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What To Do When You Don't Pass the CPA Exam

cpa-exam-did-not-passSo you got a 74, huh? We know, it's a crushing feeling
and if you're within passing by just 2 or 3 points (as opposed to
getting a 60), a 74 can feel like the end of the world. But don't let a
failing score scare you away from your goal of CPA licensure as failure
is sort of written in to the entire experience. If the CPA Exam were easy, everyone would be CPAs and we would be out of business!

The strategy for retaking a failed exam depends a lot on how you did. For a 70 - 74, though you didn't pass your score shows that you have an excellent command of the information and only need a little more practice to nail a75 or above. Your first step is to submit a reapplication to your stateboard or CPAES and get a new Notice to Schedule for that exam. The sooner you do this the better as the material is still fresh in your

If you have a different exam scheduled, try to put it off. If you are unable to reschedule your other exam
without penalties, you can go ahead and study for that one as well but at a minimum try to push that new exam off until the very last minute onyour current NTS if you can. More information on the CPA
Exam schedule
here. Read more.

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Comment by Roger Philipp on September 24, 2010 at 3:39pm
Repetition is where you find confidence and if you're scoring in the 80's and 90's you should feel great. There's no difference between and 75 and a 95!
Comment by Gavin Bennett on September 24, 2010 at 3:34pm
I have not been able to view the chats with anyone online and it makes me feel sad man. I am preparing for two papers the first week in October and trust me I am feeling scared because I do not want to fail. I have gone through a lot of material for BEC and Auditing and I cannot seem to feel extreme confidence. I have done a lot of tests and got in the 80's and 90's but still not satisfied.

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