Welcome to Pass1stTime.com! A website and set of products that aims to educate its readers on psychology, strategies, and techniques to pass accountancy and financial exams 1st time round, and survive!

My name is Soul Patel (full name Sohael Patel) and I’m the founder of Pass1stTime.com

I took my first professional finance exam in June 2003. Since then my life has changed A LOT.

At the time I had hardly any money, no career, and I was 18,000 in debt. I had to borrow money from my mum to pay for the books and exam, and on the day of the exam, my father was barely out of intensive care after almost passing away during a heart operation a few days before.

Now I am what you could call a financial expert. I’m both a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. In 2009, at the age of 30, I became financially free through property investing, and in the same year set up Pass1stTime.com

Why Pass1stTime.com?

I set up the site because I’m the only person who has taken the ACA and CFA exams at the same time, completing 6 years worth of study in only 3 years whilst working full-time. I passed each exam 1st time.

In contrast, friends of mine were taking just one of those qualifications and they were failing exams. However, as much as I wanted to believe that I was some kind of financial genius (and inflate my head to ten times it’s current size) I soon realised that the difference wasn’t because I was a genius, it was because I had marched to a distinctly different beat, following principles that others had not.

I’ve given lectures at the London School of Economics, CASS Business School, and at both consultancy and accounting firms about the principles that I explain in this report.

The key difference between me and other teachers is that I finished my exams recently so I have a current view on the pressures that accountancy and finance students face. Other teachers may cover similar information, but they’re doing so retrospectively. They didn’t apply modern studying techniques when they took their own exams. I did. Also, there’s information here that you won’t find anywhere else! So I speak from direct, relevant and recent experience.

I hope you enjoy Pass1stTime.com and are able to get some real benefit from the site. Please click here: Introduction to Pass1stTime.com to get started

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