Tori is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I hope everyone has had a great week. I know I have made some amazing leaps and bounds in progress this week.
As of Monday the tenth, I took FAR for the third time. Nothing special happened I just took the exam and then went with my husband for an early Valentine’s day dinner. That was nice, but first thing Tuesday at 5 AM I was back to the grind.
I have scheduled AUD for 2/28/2014. AUD is the section which expired when I didn’t pass FAR in November. It is almost like I have an advantage as I get ready for the exam.
This doesn’t mean I am cutting any corners though.
I am however changing my strategy a little to ensure I get through all of the materials. The first thing I did was re-download the NINJA study planner and made a few tweaks. I added a couple of columns so that I could analyze based upon the number of questions in the Wiley test bank, the amount of effort/time it will take to get through the materials.
Since I am not new to AUD, I have decided to tackle the sections by area with the highest number of MCQ and work my way to the less intense sections. As of tonight, I have answered 72% of the multiple choice questions one time and made notes on questions I have missed.
Things are not going too bad for me. Most of the missed questions were due to fatigue, I think. After I have gone through all the questions once, I plan to focus on the missed questions and really drill them until I have all green columns in the progress report screen.
Coming out of FAR, I really felt overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done. This approach, where I start with the bigger pieces and work my way to the smaller portions seems more manageable and motivating. I expect to be through all the topics by the end of this week with NINJA Note retype, and of course non stop NINJA audio.
Then I will have a full week for final review and constant MCQ on weaker areas.
I know that I am changing things up from the normal NINJA framework. However, I am short on time, so I tweaked the plan in a way that I feel will benefit me the most. For those of you out there who have made multiple attempts at a section, how have you changed your methodology to avoid the insanity of repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
I am grateful for the support I am receiving at work. I know I would not be able to be this productive on such a short amount of time, if I had not been permitted this temporary alternative work schedule. I just hope my efforts pay off.
Have a super productive study week NINJAs.
Leah is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Hello and Hi-Ya!
That’s how I started my very first blog that I wrote way back in early December of 2012. I talked about how I hoped blogging would keep my thoughts on track.
It has helped with that, and, hey, maybe I’ve helped others by talking about all of the ups and downs, tips, and candid thoughts along the way.
Is there such a thing as over-sharing an exam experience? According to the powers that be, yes. So, I’ll keep my latest experience vague and brief.
I’ll start with a tip: don’t panic over Prometric closings. It doesn’t do any good to get bent out of shape. It’s inconvenient, but at least they allow rescheduling without too much hassle.
The east coast had a huge snowstorm and Prometric sites were closing left and right. I kept hitting the refresh button for over two days wondering if my exam was still on. Then I realized, hey, this is crazy. If they close, they close.
There’s no use stressing over it.
In the end, my exam was still on for the day. The roads were still bad in areas but I was blessed to have my husband drive me for the almost 2 hour trip.
This was my second attempt at REG with the first try being a quick jab at passing before the window closed that netted a 74. I studied hard and picked up in the areas where I knew I was lacking. That helped me with the set of MCQ I got this time, but it didn’t help me much with SIMS.
I didn’t get any softballs thrown at me, and by the time I finished SIMS I felt pretty defeated. How did I get such a horrible set of SIMS? I walked out of Prometric struggling to fight back the anger I was feeling.
I got back to the vehicle, and my husband was waiting there on me with a Valentine’s Day gift. I struggled to tell him that I thought I bombed the exam, but he reminded me of how hard I had been working. He was right. I worked by backside off preparing for this exam.
I did the best I could.
What do you do when you give it your best shot and fail? Shake it off and get back up. I think those that go through the CPA exam are some of the toughest people out there. We are like a bad carnival game; we just won’t go down.
Parth is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Although my studies for AUD have been going reasonably well, the thoughts of the FAR exam I just took still linger in my head. I’m really curious to see my score, but at the same time I want to be able to focus on the task at hand: Be ready to take AUD by the end of the month.
I’ve modified my study approach when it comes to AUD. Because AUD contains mostly conceptual questions, I’ve spent less time doing MCQs during the early parts of my studying and more time walking through Operating Cycle diagrams and genuinely making sure that I solidify my conceptual understanding of the material.
The NINJA Audio has allowed me to reinforce key concepts when I’m looking to step away from my AUD textbook and review course videos. I do see weaknesses in a few areas; however, I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to shore up those weaknesses before exam day.
My final semester of college has treated me well. My light course load affords me a great amount of flexibility as to how I structure my study time and leisure time. I’m still involved with a few student organizations, but I’m only an active leader within the organization I co-founded.
Despite the fact that the end of my college career is approaching quickly, I don’t think I’ll truly realize the magnitude of this change until August comes and I won’t have a reason to pack up my belongings into boxes and garbage bags.
My journey to become a CPA is still in its infancy; however, I’ve reached several conclusions so far. I’ve learned that the temptation to put down the study materials to go spend time with friends or other loved ones can represent one of the most difficult temptations to fight.
That being said, I’ve realized that taking some time for these kinds of activities can allow me to revisit my studies with a stronger vigor. I’ve learned that healthy eating habits and exercise shouldn’t fall to the wayside due to my desires to pass all four parts within a 5 month timeframe. I’m ready to learn more from this journey each and every day.
Stay focused my friends!
Ben is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
This last week for me has brought on some challenges and some successes. The closer to my exam date the more worried I become.
I am realizing that I really don’t have near enough time to be as ready for this exam as I would like. I am just hoping that I will be able to get enough information down for a passing score with Audit.
It absolutely amazes me when I think about how simple it should be, or more correctly how easy I THINK it should be. Because, as we all know, none of these exams are truly easy.
I may be a little more worried because I have never taken this exam before. I also could be worrying extra because we have a baby coming in 3 months.
I was talking to my wife the other day about my worries for this exam. This usually helps me release some of my stress and she has always been super supportive of me. I told her of my worries and told her that I have to take it because my NTS is expiring.
I told her it may come down to a Hail Mary for me to pass this thing. She looked at me and said “But we are not Catholic….” (No offense to those of you out there who are Catholic. I was referring to football when I made this comment.) I looked at her and thought, “You really don’t know anything about football do you?”
We then had a quick discussion where I described what a Hail Mary is in reference to football.
Well, I still feel on schedule to pass all 4 parts. The big question is if I will have to re-take this thing in the next window. I honestly don’t know if I can squeeze in any more study time while working and trying to maintain my sanity. I will just have to do my best and see where the dice land. Good luck to all of you in your studies.
And may the force be with you! (Hoping to conjure a little force help to pass this thing!)