Written By Guest Blogger KP.
So, I got to the point where I felt I had studied enough. However, I figured that since it was nearing the end of the year, I should just take the test to see where I was at. Worst case scenario, I could study a bit more and take the exam again if I failed. I am starting my new job in January though, and I really wanted to get the EA exam done before that. So last week I took a few days off from my job and decided to just pound through the remaining studying I had to do. I scheduled my exam for the end of the week, which forced me to finish up all the software questions. I also answered most of the online multiple-choice and true/false questions. I scheduled my exam for a Friday morning at 8am, and I could NOT sleep the night before! I literally got 2 hours of sleep and had to drink a cup of coffee and an energy drink before my exam to feel alert. I remember feeling a huge sigh of relief once I started the exam. I studied for Part 2 much longer than I did for Parts 1 and 3. The first 10 or 20 questions were pretty easy and I felt really confident. I had the first part of the exam (50 questions) done in 20 minutes!
However, then the middle part started to get pretty difficult. For me, the most difficult thing about Part 2 is that there is so much information. Also, when you’re in an exam setting, it’s difficult to remember all of the rules…and all of the exceptions! On the really difficult questions, I went with my first answer and then “marked” the questions that I wanted to come back to later. At the end of the exam, I was literally at the same spot I was with Part 1. I had 30 questions marked, which meant I felt pretty confident about the other 70 questions (and I believe you need at least 70% to pass). I went through all of the questions again to make sure I didn’t make any careless mistakes, and then I triple-checked my “marked” questions. There were only about 10 questions that I still felt uneasy about, so I ended my exam and just hoped that I had answered them correctly. Of course, you have to take a survey at the end of the exam and then wait in line to get your results, which was so nerve-wracking! However, once I saw the “congratulations” on my letter, I let out a huge sigh of relief! I can’t believe it, I passed all three parts and now I can apply to be an EA! Woohoo!