I decided to jump back onto the ethics exam today. I did questions 15-75…submitted and got a big fat 89. 89? I thought the answers were all right the first time. I went back through them and there was a section that I kind of guessed on and I found a few sleepers in there that got me…spent a few more hours on it…submit…92…I am now officially ethical. Now all I need to do is submit some forms…cut a check…and I'll be Jeff, CPA. Thanks for reading.
Today I summoned every ounce of personal drive and motivation and cracked open my Ethics CD-ROM from the AICPA and I immediately hit a roadblock. How exactly does one get the stupid course code to work? The paper answer sheet that comes with it gives the url to register and get your answer sheet online. Easy enough. The paper also says “You will be asked to provide the unique serial number printed on page 1 of your answer sheet.” OK. Looking…looking. There isn't a course code on the paper. I could confidently sign off on that fact. As it turns out, the course code is on the back of the CD case. Who knew? Certainly not the paper or the website that kept showing red error letters as I tried in vain to enter anything even resembling a course code on my sheet. I finally successfully entered my course code
Given the fact that most of the scores from the recent testing window are out, I think that this post is timely. “The Traveler's Gift” by Andy Andrews follows a man named David Ponder who finds himself downsized from a takeover after giving his heart and sole to a large corporation as an executive. He returns home after work via taxi (they made him turn in his company car) to ponder what to do next. The book is about failure and keeping your perspective amidst the storms we find ourselves in. Through several visits with key historical figures (Lincoln, Truman, King Solomon, Anne Frank, Christopher Columbus), the main character gets an education on enduring through struggles and overcoming the fires of life. If you found yourself frustrated after being on the wrong end of a 75 during this testing period, pick this book up. It's a quick read and it
I didn't have another NTS to purchase this month, so I celebrated by spending $131 on “Professional Ethics: AICPA's Comprehensive Course” to fulfill my state's ethics requirement so that I can get my certificate and license. As far as I know the only place to purchase the course is through CPA2biz.com – a site the AICPA owns. I chose the CD-ROM version (Product# 738392HS) over the text (Product# 732311).
Let me be the first to say that I really don't have any special insight about score releases. I do however know a few numbers at NASBA that have proven to be reliable (which I will call when the time is right) and I also know what they have done in the past to use as a benchmark. With that said, the AICPA released fewer than 50% of the Wave 1 scores last month when I thought they would release close to 75%, so take everything with a grain of salt. During the last wave, I correctly predicted the NASBA release for REG and FAR…I was off on AUD and BEC is the engine that gets the whole thing moving. Here are my predictions for the Oct/Nov 2008 Wave 2 (NASBA) release… BEC Oct/Nov **2007** Wave 2 release (IL BOA): 12/14 BEC Jul/AUG Wave 2 release: 9/15 (Monday) BEC Oct/Nov