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Hello fellow candidates! It was so nice to actually go to bed at a relatively normal time last night and actually get more than 5 hours of sleep! Normally I would look at the clock and think "okay, I've got 3 hours until 12:30 (a.m.) should be able to get some good study time in." It was 10:30 and I was like "YES! I'm going to sleep NOW!!). I know this won't last, but I'll enjoy while I can. Then this morning on my way to work, instead of listening to Bill Grubbs from my Lambers audio, I listened to Jazz music!
If there's one piece of advice I would give any candidate is that for at least 2 weeks prior to taking a scheduled exam and after the exam until you have your result, resist reading other candidates blog posts on their experiences (at least with the exam you're taking)! Many candidates post their scores for each time they've taken a particular exam. If you look at these and notice a candidate had taken an exam 5+ times before passing, that knowledge can put you in a mental state of absolute panic before you even answer your first question! I can only hope that I would have the same determination as these candidates.
And then post exam - I felt pretty good leaving the exam last night. There were a couple of areas on the MCQ that I felt uncertain about and at least 2 questions where I had no clue and had to make an "educated guess". I finished the MCQ in 2.5 hours, leaving me with 1.5 hours for the sim's. As with the MCQ, I felt pretty comfortable with the majority of the Sim tasks. There was one that I wasn't sure of, but used my basic accounting knowledge to try and fill in the gaps. Then the research question, which I had never done well on in my practice sims, I don't think I did all that much better on the actual exam. Other than that, I left feeling like I did enough to pass. Maybe not achieve a score worth bragging about, but a 75, yea I felt I at least accomplished that.
With the exam experience still fresh in my mind, when I received an email notification this morning of a blog post of a candidates experience (different site) I clicked on it - big mistake!!! To read that a fellow candidate left their exam feeling confident and then received bad news, well -- that's going to make the next 20 days very painful!
So, let's for a moment think positive and move forward -- what should come next, Aud or Reg?