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Love and the CPA Exam


"Love is a word we typically reserve for areas of our personal life. We may use it to describe aspects of our professional life—such as loving our vocation, our colleagues or our clients. But, in all of my experiences with the Uniform CPA Exam—including my own arduous journey and coaching others on the path to licensure—I never once heard a person associate the word love…


Added by CPA Exam Club on February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

2nd Time Around: Working on BEC After Being out of School for a While

I took the CPA exam many years ago, right after college.  I didn't study at all, thinking I would "wing" it.  Of course, I failed all 4 parts.  Since I got a job in the auto industry, I didn't feel I needed a CPA designation, so I never looked back.

I switched careers about four years ago.  I work as an auditor for the government in Specialty Tax, so I feel I would benefit from obtaining the CPA designation, especially since my work experience would actually go towards getting my…


Added by Lisa Kakish on April 8, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

YES: NTS Received!

Wow, I remember another blogger saying how she was actually excited to get her NTS.. and now that I finally have mine (first applied on 2/27), I feel the exact same way.  That's definitely a load of stress off my back.  I have 2 sections on this NTS (AUD and FAR) and will get BEC and REG a bit later on.  Just didn't want to schedule all 4 exams in one NTS and…


Added by Bryan Patel on April 6, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Government Accounting: 5 Hour Energy and Lambers

Hello everyone.

It's been a week into my studies for FAR.  I decided to start with Government Accounting,  it's an area that I haven't touched in a few years and frankly whatever I once knew about it has long since gone.  In the last week I've been reminded why I don't work in government accounting; I respect anyone who chooses this as their…


Added by Charlene L. Main on April 3, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Problems & Saving Time: In the Middle of REG

It's usually when you are in the middle of REG that you find problems. I always take Business Law part easy and put emphasis on the Tax part-mainly because I am a number person and I like calculation than memorization. Plus doing problems with number makes more accomplished. 

But I know this feeling is wrong. It resulted in a failure in AUD as it's purely memorization and I…


Added by Christine He on April 3, 2013 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Failed BEC: What is Worse?

Failing BEC with a 74.  I keep checking to see if my some miracle they changed my score to a 75.  But no such luck.

I took this failure HARD.  It took me longer to get back to studying than it normally does.  I was SO CLOSE. But I finally got back on track.  I waited for my score to come out to determine if I was going to re-study for BEC or start studying FAR.

I set…


Added by Tana Fuller on March 31, 2013 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Signs: No More Self-Doubt

Hello to all my fellow CPA candidates! 


Although I'm not a superstitious person by nature I do tend to look for "signs" to sort of guage whether I'm on the right path or not. I think to some extent we all do it in one fashion or another.  My sister, well she's a little extreme in her need for external answers, often seeking out the assistance of psychic's.  I laugh (but quietly) when she…


Added by Charlene L. Main on March 23, 2013 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

FASB for Lunch: Time Well Spent

Hello everyone! 

Today I decided to squeeze in some study time during my lunch hour.  I began by watching a video on FASB Standards (  Within a few moments I had to pause it, “what?! codification…. hu?  Oh my gosh, have I…


Added by Charlene L. Main on March 20, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

On my Way to REG: Less Pain So Far

It's been several weeks since I took AUD last time, and I am swimming in the REG book. Lots have happened, and I have just got accepted by a graduate program with funds-which would extend my stay in US so I don't have to return to my country before my first CPA section gets expired. 

REG is less painful than FAR and AUD since it's not purely calculation or memorization, but a combination…


Added by Christine He on March 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Figure it Out: The Best CPA Review Material For You

Just like everyone else who ever decided to take the CPA exam, I had questions about the BEST review material.  I wanted something that would guarantee that I would pass each section on the first try. At one point, I  may have  researched more on that subject and other exam takers study systems than actually studying (sad, but probably true). One thing I have learned is that…


Added by Gina on March 19, 2013 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Adjusting: All the Best Made Plans

I've purchased my multi-colored pens, highlighters and sharpie felt tip markers, mechanical pencils, lead and ring bound index cards.  I've organized my binders, drawn up an ambitious study schedule with careful planning of each section.  Without a formal review package yet purchased, I've gone online and downloaded various articles and bookmarked youtube videos covering the first…


Added by Charlene L. Main on March 18, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

I Can Do This: From the Bottom to the Top

This is Charlene's CPA Exam Journey...

When I was young, no one believed I would earn a college degree, much less a CPA certification!

I'll never forget the look on my father's face when I told him I was quitting my job to enroll at University and that I planned to study Accounting. During a long, uncomfortable pause, I could see that he was deep…


Added by Charlene L. Main on March 16, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

FAR Passed, AUD Taken and REG in Progress: Intense Schedule for International Students

This is Christine's CPA Exam Journey...

I have taken AUD this February, and now preparing for REG which I am going to schedule in May, and BEC probably in July before my software expires. Studying CPA is fun, but balancing the life between CPA and my graduate courses is a challenge. What's more, I have to return my…


Added by Christine He on March 4, 2013 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Scared or Lazy?: Need to Get it Together

It so incredibly sad that I can't pull my sh*t together to pass this exam. Am I scared of something or just lazy?

I have the materials, the support (thanks #twudygroup) and I can make the time. Its like I have more excuses than motivation at this point.

At first I really NEEDED a new job. I recently accepted great position in the field I really wanted to a career in.…


Added by Gina on February 3, 2013 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Now or Later: To Rewrite or Not to Rewrite

My notes are a complete mess. Definition and keywords in margins, tiny  handwritten formulas and scratch outs as far as thee eye can see. Its a good thing I'm keeping them all in the same notebook or they probably would be thrown around my office/toddler playroom by now. 

Part of my study plan was to watch the lectures take notes and review. I was going to rewrite my notes as…


Added by Gina on May 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Life Happens: How to Plan?

This week was a total study #FAIL for me!
I knew I had plans this week, but did not place them into my study plan calendar.

I'd won tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll and knew that on Easter Sunday…


Added by Gina on April 28, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Realization: The Hardest Part of the CPA Exam

It has come to my realization that the hardest part of the CPA exam may not be the exam itself.  Yes the exam itself is tough, but with the proper tools and studying you can prepare and pass. 

The hardest part of the exam is probably preparing to take the exam. 

Let me explain....

First you research endlessly to select the perfect CPA review materials.

While waiting for the materials to arrive,  you spend more hours Goggling the best way to study for the exam and…


Added by Gina on April 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

It Begins: My CPA Exam Journey

This is Gina's CPA Exam Journey...

Hello, my name is Gina and on February 28th, 2011 I was fired from my job as an accounting clerk after 8 years. I wont go into details, but lets just say the split was..well refreshing.

Although losing my job was a real blow to my ego, it was probably a blessing in disguise. You see, if I  hadn’t lost my job, I would not have…


Added by Gina on April 18, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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