Written By Guest Blogger John E.
On an afternoon in late 2012, I sat quietly in awe as my advisory score flashed on my computer screen. I could not believe it. After putting in 125 hours of study time and hammering away at 1,900 test-prep questions, I was expecting something great. What I hoped for never happened. The result of seven weeks of studies and countless questions netted me a fail.
I wasn’t angry or sad. This grade, the lowest I have ever seen literally drained the hope out of me. This score had me second guessing my abilities. I managed to pass three sections in the matter of five months. I did this using Gleim books and Test Prep software alone. Passing FAR, AUD, and BEC in just a short span of time really had me confident and optimistic. I thought that I would pass REG on my first try when I sat for it on 10/31. I thought momentum was on my side.
I let myself and my family down. I have a wife and young child waiting for me to be done with this arduous journey. I can’t let this happen again. The only way to move forward is accept the failure and forget about it. After having a little time to reflect on my failure, it was clear I shouldn’t have sat for REG so soon. After passing three parts in five months, I had two options before me: study for REG and take it for the fourth quarter or take a break and come back fresh in 2013. My parts don’t expire until November 2013 anyhow. I was tired and knew I needed a rest, but I thought momentum could push me through. Noticeably, my intensity on day one of my REG review had plummeted. I had become lax and was cutting corners in my studies. At the same time, I was cavalier, overconfident, and denying the possibility of failure. I had gone through the same study schedule for REG as I had for the previous three sections that I passed. Yet this time I failed to give it my all, and I never tailored my study strategy for this particular section. Please take my advice and take this thing seriously. Don’t waste your time or money.
When I start back this month, I will be ready once again. I will have a clear mind and a passion to succeed. I anticipate re-taking REG by the third week of February. This time around, I will be straying away from the book and Test Prep alone; I will take my studies more seriously and will use the entire Gleim CPA Review System. I will follow Dr. Gleim’s system exactly. I know I will be successful once again.