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I have read many peoples stories on this site and I just felt today would be a great day to share mine. Mostly because this is the first time in 7 years I will not have to study through the holiday season(one of the big things I am very thankful).
Within these 8 years I have got my Associates, Bachelors, and Masters in Accounting (all while working full time), passed the CPA exams, and now passed the California ethics exam.
I officially started studying for the CPA exams in November 2015 pretty much right after finishing my last class for my Masters degree. I did not do well for my first test but I did get a 70 on FAR so I knew it was possible. I half a**ed studying for my first go around not realizing what I really needed to put in to pass, I failed 6 exams which did not lower my spirits but really pissed me off. Finally after discovering the forum and talking to a few co-workers at my previous job I decided I needed to put a type of tracking plan together. I built this crazy excel spreadsheet where I could track my progress and just keep myself in line. With this new attitude I finally passed BEC in February 2017. Using the same tracking method I then passed the other exams. I just have to point out I passed by spelling B.A.R.F. and I think that helped. HAHA!
After finding out I passed the last exam in September 2017 ( I was on vacation), I started the paper work process in late September. I sent in the Initial Application and everything else I could still within September. I also at this time had to reach out to my former manager to get him to sign off on my experience. Took sometime but they sent that in October. I started taking the ethics exam in early October. I failed the first two times. Until again something clicked and I knew I had to track the questions. And I passed on my third try with a 92%.
We all have different timelines but we are all on the same journey. It took me longer than I wanted it to but I freaking finished one of the most important goals I set out for myself. If you are ever struggling I would suggest just talk to people, either on here or at your workplace someone will eventually say something to you that will make everything click together to get you those passing scores.
AUD- 72, 71, TBD (now i am pissed no more messing around)
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