Certified: CPA candidate passes 3/4 sections with flying colors

Written on May 21, 2020

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager


Certified follows aspiring CPAs while they prepare for and take the various sections of the CPA exam. This is Dannielle Browne’s story, starting in June of 2019 and wrapping up in February 2020. Check back each week for an update on her journey and find out if she earns those three coveted letters after her name.

Dannielle Browne said Regulation (REG) was the hardest section of the CPA exam for her, but she prepared well and passed with an 88!

Browne said REG mostly covers taxes, which is something she doesn’t have much experience with, other than filing her own.

“There was business taxation and estates and stuff I had never dealt with before,” she said.

According to Browne, it also tests candidates on business law, bankruptcy and the financial logistics of LLCs and corporations.

One of the things she disliked about all the exam sections were the separate test “booklets.” There are five parts and you must sign off and turn in one at a time.

“You have to feel really comfortable with one and then hit submit so you can go to the next one,” she said. “So, it’s kind of scary spacing out your time. You can’t go back to the beginning to check your work like you can with other tests.”

With three out of four sections passed and behind her. Browne was proud of herself and surprised she made it this far without having to retake a section.

“I cannot believe I’m at this point,” she said.

Up next: Results of the fourth section, Business Environment and Concepts

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