Bryan Kesler

I’m Bryan. I am a 30 year old father, Licensed CPA in Missouri, PwC Alum, Accounting Junky, and Entrepreneur. 

My goal is plain and simple. 

Help you pass the CPA exam on your FIRST try.

Personal Note: I did NOT pass the CPA exam on my first try, in fact I failed SEVEN times before I finally passed! I honestly get tears in my eyes every time I think about all of the rookie mistakes I made when I first began studying... 

If I had known what I know now, I would have passed the exam in no more than 6 months and would have saved at least 18 months of my life that I will never get back. Yes you heard right, it took me two years to finally figure out how to pass the hardest test known to man!

You can read about my lessons learned on my journey to passing the CPA exam and the HUGE mistakes I made that caused me to fail 7 times here

What Did Passing The CPA Exam Do For My Career?

I have had a bit of a rollercoaster of an accounting career over the past 6 years. I started working for BKD LLP in August of 2008 making 48K and before I could even get my feet wet, I was laid off at the end of my 1st busy season due to the financial crisis of 2008 and the fact I hadn't passed the CPA exam. 

Thankfully with the help of my strong accounting network, I was able to get a job in a month or two at Cassidy Turley as an entry level accountant. I worked there for about 1.5 years, but I was only making 40K since the position did not require a CPA. Taking a pay cut is never fun... but desperate times call for desperate measures.

After battling with the CPA exam for 2 years, I finally passed and immediately took a job at PwC making 53K as an experienced associate. That was a 13K jump in salary just because I had 3 letters after my name! 

I worked at PwC for 2 years and put in my time there auditing companies such as Anheuser Busch and Bass Pro. After 2 years, my wife and I decided that it would be best for me to quit PwC and start a career in the private industry. So I quit and took a job as a VP of financial reporting at CitiMortgage making 65K with much room for growth. 

I am still in disbelief over what passing the CPA exam has done for my career, my family and my life. In just 2 short years, I went from making 40K living in a 550 sq ft. apartment to making 65K and owning my own house with a backyard for my dog! The ONLY reason I was able to accomplish this is because of the CPA exam!

My friend, that is true career power, and I want to share as much of it with you as I can!

Do you want to start your journey to obtaining some of the same career power right now? Take the Free CPA Exam Study Personality Quiz below, and I will share with you exclusive tips tailored to your specific situation and as a BONUS send you 100 multiple choice questions and answers.

Why Did You Create CPA Exam Guide?

Being the entrepreneur that I am, I wanted to find a way to give back to the industry that has taught me so much.

My goal is to help you find your passion and provide you with all of the information you need to know before you even take the CPA exam. After recruiting for two years at PwC, I learned so much about how to speak to students and get them truly excited about a career in accounting and the importance of sitting for the CPA exam as soon as possible. 

I am by no means an accounting expert, but I did pass the CPA exam while working full time and have an inspiring story to back it up. 

My goal is to share my story as honestly as possible to help you succeed.So if you have already started working in the accounting industry, I hope that you will find value in my story and be able to apply my successes and/or failures to help you advance your career. 

If you are brand new to accounting or are just thinking about starting, then you have come to the right place. I reveal everything that is involved in studying for the CPA exam and the basics of how to dominate your accounting career. 

Please feel free to subscribe to CPA Exam Guide Newsletter, and be sure to take the Free CPA Exam Study Personality Quiz below, and I will share with you exclusive tips tailored to your specific situation and as a BONUS send you 100 multiple choice questions and answers.

Last Word, Please Read:

I don't consider myself an "Accounting or CPA exam expert," the information you will see on my blog are based on my personal experience studying and my seven years of accounting experience. I am not trying to sell you a "career enhancement gimmick" - far from it actually.

Passing the CPA exam and having a successful accounting career takes hard work, the right CPA Review Course and patience, and honestly you can find all the information you need to start taking the CPA exam on my blog or around the Internet. If you need help with anything please just email me, ([email protected]) and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I know that my story is inspiring, and I truly hope that I can inspire you as well. However I want to make sure I do it in the right way. Everything on my blog is from personal experience, so please don't feel like you owe me anything because of it. This blog is my way of paying it forward to you.

NOTE: If you are an accounting professor, I also have resources for motivating your students to take the CPA exam here.

Thanks again for taking the time to get to know me better! I hope to see you around on the blog sooner or later!


Bryan Kesler
Passed the CPA exam on 8/5/2010 (a day I will never forget)