ridiculous like that. Scores ended up not being posted until about 2pm that day.
Update – yes UCLA is expensive, but easy to get in obviously. UC San Diego extension has a similar set up. $695 and no books needed (they use free AICPA-provided materials). If you can get your employer to spring for it then all the better.June 13, 2017 at 11:43 am in reply to: Hello from the 1st Circle of Hell (aka Limbo-3 passed exams) #1572963
I took REG 4/14 and ignorance is bliss for now. It was my 5th attempt at REG and BEC expired 4/26. Aug 17 is highly anticipated but not at the same time. It has been amazing to go hiking with my husband and dogs, spend time with friends, wine taste, live guilt free haha. I'm plugging away at online classes for the extra units I need but life is pretty good. 8 more weeks….
Thanks for the heads up on the UCLA extension. I am surprised no one has mentioned on here how extremely difficult it is to get into the Foothill class. 4 sections and all seats on wait lists taken in 6 minutes. This is my 2nd quarter trying to get in. FML.
Someone up there asked about the REG SIMs. This was my testlet format:
T1 MCQ (36-38 don't recall, blueprint says)
T2 MCQ (36-38 don't recall, blueprint says)
T3 – 2 SIMS
T4 – 3 SIMS
T5 – 3 SIMS
Try to go into SIMs with at least 2hr left.