Pass the CPA Exam in 20 Days

Disclaimer: This is not a best practice, but if you’re under the gun, it can save your butt – and your 18 month credit that is expiring. I personally used this strategy to pass Auditing in less than three weeks. You wake up one sleepy Monday in August. June is a distant memory. July was a blur. In your groggy state, something begins to nag at you. August…? August…? What happens in August? Mental inventory: Car tag renewal … kids go back to school … … and then it hits you. “AHHHHHHHH – I have FAR in 20 days!!!” Your significant other pauses while brushing their teeth; tossing a weird look at you. You’re slightly embarrassed, but not as embarrassed as the time you thought you could sprint to the end of the driveway in your underwear to grab the newspaper, only to find your retired neighbors from three doors […]

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You Failed The CPA Exam: Now What?

It happened: You failed the CPA Exam. On the bright side … You’re normal. It happens to one out of every two people who walk into a Prometric Testing Center. The statistics, however, don’t change the fact that it’s one of the loneliest feelings in the world, because let’s be real: Your friends and family, while sympathetic and supportive, simply don’t get it. Right now is a miserable time and it is easy to start believing thoughts that simply are not true. Thoughts like you’re not smart enough to pass, accounting isn’t for you, the AICPA hates you and does not want you in the profession, etc. I personally felt all those emotions and had those thoughts going through my head as well. A few years removed from the exam process, I can tell you that being on the other side truly is worth it. My problem was always commitment […]

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How to Study 20 Hours/Week During Busy Season

It starts out so quiet, so innocent. It’s Monday January 6th and you settle into your chair. Tax season eh? Maybe this year won’t be so bad after all. But you’re wrong. It’s worse. January … then February … then March … 6 days a week … and then 7 days a week … … and then finally 8 days a week as it crescendos into a three-hole-punched-sign-here-sticker-zombie-utopia where you’re willing to slam day-old Folgers just to stay awake. Every Day is the Same. Every Day Sucks. At least you’re getting overtime. But wait – there’s more. You wanted to start the year off with a bang, so you back in December, you scheduled Financial Accounting and Reporting for April 21. No Rest for the Weary. How to Study for the CPA Exam 20 Hours a Week During Busy Season. To fit it in work, family/friends, sanity, and studying 20 […]

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17 Stupid Things Said by Family & Friends about the CPA Exam

Friends and Family sometimes don’t know the right thing to say when trying to support CPA Candidates, so instead, they say the wrong thing. Another71 Forum members share some of the best worst things people have said to them about the CPA Exam: MomofFive-NY: We were invited to a neighbor’s pool party in August. I was studying intensely for FAR, so I sent an email that said my family would be able to come, but I needed to study for my upcoming exam. My neighbor had apparently overheard me saying that I had been studying for months, so she replied with “If you don’t know this **** by now, you are never going to know it”. kmcauliffe: After explaining to my mother in law that the pass rate is like 40%, she says, “Why don’t they just let everyone pass?” jaks: One of my best friends (who was a journalism […]

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