AUD Passed! Ready for REG?
Leah is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Tis the season and all I want is to be able to finish up exams! I am still processing the fact that I’ve passed FAR, AUD and BEC. It’s a good feeling but it somehow seems to have happened quicker than I expected.
I wore my lucky NINJA CPA t-shirt and passed AUD on a re-try right after passing BEC. All of the sudden I’m three fourths finished.
Now that the AICPA has opened up the first week of December for testing, I’m contemplating trying to sit that week for REG instead of waiting until January.
I don’t think I would be ready by then, but I’ve been telling myself I would at least get a look at the exam.
Then again, it would be a pricey look, and a fail could possibly set back my mental game. I’m going to have to play this one by ear and see how it goes.
I’ve also been thinking about when and how to start looking for work to fulfill the experience requirements. The closer to home the better, but I’m not sure that is realistic given I live in a rural area. The closest viable option is thirty minutes away where there are a handful of one or two person CPA businesses.
Picking up and moving isn’t much of an option since my husband has a solid job here. All I can do is hope and pray something will work out.
I mentioned in a previous blog entry that I was hoping I would be able to complete CERT (community emergency response team) training while studying for my AUD re-take. I was able to complete it, and it was interesting to learn about basic first aid, search and rescue, and basic preparedness.
The fire chief taught about chemicals and fires obviously, but then came the fun part. We got to put out a fire in the back parking lot. Check out the picture of my husband and me putting out the flames. I wish I had brought hot dogs and marshmallows. It wasn’t easy to squeeze in the time for training, but it gave me a much-needed break from studying.
I wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving! Be kind to others, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself too.
I Passed AUD! An Eleven Point Boost with NINJA
Roberta is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Where do I start?
It’s been a while since I submitted an update. October 14th I took audit for the second time and passed with a 79!!
I am relieved to have one pass under my belt. My house renovations are complete for now so, I have one less distraction to deal with.
I feel like I’ve full circle. It’s been a year since I started this crazy journey. I am really grateful to my family for putting up with me and my cranky moods.
I’m already studying for FAR and desperately want some PAYBACK!! My study game plan wouldn’t be complete without NINJA Audio. I pay more attention to Jeff than my husband right now, poor guy.
People believe me, the NINJA method works. I increased my AUD score from 68 to 79.
REG Exam Behind Me, Time to Focus on FAR
Denise is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I took my REG exam a few days ago. It’s funny how some of the craziest things happen just before something major.
About 2 weeks before, I had a flu shot…well not the “shot”. I chickened out and got the nasal spray. I think it is genius to have a spray for those of us who are not fans of needles! Just before I got this “shot” I said to myself: “Is this really a good idea?”
I distinctly remembered that the last time I got a flu shot I had flu like symptoms the following week. Nonetheless, I ignored this inner voice. A few days later the sneezing began! At first, I told myself, the weather has changed a little you will adjust and be fine. But oh no, that was not the case, it spiraled into me blowing my nose every 2 minutes and having to walk with tissues everywhere I went.
And the craziest thing was I was super busy running around doing multiple things that week. When I finally got a day off from appointments, I had to go into “get rid of this virus now” mode.
I got up that morning … this was like 6 days before the exam, had some breakfast, although by that time I was hardly eating because my appetite was gone, took some medication and spent what most people taking the test would consider critical study time sleeping. That extra sleep seemed to do something because I started to feel better.
How did my exam go? I tried my best and I hope I pass! This wait period feels like it will take forever to be here but I have plenty to keep me busy in the meantime. Now it’s time to focus on my FAR exam in December.
Wishing everyone the best of luck!
FAR and REG Scores: Ouch. Double Ouch.
David is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
A little background for those who haven’t read my prior posts … in the July/August window, I had to pass FAR in order to not lose credit for REG. If I pass, I’m licensed. If not, back to 50% complete.
Seventy Four. Yep. Ouch.
So, I’ve taken the last 2 months of my life to better prepare myself for the FAR retake, which I took on October 17th. It was hard to fully get back into it, knowing I had just spent 4 solid months studying all of the information. I felt as prepared going into the retake, if not more, than I did on my first attempt. I felt the same coming out: cautiously optimistic.
This wait was different though. For some reason, it felt excruciatingly long. It felt like 10 years. The score was the only thing on my mind, and I had to start preparing for my REG re-take. My last blog post described that challenge of focus, and what I did to try and focus on my REG studies more.
Well, D-day finally came last Friday. I had a lunch date with my 3 year old princess, and then took off to the library to what I thought was going to be another few hours of waiting and wearing out the F5 key. On the way to the library, I checked the Another71 Forum on my phone and saw that the scores had already begun posting.
My heart rate increased, so I took a walk around the lake by the library to calm myself. Finally, after a prayer and a deep breath, I walked into the library and opened my computer to the NASBA score result site.
Seventy-Four. Again. Double ouch.
I mean I’d rather have been kicked in the face. I’d rather have gotten a 47. I’d rather clean the bath tub with my tongue.
Since my journey started in February of 2012, I’ve taken 7 exams. My passing scores: 78, 79, 83. My failing scores: 71, 73, 74, 74. If only 70 was a passing grade. If this were archery, I’d have a heck of a grouping.
I’m not going to lie. This hurts. A lot. But the point of this post is not self-pity (although it is therapeutic). It’s to share the pain with others who have received that dreaded score, and hopefully help them get back on the saddle. Especially those (the world famous Jeff, included) that have had back to back 74′s.
I am not going to quit. It’s going to motivate me to study the extra hour when I’m tired. Play one less game of solitaire during study breaks. Say no to a glass of wine with my wife. I’m not just hurt. I’m ticked off. I’m ticked off at this exam, and I’m going to beat it. Devour it. Face plant it.
My goal was to pass in 2013. That goal is unfortunately out the window. But I can be 3/4 of the way done in 2013, and finish in January. So that’s my new goal. And when I reach it, I’ll write a big 74 on a piece of paper, shoot an arrow through it, then burn it. With a huge smile on my face.