I took the weekend off from studying after taking REG last week and have since been tinkering with the idea of studying for Financial Accounting and Reporting, but have so far found limited success in this endeavor. I've been pondering what exactly could motivate one to start studying for a section of the CPA Exam that they've already passed and I think I found the answer:
PAY $280 FOR IT.
(rant) The 18 month window is absolute garbage. It's not even 18 months. Each testing window is 2 months long and you can only sit once in a testing window. After each window, NASBA takes a one month breather and doesn't allow exams and it STILL takes as long as 9 weeks (a co-worker of mine sat for his exam on July 3rd and as of today, September 3rd, his score is still not posted online) to get scores back. Of course it's up to each state BOA to determine the window of time in which to pass, but the 18 month window is fairly uniform. Naturally, your 18 months starts when you sit for your exam, not when you get your score. Nice. If I ever find one aspect of the CPA Exam that is candidate-friendly, I will be more than happy to pass it on. I am also completely ignoring the fact that if I would have studied more for REG I wouldn't be in this mess, but I am taking no accountability for my actions or test scores. It must be someone else's fault.(/rant)
After I entered my payment information and submitted it, I immediately thought of all of the things that $280 would buy. In no particular order:
-A new gas grill
-4 family trips to see “Dinosaurs on Ice” complete with stuffed dinosaurs wearing skates for each child
–NFL Sunday Ticket (now you've hit a nerve)
It made me so mad that I promptly pulled out my Wiley FAR book, popped in Yaeger‘s 1st FAR DVD and I'm off and running.
Something else to spur my motivation is as soon as I get my NTS back, I'm scheduling it for mid-October.
I will never pay for another NTS again.