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Pass Two Sections by May: Any Advice?

Angie is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's Club 75 since June 2009.

This past week has been kind of a blur. After failing AUD again, I cried and let my husband spoil me for a few days, luckily my stepdaughter was with us for Spring Break and just having her around made me happy.

I came to work on Saturday despite not feeling well, and Sunday I could barely get out of bed. I tried to study, but it just wasn’t happening, so I was asleep most of the day and taking medicine. Monday morning came around, and I still felt horrible; I hated to call in sick this time of year, but I knew I would be of no use at the office.

So, there were two whole days of no work, yet NO studying.

I’m feeling better now, but I can also tell that April is flying by. I’m questioning whether I made the right decision in scheduling REG on 4/27. I have found it extremely difficult to study after a 12 hour workday, and it’ only going to get worse until the 18th.

My best friend’s bachelorette party is this weekend, so Saturday I won’t be studying and Sunday I’ll have to come in to work. I’m getting very frustrated.

This morning I was complaining to a co-worker and he looked at me and asked, “Do you really think you’re going to pass both sections this window?” (I would need to pass both REG & AUD in order not to lose another credit). Now I’m asking myself this same question, can I do it? I don’t know.

Should I really try and battle this out, taking two exams by 5/30?

By the way, I've switched to Roger CPA Review.

I’m stumped; I’m wondering what somebody else in my shoes would do? I know that until after the 18th, I will be working a lot- no way around that. After the 18th, I can definitely work less hours, I haven’ run this past my boss yet but I was thinking of maybe even working part time. Despite that, does that leave enough time to study AND pass 2 exams?

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  1. Erica
    April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Do the E.L.L…. Early-Lunch-Late.

    At the end of the day you’re going to be wiped out and tired, so instead of studying last, study FIRST!

    Also, study over lunch. Then you can at least get in some study time every day. It helps!

  2. Andre
    April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I second Erica’s advice; last year for the July/August window I was in a similar predicament. Being that you are in TAX, I would devote most of my time to working plenty AUD questions. If you don’t have Gleim’s test bank grab it and the Wiley questions. All the best.

  3. Jason
    April 8, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I took FAR, AUD, and BEC in the Oct/Dec Window of 2010 because I started the journey in August and found out about the changes that were coming in 2011. I used Becker and took live classes. I watched all the DVDs before classes and did the homework once. Then I would use the class time to reinforce any material I found to be hard or foggy. I work full time and have a very supportive pregnant wife with a 2 year old and without her it wouldn’t have been done. I wouldn’t suggest this approach but it can be done.

  4. Angie
    April 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, I am trying the ELL plan, and at least in 7 days these long work hours will be over with.

  5. Aime
    April 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Angie! You can do it! You’ll just need to push yourself.
    @Jason did you begin studying in aug for the oct/nov window. Also, how was becker? Does it thorough go over each section or assume knowledge from undergraduate work?
    Thanks! Best wishes

  6. Aime
    April 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Thanks Aime! Trying to keep my chin up and just focus on the task on hand. Roger sure makes it easier with his lively personality.

    Wow Jason, that’s amazing!

  7. Andre
    April 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm


    I would recommend Fast track studying book and focus notes booklet from Wiley for any parts of the exam. You start with fast track to get accurate overviews of topics and you read an hour of focus notes before going to bed. In between, you complete MCQ from book or cd’s. Don’t lose time focusing on things you ALREADY KNOW. It feels good reviewing things you master but it is a waste of time which you don’t have…For some topics I use Google or wikipedia to get a different perspective.

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