I am a wounded veteran of this beast of an exam!
I have taken two Live CPA Review Courses (2004/2006), and two self-study courses (2008/2012).
My highest score was a 68 in REG. The others are too low to even mention.
I so badly want this license! I sit down each night to try and study FAR and I don't even know where to start.
I get frustrated. I cry. I feel dumb. I feel like this is never going to happen for me.
I think I have the wrong materials.
I listen to my lectures, you read the book, and then attempt the Homework and it is in another language.
I swear I am not dumb! I have an MS in Taxation, interned and worked for a Big 4 Accounting Firm and then a Fortune 500 company.
How do I get on track, study productively for this exam, and actually pass?
It's been a long road for you … we will try to help.
Some questions to consider:
1. Are you studying 20-25 hours per week? If not – get the NINJA Study Planner (Free)
2. When you study, are you using the archaic method the CPA Review companies recommend (watch Ch. 1 video, read Ch. 1 in the book, do Ch. 1 MCQs) or are you using the N.I.N.J.A. Method?
You have a 2012 CPA Exam Study Course. Should you switch?
We say “no” for right now. Do #1 and #2 and see what happens. You really need to pound NINJA MCQ in order to get the material.
You can watch videos, study notes, etc but it's the MCQs that will have the greatest impact.
Also – you're not stupid. There are plenty of arrogant mouthbreathers out there who don't have your killer resume. You just need to add those three little letters after your name and you're yelling
“DOMINO MUTHA…” “How you like them apples?”
You only hear people brag about passing the CPA Exam the first time.
You don't hear people talk about their struggles … they keep silent out of fear of being mocked.
There are plenty of people just like you out there – can't figure out why it's taking so long, but persevering nonetheless.
Also keep in mind that people who mock others for their CPA Exam scores/history have little-to-no social skills and still live with Grandma (and don't even chip in on the cable bill … that's how they roll).
It's a scientific fact. We said so. We're NINJAs.
Finally – keep yer head up.
Here are some past posts that might put some wind back in your sails:
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It will get answered by the NINJAs or in a future CPA Reviewed Podcast.