I took the C.P.A. exam when it was still done with columnar paper, pencil & erasers, written essays and NO calculators. It was 2.5 days of tests. You had to pass two parts minimum and not overly fail the other two parts in order to “condition” so that next time you only had to take what you failed. If you failed too badly or couldn’t clear the condition in time, you had to retake the whole thing. You kept taking it until you passed or gave up. I used a review course to help me, with its hours of homework and memorization. But I passed it to attain a credential important to the rest of my career.
It’s easier now in that the entire test doesn’t have to be done at one time. But the knowledge required is far greater than when I took it. I am amazed at how well the young staff do with passing it. It’s still an extremely hard exam and a credential that is tough to attain. Now or then, there’s nothing simple about it.
Do you like this picture of everyone at work who passed the exam this time? And all the women in it besides just me? It would still be quite a while before women began entering the profession to the extent they are now.
Word for tomorrow – LOCATE. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
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