50+ Years Old – In The Game - Page 2

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    I found my comrades. Y’all just gave me the confidence that we can finish this journey.

    your tenacity is admirable. I’m only a couple months shy of the big 50. So I can totally relate. I’m hoping I can get this done before then.

    I put FAR last because I knew it’s going to be a beast. If I took it first and failed, I know for certain I will quit right then there. I need the confidence to start with, so I can tackle FAR with a stronger determination. And now I’m on the clock! Got to get this done before my other parts expire.

    AUD - 91
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 84
    REG - 88
    ”Success at anything will always come down to this: focus & effort. And we control both...” ~ The Rock

    @CPATooleTime: Sorry about your Mom. It's great that you are continuing your CPA journey after so many changes in your life. All the best for FAR!

    : With 3 sections passed, I am sure you will pass FAR too. All the best for FAR!

    Hope there is a way for us all to get together so we can interact at a much closer level studying, sharing, venting & what not!

    Winners don't quit. Quitters don't win.

    @TooOld – Now THIS is the kind of post I like seeing on here. My amazement is not so much over your passing the CPA exams, but what you went through in your nonprofit accounting job – I hope they eventually started paying you! Not many accountants work in nonprofit, but it's always been an area that's interested me and I wouldn't mind working in one sometime. So long as they paid me what staff accountants usually get for a salary. Actually many non-profits have big budgets…it's just that usually the donation dollars and other sources of “money coming in” go towards paying the employees and not to the actual cause.

    I'm 42 this year. Not young. I started my accounting career only 3-4 years ago, after 10 years in the financial services industry, and another career even before that! I got myself back into school at age 34 – took Accounting 1 and 2 (the lowest of the accounting courses) at a community college, along with Quickbooks. Also took Intermediate at community college, and eventually earned a second bachelor's degree in accounting. Like you, I did not even consider the CPA exam until later – for me, it was in about the last year or so of my 4 years of studies. By then I was taking advanced accounting and auditing and other courses and the instructors were teaching everything to us, with the assumption that we were all going to be sitting for the CPA exam. So, I just fell into it. Let's face it – to be “older” and doing these exams is not easy, like you say. It can be downright awful, coming home from work at night and putting in 3 hours of studies. When you're in your 20s, you don't think about it, you just do it, and because your brain has far fewer miles on it, it's far easier. And yes, comparing yourself against a 26 year old who works at B4 who knocks all 4 out during busy season is not even remotely valid. It definitely took me awhile to realize that “No, Leon, you are not a dumbass. You're just in a different boat.” I can't even say this forum really helped with that. If anything, it made it worse. But, eventually – after not being on here for many months – I figured it out. But, this forum is good in other ways.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. I hope it reaches other people who are in the “Over 40” crowd!


    I am sorry that you had to go through such a difficult emotional journey. For those of us that did not experience this type of hardship, we can only speculate how difficult this has been on you. Stay strong!

    As for your earlier attempts on the exam, I will advise you to block out whatever your prior experience might be that will negatively impact your current ability to prep. Talk to yourself that the earlier attempts were just a trial run and they did not represent whom you are when you operate on a full capacity.

    Good luck to you.


    Thank you for your kind words.

    With one section left for you to go, my prayers to you, so that this long journey will come to a successful ending for you.

    Best of luck to you.


    You and I have very similar background. You got it right when you said, no one is dumb; it is only that our different life experiences either help to make some tasks easier for us, or the path to achieving those goals become challenging. Those of us with some challenges, our number task is to make up for the lost time or the lack of adequate early preparation. Once we bring ourselves to par with others, then the journey to achieving the same goal becomes a little bit bearable.

    Stay strong!



    Needed this today! 52 this year and really want to get my CPA. Have to get my experience verified soon as both partners I worked for are in their late 50's-60's. Hopefully they will sign off (I did quit in tax season – February – but gave a month's notice). Does anyone know if they are they required to sign off in NYS as long as the requirements were met?

    Thanks for the motivation, guys and gals.

    Your poor planning is not my emergency. My poor planning is!

    I don't think they are required by law, but if you asked for it and they refused to sign off, I would suggest that you report the matter to your state's Board of Accountancy.

    As for you wanting to do this at 52, yes you can!!

    Go get them!!!


    I am so motivated now, thanks for sharing your journey. May Allah continue to bless and guide you inshallah.


    @tooold: I work in corp accounting and moonlight during tax season for another company. I know this has been asked thousands of times before, but do you think I should start with FAR as well? Or REG on the chance my 25+ years of tax experience will help? TIA!

    Your poor planning is not my emergency. My poor planning is!


    Although questions on the subject matter might have been asked too many times, the answers are not always clear cut. The answer that is correct depends on the uniqueness of the individual.

    For some candidates, they need immediate gratification in order to keep the momentum going; so they start with a section that he/she perceived to be less challenging (because of the individual's life experiences). For others, the motivation is found by first knocking out the most challenging section of the exam to them. I fall into the latter category. I knew I had a very good chance of completing all four sections, if I could ever pass FAR. Otherwise, I would keep trying to pass FAR without the fear of losing any credit yet. The danger with starting with the easy section first is that, should you run into trouble passing a difficult section, your clock to pass it does not stop. Remember, some people may have to sit for a difficult section multiple times before passing…hence, they run out of time.

    This is one of the reasons some candidates lose credits on the sections that they had passed earlier.

    As you can see, there is no one correct way of doing it. But I would assume that the safer way to protect your hard earned credits is to start with the most difficult part.

    I hope this is helpful.



    Thank you for your duaa.

    InshaAllah, stay focus, cut out major distractions in your life, and make duaa for strength, and you will see success beyond your imagination. Let this be the thing that occupy your thinking, day and night.

    Salaam (Peace)!


    OMG, I feel sooo inspired with all the stories above. I am 46 and have been working as a Financial Analyst since 9 years. I have been out of school for about 10 years. I have an MBA/ACC. I started studying seriously for CPA using Gleim in 2016. I passed BEC on the first try and subsequently passed REG & AUD at 2 tries each. I have already failed FAR twice. Lately I have been feeling really depressed that what am I doing struggling with CPA at this age. But after the stories above, my doubts have cleared. I am feeling extremely motivated. A biiiiig shout out to all my cpa buddies above. Thank you so much for ur motivational posts.



    Me too, I am over 50+ and being a CPA used to be my dream. Unfortunately, with all family responsibilities in life, never able to study for it. Now, I am free (almost free), I think I should put this one on my bucket list. Thank you everyone for the encouragement.

    Better Late Than Never!



    Hello everybody!

    I finally became a CPA 1 year ago at age 54! I went back to school and finished a BS in 2011. I started as an Auditor with State Government, started a Masters program and also started the CPA…long story short, I finished the Masters at the end of 2015, the CPA end of 2017, licensed February of 2018. It was a 5 year journey for me…1 pass, 1 expired and many retakes…DO NOT GIVE UP! Was it worth it? Yes! It was a personal goal/challenge. Did it pay off? Yes! I left State Government went into Private with a $15K bump in pay. Best to all of you!

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