Maria is a weekly NINJA CPA Blogger.
I am very happy with my perfect passing score of 75 on REG. I was shaking when I went to NASBAs website and cried when I saw my score
Two things came to my mind when I saw my big fat 75: (1) OMG, I almost failed for a second time and (2) Am I really done?!?!?!
Here is a summary of my journey:
- AUD my first exam. I spent 6 weeks studying for this section. I was innocent and was not completely aware about what was the CPA examination process, but I was sure enough that I wanted to take this exam. I went through the lectures and Wiley MCQs once, made my own set of notes and worked nonstop MCQs and SIMS for about 2 weeks before the exam. This exam is all about theory, but dont get surprise if you see numbers on your SIMS.
- FAR– second exam and it was a monster. This exam includes all accounting calculation that you can possibly imagine. I was scheduled to take the exam the second week of October, but I freaked out and re-scheduled the exam for the first week of November. This decision was my 1st HUGE mistake. For this exam I watched the lectures and worked all Wiley MCQs twice. I felt so unprepared that I over did and worked and endless amount of hours. The week before the exam I spent some time working weak topics that never showed on my exam
2nd HUGE mistake. On exam date, I couldnt remember the simple/easy topics that I had mastered before; I just had the weak topics on my brain. First time score 74
re-take score 81 using the NINJA Notes.
- BEC– third exam. This was the surprise exam. Even though I passed on the first try with an 80, because of all the small topics on this exam, I was unsure on how to tackle the material. For this one, I watched the lectures, read the book, and work all MCQs once. I also made a set of notes that I carried with me everywhere, and I made sure to read those notes every day during the week before my exam.
- REG fourth and last. First try failed with a 70. I followed the same process as before; watched the lectures, made notes and worked MCQs and SIMS.For my re-take I did the same and used a cram course and also listened to the NINJA Audio. I made every possible effort to pass and it seems that it worked. Got a perfect 75!!!
Congratulations to all of us with passing score!!!!!!!!
To those who are still struggling, keep fighting. This process is not about the smartest ones, but it is about those who want it the most.