SuperfastCPA Reviews: How Wells Passed Her CPA Exams

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In this episode, you’ll hear how Wells was putting in “120%” in the beginning, but it wasn’t paying off, to then making a few small changes to her process that led to her going 4 for 4.

Wells has a lot of great tips to share, including the importance of not putting your life on hold during the CPA exam process, as well as a profound idea about making your own flashcards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qqgAht2Y84

Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:56 – Free “CPA Study Hacks” Training
  • 02:38 – Finding SuperfastCPA on a workout video
  • 04:28 – From throwing her textbook to passing
  • 04:51 – How Wells started the study process
  • 05:56 – First exam result was big surprise
  • 06:33 – Moving on to FAR
  • 06:49 – Giving 120% but still failing
  • 07:15 – “I’m doing everything everyone is telling me to do…?!”
  • 07:46 – Masters program with integrated CPA study
  • 08:31 – Is it intelligence or your process?
  • 09:30 – Review course “progress checkers” aren’t always accurate
  • 10:36 – Biggest “aha moments” that turned things around
  • 11:33 – Actually studying vs “going through the motions”
  • 12:17 – Getting her first passing score
  • 12:42 – “I’ll never forget getting that first passing score…”
  • 13:22 – Moving onto FAR
  • 13:35 – Going 4 for 4 after changing study approach
  • 14:08 – Taking and passing REG in less than a month
  • 14:23 – BEC retake in 10 days
  • 14:44 – Experience of masters students being on same exam timeline
  • 17:08 – What did a day of studying look like before & after?
  • 18:01 – How Wells got her evenings back so she could hang out with friends
  • 18:31 – The power of making your own flashcards
  • 18:53 – Detailed explanation of Well’s study process
  • 20:19 – Printing out the SFCPA review notes
  • 21:04 – Why Wells used the SFCPA quizzes constantly
  • 22:26 – “What finally clicked or made the difference in your study process?”
  • 22:54 – A key reason going to questions first helps you learn so much faster
  • 23:32 – “Think about what the words mean…”
  • 25:02 – A CRITICAL point about making your own notes or flashcards
  • 26:58 – Test-day strategy for SIMs
  • 27:42 – “There are a lot of ways to fail the exams…”
  • 28:11 – Timelines to aim for on exam day
  • 28:57 – Flagging questions on test day
  • 29:26 – Wells 10-day restudy process
  • 30:55 – “Never miss a day” BUT still have time for fun
  • 31:03 – Do something every day
  • 32:00 – How Wells used the SuperfastCPA audio notes
  • 32:36 – “It was giving yourself no excuse to fail…”
  • 32:56 – The “hardcore” yet “take evenings off” approach
  • 33:39 – Find your “outlet” through the study process
  • 34:03 – “If I don’t pass these, I’m going to regret throwing my life away”
  • 34:14 – You don’t have to put your life on hold to pass the CPA exams…
  • 34:31 – Well’s “beer-the-night-before-an-exam” tradition
  • 35:36 – Deleting “time wasters” from your phone
  • 36:30 – Why Wells deleted all social media during the study process
  • 37:24 – “Going through the motions” vs getting “good” at the study process
  • 38:43 – The “48-hour cram session”
  • 40:40 – Wells unorthodox process of checking her scores
  • 41:37 – How Wells celebrated her 4th passing score
  • 42:44 – Reflecting on the highs & lows of Well’s CPA journey
  • 43:06 – What Wells did instead of full practice exams
  • 43:35 – 2 failed scores had Wells re-thinking accounting in general
  • 44:43 – “I felt stupid…”
  • 45:07 – “The same person, same brain, gets completely different results by just changing their process”
  • 45:41 – “The first question you should ask yourself…”
  • 46:53 – Well’s top tips for current candidates
  • 48:36 – How Wells used the SFCPA for motivation
  • 49:13 – The “800 meter” metaphor
  • 49:51 – One of Wells’s “Why’s” was to be on the podcast

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