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Guest Blogger, Sherri: Still Trudging Along…

Sherri shares with us her all-too-common story of losing credit for three parts previously earned due to the 18-Month Rolling Window. We think her perseverance and hopeful attitude will serve as an inspiration to all! Sherri has passed BEC, FAR, and AUD, and now embarks on the REG Exam preparation.

I am well into section 4 of my CPA exam studies.  I
have reviewed Contracts, Sales, Agency and Property.   I need to do a
bit of review on the Roger videos, but otherwise, section 4 is done and dusted. I actually spent some time out by the pool this weekend and studied too, which was really nice considering that I haven’t seen the sun in what seems like months!

I am starting to actually get excited about the prospect of
finishing this off, once and for all.  I noticed that I have been rushing
through the material a bit quickly and have needed to go back and reread in order to understand homework questions that I have missed.  I’m targeting to finish sections 5 and 6 by the end of the month, which will leave me almost all of August to do the review questions in the test bank.   I don’t seem to be struggling with any of the material except for the AMT stuff. I plan to go back and review it once again in August.
I’ve done a bit of work to clear my path to the finish line on test day as well.  I set up 19 different practice sessions with the online test bank software, so that all sessions combined will cover every single question in the test bank.  Once I complete all of the questions with a score of 80 or better in each subject and 85 over-all, I will feel ready
to take a couple of practice exams right before my test on the 27th.

Perhaps I am jinxing myself a bit by telling everyone that I am getting ready to take the exam.  I don’t think so though.  It’s almost like I have to say it out loud…visualizing that I will pass…in order to make it happen. 
This will be the one time, however,  where I will tell all of my fellow CPA exam takers to “do as I say and not as I do”. The reason for this is that I think, generally speaking, it is not a good idea to advertise the specific test date that you are taking the exam to your boss, your coworkers or even friends.   It can create unnecessary
additional pressure for two reasons…1st,  because everyone will ask how you did, right after you take the test and 2nd, if you take the test and don’t pass…then you have to relive the experience of having the same people ask you if you got your scores. Ewwwwwwwww. Not fun!

I am an expert on this subject, as all of you know, given that by the time I am done with this beast, I will have taken and passed three of the four parts of the CPA exam TWICE…Both pre IFRS and post IFRS.  
I know that I am going to pass this last section. I am doing everything that Roger CPA Review recommends that has been successful for me before.  I’m doing the homework, watching the videos and working the questions in the test bank. I’m making separate notes of key mnemonics and will review the day or two right before the exam. Once I can be sure that I have an 80 in each subject and an 85 overall, it’s just a matter of taking the test and confirming what I already know…I OWN THIS EXAM.  

It’s a lock.
See you all next week.  Happy studying!

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