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Starting All Over…
With tax season almost completely over, it's time to recharge the batteries for another run at these exams.
I am in the same boat as many others, I'm sure, that overestimated my intelligence and underestimated the difficulty of the tests.
I have always had some measure of academic success completing a Bachelors and MBA without a great deal of hard work. I thought I could just do the same here and that these were just a series of other tests. Boy, was I ever wrong…
I put in my same level of study that I had used for my college work and sat for BEC and REG two days apart and felt pretty good about things. I even finished BEC with time to spare.
So, back to the drawing board, as they say. My second run at BEC, I concentrated only on BEC. I put in more work, answered more MCQs and just knew I had done what was needed to pass this time.
I sat for the exam, feeling even more confident. I finished the exam with only minutes to spare and was encouraged and optimistic. I failed it again…
Yes, the path to CPA thus far has been a humbling one for me. So much so, I have taken some time to regroup mentally. I have spent some time not even thinking about CPA, but rather to make a better plan.
I realized that I had approached these tests with way too much arrogance and didn't present respect the test deserved. I will not be making that mistake a second time. I'm slated to sit for BEC again in 5-6 weeks.