Hey everyone! Let me start off by apologizing for not posting in over a month. To be completely honest I have been dreading this post and you will soon know why.
So the last time I posted I had just sat for FAR and I felt pretty good about it, knew I wasn't going to get a 99 or anything, but wasn't stressing out over it. So a few weeks later I'm at work on the score release date and I think, "Ah, what the heck why not just check it now?" Big mistake! I did not pass ... with a 74?!?!?!?! Really people (aka CPA exam graders)?! So now I have collectively not passed the entire CPA exam by 3 lousy points. Here is a recap of my scores:
Obviously someone has been falling off the band wagon. LOL, but I actually did study about 60 hours for FAR. Opinions vary, but most people say if you put in 100 hours you're golden. It's just so hard to find the time. This time around, however, I am not rushing myself. Last time I signed up for all 4 exams and I've learned my lesson. Now I'm registering one at a time and still sticking to my goal of finishing before the end of 2012.
I'm sure there are so many people out there in my same predicament, feeling stressed out and wishing this was all over already. But, for those of you who are still in school or haven't sat for the exams yet there is a lot to be learned from a failure. First, the test makers are at least nice (<<< I'm being nice by giving them this much credit) enough to give you a break down of where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Both times my weakness was in multiple choice and my strength was in simulations. Go figure since I always feel like I bomb the sims. Secondly, now that I've sat for the exams I know what to expect and what areas and types of questions are heavily tested, although do keep in mind each test is different. Finally, and this is the hardest one, JUST SAY NO. Say no to that Friday night movie you want to see, say no to the beach on Saturday, say no to volleyball or knitting or happy hour or whatever else you get invited to after work. It sucks, it really really does. Buuut, if I would have started doing that in April and not the end of June, I'd be able to enjoy most of my summer weekends instead of stressing over this exam. So do it now and think of all the fun stuff you can do once you're a CPA and buy your first SLK500 convertible or whatever the Becker guy says you should buy.
Well that is my rant for the week. Anyone else have a CPA horror story? Ohh, and I know I have said this before, but utilize mobile apps!! CPAReviewForFree just came out with great apps for all 4 parts and they are only $10 a pop! I believe most firms will pay for them, too! 600 questions with very thorough answers for ten bucks? Luckily it's not too good to be true because it's still a nerdy study app.
Well kids, watch out for me at your local DQ this summer; I might have to get a weekend job scooping ice cream to help defray the $500 cost of retaking two exams. Your parents will rightfully shake their heads and say, "See why you should study, you don't want to end up like her."
All in good fun,