Absolutely not…or at least it shouldn’t.
Unfortunately, because most young accountants ignore a few key things BEFORE they even sign-up for the exam, taking the CPA leads straight into burnout, frustration, and failed section, after failed section.
But you can take a different path.
All you need is a good roadmap.
My Experience with the CPA Exam
When I took the CPA exam a couple years ago I learned too many hard lessons about studying, self-confidence, relationships, friendships, and my health. It definitely wasn’t easy and to be honest…I got a way more burned out than I thought I would during my first couple of sections.
The bottom line is that taking the CPA was the hardest test experience I’ve ever had in my life. And if you want to become a CPA, it will be a huge part of your life for at least the next 12-18 months (unless you are some sort of study robot).
However, I was able to pass all four sections of the exam on my first try.
That doesn’t mean I got 99’s (far from it), but I was able to pass them all because of the way I studied, the support system I developed, and the things I learned about taking care of myself.
Now, looking back on my experience I realized there are a ton of things I wished someone would have told me before I bought my study software and signed up for the test.
Things about my study habits, health, and developing a strong support system that I had to learn the hard way.
Things that helped me be able to pass the last section of the CPA without letting it completely take over my life.
Things that would make the whole test experience less stressful if I had known them ahead of time.
Creating a Roadmap
So I’m making it my mission to create a roadmap for other women like me to follow before, during, and after the CPA along with a place to be able to offer help and support for each other along the way.
So, I’m asking for your help to create this roadmap right alongside of me.
I want to make sure I’m creating something that answers *your* biggest concerns about life before, during, and after taking the CPA exam.
But unlike that test there are no wrong answers here. Just what’s on your mind.
– Stasia Haroldson