After sleeping on it (and thinking about it all evening), I'm thinking/hoping that I was getting tripped up on test questions (i.e. fake questions that don't count – the AICPA just uses them to gauge whether or not they'll use them in the future as “real” questions).
I felt like I knew the material pretty well. I studied a lot harder for this exam than the one that I scored a 74 on, but it felt like I was getting question after question on my weak areas. Plus, the dude next to me was doing that phlegm-clearing throat hack that you hear people do in public and you think to yourself “wow – he just really doesn't care, does he.” It was loud and I despite the fact that I had those ear-blockers on, every time he did it, it sounded like we were being carpet-bombed and I had to re-read the question I was on. Also, he was getting frustrated with himself apparently and would mutter words and throw his hands up in the air like you do when a ref blows a call at a football game, which was slightly amusing to me. Maybe he had the same question bank?
After having a few hours to think about it, I knew more questions than I was giving myself credit for and I think I might have done ok after all. When you're plugging along in the exam and you hit a few roadblocks, you start thinking “here we go again” and it's easy to get down. I tend to think to myself that if I miss one question, I'll fail, so a problem here or there that I have never seen or don't know tends to overshadow my successful answers.
I won't be surprised if I got a 70…and I will be equally unsurprised if I score an 80. Like I've stated already, it was a very difficult exam and I chose to take it late in the day, which may have compounded my frustration because I was tired. I had been studying for 3 days straight and then took BEC…studied for 3 hours more and took REG and I was having trouble focusing.
Pass or fail, I used the right study program and if I have to take it again, I'm going to focus on REG and nothing but REG for a good month and a half.
Then, I'll start on FARE.
Until then, I'll just assume that I passed…nothing else you can do.
Thanks for reading.