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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? 

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Comment by Monica, CMO Gleim on August 15, 2013 at 12:59pm

Hi Beverly,

I'm sending you an email.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have about studying, or the CPA exam. 

I feel your pain!  I have gone through this exam too.  You'll feel a lot better once you make a bit more progress, I promise.

Comment by Beverly Blankenbaker on July 31, 2013 at 6:08pm

Thank you for all the kind comments.  I know for me that by the time I finished the Masters Degree I was somewhat burned out and needed a break.  But I am a student at heart and I have missed not having something to study...if that makes sense:/  Now I hope that my study habits will rub off on my youngest son who will be starting college in just a few short weeks.  If anyone is looking for a study partner, please let me know.  Sometimes bouncing problems off one another helps make sense of some of the more challenging material.

Comment by Pamela Mearsheimer on July 31, 2013 at 4:45pm

Hey - life happens to me too. I'm also an older student, and both my kids are teenagers now. Things are going slowly for me. I'm finishing up BEC now, but will start AUD soon. I'm doing Becker online. I recommend it. Sometimes I get overwhelmed - so much material! - but I'm "learning how to learn" and taking it one day at a time.

Comment by CPA Exam Club on July 30, 2013 at 11:33am

also, join your online study group here
http://www.cpaexamclub.com/cpa-exam-study-groups

and the Gleim group to ask Gleim any questions you may have - Monica Metz from Gleim monitors the group.  http://www.cpaexamclub.com/group/gleimcpareview

Happy Studying!

Comment by Niusha H on July 30, 2013 at 6:32am

Break down your goals into bite size pieces, practice MCQs, keep a notebook and rewrite it so you can comprehend it when you're done studying and then practice tests, tests and more test questions.  You can rise up to this challenge and meet it!  Your persistence is key.

Comment by CPA Exam Club on July 29, 2013 at 11:25pm

Hi Beverly!  Glad you are feeling better and you are ready to go get 'em!  Glad you found the additional online resources for Gleim too.  

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