Written By Guest Blogger Christine L.
A week ago I was feeling discouraged about the endless hours of deferring gains on leases and hedging my foreign currency transactions. Then this week, I decided that if I was not absolutely ready for the exam now, that at least I would be ready in a few days. I registered to take the exam next Tuesday, sat down and took the four-hour practice exam on the Gleim site, and passed it with a respectable margin of safety.
I have spent way more time studying for FAR than I did for AUD. When I started AUD, my scores were pretty decent. When I finished my scores were well within passing range. However, it was my first CPA exam and I worried. As the days went by, while I waited for my score report to show up, I convinced myself that disaster awaited. When I opened that e-mail with the magic word “PASS” inside, I got all excited, felt dumb about worrying so much, then reminded myself that I had three more exams to work on.
I felt pretty confident when I started studying for FAR. I stayed pretty focused until the weekend when I finished the last of the twenty study units, took a long look at my scores, and decided that they needed to be higher before I stepped into the local testing center. I sat down and looked at my test scores, noted which ones I wanted to improve, made some time calculations, and went for it.
I still have almost four days to study. I have stopped taking general quizzes and am now taking quizzes that draw from a selection of the many subtopics that make up the twenty study units. I’m also revisiting some of the simulations and finding out that I actually have learned something from all that reviewing and practice.
I’m feeling pretty good about where I am. My simulations look good. I passed the practice exam with a decent margin of safety. My test session scores are up over 75%, and I’ve still got time to revisit my weak points. Tuesday afternoon I’ll walk into the exam center and I’ll be prepared.