Third Time’s a Charm: I Passed REG!
Greg is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
Scores came out on Friday, and I am happy to report that I passed REG! Third time is indeed the charm for REG.
I also got to see another ultrasound of my baby boy, and he is looking great. Doctors said he is around the 70% percentile for size (not too big, not too small) and that everything else is looking great! Friday was a great day for me.
I hope others waiting for scores got some similar good news on Friday or this weekend or Monday, depending on when you state posts them.
I am once again ¾ of the way to CPA! Unlike last time when I said this, I have a good 6 months until another section expires. Of course, the goal is to pass the 4th section on my next try. Once my baby is born, it would become increasingly difficult to focus on studying.
On top of that, it will tax season right after my son is born. It will be hard enough juggling a newborn and tax season. To add CPA Exam studying to that I think would push me over the edge. So I MUST pass FAR at the end of this month.
That isn’t to say that people can’t successfully juggle children young and old, busy seasons at work, and the CPA Exam. I have been following the A71 website and CPA Exam Forum for a while now, and the NINJAs continue to amaze. We have some of the most hard-working, dedicated and determined people here. And everyone is so supportive and encouraging.
Anyway, back to me. ☺
I am using the same review materials that helped me pass both AUD & REG after multiple failures. With that, and since I already passed FAR once, I am feeling pretty good. But as I’ve said before, I will not take it lightly. I will not have a social life until after my FAR sitting. I will be a studying machine.
We must fight! We must not give up! We are NINJAs! We can do this!
So FAR, So Good: Exam Date Set
Carla is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
How is the studying coming along? I am on a roll and I finally have a date set for my re-match with FAR … December 3rd (thanks to the extended test window).
I am thankful for the few extra days so I don’t have to spend all of the Thanksgiving holiday reviewing deferred tax and present value calculations.
I have to say when I first started studying for FAR again last month, I felt like I was never going to be able to remember everything I needed to know to pass this section. However, I have been relentless in my studies by working MCQs any chance I get and taking countless notes; and I have to say it is paying off. I no longer feel as if I am trying to slay a dragon that is 5,000 feet tall.
It is a great feeling knowing that what once seemed daunting and frightful is actually starting to come together. It’s like working a puzzle that is all sky and clouds … at first the pieces look overwhelming and as if they don’t fit together but the more you work at it and pay close attention to the details the clearer and easier it becomes.
Well NINJAs, sorry for the short post but the Wiley MCQs are calling my name, so I better get back to studying. I only have a few weeks left until exam day and I am hoping Santa brings me an early gift this year … a 75 (or higher) score on FAR!
Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and good luck on your studying and November exams.
Loving My New Job + Becoming Confident with REG
I have been at my current job for three months and I have identified 2 things I love about it. First, when people ask me where I work I can pause and look them in the eye and say “I work at a race track, how about you?” I love it!
I don’t have to tell them that I am an accountant to get the response that I want. Seriously I love accounting and my job there, but how many times in my life will I have a job where I can say that I work at a racetrack? Not too many.
The second thing I love is that my work is 15 min from my home. This means I can get off work, get home for dinner, and study longer than before. My previous jobs had me commuting around an hour. While this leaves time for the NINJA Audio, I find getting home sooner for studying an awesome benefit.
I have been studying really hard for Regulation and I am starting to feel really confident in the questions I attempt. It seems to help that I am constantly trying to review my notes this time as I do MCQ’s and attempt to stuff as much information in my brain as possible.
I feel like the only thing that could trip me up are the sims and so I am doing MCQ’s as well as studying my notes so that I can be truly ready. I mean a simulation is like a really detailed and involved MCQ, right? If I know the material they shouldn’t trip me up too bad … that’s the hope anyways.
I have my test in 9 days and so I better get cracking. I will take REG, take a few days off and then to tackle AUD for January. But, to beat REG first. Good luck in your studies and may the force be with you!
I Can, I Will, I Must: Critical BEC Exam this Week
Mike is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
After taking AUD two Fridays ago (which included a mishap with not clicking “Take a Break” on the screen between testlets), I moved on to a quick less-than-two-week review for BEC on Halloween.
The feeling is foreign to me. Where I’ve been engulfed in AUD theories and thought processes for the past 6 weeks, I’m now delving back into an odd mix of theory, structure and calculations again.
The most frustrating part is that it almost seems as though BEC requires more memorization than comprehensive understanding as it is a piecemeal grouping of whatever material was not covered by the other three.
Unfortunately I don’t have a photographic memory, and osmosis didn’t work too well in college. No matter. I can, I will, I must.
More curve balls … just as I am starting to get the identity theft thing settled, my dad suddenly needs to go under the knife and the kids have been making the 5am study habits impossible with countless wake ups throughout the night for the past two weeks. At least I’ll always have my NINJA Audio for the car. No matter. I can, I will, I must.
My mind is constantly being pulled in 37 directions. Still getting acclimated to my position at work, Grad school midterm the same week of BEC, three kids and a pregnant wife, my old man having surgery, really needing to get back into the gym…the list goes on. This is the time where my willingness to focus is really being tested.
These last hours are crucial toward what happens on exam day. No matter. I can, I will, I must.
I look forward to the day that I find out I’m done. The day where the atlas stone is removed from my shoulders and I can move on to the next thing. The day where I can spend more time with my kids and not feel guilty about it.
6 months or 6 years, I WILL get my NINJA CPA shirt and wear it proudly after exam completion. To the gym. To the grocery store. To my kids’ little league and soccer games. Wherever.