Written By Guest Blogger Anne R.
I Passed! I just found out that I passed the Financial section of the CPA exam! That means that I passed the whole exam and I am finished with it forever! I will not be one to slack on my continuing education because I never want to risk having to take the exam again. I can’t wait to start the process to receive my license and certificate!
It feels so great to have finally passed all four parts of the CPA exam. I have been studying for and taking this test for 3 years now. However, once I really started studying seriously, it only took me one year to pass all four parts. I passed REG last July, BEC in January, AUD in May, and FAR in August. I spaced out the four tests because I needed to take breaks in between studying for each part in order to keep going.
I think the key to passing the CPA exam is just to give it your best the first time and put in the hours of studying. It is a difficult exam, but I think the most difficult thing about it is the time and discipline it takes. You have to commit to missing out on social events, waking up early and/or staying up late, and really focusing during your study time. For the first two years of studying, I would spend some of my “study time” playing a couple games of solitaire, checking my email, etc. – only for 5 minutes (I would tell myself). All those minutes add up! A good way to get around this temptation for me was to order the book. This way I could do a lot of my studying without a computer in sight. I also went to almost every social event and would schedule my studying around my life. In order to pass, you have to schedule your life around your study time, and you have to be really focused in order to use that time wisely. In fact, when I’m missing out on something, it helps me to focus more on my studies because my time is valuable. While I was studying for FAR, my whole family and my husband went to see the new Batman movie…and I stayed home. That was a great 3 hours of studying though; since I was missing the movie, I wanted to make my suffering worthwhile.
So I leave you with this: be encouraged, no matter how many parts you’ve failed or let expire. You can pass if you put in the time and focus. It’s okay to start over, give yourself a clean slate, and get serious about the CPA exam. You can do it, because I finally did!