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My journey to be a CPA

31 Mar Posted by in CPA, My story | Comments
My journey to be a CPA

FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinI graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico in 2002. In 2007 I decided I wanted to go back to school and get my Master’s Degree.  This was the way I thought I could prep myself mentally to get into the CPA study mode.  I also had to figure out a way to become a CPA because I didn’t have the required work experience at the time.  I graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a Master’s Degree in Finance.  With the money I received from graduation I purchased Gleim study material.

 My studies began very slowly, my youngest son was born in August of 2008 and there was more adjusting to baby number 3 than I expected.  I decided that since I had just finished my Master’s Degree, the first logical exam seemed to be BEC.  I sat for the exam on August 26, 2009; exactly one year after the baby was born. By this time I had switched study material to Becker, I had a very hard time focusing and learning the material the way Gleim presented it.  I scored a 68.  I had already started studying for AUD so I continued with the studying and took that exam October 17, 2009.  Once that exam was over I re-studied for BEC and took it November 23, 2009.  I scored a 55 on AUD, this score has been the hardest to take and the hardest to overcome.  My BEC score the second time around: 75 My first passing score and the real beginning of my CPA exam journey.

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