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Today I passed my last CPA exam.
I want to share my experience with you all…
First off, give yourself a pat on the back and always be proud for even beginning this incredible task. This has been the hardest goal I have ever set for myself in my life.
I work full time, sometimes long hours, weekends, etc… I am engaged, and love to spend time with my fiancé, parents, and close friends. I love movies, videos games, basketball, tennis… you get the point… But I had to sacrifice all of those things for the past year and a half to accomplish my goal.
I started with REG (yes, I REGretted it, worst idea ever)… and failed with a 73. What a way to start off my CPA journey, with a fail. This really killed my confidence and I questioned if it is even worth repeating the test knowing that I have FAR, AUD and BEC waiting for me as well, with a possibility of going through failure once again. This was a terrible feeling. I know that there will be several of you reading this now who are overcoming a fail. Its horrible… time wasted, more money to spend on a new NTS, more stress, 1.5 year clock to pass all exams running out, etc etc… I had the same thoughts trust me, we all do. It SUCKS. Stay positive though. Always remember that the second time you take an exam, you are more prepared than the first. Whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP. You will get through it.
Go ahead, laugh at what I am about to say! One thing that helped me move forward with these exams is simply playing this moment in my mind… the moment where I am sitting at the computer, clicking refresh over and over, waiting for my last CPA exam score to pop up on the screen. The moment when I see that passing score and immediately think back at all the hard work and sacrifice I made to make it here. I swear I played that moment in my mind everyday, dreaming about it actually happening some day… and now I am living that moment that I dreamed of.
For those who are wondering, I used Becker for all four exams. I used ninja only for REG (which I purchased after failing with a 73, because I did not feel that repeating the Becker course would make a significant difference).
I passed all four exams in the following order (from Dec 2016 – June 2018)
REG 73, 86
Also, I always thought it was useful to compare mock exam scores to actual exams (especially b/c every mock exam I took destroyed my confidence). Again, these are Becker mock exams:
Mock 1 = 66
Mock 2 = 58
Actual = 73, 86
Mock 1 = 77
Mock 2 = 58
Actual = 84
Mock 1 = 73
Mock 2 = 75
Actual = 82
Mock 1 = 63
Mock 2 = 66
Mock 3 = 77
Actual = 81
If I had to rank the exams in terms of difficulty from Hardest to Easiest:
REG, FAR, BEC, AUD
Hope that information helps. I know it helped me to see what other people got on their mock exams in Becker compared to actual scores.
I leave you all with one of my favorite quotes. I read this quote all the time when I felt down. When I was scoring 60’s on my practice problems and felt like a failure. When I was too tired to study. When I stayed up past midnight studying even when I had to wake up early for work. When I missed so many events such as birthdays, parties, dinners, and family time.
I sacrificed so much for this, and I know you all are too.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever”
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