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Hi Everyone - I know I have reached out to many, individually. Thank you very much for your kind words. Some say "Breathe & Relax" and some say "Once you start, everything will just automatically click". So start somewhere and do the work diligently and so on. Although I understand all these points very well, planning well and attacking the CPA exam (one at a time) is going to be a real challenge for me. Please keep in mind, I graduated 20 years ago. In other words, I'm hardly in touch with any of the 4 subjects. Currently, I'm taking a hiatus and would like to get this certification as soon as I possibly can. I would like some advice in "planning". My weakness is - I need someone to hold my hand and walk me through this ordeal, as you see, I'm not good in planning. My mind is racing - which one to study for now, what if I fail, should I continue with the same section and on and on and on….

I'm currently using Becker. I see lot of people here using other materials, along w/Becker. Is it worth a shot to use multiple sources? What would you suggest?  

I understand I need to do tons of progress tests, with different numbers (REG) & different scenarios. Becker has something called progress tests - tons of MCQs, but the figures are the same and automatically my brain picks the correct answer at the end, even without doing the math, as I would have come across the same question multiple times in the past. 

Secondly, what if I fail in one section - should I continue to study for the same section again & again, until I get a pass or should I move on to the next? I failed REG twice - 70 & 73. I'm very disappointed the 2nd time, because I worked very hard (at least I think so). I followed Becker's advice and practiced the progress tests tons of times, did all the SIMS, took a final test also like few days before the exam. Came very close, but not enough to pass.

So, to clear my mind, I'm going to attend AUD (online) classes next month. When would be the ideal time for me to sit for AUD exam? I'm not in a hurry, but at the same time, I do not want to be lazy. Unless, I'm in touch with the subject everyday, I don't think I can pass. I'm willing to work hard everyday. Its just that I don't know how to plan - yes, I admit - I'm not good in planning. Hence this long email. I'm desperately in need of help. I would like to get all these 4 parts done, as soon as I can, however, do not want to rush myself, especially with my previous failures (twice)...

Please help. Thanks.


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Comment by Pamela Mearsheimer on July 31, 2013 at 5:56pm

I graduated 20 years ago too

Comment by Hema Suresh on July 29, 2013 at 8:29am

Thanks Niusha.

Comment by Niusha H on July 29, 2013 at 6:13am

Wow!  You were so close with REG.  I would say, tackle REG again to get it our of the way, but use different materials because if you're at the point that you remember the MCQs answer, then you aren't really practicing because you've already memorized the answer.  I'd recommend investing in Wiley CPA Test Bank software for more MCQs or doing a CRAM course like Roger CPA Review's for REG.  See for info, and I think he has a special price for students who've not passed with competitors' courses.

You just need SOMETHING other than what you're doing to put you over the 75 edge, and that means you need 75 more points... not just 2 or 5.  ;)   I bet there are others on this forum who can share what materials helped them get to the passing score.

You can do this, there are plenty more out there that have failed more than 2 times and passed.  You can, too, if you hang in there and try again.  Otherwise, if you don't try, you guarantee to keep the status quo.


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