I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of several accounting professional exam prep sites.
After a few years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, I went to work for my client in their Finance Department specializing in internal corporate finance. It was apparent that all senior guys in the department have a CPA qualification, and I figured I better get mine some day, soon. I went ahead to register and study for the CPA exam diligently every weekend and got the CPA certificate within 9 months.
Having said that, it has never been my intention to work as a certified “public” accountant. After 5 years in the internal corporate finance I went to work as director of strategic planning in a global bank. I am currently running my own series of accounting and finance career websites on exam preparation, resume preparation and job hunting.
My name is Meghan D., and I live in the United States. My father worked in finance and my mother owned a series of home-cooking restaurants in the Midwest. I’ve lived in the Midwest US my whole life, although I have traveled all over – from Europe to China, and many places in between! I even interned as a member of a tax services team in the Middle East. I currently work for a big 4 accounting firm in the advisory department. My goal is to get promoted to manager by this time next year!
I took and passed the CPA Exam in 2014. I studied hard and passed my exams before I began working in public accounting, but I kept traveling while I was studying. It is possible to have a life and still study for the CPA Exam! In addition, I am currently working toward becoming a CMA. I look forward to writing about my experiences, helping you learn about all the different accounting exams, and giving you advice that has worked for me and my colleagues.
Although CPA is still more prestigious, CMA is getting traction and in our opinion a more suitable certification for non-public accountants.
We also find the topics on how to manage, operate and strategize a business more interesting than the relative theoretical subjects covered in the CPA exam syllabus.
Some of you are working in corporate accounting and others are exploring the opportunities. In any case, if you visit my site, you are at least interested in management accounting and the CMA exam.
CMA Exam is the Necessary Evil
Taking the CMA exam isn’t the end game; it is the necessary evil in your path towards a successful accounting career in the corporate world. Therefore, our goal is to pass the CMA exam in the simplest, fastest, and the most efficient way possible.
You will find two types of articles on this site. The first being the basic facts, such as registration process, exam dates, location and so on. They are all listed on my frequently asked questions page.
The second, which is more important, is the tips on how to nail this exam.
Don’t Miss My Tips Pages
The most important page on our site is the CMA review course comparison. Getting the most suitable course is extremely important for your passing success. You’ll see that we list out the pros and cons for each, but our general recommendation is Gleim CMA review, and we explain why on a page dedicated to this excellent review course.
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