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QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5

Has anyone else had a frustrating time with QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5?


My business partner and I both failed section 5 all three times.  We both passed all other sections with flying colors.  We took it at different times and not together.  I am an Enrolled agent and she has her MBA.  We both have been certified in the past.  We both took study courses for refresher.  We've both been using QBO since 2015 in a high client volume capacity.  My partner used to teach QBO classes at the college level. 


When I called to see if we could find out what questions we got wrong, or if there was something we were missing, they said no.  Section 5 has the most trick questions and that this is primarily to keep the cheaters from cheating. 


Apparently it was also designed to keep the studiers and high volume users from passing.  


It is extremely frustrating for a program that I have managed over 100 clients on over the last 6+ years, and designed complex sets books on, that I need to freshen up on menial tasks such as reconciliations, managing bills, and recurring transactions.


I am trying to put together why our proficiency in a program that we spend all day using is measured by our ability to figure out their trick questions.  College students?  New Users?  Maybe.  But long time users and firm owners? 


To say the least, I am disappointed and frustrated that the 600 pound gorilla of the accounting world would have such a silly part to their cert.  


Probably not worth having the cert in the end?




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QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5

@TBGLLC wrote:

Has anyone else had a frustrating time with QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5?




Probably not worth having the cert in the end?



Only if your discounted fees depend on it



QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5

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QuickBooks Certification Exam Section 5

I am going to back you up here as well, this is the most frustrating issue!  Even more frustrating is the canned responses from support.  I wish someone would actually look at these questions and do exactly what they are telling us to do, because every one of us DID study, we DID go through the steps in QBO while taking the exam and we DID try to verify answers using the study material. I certainly can't recommend QBO to any of my clients. I see how the support works on our end & I am not impressed.  No way I'm going to recommend my clients use software that has NO support when something goes awry!

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