Foreword - I’m not sure if I’m the first one to post about my exam experience for this most recent period, or if I’m just in the wrong place, but if anyone reads this and has a similar experience, please let me know… I just got done taking the AUD section a little while ago, and the only reason I’m currently posting a review is because I’m waiting on a friend of mine to get out of work, otherwise I would be already on my way to getting drunk.
Preparation - Walking into the exam I was extremely confident… I took BEC about a month ago without much of a problem – I felt like Becker amply prepared me for the actual test, and I missed 2 easy questions because I was nervous. Therefore, I took a similar approach to studying for AUD, especially as 3 of my classmates recently made 99’s on it, and said it wasn’t that bad. However, one caveat is that last week I was in Las Vegas for a week, and so didn’t study while out there (National Accounting Competition – we won, so it was worth it). I re-did all the homework problems in the last 5-days though until I made a 90+ on each section. I didn’t take either of the practice Final Exams, as I didn’t have much time and I made ~60 on both of the BEC ones, which shot my confidence unnecessarily.
Exam Experience – Hands down the worst exam experience I’ve ever had. I read the reviews yesterday night of people’s experience last period where they said they laughed at some of the questions, and only marked 3-4. I flagged so many questions that the bottom of my exam looked like a parade was slowly marching across. My only consolation was that either each section was getting exponentially harder or I was just having trouble reading the questions through my tears… At least 5 times I looked down to make sure I had studied for the right section and that I was taking the right test, the questions looked so foreign.
I finished the multiple choice question (all 3-sections) in under an hour; including going back to the ones I flagged (I typically average ~20-30 seconds per question on the Becker questions). I didn’t rush per say, but I was also terrified of changing my answers, as 99% of the time when I change my answer, I change it to something wrong, and I was afraid if I stared at them for too long I would panic and change it. Despite being only an hour, by the time I got to the simulations I looked like I had just swum the Nile River – I was exhausted and pouring sweat.
Everything I’d read up until this point says, “it’s impossible to prepare for the simulations beforehand.” I laughed in the face of such pessimism, working all the Becker simulations for each section, and feeling relatively confident. I was especially excited about the prospect of having 2-research questions, which are typically easy. By the time I had clicked through all of my simulation questions searching in vain for a second research question, though, I was hurling more expletives under my breath than a drunken sailor who has just been robbed.
Not only did I not have a second research question, but literally every single question I had to scroll down the screen, because it was so long, to be able to go to the next question. Each question had a minimum of 10 parts, getting progressively more asinine as they went. It took me over an hour to answer all of them, not including the research question, which took not even 5-minutes. It took me the same amount of time to answer 6 simulation questions as it did for the 90 multiple choice questions… Even worse, is that I literally guessed on almost every single part of every one.
Summary – Either I’m the greatest guesser in the history of the CPA exam, or I just failed the AUD section. Looking forward to waiting a month of waiting for the axe to drop and my score to be released! Perhaps the worst part is that I don’t even know what I can or would do to study differently…
BEC - 89 (5/31/2012)
AUD - 88 (7/02/2012)
REG - 76 (7/31/2012)
FAR - 83 (8/30/2012)
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