Today, I’d like to talk about the difficult parts of preparing for and taking the CPA exam. The CPA exam process can be very long. Watching the lectures, reading the material, taking practice tests, and the four individual parts themselves all add up. In addition, you find out that it is not unusual to fail parts of the exam. Many people openly talk about their score and pass/fail status in the CPA forums online. I’ve only passed FAR and AUD so far, but I would like to share parts that have been especially hard for me in the hopes that other candidates will know they are not alone and can gain some insight from my experience.