Hey there, NINJAs-
My name is Ben and I hail from the great state of Iowa. I hope everyone is doing well, considering the circumstances.
Passing the CPA Exam is a daunting task. However, it is temporary and I keep reminding myself that the benefits will far outweigh all of the time and money spent; even hair lost.
I earned my accounting degree in May 2009 and started my current job literally days after graduation. I work for a real estate appraisal company, and while I oversee the companys accounting functions, I also spend a lot of time on other aspects of daily administration.
As a result, I initially saw myself at a disadvantage compared to an exam candidate who had public accounting experience. Ive found this isnt the case. Its all about utilizing the right materials and putting forth the effort.
I really started focusing on the exam last spring. I started with Audit. It was kind of a pick your poison type of situation. In early June, I decided to supplement my study materials with the NINJA Notes and Audio, as well as the Wiley Test Bank. I honestly feel this is where my studying picked up steam.
Ive never been responsive to reading a textbook, especially with accounting. The NINJA notes were condensed, and provided a general basis for understanding the material.
I also learn a great deal from working the Wiley test bank. My favorite feature is how its broken down by section, which allows you to focus on one area at a time, and gauge which areas need improvement.
I studied my butt off for Audit, sat in late July, and was relieved to pass with a 78.
After about a six-week hangover from the AUD, I was ready to tackle BEC. By this time, it was almost October, and I was still having trouble getting back into the rhythm. The holidays were coming up, and before I knew it we were a week into November and I was beginning to doubt if Id be able to sit before the end of the window, which was ultimately extended into December.
I gave it my best shot. I wasnt as confident as I had been with AUD, but still had a good grasp of the material. To my relief, I passed BEC with a 79.
Waiting for your score is tough. Getting re-focused for the next section is even tougher. Im just now finding some encouragement with REG. Like many of you, Im shooting for an early April test date.
I look forward to updating you on my progress in a week or so. Until then, good luck to everyone immersed in their studies and/or the busy season.
The best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
All the Best