I found out this morning that I passed the last section of this grueling exam…wow! I was shaking,crying, you name it! I couldn’t believe that I can finally get my weekends back….I studied for 1 yr and 8 mos. It was very challenging. I wished the time would stop, the deadlines would stop at work, my dogs didn’t need to be walked, and friends’ bdays didn’t need to be missed…but in the end, it is well worth it. I can finally EXHALE!
My advice for anyone that is taking this exam is to visualize that you are a CPA. Watch motivational speakers like Tony Robbins. I watched him on youtube. Read motivational quotes. Connect with other people taking the test. And remember that if this is something that you want for yourself, you will find the wits and will to do whatever it takes to find time to study. DO NOT let the naysayers drag you down. Most people that are not taking the test DO NOT know the type of information and pressure we are under. Keep focused.
There will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Use the materials that work for you. Yaeger worked for me better than Becker. And don’t lie to yourself. If you are memorizing the answers to the pre-test, you are not doing yourself any favors.
Goodluck to Y’all!
And here is one of my favorite quotes, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” ~ Nelson Mandela 15 months ago
FAR is the section that pretty much SUMS up as the pinnacle of this test for me. First, because I’m a financial accountant. Second, it has the most information. When I first took this test, I literally went down on my knees to pray for endurance. I know it’s dramatic but yes, I wanted it bad but I didn’t want to have to go through that much studying….but I did it. There was no shortcut. I did all my multiple choice questions and simulations. I took the free tests on-line, the AICPA questions, and the pre-tests. Laslty, I studied smart. I made sure I understood the questions I was answering when I was studying. Honestly, I did not know if I passed the test right after I took it. I prayed and prayed that it was enough and it was! Finally! One more to go :) BEC please be kind to me. 18 months ago
Does anyone have any suggestions on overcoming the multiple choice challenge? I find that I over-analyze the question.
It became clear to me that this is my challenge when on BEC I missed passing the exam by 3 points. However, my written communication was stronger than those that passed. I understand the concepts but don’t deal well with the multiple choice dilemna. 19 months ago
I’ve been up and down in this journey…mostly down. The CPA test is no joke. There are too many materials to study even if you’re smart and a superstar at work. You have to want it that bad…You need to focus and tune out all the noise. There are too many people that will pull you out to work more hours, party, hang-out…but you gotta stay in the zone. I just passed another section, REG. What a relief!! Two more to go… 20 months ago
After 6 years of postponing taking the CPA exam, I decided to take a stab at it again this year. I took the audit section in 2004 and failed by one point. I took bec and failed. I couldn’t get pass the two failures and finally decided that it wasn’t for me.
Well, I passed the audit section and I am ECSTATIC. The feeling is incredible. All the hard work does pay off. Hard work from studying and not having a social life for three months work! It’s all about the sacrifice and dedication. I know I still have three more sections to take but I will keep on remembering today’s great news forever. If I can do it, anyone can :0 2 years ago