Using Every Possible Minute for FAR Study

17 Jan 2012

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.

Just to set the record straight at the beginning of this blog. I did not watch the LSU or Saints games, so please, do not blame me. We just got out coached and out played, or so I’ve been told. I was recovering from REG during the LSU game, and I was at work during the Saints game.

So even though Jeff felt the need to send me a sarcastic e-mail saying “Who Dat,” I am going to overlook it, but just because he is my CPA exam hero.

I’ve said that he is my hero before, and I’m sure some people wonder why. It’s because he was so honest about his struggles with this exam, and he gave me the courage to be honest with my own struggle. And struggle I have! I admire him for that honesty.

I don’t hold out much hope for the REG retake on January 9. In fact I’m really glad we aren’t allowed to divulge exam questions because at the end of the 3rd testlet, I got some really embarrassing questions. They were a sure sign of a score below 75.

When I say easy questions, I mean it was like the examiners were asking “Do you know what we are and what CPAs do for a living?” But I can’t go back and change anything so there is no point in kicking myself over it. As usual, I am going to keep moving forward and focus on FAR at the end of February.

I had several choices of what to do today after working at the office for two hours. My choices were to go grocery shopping and clean my kitchen or spend the day studying. Frankly, the mom in me won out in the end.

I spent the better part of the day cleaning the refrigerator, which hadn’t been done in months, cooked supper and argued with my 14 year old son over the merits of broccoli and the consequences of not eating it such as losing the computer and Xbox for two weeks.

I’ve used several different review courses, some worked and some didn’t. I don’t fault the review courses because what works for one person may not work for another. This time I’m sticking with Jeff’s NINJA Study Notes, Flashcards, and the Wiley Test Bank.

I’m going to attempt to get my FAR score back in 5 weeks. I’ve read the notes twice and I’m going to start writing them tonight. I have them on my Kindle and have been reading them whenever possible. The lady in line behind me at Wal-Mart this morning got a bit ticked because I didn’t realize it was time for me to swipe my card, but I was using every minute possible to study.

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Dan C 12 years ago

Hey, just happened to see your line of thinking for Reg. Don't totally give up hope! I had the _exact_ situation arise when on my third testlet, and I distinctly remember my final five questions making me feel like I was a child. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that I squeaked by with a passing grade. Don't give up all hope!