Introducing Club 75 Blogger: Kelsey

Kelsey is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's  Club 75 since June 2011.

My name is Kelsey, and I joined Club 75 a couple of weeks ago in search of some motivation to keep going and a place to go and realize I’m not alone with my feelings towards studying, NASBA, the Prometric Testing center, or the AICPA.

I found myself captivated by the idea when I got the email from Jeff asking for new bloggers. When I got Jeff’s welcome email, he said to head to the forum and introduce myself.

I wasn’t sure how to do that really and felt like it would just be easier to stay in the background and comment when I actually had something to say.

I've been thinking about keeping a journal of sorts of this journey if for no other reason than to look back on when it’s finally over and always remember what I was thinking and how I was feeling while in the midst of one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I know that once I finish I probably will want to forget the struggle that the test really was.

I started my CPA exam journey last August with BEC. I was trying to get that one out of the way in 2010 and the other 3 in 2011 and avoid the writing requirement all together. As it happened, I came out of the test knowing that I had not spent enough time with the material and expecting a failing score.

I did end up failing that one, but I wasn’t upset about it because I knew that at least my 18 month credit window hadn’t started yet. You could almost say I was relieved. After taking BEC, I went on to finish my masters and not studying for the CPA exam at all.

In February of this year, I decided to finally get back on track and begin again. I paid NASBA for REG, AUD, and BEC all at once and got my exams scheduled.

I took REG in May, and during the last score release was heartbroken when I got my score. I almost couldn’t even tell anyone that I had failed because I felt like I had disappointed everyone around me.

But I wasn’t able to dwell on it very long as I was in the middle of studying for AUD, which I take tomorrow, and BEC is just around the corner.

So for now it’s back to reviewing my notes and doing a few last minute questions in the areas I’m not sure of for AUD tomorrow, and I’ll keep you posted about those pesky new metal detector wands that are in use now.


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Bill 12 years ago

Hey Kelsey. I took REG and AUD Quarter 1 of 2011. Failed both. But, I have retaken REG, along with BEC and passed both. I understand your feelings when you failed two. However, don't get discouraged. When I passed those two, I felt so much better. As a result, I am optimistic about my AUD exam at the end of July. Keep studying, relax, and good luck.