Hey there,

My name is Ala’a Abu Dayyeh.

I live in beautiful Palestine and I am married with 3 kids.

In late 2009, I decided I must pass the CPA Exam to become a CPA “like my father” before life gets more crowded.

In July 2010, I travelled to Seattle (were my uncles live) to sit for the four parts of the exam. They were scheduled in August 2010.

In September 2010 I got married. A few weeks later, I received my CPA Exam scores which showed I passed two parts out of four. I passed AUD and BEC and failed FAR and REG.

I travelled again to Seattle in November 2010 to sit for the remaining two parts. This time after I was pregnant. Unfortunately, I failed the two parts again.

A few months later, after I gave birth to my baby, I realized I had one testing window left before I lose the credits of the two exams.

I had two choices here, either leave my newborn baby and travel to give the exams a last try or lose everything.

It was the most difficult decision I had to take in my life.

After deep thinking, I took the decision to endure some pain and give these two parts a last try. Luckily, there were international locations newly opened for the exam. So I sat for the exams in Dubai.

In January 2012, I received my CPA Exam scores which showed that I passed the CPA Exam.

Today, I am a Licensed CPA (CO) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

I always say Alhamdulillāh for everything he gave me. Alhamdulillāh for health… Alhamdulillāh for the husband and kids… Alhamdulillāh for the great parents who gave me the best education… Alhamdulillāh for living in the holy land of Palestine… Alhamdulillāh for helping me pass the CPA Exam when I was about to lose everything!

May Allah give you all what you wish in life, personally and professionally, and help you in your CPA Exam journey.

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