This is just my second post so I am a newcomer here. I took my first exam last month and passed with an 82.
I honestly did not expect to pass that exam as I felt very nervous during the exam and felt like I was not focusing on doing my best.
Although I used a CPA review that worked for me (supplemented with Wiley Test Bank, NINJA Notes, Audio, Flashcards), the reason behind my nervousness was that I knew I ran out of time.
I rescheduled that exam about three times and studied 4 hours a day for about 3 weeks.
I am a freelance web designer usually working at 5 projects at a time, so when I scheduled BEC the first time I was overwhelmed to say the least. I wouldnt have the time or the energy to study at the end of the day.
So I committed to making time to study the next day. Guess what? I woke up with a painful eye infection on both eyes. It wasn’t too bad – it just lasted a month and a half.
The exam was rescheduled again due to something coming up. And then another, and another.
The next thing I know my parents and Grandma were in town visiting. I got comfortable with their presence. I didn’t do anything but work and just be with them.
It was nice but after about two weeks of this, I knew I had to do something. One day, I set out to *really* study. So that early morning I started studying.
Only my Grandma and I were awake when our house almost caught on fire! Had my grandma not noticed that the stove was on fire and had I not grabbed a fire extinguisher, it would have gotten worse.
I put off studying for a few hours because there was too much smoke in the house. And then I told myself that if I couldn’t study with all the smoke still in the house, I’m going outside, or to a coffee shop, library, ANYWHERE! – just to prevent myself from finding an excuse again to reschedule.
I was no longer going to sabotage myself.
Having schedules for the remaining 3 exams, I am wasting no time studying for REG (February 2013).
Ill end this post with a quote from Ram Dass: Rain may pour down from the heavens, but if you only hold up a thimble, a thimbleful is all you will receive.
So lets go out (or stay in studying), be thankful we have this opportunity to better ourselves, and do our very best. : )
P.S. Thanks to all the supportive people in the Another71 forum!
I am back!
I took a hiatus from the CPA exam after failing my AUD for the second time. It was the first time I took a break from studying since graduating college. I had an amazing Summer/Fall and to me it was worth it.
I have known since August that I would be moving for a job (the only job I could find since graduating a year ago), so I wanted to spend time with my family instead of plowing through study material.
I moved here a week ago, 8 hours from my home. On Monday I started working as a staff accountant for a small firm in the middle of nowhere, population: 8000 in the whole county.
There is literally nothing to do here. So I have plenty of time to study without any distractions.
Now that I have moved, I am ready to pick up my studying and pass the exam. I am very motivated now to get the CPA exam out of the way so that I can stop worrying about passing it and enjoy life.
My goal is to see my last passing score in exactly one year.
I will be doing tax and audit here at my job so I am not wasting any more time. I am going to sit for BEC before tax season hits.
I have December 21st January 2nd off from work for a holiday break. I am going to be going over lectures and finish most of my study material before my break. Then, when I am on my break back home, I am going to finish the course up and review like crazy.
It will be good to have that many days off work before going into the exam. On January 2nd at 8am, I will test for BEC and then make the drive back down here to my new home.