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How to Study for the CPA Exam (and Stay Married)

Jeff Elliott is a licensed CPA (KS) who had a saint for a wife while he was studying for the CPA Exam. They live in fly-over country with 8 children. The CPA Exam is rough on a marriage. One of the most difficult aspects of taking the CPA Exam is the toll it takes on personal relationships. Your family misses you and your friends don’t understand why you’re always “studying.” You work, come home, and then escape to the spare bedroom or coffee shop to knock out three hours of studying after grabbing a quick bite to eat. When I was studying, my wife and I had three kids. A spouse can only take so much loneliness, so you need to make sure that you do your part. Here are some strategies to help keep it all together. If you’re married and studying, you absolutely cannot put your marriage (or […]

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A Working Mom’s Guide to Surviving the CPA Exam

Working mothers are in a category all their own when it comes to passing the CPA exam. We not only strive to balance work and family, but when you throw the CPA Exam in the mix, you’re going down a road only few can fathom. We are the rock of the family. We provide financial support, comfort, nutrition, stability, refereeing, homework checks, matching socks, boo-boo kisses, clean toilets, chauffeur service, etc. We give everything our absolute all and no one notices when we skip a beat because we are that good. That’s why it was so difficult for me to accept I could not reach my unattainable level of perfection while I tried to pass the CPA exam. Something had to give. For instance, I had a semi-decorated house at Christmas and at another time, I was 3 points shy of passing this exam. Being successful at it all is […]

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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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