Let me start of by saying to you all struggling with the CPA exam – It’s not how many times you fall or fail that matters, it’s always why you get up. After 67 months , over $5000 in exam fees, lost passing credit a couple of times, I can tell you all that I am now a CPA, and no one would ever ask me how many times I took the exam. All that matter is I am now a CPA. The key for me was sheer determination. There has been many series of score release nightmares. I have a bag full of excuses that make a lot of sense – Kids, family, loss of my mother, work. I could have given up forever. I even thought of quitting my job, and moving to private where the need for the CPA is not demanding.
My “WHY” was greater. not getting the title “CPA” after all these try’s meant that I was an epic failure, and I needed to prove myself wrong. I fell so many times, and in all I kept getting up and setting up a new strategy. I just knew that in due time I would pass.
There are some that got 4 try’s 4 passes; that looks good, and there are some that have dropped off the train, and said “this is not for me”. For me the pain is over. I never have to open a CPA book again for life. If you are out there, and you are thinking of quitting – please reach out to me. I have over 30 attempts in 67 months, I have lost parts, I have spent money, and I have cried. I feel your pain- believe me. It is not a very comfortable situation. Please don’t take the easy way out and quit.
I had a hang up on FARE for a long time – Janice Amatucci, NJSCPA connected me with Yeager CPA as an alternative / extra option since I needed to pass after so many attempts. I received personal coaching from Phil Yeager, Owner of Yeager CPA REVIEW. The review course was hands-on and there were so many question from the Wiley book which gave me the added edge to pass FARE. Phil checked on me so many times as I prepped for FARE, and answered any question that I had personally. I would encourage you to try Yeager out as you prepare for your CPA exam, and let me know what you think. I highly recommend them. I had 73, 68 on FARE and they took me over the hump to 76.
Finally my winning keys are determination, consistency, and a “never give up” attitude. My “WHY” was greater. Keep your head up, and if you feel like talking to anyone – reach out to me, I am here to pay it forward and help anyone out there get over this hump. I tell you – I feel good now.
Special thanks to my fellow bloggers past and present– You all are awesome.
Special thanks to Janice Amatucci for believing in me – You have a special place in my heart.
My next agenda is obtaining my license; I have all the required experience and college credits.
Ed Adiele, CPA