1.24.2015

How to Pass the CPA Exam (Updated)


I know, kind of weird to have made a thumbnail for this video but figured I'd rather have a flattering picture than the automatic thumbnail YouTube gives me with my mouth hanging all open ;)

Before I get started I wanted to share a couple funny things Juicy did last night & this morning. I swear, this little lady is so entertaining, I love her to pieces!

I got home around 7 last night from work (busy season joys) and she was super excited to see me as usual. I took her outside, she went pee for a while and ran back in. We all went upstairs and Mike and I were just talking in our room. Suddenly Mike looks over at the bedroom door and screams "Juicy pooped!!!"..... well come to find out she pooped 2 little logs upstairs (carpeted), then ran downstairs (not carpeted) and pooped a whole bunch more at the bottom of the stairs. She was sitting in her area, already anticipating being in trouble but it was just too funny that we weren't even mad. Especially because she knows she if goes downstairs, we don't get mad since it's an easy clean up unlike carpet. So it took a lot of coaxing to get her to come upstairs... she really wasn't in trouble! I just kept laughing imagining her pooing and trying to hold it in to get downstairs. She's such a good girl hahaha.... I think she got really excited when we were playing that it got her poopies moving inside.

Then this morning, Juicy and I get up at 7am so I can fed her and give her insulin. Well normally on the weekends, I'll feed her, set a 30 minute timer on my phone and catch up on my blog/YT stuff. Her alarm goes off and I'm searching for her because I kept the bedroom door shut so Mike wouldn't be disturbed. Well low and behold, I see the bedroom door cracked open (either I didn't shut it good enough and she opened it or she kept scratching at it and Mike opened it for her). As I walk in the room, she's laying in bed and will NOT move lol.... so I had to carry her like a baby downstairs, give her insulin and carried her back up. Seriously, it's a good thing she's so cute..... haha but really I'd do anything for her. It's just funny, her little personality.

Ok..... onto what y'all actually want to hear about which is how to pass the CPA exam. As a disclaimer, these tips helped me pass the exam... it may or may not work for you. I wrote a blog post a couple years ago about how I passed if you want to see it.





In this video, I talked a little about my background (education & work experience), tips on preparing for the exam and tips on scheduling/taking the exam. I got into more depth about how I studied and prepared.

Here are pictures of when I planned out my schedule for passing the CPA exam. It's been a few years since I took the exam but I hope my tips help y'all out!




With Love,
Stephie

12 comments :

  1. This is awesome advice. I'm a CPA candidate (IL) and I will be taking the FAR exam in August and start my studying journey in June 2015. Glad you incorporated this into your blog! Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you so much Dominique! Good luck on your CPA journey, it will be well worth it :)

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  2. I'm currently taking the CPA exam in NY, got 71 on both REG and BEC. I was very depressed and not motived after studying for so long and not passing a part, then I started to search for tips and advice on how to conquer the exam and I came across to this video. Thanks for the awesome tips!

    I love your blog! I really like the fact you're both professional and stylish at the same time!
    Thanks for being so awesome Stephie!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Regina, you are so sweet! I am so glad I could help provide any tips or advice for the exam, it is definitely a HARD exam to pass. At least you were really close to passing, so just a little more studying will get you passing!! I'm rooting for you & I'm sure you'll pass them soon enough. Stay positive and keep your eye on the prize!

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  3. Did you use Becker? It's so hard to stay motivated.....while working. Thanks for this.

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    1. Yes I did use Becker. I wrote this post to talk specifically about how I studied Becker when I passed. I hope this helps! http://www.stephienese.com/2013/07/how-i-passed-cpa-exam.html

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  4. Did you use Becker? It's hard to stay motivated...while working... :(

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  7. Hi! Stephie,

    I am a student from India who is currently doing financial management diploma in University of Winnipeg.I am interested in doing CPA canada and would like your advice on what to do?

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  8. I am really sorry as i forgot to tell you that i have done MBA in Finance from India already. Looking forward to your suggestions.

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  9. I've been watching your youtube videos for a while now and I've finally decided to come check out your calendar. I love the idea and will implement it. So far I've passed Reg and Bec but recently I've become discouraged as I failed Audit twice (last time with a 74 -.- ) Do you have any advice that may help me?

    P.S, LOVE your makeup. It's forever flawless!

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