(Just a suggestion, but I’m going to recommend that you hum the tune “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” while you read this post!)
After a month of waiting and checking the NASBA website 2-3 times per day (if not more), we were elated to learn last week that Jake passed the financial section of the CPA exam with a score of 85 (75 is passing)! Let me assure you that this was no easy task! The CPA exam is considered one of, if not the most difficult exam to pass and of all the sections comprising the exam, the financial section is also considered the hardest to pass!
When Jake was promoted to Controller last year, the powers that be strongly encouraged him to get his CPA and when the company offered to foot the bill it was a no brainer…he’d take the exam. At the beginning of this year, the study materials were ordered and a few weeks later we received a very LARGE box on our doorstep. It was then that Becker took up residence in our home. For now we consider Becker an annoying house guest, but we can’t send him packing just yet. I have a feeling when this whole exam saga is over and done with, we just might have a book burning party.
Speaking of book burning parties…let me digress for a moment. Typing those three little words…book burning party…made me remember a little book burning party freshman year at JBU. Anyone want to try to guess the name of the class or teacher?? (Not you, Sonya, since you told me the names of both!) Yes! Contemporary Math…oh, how I dreaded, DREADED that class. And the teacher…her nickname should explain it all, “Ms. Happy Hearts and Stickers.” No one and I mean NO ONE should be that happy about math THAT early in the morning or ever! Esh!! So, yes, when that painful semester was over we celebrated by burning our books behind California dorm! What a great memory…Sonya and I just laughed hysterically about it while on the phone just now!
So where was I…ah, yes, back to my smarty pants husband who is a math genius and can compute all kinds of crazy numbers in his head whereas I am lucky to come up with the right answer when using a calculator.
Studying for the CPA exam is a major commitment. Becker recommends that you study for approximately 35 hours a week. So when you break that down Jake’s schedule looks a little something like this: 8am-6pm: work, 6pm-8:30pm: dinner, family time, put Ben to bed, 8:30pm-11pm: study and then lots of studying (4-6 hours a day) on the weekends. All of that and he still does not come close to the recommended 35 hours a week, but there really aren’t many hours left. I’ve been super impressed by his dedication to work, family and the exam!!
On the day we found out that he passed the financial section I called our babysitter immediately. She watched the boys while Jake and I went out to celebrate! We had a fantastic dinner at a local Irish pub! It was splendid!
Since Jake literally does not have the time to study the recommended 35 hours a week, it will take him basically a year to complete all parts (there are a total of 4) and that’s only if he passes each one on the first try. The plan is for him to take another section of the exam in mid-August followed by the last two sections sometime in November. We would greatly appreciate your prayers. Specifically, that he’ll pass each section of the exam the first time and be a CPA by the end of the year…wouldn’t that be a nice Christmas present! Way to go, Jake!! We are super-duper proud of you!