Written by Guest Blogger John E.
Welcome back everyone. Week ten is here, and I am feeling like Friday can’t get here any faster. Since last week I have been hammering away at study questions using the Gleim Test Prep Software. I have had some really terrific scores (80-95%), but some are just unacceptable (60-70%). I figure that after completing over 2,000 questions, I should be getting solid scores consistently. I would say that my scores resemble a roller coaster ride. I go from scoring high on one to low on another. My practice tests are comprised of five study units and twenty questions. I have a total of four practice tests to cover all twenty study units. I have focused my energy as of late on improving scores for one test covering five difficult study units (SUs 10-15). However, I don’t want to spend too much time in one spot. We all know the FAR exam can be all over the place. I am a little bummed, but I guess I shouldn’t get distracted with the raw scores. I understand that there is a curve overall; however, I thought I would be better prepared going into this thing. Maybe candidates should feel this way about going into the exam? Does anyone have super-confidence on game day?
T minus five days and counting. As of this evening, I have logged 190 solid hours of study time over a ten week period. For this last week, I intend to briefly review sticky topics in my 2012 Gleim FAR book that I have managed to jot down during CPA final review over the past few weeks. I will also refer to the packet of notes that I created. I plan to review my notes on my lunch breaks and for a little bit when I get home in the evening. The rest of the evening I have designated for more practice questions. I intend to change things just a bit to make the best of my rapidly dwindling time. What I plan to do is focus on taking two 30-question exams covering all twenty study units each night. I don’t think I can do a complete 90-question exam in the evening and have time to review all of the questions afterward. I just don’t want to do more questions than I can review. My focus is questions, questions, and more questions. The advice I get from my friends who have passed the exam is all the same: Questions are golden, and do so many that your eyes bleed. Yikes!!!