Leah is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I did it!
I started my CPA exam journey unsure about my ability to pass, but my desire to give it a try outweighed any doubts. I went for it. I pushed through all four parts. Now, I’m finally finished with exams and it’s still sinking in.
I studied for 13 months straight passing FAR and BEC on the first try, and I took AUD and REG twice. It has been a tough experience, life ‘happened’ all in-between, but I’ve gained so much in return.
I’ve gained knowledge, confidence, and learned that I can bounce back from failure and use it to build a path to success.
I honestly thought I failed my second attempt at REG. I thought the set of SIMS I got had sunk my ship, but I ended up passing. I couldn’t believe it! I passed REG and I was done!
I think that the difficulty in predicting a pass or fail is part of what makes the whole process so hard. It’s a roller coaster ride up to every score release.
The next step for me is to fulfill the experience requirements. It will be a challenge as well since I am looking for work in a small town, rural area with only a handful of 1 or 2 person CPA offices. Part of the reason I took the classes I needed to sit for CPA exams was because I couldn’t find a job. It has come full circle my friends.
So, how did I make it through exams? Don’t cut corners with studying, but don’t forget to take a little time here and there for yourself. I pushed myself too hard while studying for my AUD re-take and ended up being sick for 2 months straight because I was so run down.
Use the Another 71 Forum, and in particular use the forum study groups. It’s a place where giving a little here and there will get you much in return.
Use additional resources if you have trouble in an area. I used YouTube and college textbooks for sticky areas and just for the additional information. For example, Jeff has a video on YouTube that explains sampling that I found helpful.
Read the entire question, read the right answer, and read the wrong answers. I failed AUD on my first attempt partly because I rushed and didn’t read the entire question.
Find what works for you. I started out hand writing tons of notes but found that it really didn’t help me unless it was an area where I was struggling. If it’s not working for you then find a different way that does work.
Each person has his or her own journey to make. Don’t worry if your path looks different than someone else’s path. 13 months may be slow or fast to someone else. I had to go through materials 2, 3, or 4 times and resented those that only had to go through materials 1 or 2 times.
I envied those making 90+ scores. In the end, it doesn’t matter. I passed all 4 exams all the same.
I wish the best to everyone still working hard to pass. May your aspirations be greater than your doubts.