Regulation: My First CPA Exam Experience

26 Oct 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

By Shanti

Shanti 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 December 2010.

On Tuesday afternoon I took my first exam, and it was ‘an experience.’ I was almost late because I thought I would be smart and take the route that has less traffic. Of course that was the way that was longer.

It didn’t even dawn on me that I would be on the road at 11. What traffic was I going to hit?

That’s the kind of thinking that goes along with my outing to get cat food that took me 2 trips to accomplish. All I’ve been thinking about is the exam.

I had scheduled REG as my first exam a month or so ago. I had just come off finishing the tax season, so I thought it would be good idea and easy transition. For those of you not in tax, there’s a big difference between knowing what screen to enter the numbers in and knowing how to calculate those numbers.

I had been studying more on the calculations than the theory, but I didn’t think I had slacked as much as it felt. A topic that I thought was small and that they couldn’t possibly come up with a bunch of questions was what seemed like all the questions came from. I’m sure that’s skewed quite a bit since I’m sure we all remember those questions that make you go “hmmm” much more than the ones that don’t.

I am very glad I spent my weekend with Roger and used the Roger CPA Review Cram to make sure I hit a lot of the important topics. A cram is a great way to focus your energies.

So after spending my afternoon next to someone who was up and down and bouncing (I wonder what he was getting tested on) I will wait for my scores. I won’t be focusing too much on waiting for score release.

I have AUD scheduled in just a few short weeks and the amount of work that has piled on my desk is very daunting. I guess it’s back to the real world of study, family and work. Not necessarily in that order.

Happy studying all and good luck!

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