Ashley is a NINJA CPA blogger.
Finally, after months of studying for FAR and rescheduling, I did it! I sat for FAR. I didn’t take a break.
I spent the entire four hours testing. I got caught in what appeared to be a tropical storm on my way to the test center. And now I wait.
After finally sitting for my first exam in nearly five years, I learned a few things and I will be tackling my next exam’s study schedule a bit differently. My approach was to use the NINJA Framework and, as with anything, practice makes perfect.
I started off strong with N: Nail the Concepts. I read through each FAR NINJA book cover to cover, I took some notes, and thought I gained a fairly good understanding of the concepts.
When I moved onto I: Intense MCQs; I became discouraged. Out of the gate, my scores were not trending where I needed them to be.
I did raise them, but my tenacity also started to wane as the curve balls and obstacles started getting in the way. I began rewriting the notes, but didn’t get very far.
And the two days and morning prior to my exam, were spent cramming NINJA Blitz. Unquestionably, the Blitz gained me, at least, a couple points.
For BEC, my plan is to study the notes and begin reading the books simultaneously later this week. I’ll do this by splitting my daily study time into book, notes, etc. With FAR, I never felt I had time to get back to the notes, so with BEC, I’m working them in from the beginning.
Also, I’m going to start reviewing the Blitz sooner. As I mentioned, this definitely gained points. My hope will be that with the notes, Blitz, and books, all being incorporated into the N, Nail the Concepts, portion of studying, that my MCQ scores will not be as discouraging in the beginning.
I’m hoping that with less material, I’ll be able to feel some traction sooner and not wane through the middle.
Finally, I hadn’t sat for an exam since the first year I was out of school, and even though I’ve been working in the profession, FAR was still a beast.
And, if I were to do this over again, I wouldn’t start with FAR. It was really too much material for me to start with. It might not have been, if I hadn’t had so many other distractions, but that was the reality. And about the time I got into a good groove, something else happened.
I think if I had selected another exam to take first, I might have been able to push without waning. However, now that I have studied and sat for FAR, I feel like I can do anything! So, there’s that. We’ll see if that holds when I get my score.
Until next time, NINJAs, HIYA!