Shaila is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I have some exciting news to share with you.
I got my FAR score back, and I passed!
This means I am done with exams, and sadly, this is my last post.
Sorry, but it is gonna be a long one!
Here is a recap of my exam journey for you in case you have not been following along from the start.
I put all four tests on my payment coupon in October 2012, but I was not motivated enough to actually study until after the New Year. Of course, it was one of my resolutions to take the tests.
I took AUD at the end of February 2013 after studying pretty much every night after work and on weekends for five weeks.
Before taking AUD, I thought I was ready, but I was not sure what to expect with it being my first test.
After taking AUD, I knew I had failed, especially thanks to the SIMs. I resigned myself to a retake and questioned how I could ever pass these tests.
Fast forward a few weeks and when scores were released, I passed! I don't know how. I felt like it was a fluke, but it re-energized me to keep going.
Around that time, I started blogging for Another71.com, reading other NINJAs' stories, and gained a greater appreciation for this test and the people who take it.
It is a true sacrifice and real test of will power.
I could not imagine taking these tests with family and other commitments, but many of you do just that. It is a real balancing act.
I really only have to worry about myself and my job. So, I figured it would be best to try to finish this now.
I took BEC at the beginning of May, and struggled with the study material for this test. So, I was convinced the test would be much harder than AUD.
Nope, BEC would be the only test I was sure I passed. When I got my score back, it was not as high as I was expecting, but I did pass.
At this point, I had REG and FAR left and about two months left on my NTS to take them both. I decided I could only take one. So, I had to let go of FAR.
I quit my job in June since I had another one lined up in September and studied full time to take REG in early July.
When I took the exam, I did not have an inkling of how I had done.
That was an unsettling feeling. I felt the test could have gone either way. I ended up getting a perfect score on this one – a 75. I knew it was a close one.
In September, I moved to Sacramento for my new job, and afterward, I spent six weeks traveling for work.
My plans of taking FAR in November went down the drain.
I started studying again in December, but could not stick to it.
Another year brought another resolution to finish these test. I started studying for FAR again in January 2014.
Luckily, I was in between projects and was able to study at work. This kept me on schedule, and I finished the study material in mid-March.
Then, I did not touch my exam prep stuff until mid-April.
I spent three weeks reviewing and took my test on May 5 with no idea how I had done.
I got my score back before the holiday.
Relief. A Memorial Day weekend gift. I cannot say how good it feels to be done.
I feel like I can have a life again, and there is nothing hanging over my head. After a year and a half, that is an amazing feeling.
A super special shout out to everyone who supported me through this, even so much as wished me luck.
Yes, I did pass all four tests on my first try, but it was not easy for me.
I do not consider myself smart, and I still feel like I do not have a great handle on many exam topics.
I chalk it up to being diligent, and as anyone else who has passed a CPA exam knows, perseverance.
Do not get me wrong. I did get lazy about studying. Often.
There were so many times that I wanted to throw in the towel and so many times that I questioned whether I even wanted to be a CPA.
My latest great idea was to go into the restaurant business with some friends. Now with this hurdle behind me, all I need is the experience.
I am going to be a CPA.