FAR: A Mountain to be Climbed
Kenley is a new NINJA CPA Blogger.
Holy Smokes!! I felt as though I was never going to get through all the FAR material!
Well I finally did a few days ago and after doing so I felt this sense of … accomplishment (strange enough knowing what’s still ahead of me). I felt like I had reached the top of a mountain with still two more to climb (those being Non-stop MCQs + Review and The Exam).
While glancing through my window, my eyes captured the gorgeous view of Nevis Peak, a mountain that sits here on the middle of the island. My mind quickly flashed back to one of the most amazing hikes I have ever been on.
It is that of The Boiling Lake – Dominica. You should Google it when you get a chance. This hike has a strong reputation for being tough.
Yes, it is long, especially when wet and muddy. You climb up and down over four huge rugged mountains, through the valley of desolation with stinking fumaroles, a grueling journey taking 7 hours, then finally encountering a lake of boiling volcanic water – truly a unique place.
After reaching the top of the first mountain on my way to the boiling lake, I could see the other three mountains ahead of me and the valleys below, yet I had felt this same sense of … accomplishment.
Just like my hike, I see the mountains ahead of me but I continue on, knowing that something unique is at the end of my FAR journey. It won’t be easy, but it will be totally worth it.
Over the last 3-4 weeks I’ve been able to get into a steady groove of study using Jeff’s ELL study plan. I would jump out of bed study at mornings, knock out lectures and take “copious” notes for 1.5 to 2 hrs, then grab my books/notepads and laptop and head off to work.
My job is really hectic at the moment therefore I am not as fortunate as those who are able to steal a few minutes here and there to review notes, flashcard or even do MCQs. This being the case, it is imperative that I use my lunch hour to study.
I must admit that my lunch hour sometimes turns into 1.5 hrs. My boss does not have an issue with it. She actually wants me to study! I work in a small office with three other females who all know I am taking the exam. They are supportive and assist me in any way that they can.
After work, I would stay for roughly 2 hours. This study plan ensures that I get at least 5 hrs each day, could be more.
I took advantage of the extended window and rescheduled my exam to Dec 6th. Now I am going to get my score back on Dec 20th. Hopefully it’s a great Christmas gift. If I get nothing else beside a passing score I’ll more than content!
If you are willing to work for it, you will achieve it!
REG Realization: It’s a Trick Question!
Meg is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I am a huge fan of My Cousin Vinny starring Marissa Tomei, the Karate Kid, Herman Munster and Joe Pesci. Since I was 7, I would randomly recite lines from the movie in inappropriate places.
I told my third grade teacher to “Imagine she was a deer prancing along…” Whenever I end up lost in a small town (happens more frequently than it should) I explain “I bet their Chinese food here is terrible.” I told my mother-in-law who lives in Ireland that I like my grits al dente. She replied “What are grits?
You get the point, I love the movie. Today I was drilling some MCQs for Reg.
One of the questions was: During the year, Precious moved from somewhere fun to somewhere not fun for her job, incurring costs of $1,200 to move household goods and $2,500 in temporary living expenses. Precious was not reimbursed for any of these expenses. What amount should Precious deduct as an itemized deduction for moving expense?
I immediately thought of Marissa Tomei’s response to the district attorney when she was asked a trick question about a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet. She replied “It’s a bulls**t question…It’s a trick question!” As you know, this is a trick question because moving expenses are an adjustment to arrive at AGI, not an itemized deduction after AGI.
As I drill into more MCQs I am both recognizing and REALIZING that most of the questions are just there to trip you up. So, gotta remember the best advice I came across on the Another71 Forum, RTMFQ. If you don’t know what that means, search the site. So many questions I am getting wrong because I am not RTMFQ. After reading the question, I then need to ask myself What are these ridiculous testing jerks actually asking?
Good luck to you on your studies and please feel free to list any tips or enlightening study moments you encountered!
NINJA + Confidence to Pass the CPA Exam
Alex is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Good Afternoon NINJAs!
I am writing you as I have just started studying for my second CPA exam, REG. I hope to tackle this in January/early February depending on how comfortable I feel in two months.
I have noticed that a big advantage going into test day is confidence. You have to be confident with the knowledge you’ve obtained and the method you used to study.
However, the real sense of confidence comes from all of the time you spent studying and turning down your friends and family to go to the library and put in many, many hour of exam preparation.
The countless multiple-choice questions, notes, and reviews help settle your nerves on test day.
My study plan for REG is to do things the NINJA way! Nail the videos, intense notes on the videos and books, a crazy amount of multiple choice, take great notes on the multiple choice, rewrite my notes in an organized fashion, and review my notes and do more multiple choice and practice tests leading up to test day.
Good luck to everyone testing the end of November!
It’s the Truth: I Rescheduled FAR … Again
Monique is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Have you ever lied about passing a section? Have you ever told someone that you sat for an exam when in reality you didn’t?
Maybe you needed another week to study but didn’t want to let your friends know. Or maybe your boss asked you how the exam went and you didn’t have the nerve to tell him you rescheduled – again.
I am a habitual re-scheduler. I undercompensate for life when I set my rigorous study plan. I don’t build in time to get off track.
If you’ve read Jeff’s CPA Exam Survival Guide you’ve read how he stresses the importance of keeping your spouse happy. I never “plan” to keep my marriage or home life on track so when obstacles come up I am unprepared to keep up with my study plan.
My kids get sick, my husband has a series of doctor’s appointments, I have to work overtime, yada, yada, yada. I lose 3 days of studying and it’s impossible to catch up. What happens? I reschedule. And people lose faith in you…and you lose faith in yourself.
I was planning to take FAR at the end of November. Then when I found out that the window was extended into December I planned to take advantage of that. When I mentioned to my manager that I might move the exam to January she had that look of “here she goes again…”
I’ve passed FAR already … and lost it. This is a retake and my manager knows that. She’s afraid that I’ll fall in the same trap I did before and lose another section. I have until June 2014 – really May since we can’t test in June – to pass FAR (again) and BEC.
I have it all planned out of how I can do it and have plenty of time left for retakes if necessary. But I had it all planned out of how I could be done with this exam by November 2012 … then March 2013…then May 2013 … then November 2013. See where I’m going here?
So now what do I do? Well I’m not going to lie … I just don’t have it in me. But I wonder what other people do. A coworker once told me to just not talk about the exam. That way people won’t know what you’re studying for or when you plan to sit. Easier said than done especially when you try to get in a few questions throughout the day.
Plus, I’m horrible at hiding things. So now I will just suck it up, keep quiet as much as possible and if someone asks I’ll tell the truth … I rescheduled again. I least I won’t have the stress of trying to keep up with lies weighing on me!