Hey there,

My name is Ala’a Abu Dayyeh

I live in beautiful Palestine and I am married with 3 children

In the late 2009, after I got engaged to a Palestinian man (my husband now), I decided I must pass the CPA Exam and become a CPA “like my father” before I get more crowded in life.

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

I got married in September 2010 and a few weeks after my marriage, I received my CPA Exam scores, which showed that I passed two parts out of four (I passed AUD and BEC, failed FAR and REG).

I travelled again to Seattle in November 2010 to sit for the remaining two parts, but 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 have one testing window left before I lose the credits for the two exams I already passed.

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 an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

I always say Alḥamdulillāh for everything he gave me. Alḥamdulillāh for health… Alḥamdulillāh for the husband and kids… Alḥamdulillāh for the great parents who gave me the best education… Alḥamdulillāh for living in the holy land of Palestine… Alḥamdulillāh 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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