Friday, February 26, 2010

The Waiting Continues

52 days remaining
Mood - Good
Study Time – 0 hours (281.0 total - BEC - 74.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??, BEC-??

I am just back from taking the BEC exam.  It was easier than the Becker Final Exams by far.  Overall I was doing so-so until I hit the third testlet.  I flew through the third testlet and felt awesome about it.  There were a few things in the exam that I know I should have known but either blanked or didn't know them.  The good news is I checked my Becker book after the exam and on the two I could remember I now know I got them right.  There were two questions that I noticed in the exam that were not covered in my materials.  One was relating to IT and the other to costing.  I'll have to look them up later, although the specifics of the questions escape me now.  Overall I think I passed.  Others have felt like they nailed this section only to fail and those that swore they failed have passed.  I guess I'll find out in several weeks.  I am just glad it is over.  I've got the rest of the afternoon to clean the house for company tomorrow and get down to the DMV to wait in horrid lines to register my car.  In my studying I forgot to get it done and now it is the last day.

Test Day

52 days remaining
Mood - Ok
Study Time – 1.0 hours (281.0 total - BEC - 74.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

The REG scores got released yesterday to the State Boards.  I am not in a NASBA state, so I didn't get scores this morning.  If I am very lucky I'll get them tomorrow but more likely Tuesday.  I did very little last night in the way of studying per my normal night before the test routine.  I am up earlier than normal this morning so I hope I don't get anxious between now and the time I leave for my test.  I'll probably post something later today after the test.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Full Time Job & Studying

I was asked in a comment from last night's post about my study schedule and a full time job.  The comment box was a little tiny for what I wanted to say, so here comes the response to that inquiry.

First off, studying for this exam on the schedule I am while working full time sucks.  It requires a ton of self-discipline.  At the onset of this torturous journey I knew it would be painful.  In college I worked full time and took a full course load (5-6 classes 15-18 hours for undergrad 4 classes @ 12 hours for graduate work) each semester.  I pretty much hated life back then as well.  However, I knew if I could do that for 6 years before that I should be able to tolerate it for 6 months now.  

While the CPA exam studying has be very similar to college it is much more intense.  Every part of my studying for the CPA exam has been like my hardest college classes.  Most of my college classes were pretty simple.  They were time consuming, but not overly difficult.  Only in my hardest classes did I have to have any intensity to my studying.  I was tired enough that I would fall asleep from time to time in some of my college classes.  I could listen to music or do other things while studying typically.  With the CPA exam I pretty much have to have complete silence in order to focus enough to get through my studying.  My wife watching something on her computer with headphones being extremely quiet in the same room is enough to destroy my concentration.  Some days our dog wants to play more than sleep (not often thankfully).  When she gets like that it breaks my concentration and I have to stop and play with her until I wear her out and she goes back to sleep.  The level of focus this exam has required is intense.

As to my actual schedule:  I hate mornings.  I have always hated mornings.  I roll out of bed with just enough time to clean up, dress, pee of the dog, and run out the door to work.  Thankfully I work in a relaxed atmosphere and 8:20 is the same as 8:00.  I usually get out of the office by 5:15-5:30.  Pre-exam I would usually work until 6-6:30.  I am home around 6:00.  It takes me 30 minutes or so to change, take care of the dog, read email, go through the mail, etc.  I am usually in the care studying by 6:30-6:45.  I don't usually get up aside from to let the dog in/out once and maybe to take a bathroom break and refill my water cup.  In the course of 3-4 hours I really do not have more than 5 minutes of non-study time.  I do not study on Fridays during the weeks of class.  My wife is going through college (finishing community college level in a few more classes) and we both come Friday and pretty much collapse from exhaustion.  We make the attempt to watch a movie typically, but we both fall asleep during it every week.  I do study on Fridays after classes are over and I'm into my final reviews.  Saturday & Sunday mornings I try and get up around 8-8:30 and be studying by 9-9:30.  I try to do no more than 5 hours on Saturday & Sunday (only one weekend has blown that limit).  This typically leaves me 6-8 hours on Saturday and 4-6 hours on Sunday to do other things like take care of the house, grocery shop, and have personal time.  I'd love to say I get to spend time with my wife, but she typically studies both the AM and PM hours on the weekends (she has classes most every night so she doesn't get study time in during the week).  

Those weekend hours to myself are the hours that I live each week for.  Others say they study 10-12 hours on each weekend day.  Good luck to those people and I think they are insane.  My mind goes to mush after 5-6 hours.  Typically any studying I've done beyond that is not very productive (exception of last Friday's 11 hour marathon which was actually productive).  I would also go crazy with absolutely no time to myself.  It is not enough time to myself, but it is enough to keep me going another week. 

I have also taken a couple of days off in addition to test days.  I took one extra day off in January during REG that I got a quick 5 hours of study in and then had the rest of the day to myself (an extra Saturday schedule basically).  I also did the same thing last Friday for BEC, but that turned into the nightmare study day.  I am most definitely in burn-out mode at this point.  This is why you can see my study time during the weekday nights drop to 3-3.5 from the 4-4.5 they were during AUD.  I've tried to make up some of that time on the weekends, but even my weekend study time per day has come down.  This stares me in the face each day in my hour totals.  AUD had the same number of classes as BEC yet I'm almost 20 hours less than I did for AUD.  I felt good for AUD and I feel like crap on BEC.  I think those 20 hours are a good chunk of my problem.  

For those that are looking at doing this exam while working.  Know that it is a life changer.  This exam is the whole of my life right now.  I think about how I'm going to study that night during the day and dream about the exam many nights.  This exam is an obsession at this point.  I hate having to get up feeling exhausted knowing that I have a full day of work and a night of study.  On class days knowing that I'm only halfway done with my day at 3pm is depressing.  Those negatives are actually what drives me to study like I do though.  I would rather go through this pain and suffering once.  If I don't study and fail an exam that is another 3-5 weeks that I will have to live like this again.  I am about 2/3rds of the way through this process by content (almost 3/4ths by test sections).  I just have to stay focused for another 2 months and I can have my life back.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Almost Exam Day Again

54 days remaining
Mood - Ok
Study Time – 2.0 hours (280.0 total - BEC - 73.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I did a general overview of the material tonight.  I also made it through the rest of the IT addendum that I had been ignoring for a couple of weeks.  There wasn't much in it that was unfamiliar to me though (finally a benefit to being a computer nerd!).  I have two pages of basic notes (mostly formulas).  I plan on narrowing it down to just a couple that I want to put on my scratch paper for reference.  It will also serve as a good thing to read right before going into the testing center.
I would also like to take a moment to say something about Jeff's site and specifically about his premium service Club 75.  Anyone that needs to take REG and/or FAR should sign up for a month of his premium service.  Part of his premium thing is he sends you his hand-written notes for REG and typed notes for FAR.  These things alone easily justify the $20 for 1 month.  I can't believe I didn't have the REG notes for studying (just signed up this past weekend well after I sat for the REG exam).  The only thing I noticed is you would need to update the casualty loss item from $100 to $500 to reflect the change that became testable this year.  There are other benefits to it as well, but getting your hands on those notes are the big benefit that I see.

On a more frustrating note, the AICPA has still not released any REG Wave 1 scores to the state boards.  All other sections have been released (last week or Monday).  Murphy's Law is alive and well for me on that.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Test Giveth & The Test Taketh Away

55 days remaining
Mood - bleh
Study Time – 3.0 hours (278.0 total - BEC - 71.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

Yesterday's 81% on the practice final exam #1 was too good to be true.  I got 73% on practice final exam #2 today.  The good news is I did really well on the calculation problems.  I think I missed 4 calculation problems and 1 of those was a stupid issue that should reoccur.  The down side is the twisted theory questions have me running in circles.  Half of the questions I missed were minor issues that I took some notes on and should be good on.  The other half were things I knew but couldn't figure out what the question or answer was saying.  Those are going to be the luck of the draw.  Overall I think I have a decent shot at passing this section.  It is way closer than I'd like it to be, but I think I've still got it.  I did find one error in the Becker software.  The answer I had was right even though it marked it wrong.  The answer itself referenced back to the answer I selected as the correct answer.

Monday, February 22, 2010

BEC Practice Final Exam #1

56 days remaining
Mood - nervous but not manic
Study Time – 3.0 hours (275.0 total - BEC - 68.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I took the first practice final in the Becker software tonight.  I got 73 out of 90 for 81%.  This is below my margin of comfort, but would have been enough to pass.  The Becker final exams are also trickier than what I should actually see on the exam.  I actually did pretty well on the calculation problems.  Four of my  seventeen misses were RTCDQ problems.  Three more mistakes were missing an item in the description that figured into my calculation (basically another 3 RTCDQ issues).  While I still am not confident in this section the feelings of panic are subsiding.  I only had 2 questions where I really went "how in the hell am I suppose to figure that one out?"  On the timing side of things I am a lot closer than I'd like to be.  I finished with 6 minutes remaining.  I didn't feel like the practice test was very calculation intensive though.  Sadly, it really is going to come down to the luck of the draw on exam day.

On a side note, the AICPA still has not released the REG scores to the states.  This means I'm probably looking at a Thursday (if lucky) or Friday release.  This opens the debate of should I even consider looking at the score Friday morning before my test (if it is even available then)?  I'm still figuring on my test being bumped into Wave 2 just because that is how my luck rolls.  That doesn't stop me from being a bit obsessive over the score though.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Good News / Bad News

57 days remaining
Mood - a bit better
Study Time – 3.0 hours (272.0 total - BEC - 65.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

The good news is I got right at 90% on the progress test today.  The bad news is twofold.  One, the problems I'm having issues with are the calculation-intensive questions.  Two, this section of the exam now scares me.  Initially this was going to be one of my easy sections, especially since there is no written part.   Now I am a bit scared of this test.  I can write out the formulas for the areas I'm having issues with easily now.  I will write it down on my scratch paper before I start the exam.  Calculating what to plug into the formula given the questions' messed up way of giving you the data is the issue. 

Tomorrow I'll take a crack at the first of the practice final exams.  I've heard the practice finals are harder than the actual exams.  If I can get 85% on it I'll feel pretty good.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Better Day

58 days remaining
Mood - a bit better
Study Time – 4.5 hours (269.0 total - BEC - 62.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

Today was better than yesterday's nightmare.  I spent some time focusing in on the variance stuff I was having issues with before.  I thought I had it down pat but the questions proved otherwise.  I redid all the sections I was below 85% in.  I got right at 90% on all the questions I worked.  The big variance stuff was still problematic as I only got 78% on those.  The good news is that is almost a 10% improvement over yesterday's performance.  All in I felt like I was going to do good on them and then the way the questions twisted everything around got me flustered.  The good news is that the time I took on each question was a lot less today than yesterday.  
I've got to get going on my overall review tomorrow.  I can't really afford to spend another 5-6 hours working on this material if it means I'll blow it on the other material.  I'll do a progress test tomorrow to see how my timing and overall score comes out.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Joking Right??? Please?

59 days remaining
Mood - Frustrated & Exhausted
Study Time – 10.0 hours (264.5 total - BEC - 58.0 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

Look at the number of hours today.  I'm ready to throw the computer through the wall.  The plan was to spend 5-6 hours working on BEC-5 then have the rest of the day to relax.  Instead, I spent 11 hours studying (1 hour taken out for 3 phone calls, bathroom, and eating - although I ate while watching lecture).  All that and I still struggled with a lot of the material.  Overall I got 81% correct, but scored rather poorly in two.  The two I did the worst in were my last two, so I was tired and frustrated by that point.  Timing is also an issue.  I was finally able to get to the answer I needed in many cases, but getting to those answers took 4-7 minutes.  Even if you assume I can do the BEC-1, BEC-2, & BEC-4 questions in 30-45 seconds I'd still be over budget on time (have to average 1.5 minutes per question).  I may go on and just do an overall progress test tomorrow.  I don't know that I have it in me to do another 10 hour day tomorrow

Thursday, February 18, 2010


60 days remaining
Mood - Frustrated
Study Time – 3.0 hours (254.5 total - BEC - 48.0 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I am pretty pooped after what has been a painful week.  I am taking tomorrow off  from work though, so hopefully I can recover a bit.  I went through some of the BEC-5 Appendix readings (not all).  I tried to do the BEC-5 questions tonight.  I got through the first sub-set of questions with 76% correct.  I got halfway through the second subset and was very frustrated and was basically just making up calculations trying to find a matching answer.  I was getting horribly frustrated and annoyed.  I finally just closed out of the BEC-5 stuff all together as my mental state was not going to be conductive to any sort of learning.

Instead, I fired up a Progress Test using material from all the BEC classes except BEC-5.  This gave me 75 questions that I burned through in about an hour.  The great news is that I got 73 out of 75 on those questions (97% - go me!).  I felt mostly good on the questions.  There were a couple that I didn't get at the correct answer the way the solution did, but it wasn't me guessing at the answer either (actually don't think I just plain guessed on any of them).  The questions that gave me pause are the areas I will review over the next couple of days.  There really weren't many areas that I didn't feel good on.  I'll review that snazzy table for BEC-1 that summarized all the entity properties.  I need to hit a few of the formulas from BEC-2 & BEC-3 again just to speed up my time on the calculation-intensive problems.

So, how am I going to deal with BEC-5?  I am planning on going through the lecture tomorrow section by section doing the questions for each section as I do.  That helped me a bit in BEC-2 and a great deal of help in BEC-3.  If I can get comfortable with the BEC-5 stuff on Friday I can work on the BEC-2, BEC-3, & BEC-5 supplemental questions on Saturday and Sunday.  That would give me Monday for a full 100 question progress test and Tuesday/Wednesday for the two practice final exams.  I plan on little to no study time the day before so I can relax and be fresh next Friday for the actual exam.

I feel less prepared for this section than either of the other two.  Looking at my study time for this section it becomes very apparent why.  I really should be close to the hours for AUD since they both have five classes in them, yet I am just around half.  I have known my hours were low for a week and a half but sadly I feel like it has been as many.  This is the effects of the burn out I've been feeling I suppose.  My mood was pretty similar after doing the BEC-2 & BEC-3 questions the first time.  Re-watching those lectures really was extremely beneficial.  Hopefully tomorrow will provide a similar bump in my mood/confidence.

While I'm being moody and down I suppose I can also rant about score releases too.  I was hoping the AICPA would have released the REG scores to the NASBA and State Boards today (actually had hoped for yesterday).  There really isn't anything I can do to influence the score release so I need to not worry about it.  The lack of any activity on the score releases though is a bit frustrating though.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BEC-5 Class

61 days remaining
Mood - Very Tired
Study Time – 4.5 hours (251.5 total - BEC - 45.0 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

 It was a very long class tonight at almost 4.5 hours.  The material was a mix of basic theory and calculations that I'll need to look at very closely.  I've got a week and a day to get it all down and be ready for the test.  I hate this point in the class.  I have a ton of studying to do while being tired of the material and ready for it to be over.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

IT Questions = AUD Questions

62 days remaining
Mood - Good
Study Time – 2.5 hours (247.0 total - BEC - 40.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

The IT questions were not really hard in the software.  They were annoyingly stupid in many places though.  It reminds me of the AUD questions in many ways where the poorly written English in the questions is the problem, not knowing the concepts.  I'll need to skim some portions of the supplemental reading material for their goofy terminology and I should be ok with the IT on the test overall.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Easy Class

63 days remaining
Mood - Good
Study Time – 3.5 hours (244.5 total - BEC - 38.0 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

Tonight's class was extremely simple for me to the point of boredom.  It was amusing the things the instructor said that were grossly outdated or (from a computer person's perspective) just plain silly (borderline wrong).  If the questions are as easy as the class questions that section is basically done.  If the questions are like what is in the supplemental material I downloaded it is going to be painful though.  Why any accountant would need to know anything at all about some of those topics is beyond me.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Better with BEC-3

64 days remaining
Mood - Better
Study Time – 5.0 hours (241.0 total - BEC - 34.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

It was a very long study day at almost 6 hours (only crediting 5 hours of time due to lunch, dealing with dog, etc).  Like yesterday, I re-watched a good chunk of the lecture, except doing BEC-3 this time.  It was long and dry but beneficial.  I came up from 77% on the MC questions to 93% (15-16% improvement).  This alone make the 6 hours of pain and suffering worth it.  I feel much better on the content.  I still have not tackled the 137 supplemental questions for this section.  The though of another 2 hours of questions makes me want to jump out a window.  I am planning on doing those as part of my review at the end of this coming week.

The optimist in me (there has to be a small part of me that is optimistic right?) is hoping for a fairly easy day tomorrow and Tuesday as I go through the IT section.  I'm a computer nerd and hope that my own personal knowledge and lack of fear of the IT topics will let me do well with less effort compared to others working on this section.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

BEC-2 Locked Down

65 days remaining
Mood - Better
Study Time – 4.0 hours (236.0 total - BEC - 29.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I went through most of the BEC-2 lecture again today.  I skipped over the parts I knew I wasn't having any issues with and did the others.  I did the questions after each topic before moving on to the next sections.  I did remarkably better getting 93% including the supplemental questions.  I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow with the BEC-3 lecture, although I expect it will take 5-6 hours to get through it all without counting the supplemental questions.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Aren't Things Suppose to Get Better?

67 days remaining
Mood - Frustrated
Study Time – 3.0 hours (232.0 total - BEC - 25.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I was under the strange impression that things are suppose to get better as you go along, not worse.  BEC-3 kicked my ass.  I scored worse on this class as a whole than any other section's homework I've done in any class so far.  I pulled out a 78% overall not counting the supplemental questions (too frustrated to even try them tonight).  This was helped a great deal by the last section that I did well in.  On 3 of the 4 sections I got between a 71 and 74% (89% on the last section at least).  It broke out mostly as I got anything with a calculation wrong and 90% right on anything that was just text/theory.  This section pretty much sucked.  The slightly-less-bad-news is that I remember reading on that others got their butts kicked on this section as well.  
If the rest of the exam studying had gone the way this week has I would have stopped ages ago.  I'm really holding out hope that the IT stuff next week is going to be cake for me since I know a bit about computers.  I really should get at least a small benefit from being a computer-nerd after all.

I'm really looking forward to not studying tomorrow.  I am also dreading the studying I need to do this weekend already.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BEC-3 Class

68 days remaining
Mood - Tired and down
Study Time – 4.0 hours (229.0 total - BEC - 22.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

It was a long lecture tonight.  There was a ton of material covered and a ton of material skipped.  There is a good chunk of the stuff I am fairly familiar with since I do it at work.  It is the other stuff that is going to be tedious.  I've had a bit of a headache all day and it really kicked off about 2 hours into the lecture.  I may actually be getting sick as I am feeling worse now that I am home.  I am thinking of taking a day off next week to study.  I've got a lot of material to get through, I'm feeling the burn-out set in, and I'm a bit pooped.

I am hoping that Monday's lecture on IT stuff goes well for me.  I am a computer person on my own and hoping I can skate by without too much work on the IT stuff.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

BEC-2 Homework

69 days remaining
Mood - Annoyed
Study Time – 3.0 hours (225.0 total - BEC - 18.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I am a bit annoyed with the questions tonight.  I got 81% correct overall.  It would help a great deal if the questions were written in plain English.  I find it sort of amusing that they want the test takers to write good, clear responses in the written sections while butchering clarity in their own questioning.  It is highly annoying when you know the concept being asked, know the ins and outs, and then miss the questions because you can't figure out what the question is actually asking or the answer is actually saying.
The above rant aside, I need to re-read the strategic planning sections.  I also need to take a look at the foreign currency stuff.  The foreign currency stuff was particularly bad about horrible wording, but the class facilitator did email some additional material on the subject.

Overall I am a bit disappointed with my performance.  This is somewhat of a mental issue though.  On AUD I routinely scored in the lower to mid-80s on my first time through the questions.  I just seem to have this mental image that I should be at 90% or close to it (87% or more) when I do these, even on my first time.  Like before I just need to do these questions over and over until I get the hang of how they word them.

Monday, February 8, 2010

BEC-2 Class

70 days remaining
Mood - Better
Study Time – 3.5 hours (222.0 total - BEC - 15.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

The class wasn't as bad as reading it myself.  The instructor summarized the material well in the lecture and skipped over a ton of it.  I feel a lot better about it than I did this weekend reading it.  We'll see how I do on the questions tomorrow.  Class did get out a bit over half an hour early tonight, so I'm hoping to get some extra sleep.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


71 days remaining
Mood - Head Swimming a bit
Study Time – 4.5 hours (218.5 total - BEC - 12.0 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I didn't get around to posting yesterday as I was busy most of the afternoon.  I read the bulk of BEC-2 and BEC-3.  I really can't say I comprehended what I read, but I got through a good chunk of it.  Hopefully it will be clearer after the lectures.  It has been so long since I've had any of the economics or finance that most of it rings a bell but the specifics escape me.  I will have to see what and how the questions are asked before I know how bad it is going to be for me to get through that material.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

BEC-1 Questions Are Easy

73 days remaining
Mood - Good
Study Time – 2.0 hours (214.0 total - BEC - 7.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I am digging this no simulation thing for BEC already.  I have felt stronger on the MC questions on the last two tests than on the simulations.  The majority of my study is also centered around doing the MC questions over and over and over and over.  I did the MC questions for BEC-1 tonight in a bit under 2 hours and read through the flashcards for that section.  I got 95% on the 170 MC questions (including supplemental).  That is great for my first pass through them.  Granted, the material was pretty easy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

BEC-1 Class

74 days remaining
Mood - Good
Study Time – 4.0 hours (212.0 total - BEC - 5.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

I didn't do the BEC-1 questions yesterday like I had planned.  I was plain pooped and took an evening to kick back and relax.

It was good to hear from others in my class that they had many of the same issues I had on the REG exam.  I cannot explain why we all take comfort in our collectively shared misery, but it really does help to be around others that are going through this as well. 

The BEC-1 lecture was pretty simple and straight forward.  I did fine on the MC questions in-class.  I'll see how I do tomorrow on the questions.  The lecture was not as boring as reading the material made it out to be.  I did read the material after sitting through a 3 hour test, so I don't suppose I should be relying on my judgment that day.

I've gotten several emails in the past week from people reading this blog.  I am surprised that anyone is or has actually read anything I have to say.  I'm always glad to give pointers where I can (without running afoul of disclosure issues of course).  I started this blog so I could track my time and mood throughout the process and to have at the end of the process a detailed record of how I did things.  I find it a bit comforting knowing that others are going through the same issues I am and that I might be able to help or reduce those issues for others.  If you have questions feel free to email me.  

Also, in my links section to the right is a link to  It is a great resource for those working through the CPA exam.  I have found the collective suffering we are all going through to be calming.  There are a ton of really smart people there using all sorts of different study materials.  Everyone there is extremely patient and helpful with so many things related to this exam.

Monday, February 1, 2010

REG Test Taken

76 days remaining
Mood –Down
Study Time – 1.5 hours (208.0 total - BEC - 1.5 - REG: 118.0 - AUD: 89.5)
Scores:  AUD-94, REG-??

Anyhow, I took the test today.  They moved the testing center from where it was when I took the AUD test.  Parking wasn't as horrid an experience as it was at their other place.  I had my test scheduled at noon.  Once again I showed up way early and I got in when I showed up. I was at the computer within 5 minutes of walking in the door.  I got started around 10:20.  I did take almost the full time (10-ish minutes left).  

The test itself was bad.  I got through the first section more or less OK.  The second testlet made me want to slash my wrists right there at the computer.  The third testlet was almost as bad as the second.  I'd say as bad, but I think I was going numb at that point.  The simulations were hard to figure out what they were asking for.  What I did in the homework simulations really didn't apply well to what I got.  The written oddly enough came out almost just like my AUD written.  One of my written I didn't feel had anything to do with REG while the other obviously did.  Once again I hope they grade the non-REG one as I felt better about my response on that one vs the REG-related one. 

I am going to try avoiding making any full review of my thoughts on the Becker class until I get my score.  I especially wouldn't want to do a review right after walking out of the test since I feel like I just got beat up.  However, I will say that there was a specific item that was the topic of 3 MC questions on something that I do not recall even a mention in the Becker class.  I'll double check that in the next couple of days, but I do find it odd that 4% of the questions on a single thing wouldn't even have a mention.

I came home after a long 3 hour test and did what any sane person would.  I read the material for my next class that starts Wednesday.....ok, maybe sane is the opposite of what I mean.  The scary thing is I found the answer to something in my REG exam discussed in detail.  I also think I found in the table of contents the answer to one of my AUD questions. 

I am beginning to move from the random "I hate anything that makes me study" to a specific hatred of this test.  I know this is mostly exhaustion, but I can feel myself moving from a general dislike to a crazed hatred.  Which is kindof funny in one sense that I can see it and know it for what it is and yet do nothing to change the feeling.

Anyhow, I've added tags for BEC and started the hour count into that section now on my study tracking.  I get the rest of the day to feel down, sulk, drink heavily (kidding), etc.  Tomorrow I start in on BEC and I've got that test in 3.5 weeks.