Written by guest blogger KP.
So I am pretty excited about this weekend because it’s the first weekend in a while that I will finally have a large chunk of time available for EA exam studying! I am almost finished with the semester (one and a half weeks to go!). I will have the next month and a half to dedicate to EA exam studying, minus the time I am at my full-time job. I know I need to set an exam date; otherwise, I won’t feel the “pressure” to study. When I set up my first EA exam date (exam 3), the month and a half before the exam were my best, most efficient, weeks of studying. I am sure that same feeling will exist this time.
I am taking summer classes again this summer, and those start up mid-June. I am debating whether to schedule my 2nd exam for the end of June or stick with my original plan of taking one at the end of the summer and then my final one at the end of the year. I am just not sure if I will be able to get that much more studying done once school starts again. I know if I schedule my exam sooner than later, that I will be “forced” to study in an intense way over the next couple months. The first 2 chapters have gone by pretty quickly for me (Filing Requirements and Gross Income), especially since I started taking simple notes on the “key” items so I didn’t feel required to remember every little thing as I was going through the book. I am finding Chapter 3 to be going a bit slower for me now. I just have to remember that the Gleim review for part 3 (I took this exam first) did a really good job of reinforcing the main points in the book, software download, and online review. The concepts repeated in these 3 areas were tested very frequently on the test, so I felt very well prepared during the exam. I have no reason to believe that Part 1 won’t be the same.
I just don’t know if I am being impractical, but I would love to get another exam under my belt. I really want to have my EA license by the end of this year, so I can start working part-time as a tax preparer next year! It will depend on how much farther ahead I can get this weekend…so stay tuned.