Any CPA success stories? bees studying for the CPA Exam? or any other huge exam?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Hi Willow_1960!<br /><br />

I’m pretty sure I know exactly which board you are talking about, I am a member. Unforunately a lot of the stuff you read on there is very true but very helpful.

I just passed my last exam back in Q3. 

Use this time wisely while your SO is away on training. Studying is extremely time consuming for most and sometimes SOs just don’t understand the kind of commitment it takes to pass. I’m lucky because my FI is also an accountant so he never gave me grief on the time I spent in the library and was impressed with my work ethic.

The anxiety you feel is normal, i’m pretty sure most of us are wound a little too tight, it comes with the territory. At some point you’re going to feel like your friends/family don’t understand what you’re going through and that’s the time you’ll find that board comes in the most handy. Also helps pass the time while you’re waiting for scores.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Little background info: I have the Becker study material so before I found that board I was going to their live classes and following their schedule and method. I ended up failing two sections (Aud – 65 and Reg – 70) After a little board research i totally revamped my study technique and schedule. So to answer your question I took 1 section each quarter. I’d spend a week reading a chapter, taking notes and then doing the practice questions. After reading through the entire book I’d go into review which usually lasted 2 weeks. I also bought a second set of review questions so i’d have fresh material to review for those two weeks. If you do the same setof questions repeatedly you’ll end up memorizing the answers instead of learning. Now that is what has always worked for me, I learn better reading, the videos are a complete waste to my learning process.

 

Also, use the no testing months to your advantage. For example: if i were still studying I’d start studying in December and schedule my test at the end of Feb.

My advice is to:

  • go with the studying method that has worked for you in school
  • be realistic about studying. If you can’t study after work for 5 hours then don’t plan like you will. I use to get most of my studying in on the weekends and did light stuff on the weekdays.
  • leave the house! yes, home is a huge distraction and the material is super boring. I use to go the library as soon as it opened, no computer, turn my phone off and just read and read and read. it’s torture but it’s worth it

Also it’s awesome that your SO is encouraging you! So many do the opposite, let those nuggets of alone time motivate you!

Once you’re done studying you’ll have so much freetime you won’t know what to do with yourself

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Hi!!! I started the exam in 2011 and finally passed all four parts in January. My fiance is also sitting for the exam so we’ve been through it all.

Sacrificing the time to study really sucks but it is SO worth it once you pass!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was only successful when I made a study schedule and stuck to it. I said no to every fun weekend event and studied at least 5 days a week. I went through every lecture and every multiple choice and made flash cards until the material really made sense. It’s really hard to find the line between memorizing and learning but that’s the only way you’ll pass!

Good luck!!!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We did last summer/fall and it was really helpful to have someone to push me and go to the library with. But he lost AUD and BEC and now he’s starting from scratch again while I’m done so I think it’s been really hard for him to adjust to studying alone

Post # 12
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Newbee

Hi Willow!

I passed my last exam (REG) just over a year ago, and received that last, passing exam score by email the same night I got engaged =D I had a number of friends/coworkers who were also sitting for the CPA, and I never heard of lost relationships due to it. That being said, it is a committment and takes time and effort to earn.

My fiance and I were both studying for the CPA at the same time, we shared Becker materials but never really sat for the same part at the same time. It helped in that neither of us was a distraction, we were both motivated to study and would get out of the house to study together too. Just use that time wisely as well…turn off your wifi switch if you can’t resist the temptation to surf the web and check in on social media during that dedicated study time.

My best advice is to take as many practice questions as you can! I failed a few sections, especially early on, because I spent too much time taking/re-reading my own notes (as I had in HS/college), instead of doing more practice questions. 

In addition to whatever course materials you have, check out cpareviewforfree.com for additional practice questions. My fiance started studying later than I did in the process, but caught up quickly with the help of their app (that way you can do practice questions anytime, anywhere).

Finally, this might be the most brutal to hear, but…consider taking a break from weddingbee and other sites like this until after you’ve passed! Not to be mean, but do you NEED to read the blogs/forums/articles on wedding planning right now? There are enough distractions from studying, and weddingbee will still be there for your reading enjoyment after you’re done studying! Better to pass and earn your CPA in a year, than to half-ass it and struggle for even longer.

Best of luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I just took BEC and am now studying for REG (only left myself a month in between so I can definitely sympathize with you there). Don’t know if I’ve passed yet so take my studying advice with a grain of salt, but I definitely know how you feel with the motivation issue. It’s like I know rationally how important this is and how all these hours will be worth it in the end, but I still just want to spend my study time vegging on the internet.

 

Add to that the fact that I’m self-studying with Wiley so self-motivation is even more key and sometimes things get a little !!!!!! But I’ve found what works best for me is what worked in college – flashcards, lots of practice problems, setting a schedule of reading that I do my best to stick to, and giving myself a day off when it gets to the point where I really feel I need it.

 

It’s also been rough having to turn down girls nights out and dates and the like to study (and sometimes I think they think I’m just making excuses), but in the end I think they understand. And as for success stories, well – my mom took the CPA exam at the same time my dad was taking the Bar. They studied together and even though tensions definitely ran high a few times, they both came out the other side passing their tests and with more financially and personally fulfilling careers. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

willow_1960:  I haven’t taken the CPA, but I did take both parts for my CMA. No, my FI didn’t break up with me (but he did propose after I passed both parts!) In fact, FI stayed up with me every night while I crammed for 6 weeks straight (my studying havirs are horrible but effective for me). 

Now that I do have the cert, I’m probably going to end up taking the CPA exam since I’ve been working with a manager who’s licensed, and it can’t be worse than the CMA exams (2 parts, but more material crammed into each part). 

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