December 2017 Student of the Month: Craig Donahue

Craig Donahue had given up on passing the CPA Exam–until he found Roger CPA Review. 8 years after graduating college and working at a Big 4, Craig passed all 4 sections consecutively on his first try. See how he did it and why!

Student:  Craig Donahue

Exam Sections Passed:  AUD, BEC, FAR, REG

Current Firm:  Ohio Casino Control Commission

Why did you take Roger CPA Review?

I took the course because I wanted to achieve something that, up until that point in my career, had beaten me. I took a few sections of the CPA Exam while I was working at a Big Four firm right out of college. At that time, my heart wasn’t in it and I took the exams just because it was something I was supposed to do. I went into those sections basically without preparing. However, this time around, more than eight years since my first effort, I wanted to beat the exam. I decided that I was going to pass and started looking for a review course that was different than those I had tried in the past.

How did you hear about our review course?

I found Roger CPA Review by reading online reviews on the different exam prep sites.

What was your favorite aspect of the course?

I mostly enjoyed Roger’s style of presenting in that he could keep my attention and keep me interested in the subjects. The course helped me pass all four sections in a row – my first try for each with Roger CPA Review.

How has passing the exam affected your personal and professional life?

Previously, I had given up on passing the exam and had resolved that I would never do it. Now I’m set to be licensed as a CPA in Ohio next month. I now feel much more prepared to help lead our team. It’s an incredible feeling to achieve something that at one time seemed impossible.

What piece of advice do you have for other CPA Exam candidates?

Learn as much as you can about the exam process and strategies for managing the exam time. This helped me be as prepared as possible for the test environment. Also, make sure you commit to following one of the exam planners provided by Roger CPA Review and complete all the recommended preparation.

Favorite quote?

"If you study, you will pass." - Roger Philipp, CPA, CGMA. I really took this one to heart. After getting each passing section result, I started to believe this more and more. Roger’s course will give you the information and strategy that is needed to pass the exam. If you take those things and put in the necessary hours and effort, you will pass the exam.

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