Good Vibes from AUD + Arch Nemesis REG

19 Oct 2011

Club 75 Candidate Bloggers

Shawn is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as he documents his journey through the CPA Exam. He has been a member of's Club 75 since December 2010.

Good news: I took AUD last week and had a nice vibe. Roger CPA Review definitely prepared me and I felt much more comfortable than any of the other tests I’ve taken. The mnemonics/visuals came in handy during the exam. Not to jinx it, but think I can move on to BEC.

Bad news: Results came back for REG. Disappointingly, a 68, so it has now become my arch nemesis. Every fiber in my body is bent on the destruction of tax and business law.

REG, you should be very afraid. Just look at what happened to my last arch nemesis from kindergarten, Sam. Yeah, I knocked him over in the sandbox and he cried. Loudly. You’ve been warned.

Okay, so all kidding aside, I do need to figure out a new plan of attack for REG. I have the following options:

1. Keep the same home study course and tackle it again. There were areas that I had trouble with and could do the multiple choice over again. No cash outflow.

2. Keep the same home study course but buy the cram. Not sure if it will be sufficient to shrink the gap of 7 points. Minimal cash outflow.

3. Buy a new home study course. Highest cash outflow.

I think that is the gist of it, and I am currently learning towards #1. Everything is a foreign concept to me as I did not take a taxation class back in school and do not touch it for work. Still have some time though to figure out what to do. I just sent in the application and still have to tackle BEC, so the earliest timeframe would be in January. Hmmm…

Something that seems to be true from the forums is EVERYONE has the one test they hate. The funny thing is it is not the same for everyone. FAR is often listed as the beast but that is most likely due to the sheer amount of information more than anything.

AUD seems to be trouble for a lot of those who do not do it as part of work while BEC seems to elude those who score particularly high on all the other tests. And I have problems with REG. Of course this is anecdotal more than statistical but hopefully everyone is tackling their arch nemesis slowly and steadily. Happy studying to all!

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Bridget 13 years ago

Shawn: I decided to try the CRAM because of cash flow considerations. I'll let you know how it goes. Good Luck!