Re: Anybody else studying for the CPA?
Since my last post on the thread I passed the CPA, not quite how I expected though. I passed my first three sections, and failed BEC with a 74. I don't know how you got four 74's and kept going, I was ready to crawl in a hole and quit after one. Luckily I passed BEC on the second try and have been licensed for just over a year.
I also just passed my series 7 exam, and I start studying tomorrow for the series 66 which I take in a couple weeks. I feel like I will never be done studying and taking tests, even though I may actually be done with my test taking for good in two short weeks.
My advice to anyone that is studying for the CPA, if you really want to pass and not throw a ton of money down the drain, study your arse off for 4-6 weeks. Do every multiple choice question you can get your hands on, and make sure you understand the concepts. Schedule your test for a Tuesday and take Monday off work. Lock yourself to your desk chair from Saturday morning until Monday night before the exam and do practice tests from morning until night. Your life will suck, but it will be over shortly. Trust me, I like to party as much as anyone and it killed me spending my Friday and Saturday nights before the exam studying, but I made myself do it and it worked for me.
The CPA isn't easy, but that's because it's a lot of material to know, not because it's brain surgery. If you put in the time, you will pass it. I'm not talking about spending two nights a week studying, I'm talking about spending 2-3 hours every night after work for a month or so, and dedicating a good chunk of your weekends to studying. If you try and study off and on and don't give it 100% effort there's a good chance you will not pass. Good luck.