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    financeguy
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    Hi, I came across this forum yesterday and thought it would be a very helpful tool for me.

    I graduated w/ my BS in Finance in 2003. I was a slacker through most of college and for the most part don’t like to learn via textbook and lectures if they are boring. So August last year I decided that I was going to go for my CPA. So I went back to junior college and finished up the rest of the accounting units. I live in CA and I work for the state in accounting, although I really don’t do much accounting in my job.

    College for the most part was pretty easy for me. I never got stellar grades, but decent. I never really had to study much for college classes. There is plenty that I never even read any of the book (mostly cause it was a waste of my time because the textbook was too boring.) So I am pretty intimidated by the CPA exam. I absolutely hate studying for tests, and I have extremely bad self discipline.

    I am doing the Genesis CPA review course. Live class starts this Saturday. I have not seen anyone on here mention Genesis review…haha, did I pick a bad review course? The materials that I got are from Bisk though…

    The first section that I am taking is AUD. I am not sure if I did something wrong when applying. After I was accepted to take the exam, the only section that I chose was AUD. Do I have to re-apply to sign up for the other sections now, and pay the re-application fee? Also I was never sent my NTS. After a few weeks I called them and they said they sent it out, but I never received it, so I had them mail it again. Have not received it yet.

    Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to introduce myself as I will probably be asking a lot of questions. Also I would really enjoy any advice or feedback on what I have written about my situation (bad study habits, NTS, etc.)

    Thanks a lot! I do plan on buying that E-book here within a couple of days.

    AUD - 81, BEC - 74, 80, FAR - 82, REG - 81
    Done!

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    jeff
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    Hey financeguy –

    I liked the introduction post…not many people do that.

    It's good that you recognize that your study habits in college were bad. You have to do a 180 and don't repeat them with the CPA Exam. It sounds like you're serious though.

    I've heard of Genesis, but I've never seen anyone post that they're using it on here to my recollection.

    There's a lot of Becker and Yaeger students on here…and a few Gleim and Bisk.

    I passed with Yaeger.

    The NTS situation needs to get resolved. No NTS = no exam for you.

    Pick my book up…it'll answer most of your questions 🙂

    -Jeff

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 80
    FAR - 76
    REG - 92
    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
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    Hopeful CPA
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    Resolving NTS issues are easier through email. They did not send my original (via email) after three weeks. I emailed them and I got it within two days.

    AUD (84), FARE (65,70,83), REG (76), BEC (71,65...77)

    I actually used the phrase "I'm going to Disney World" after I was asked "So what are you going to do now?" hehe Vacation!! Woohoo!!

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    Anonymous
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    I took over 2 months for me to get my NTS because they “lost”my transcripts. They magically appeared after I followed up. Stay on them and, I agree, e-mail is usually best.

    If you are serious, focused and a great test taker, you should do fine with the CPA exam. It takes a lot of time and dedication. Buckle up!

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    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I would definitly follow up on the NTS situation as the others have said. You might want to make sure they have the right address.

    Study habbits… I was in the same boat in college but like Jeff said you do just need to do a 180 and just go after it. If you study hard and pass them all on the first try it is well worth the effort. I knocked out the first three by studying more then I ever did in college. If you were a good test taker that will be helpful as well but definitly study hard. Try having someone that keeps you accountable to studying so that you don't slack off. That's what I had to do because I too lacked the self-discipline. Hope this is helpful and good luck!

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    financeguy
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    Thanks for the replies, keep em coming!

    You know I did send an email about my NTS, and they replied asking which state I am in, and I replied and heard nothing back.

    AUD - 81, BEC - 74, 80, FAR - 82, REG - 81
    Done!

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    financeguy
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    So I received my NTS in the mail yesterday and I have my AUD exam scheduled for Jan 8.

    As I stated in an earlier post, I chose Genesis CPA Review. I chose them because of the price and they off live classes in my area. So last Saturday was supposed to be the first class, however I received an email the day before that it was canceled. So today was supposed to be the first class. I show up and as the lady at the front desk where to go, and she told me that nobody has a room booked today. So I call their number as they advertise 24/7 customer support, and I get a message saying the subscriber is currently not taking any calls. I am very frustrated at this point. So I drive back home, and I send them an email, and I continue to call. An hour after sending an email I get a reply. He had contacted my work email yesterday (I wasn't at work, and he had my other email address), stating due to lack of enrollment the live classes would be canceled until January. I was not happy, and long story short I am getting a refund and have signed up w/ Yaeger review. I ordered the E-book and read it today, and I created a schedule for studying. So the materials should be shipped out on Monday and I will begin my journey.

    AUD - 81, BEC - 74, 80, FAR - 82, REG - 81
    Done!

    #208763 Reply
    oldlady
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    You made a wise decision to go with Yeager.

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