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BS Aerospace Engineering, ME Mechanical Engineering
Lead Systems Engineer in Defense Industry.
Journalism (Public Relations), History
If we had tags, "Oral database compiling" would be at all-time appropriate levels right now.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
Consultant/Project Management, part time commercial spearfishermen (I wish)
This post was edited by naegeleterp 18 months ago
Econ, & Marketing.
Been in Sales for 20+ years. 14 years in Printing & Graphic Arts, last 6 in the construction trade. I don't think I could hold a real job. meaning 9 to 5 in an office.
While on vacation in Mexico last week I went spearfishing with a charter out of Playa Del Carmen and the guy who owned it relocated from Holland. He said he was tired of doing the office thing and making sure he didn't wear the same tie in a 3-4 week span (I laughed b/c I do the same thing) and decided to pack up and go. He started his own spearfishing charter business in Mexico. Gotta admire him, don't know if I could do it.
Thank for the input. I only know of one person who has passed both and he called it a coin toss.
Know anything about CMA? Also considering that as a warm up.
(Yet Another) Attorney
Elementary Education; 4th grade teacher (though not sure how long that will stay)
Business / Contract Specialist
Government & Politics / Federal & International Advocacy
Journalism degree / Sales Manager
I know little about the test, but it would probably be good if you consider a career in corporate finance. If you were looking to be a controller or CFO of a small company it would be valuable. I can only recall one client holding the CMA designation, and as a result, was one of my more knowledgable clients.
To get back to the CPA, if you work for a public accounting firm they will probably pay for your Becker study guides. Study each section for a few weeks and you'll be fine. Most everyone at my firm passed all 4 parts of the CPA on the first try, and we are just JMU, Va Tech and VCU kids.
For the CFA, I studied for over 5 months, every day after work and most every weekend for probably close to 350 hours total, and I barely passed. I kept studying the L1 material for several months afterwards until I got the L2 stuff. After I flipped through the material for a few days I knew I was in over my head. Waste of about $4k. Also the length of time of the test (one day 8 hour test) and the fact that it takes at the very least 1.5 years to complete makes it tough to finish.
I think Julester is a CFA.
Physical Science and Math - Software Development Manager
I'm graduating in Dec and start work fulltime the following October, but I'm trying to pass the CPA sometime in between. I'm using the Becker stuff but I'm trying to get it done asap so I could travel and stuff. How long does it usually take to pass the exam if you are just studying for it all the time? Could you knock it out in a month of two?
Edit: Specifically, what would guess the hours studied for each section to be? I'm seeing a ton of different estimates all over the internet.
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classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
That's where most of my career has been. I have no desire to practice public acctg but being CPA carries the most weight on a resume.
CMA is probably the least recognized of the three, unfortunately.
Computer Science, MBA
Public Relations and Marketing
If you're studying 40 hours a week then probably 3-4 weeks should do it easily. The thickness of the books would be a good indicator as to which ones you need to study for longer. The test has changed a little since I took 3 sections in 2010 and FAR in 2011, but I was only getting like 68-70s on the Becker practice tests, but I got all 80-82s on the actual tests. A 12 point curve seemed pretty consistent for me.
BEC and Audit you can probably do less. Also, there was a lot of overlap between BEC and REG, if you take REG first you can probably take BEC less than 2 weeks later.
Probably 80 hours for BEC and Audit. 120 hours for REG, and probably closer to 160 for FAR. If you're starting after Christmas, you could be done by end of March.
edit: forget about March being closed, change it to early April.
This post was edited by Hey JMU6375 18 months ago
Finance & Accounting (CPA)
Don't waste too much time studying materials. Do an assload of practice tests and bang out the tests. Can be done in 2 windows.
Thanks a lot...not quite as bad as I've heard others make it out to be
Finance and Entrepreneurship
Marketing Technology Start-Up
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