Not Quite Ready to Schedule AUD or FAR

13 Apr 2012


By Trisha


My first round attempt at passing the CPA exam was VERY mapped out. I signed up for live classes that had small windows in between for review and test taking.

After failing three of four exams by just a couple points, I had to ask myself what REALLY went wrong (besides the exams being ridiculously difficult).

I decided that going into round two, I would approach it a little differently. I have my NTS for both AUD and FAR. I have yet to schedule either exam.

I figure study until I am ready, then schedule. This approach may not be quite right either. I am a bit of a procrastinator and tend to work better under pressure.

Without the looming date, I seem to be taking the “whenever I can” approach. And unfortunately life has not allowed for much “whenever I can.” After a long day at work using my brain, I would much rather spend my evening hours cuddling on the couch with my kids.

It becomes a bit of a vicious cycle. I don’t study, and then get mad at myself for not being more disciplined. I hate to admit it, but at this rate I will probably never feel ready.

I am not saying I haven’t studied. I do Wiley MCQs questions sporadically throughout the day, I listen to the NINJA Audio at work and at the gym, and in the evenings I have been methodically rereading my text books. I have also spent considerable time rewriting the NINJA Notes. But it is not with the heart and drive I had during my first attempt.

Today I logged on to Prometric’s website to see what dates were available, and there were many at my local center. But I couldn’t bring myself to set the date, I think mostly out of fear of failure.

I know I can do this, but have to take the time to study enough to have the confidence to walk through that door. Or maybe I just need to buck up, set the date, and have faith that when I walk through the door, I will be more than ready.

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