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 Post subject: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:21 am 
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I passed CPP exam and after I passed the exam I gave speech at the Washington Metropolitan area Chapter of the American payroll Association.

I would like to share with you.
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I started studying for the CPP exam in 2008. I took the CPP exam 6 times and I finally passed on April 15th 2011.

My journey started in 2007 when I was at the ADP year end training. I won a one year membership in the WMAC-APA.

I started searching the WMAC-APA website and I found the education section. I was doing payroll almost 6 years but I didn’t have any clue about payroll education. I said to myself I should learn more about payroll since I love it so much... I signed up for the payroll education class. I bought my Principals of Payroll Administration book and I was looking at the book I said to myself “English is your second language how are you going to do this. Are you out of your mind?” It was a big book with a lot of IRS regulation and rules that I never heard before. I was scared. Actually, first day class was very interesting. I was very excited to be in the class but nothing was familiar to me. It was different world.

I had to learn a lot. Eileen and Carol were my teachers and other CPP’s were helping them. I admired them and I just want to be one of them in the future.

Of course, I did not pass first try. I had test anxiety and I didn’t know how to use the computer based testing. I didn’t give up and I took the test every 6 months. Every time I failed I said I’m not going to take this exam again but I couldn’t stop it. I learned how to enjoy studying and not to stress too much.

Each time I took the test my scores got better and better. The last time I missed passing by three points! One question made the difference. I almost gave up but my wonderful husband encouraged me to try one more time. And Eileen also encouraged me.

Eileen was always saying to find a study buddy. I found a study buddy last time I took the exam. I studied with Susana. We live far away but we were reaching each other with phone and emails. We were sending emails to each other sharing information for almost 3 months constantly. I would like to thank her from here.

I’m proud to be a member of WMAC-APA. People are supportive, loving and caring.
I want to encourage all of you, who didn’t pass the exam, try it until you reach your goal. It is worth it. I felt big relief and happiness.


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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:34 am 
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Congratulations on your accomplishment !

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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:18 am 
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Congratulations! Your perseverance and studying finally paid off. :)


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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:35 am 
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Congrats!

It looks intimidating enough - I can't imagine the added challenge of ESL.


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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:32 pm 
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sskrill wrote:
I can't imagine the added challenge of ESL.


I don't know about that. Just read one of the IRS publications. Whoever writes those, English is not their first language. Possible Latin or Aramaic. Maybe Demotic.

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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:59 pm 
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David Warren wrote:
English is not their first language. Possible Latin or Aramaic. Maybe Demotic.


Lawyerese.


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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 8:43 am 
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Congrats to you.

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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 2:48 pm 
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Congratulations to you! I just passed mine as well - April 21. So glad to have that out of the way! English is my first language and I barely understood most of the questions, so my kudos to you. Perserverence, patience, and hard work really does pay off in the end.


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 Post subject: Re: I passed CPP exam
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 8:13 am 
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Congratulations to both of you!!!!

I have to recertify this year, glad I have enough credits and don't have to take the exam again.


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