Written By Guest Blogger Christine L.
I have about four hours before I take my last part of the CPA exam, REG. Normally I spend a day or two on these posts, but this one will be quick. Seven more hours, and (I hope) it will all be over but the bragging.
I’ve pretty much given up on guessing my soon-to-be-known scores. My guesses weren’t absurd. They were not in the “I thought I got a 97 but got a 22” category, but there was not a good correlation between how I thought I did and how I really did. I expected to pass BEC, but I did not expect an amazing 92. I don’t know why my AUD score, at 82, is the low one of the bunch, and I’ll never know. I expected to pass FAR, and yet my 88 crushed my puny AUD score by a whole six points.
Studying for REG has been pretty tough. I didn’t give it as many days as I’d hoped, and some of those days were short days. No complaints–it was a conscious decision to make it tight. I got through all of the study units, worked my quiz scores up to passing, and reviewed a few weak points, but that’s about it. The last week was so jammed with S-corps and tax bases that I fell asleep with my highlighter in my hand. Spread out over twenty four days, it was well over a hundred hours, but there could have been more.
But here’s the point—it doesn’t have to be perfect, it only has to be a seventy-five. You can make a case that with scores of 82, 88, and 92 on the last three parts that I was over-prepared, but I didn’t know I was going to pass with those margins, neither before nor after walking into Prometric. Under different circumstances, I would choose to throw an extra 60 hours at it just so I would not worry so much.
It’s becoming a very emotional thing for me, probably too much. No two people will come at this the same way, and there are people who start by taking all four exams just in case they can squeak by without studying at all. I can’t imagine being that person, but I’m sure someone has done it.
It’s almost over, and the odds (and the prep course) are indeed with me. But I think my celebration will be going to bed early. Thanks for reading, and I’ll let you all know how it works out soon!