Take the Plunge: Time to Pass the CPA Exam
Sheba is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
It has been a while since I last wrote. There has been a lot of soul searching going on.
I was studying and trying so hard and I just wasn’t getting better at answering the questions. That led to massive procrastination which led to me contemplating on calling it quits.
However, the big question was what to do about the NTS that was at the top of my e-mail. Do I let it expire or just schedule ASAP and hope for the best?
At that point a friend who has decided to become a CPA calls me and suggests I look at a different review course. I thought about all the sunk costs and time and decided sure, why not? Oh my, it told me how to read the questions. I started procrastinating a lot less. Am I perfect? NO but better.
I then decided to schedule my test. I only told two people: my friend and a co-worker. Two weeks before the test I told some family and friends that I had scheduled it but I didn’t tell them when until a week before. I just didn’t want the added stress.
The night before the test my daughter turned on the NINJA Audio for me to listen to while I slept. I kept waking up because Jeff was talking to me and I was listening and repeating.
I took the test recently, and a few hours afterwards I felt like a great weight was lifted off of my shoulders. It felt great to just finally take the plunge. Pass or fail I feel like a winner!!
See you ALL on the other side!!
I Passed REG! Practice, Practice, Practice for FAR
Denise is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I passed REG! I got an 80!
Yes, I know that in the long run the only thing that matters is a 75 but after you fail an exam, you have this urge to want to slay it! LOL. I am so very thankful to be at the ¾ mark in my CPA exam journey.
My prep for FAR has been interesting. By interesting, I mean some days I look at the book and think, “Seriously there is no way that all the pages in this book even make sense for a 4 hour exam!” Despite this, one thing that I have learned is that things that seem to be so difficult to grasp at the beginning of your review, with time start to make sense.
What has helped me to pass my exams? Practice, practice and more practice. I remember Jeff made this comment recently about not getting caught up in the rabbit hole of practicing simulation questions. This to me is really good advice.
There are so many ways they can present a simulation question that it’s the best use of time to understand the concepts and stamp them on your brain by practicing multiple-choice.
At the beginning of this journey, I was like: “4 exams, easy! No problem, I will be done in no time.” In the middle, I was like: “Get me outta here…what have I done! When will it end?” Now, I’m like: “I am going to be finished this! It’s only a matter of time” (maybe some sleepless nights in between and some heartache waiting on results). LOL
Keep at it everyone…we can do this!
Third Battle with REG: Time to Master the Sims
Well another week has gone by. I am currently in my review for my third battle with Reg. I am trying to figure out how to beat those pesky Simulations.
I always seem to do pretty well with the MCQs but I always seem to be beaten by the sims. I think I would be passing more of the exams if I could just go based on my score on my MCQs.
I honestly think that when I have spent hours on MCQs that I get to the sims and I am burnt out enough that my brain is fried.
I need a better system to beat the sims. So I am trying to review the material and get deeper into it. I am attempting to pour over my MCQs and get as much information as possible. I am trying to get more details down so that I won’t have many surprises next time. I will be taking my test on the 4th of January.
On a personal note I am looking forward to the holidays. We spent Thanksgiving with my wife’s family and we will spend Christmas with mine. My son is finally old enough that he can kinda enjoy Christmas a bit more. I don’t think he totally gets it yet, I think that will come next year.
However it is still funny. I was pretending to go after my present my wife wrapped for me. My wife has trained my son to karate chop me when I go for my presents. So, when I got close to my present he runs up to me and swinging his hand in the air he “Hi-Ya’s!” me. Maybe he will join us NINJAs in the future!
I am going to go back to studying now. I hope all of you can prepare well for your exams, that you can balance out family time amid this busy holiday/study season, and that we will continue to go forward toward our goals of becoming true Ninja’s!
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!