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Would it be a good or bad idea to take 6 months off after making senior promotion to pass the CPA. Would it look bad on my resume to have that 6 month gap?

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I know seniors in my group who have taken a sabbatical (up to three months) to take the exams. That way you still get paid (at 20% of base salary) and have time off to fully concentrate on completing the exams.

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Try taking some unpaid leave. You don't need 6 months to pass the exams. Just commit to it and prioritize studying over work. Once your main client files, make it known (and get your counselor support) that you are focusing on exams and not available for OT. You are a new senior years from promotion so performance doesn't matter that much as long as you meet expectations

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I had a guy in my group so that who screwed around during his time off and didn’t pass. Make sure you truly are going to do that.

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Are you leaving KPMG or taking an unpaid leave? If the latter, I doubt the gap would matter internally. If you intend to stay in public or go elsewhere that you’ll need a CPA, I would suggest you do whatever it takes to get the exams done. I’ve seen too many cases of heavy seniors scrambling to pass it and even missed manager promotion because of it.

How long is unpaid leave typically?

Most people can make it work without taking a sabbatical, so yes, people will look down on you if you take that path. If that’s the only way you can pass it, then I understand, but you will be received differently.

Agree with PwC 1! I’ve never seen this as something people will look down on you for. Do what you need to do for yourself and your career!

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I was considering the same - maybe a 2 month unpaid sabbatical after extension season to pass my last part of the exam

You don’t have to take time off, you can study after work (assuming you’re not working redonculous hours). You can do it!!! Coffee will be your best friend.

KPMG has a paid sabbatical program...

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