Three-Day REG Study Marathon

01 Dec 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

By Kricket

Kricket 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 May 2009.

Since I was doing something different to prepare for this exam, I thought I would chronicle my experience of staying in a hotel for 3 days to prepare for REG.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1:05 p.m. – Leaving home now for the nearly 2 hour drive to the town where the testing center is located.

3:05 p.m. – Checked into hotel and discovered that it was cheap for a reason. I’m in a DUMP. But then I’m not here for the atmosphere. I’m here to study. I’ve got everything I need and I shouldn’t have to leave the room until tomorrow at supper time. Even though it is a No-Tell Motel, I’m glad I didn’t wait until the day of the exam to drive down here. My shoulder is really hurting.

9:04 p.m. – Just finished a 24 question quiz on the online Wiley Test Bank with a 94% over six modules. I’m doing two 24 question quizzes on one module then doing a 24 question quiz on each module completed. I’m leaving the tax modules for last because that is my weakest area and I want it to be fresh for the exam on Wednesday. The shoulder is really hurting so I’m thinking it’s not going to be a really late night.

11:32 p.m. – I’m not sure what the people next door are doing and frankly I don’t really want to know but it’s very loud. So no sleep equals extra study time.

11:50 p.m. – I had completely forgotten about the limited time on this exam. I’m doing great on the multiple choice questions but the simulations are taking forever. I’ve got to work on that.

Monday, November 28, 2011

4:05 a.m. – My hotel room is just a larger version of my college dorm room. It’s old, has a terribly uncomfortable bed, kind of smells funny and has loud neighbors. Second quiz on Federal Securities: I scored a 96%.

3:51 p.m. – I have discovered that I need coffee to get me through this. Sales are so boring that it is taking massive quantities of caffeine to keep me awake. Of course I’ve been up for quite a while.

5:28 p.m. – Question SALE-0042 in the Wiley Test Bank has a typo in it and in the answer. The first time I read it I was stumped as to what “seasonably notify” meant but then I realized that it was supposed to be “reasonably notify.” That’s funny, or maybe it’s not and I’m just really, really tired.

10:21 p.m. – There comes a time in each module that the information starts to “click.” For Secured Transactions it was in the middle of a 24 question quiz. The first 12 I got wrong. The second 12 I got right and I knew why they were right and why the incorrect answers were wrong. I wonder if my brain is beginning to warp itself into understanding REG.

11:02 p.m. – The neighbors either left or are as tired as I am because all is quiet next door. It’s been a long time since 4:05 a.m. and I’m going to sleep now.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

8:25 a.m. – I slept well and am ready to take on REG. The plan is to work problems over and over. Let’s see how many problems I can get through today.

1:47 p.m. – I’m getting tired but I’m pushing through. I stopped to each lunch and now I’m back on the marathon. I wonder how many problems Wiley has in REG?

9:55 p.m. – I’m tired, and I want this to be over! I finally got to talk to my husband and son tonight. I’m not that far from home and I haven’t been gone that long but I’m really starting to get homesick. Just a few more problems tonight, then I’m off to bed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

7:50 a.m. – I have a serious pain in my neck from sleeping in the wrong spot or something. I can barely move my head! UHG!!! I’m going to do two more quizzes this morning and then get ready to leave this dump!

10:45 a.m. – I’m checking out of the Roach Motel!

My exam was at 12:00, but I got to the testing center early so they let me start at 11:30 which was good. I have been second guessing every question that I can remember and that drives me nuts. It’s over and I need to just let it go. There is nothing that can be done about the exam I took today.

As my granny always told me, “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” We will know whether or not this was beneficial in about a week.

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Robyn 12 years ago

I did something very similar when I took REG about a year ago... my husband was going out of town (not too far, but far enough to get a room) for training for the FD. I decided to go with him and used all of the time he was away holed up in that room studying. It felt absolutely wonderful to have removed nearly ALL distraction and I passed that exam. I'm sure you did as well!