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I have wanted the designation of CPA for a very long time. I realize that if I had made very different decisions a long time ago, I may have had it and it would have been a lot easier. But life happens and it seems to get in the way... High school and my one lone college semester was a very long time ago. I got married, moved a few times, and had children. I went back to college on a part time basis and slowly began taking a full time load as my youngest began school. I received my Bachelor's Degree in 2001. The new rule for the CPA exam became 150 credit hours starting January, 2001. (I had one lucky friend who was grandfathered at the time - she had enough credits and sat.) Finding an accounting job at the same time was difficult. (Arthur Anderson was closing and accountants were flooding the job market.)
A few years later, I did find a position at a public accounting firm. It felt like home. I was using what I had learned! But I still wanted the CPA. The college I had attended for my BS began offering an online MBA program. In 2007 I had my MBA degree.
I am currently using the Northern Illinois University review and Gleim. Using primarily the college review materials, I sat for Regulation in July, 2012 and scored 70. I made a second attempt in October and scored another 70. At the time I began using Gleim, I was only using the downloaded multiple choice review. I didn't realize that there was so much more online and I am now using those materials to more fully supplement my studying. So, my question is has anyone else used Gleim? What else can I be doing to help with passing this test.
(At this point you are probably wondering what happened between October, 2012 and July, 2013. Life! I became ill and had to have surgery in January. Then it was recovery. Now that I am feeling better, I am ready to do this!)
So one final question - While waiting last October for my test results, I also purchased the review materials for Audit. As I began working through Audit, I realized that it is going to be a challenge. I believe I had only one audit class in college. So, what works best for those areas we are not strong in? Any thoughts or suggestions?