Taking CPA and CMA exams simultaneously??

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    Hi Everyone! So I have been on the CPA exam journey for almost 3 years now and I am fed up with trying to study and then giving up a week or two later and then restarting again. Anyway, during one of my CPA exam testing breaks, I invested in the CMA exam material and paid the fees necessary to take the exam. I feel like the material is so much easier. I am studying for Part 2 right now and I have been doing awesome. I see how a lot of this content is what I once studied when I was taking BEC (I got close but didn’t pass). So now I am wondering if maybe I should try and take Part 2 of the CMA at the end of May and then BEC in mid June. I would be ecstatic if I could get both certifications. What do you guys think? Is it overkill?? Can this be done?

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    I would pass the CPA first, it's extremely difficult to study both. Don't waste your time and money.

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    Not recommended since CPA exam is very difficult but if you feel confident you can pass both then go for it! Its your own life so you make that decision.

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    I should probably explain that the reason I wanted to take both is that the CMA seems much shorter since it's 2 parts rather than the 4 for the CPA. I need to get ahead somehow in my career. I figured I could get the CMA first and then work on the CPA.

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    REG-August 2016
    FAR-October 2016
    AUD-Nov/Dec 2016

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    Focus on one at a time. CPA first. You don't want to pass 1 or 2 CPA parts then struggle with a section while balancing CMA studies and then lose your CPA credit due to 18 month window.

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    I did the CPA and CFA at the same time and know a couple other people who did the same. The CPA can be studied for in short sprints, so it's doable, but I don't advise it. It's very easy to let your life get away from you with nonstop exams.

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