Written By Guest Blogger KP.
Good news! I passed the EA Exam! I was very relieved to find out that I passed this one. I scheduled it only a week in advance. I was feeling a bit rushed because I decided at the last minute that I wanted to pass Part 1 of the exam before I started my summer semester. I now have two exams done (Part 1 and Part 3). The one I have left–the one I have been dreading– is Business.
During the exam, I marked/flagged the questions that I wasn’t 100% sure about. You can skip questions in the exam and come back to them later, and you can also flag questions for review. Imagine my surprise when I got through the exam and had 60 (out of 100) non-flagged questions. These were questions that I knew I had answered correctly. So I started thinking that I only need about a 70-75% to pass . . . maybe I am doing better than I thought! I went back and reviewed all of these correct questions, and didn’t end up changing any of them. So I had more of my confidence back. I then reviewed the flagged questions. I found that about 15-20 of the remaining 40 flagged questions were ones that I had read incorrectly or could answer after a second look, so I felt even better! At this point, I felt like I had about a 80% chance of passing. I agonized over the remaining 20. I felt like I gave it my best shot.
Like the first exam, I had to take a survey about Prometric at the end. It’s a quick survey, but it feels like it takes forever because you are waiting for your exam score during this time. I finished the survey….and then nothing! After my first exam, the “Congratulations, you passed!” screen came up right away after the survey. Instead, I got a message that read, “Thank you for taking the exam, your score will be provided to you on the way out of the exam center.” I immediately freaked out about the word “score” – if you pass, you don’t get your score! But if you fail, you get a numerical score. I was so bummed! I walked up to the front desk with my head down to retrieve my items, but then the lady immediately said “congratulations!” I was so relieved. All the hard work paid off. I was even more relieved that I was able to fit this second exam in between my spring and summer school semesters. I am off to campus now, but will provide some tips in my next post about what I specifically did to pass this one.