Kristen is a NINJA CPA blogger.
I sat for FAR the first week in May. I discovered that although I had been prepping in my free time for the exam, I had not been working to prepare for what would be my hurdle during the exam… the clock!
I finished my third testlet with just under an hour remaining and realized that I needed to speed up if I was going to complete the simulations. I could feel my heart rate pick up and my palms begin to sweat, and then full on panic mode set in as I watched minutes just fall off the remaining time.
I was able to quickly complete the research simulation, and I was lucky enough to have a general equipment useful life estimate change simulation.
I was able to complete three more in rapid fashion but that is where my luck ran out… as the clock ticked down to zero I was still fumbling between two simulations. I realized that in all of my preparation I failed to prepare for my biggest adversary. I may or may not have cried in my car.
How will this affect my study approach you ask? I plan to get my NINJA MCQ stats in check by figuring out how long I need to complete the 7 task based simulations.
Once I am able to determine how much of a cushion I need for the simulations I can then work to trim up my MCQ response time. AUD is up next and since the format is the same as FAR I will take the lessons learned and apply it to my upcoming exam.
Good luck NINJAS!