Monday, May 30, 2011

A word on CPA Exam Quitter...

I read this Article on Going Concern CPA Exam Quitter Sends Epic Hate Mail to AICPA, NASBA and it brought back some unforgettable memories with NASBA..

In that letter the person's primary concern seems to be circulating around the glitches and bugs of CPA Exam software. I can completely understand what he went through because I faced the same situation for my exam. The old calculator program didn't work at all. I informed the same to Prometric staff member who reported the bug to NASBA right before me.

After coming home, I immediately emailed NASBA with details and also called them the following day. My exam was scheduled in the evening, the time when we are only received by answering machines. It took me two hours on phone to effectively communicate with the right person. My call was forwarded from one person to other and I waited online for hours..

Sunday, May 22, 2011

BEC Exam experience

BEC was my first exam and I passed it in my first attempt. But because of my Epic fail last year with a 74 in REG and 70 in FAR, I had to appear for BEC again. Preparing and appearing for a passed exam is not a pleasant experience and please never get into a rut like this. If I had passed those two subjects, I might be very relaxed now. Okay I won't go into ifs and buts of what if situations. Let me walk through my BEC exam today.

I was relaxed, more than that I prepared myself not to get tense and stress myself. So last night I told myself, This is what I can do and I did that so I will leave the rest to my performance and then to God. So I was not really stressed. I had enough sleep but I was little tired because of revisions and continuous sitting for hours. I woke up around 8.30 and revised everything quickly. I wanted to go back to sleep but I keep telling my self to concentrate on revision. I just ate yogurt and a small sandwich but before 11.30 I threw up twice. I left house by 11.30 and I threw up again in car. My husband drove me to Prometric. He didn't said any thing. I sent him for ginger candy while I waited and show off my Kindle. I went inside before he came back. 

As it was not month end I was the only one who was sitting for CPA Exam. I watched another exam guy who was debating rules with the staff over his exam code not working and there was no one who could help him with that. After answering all his questions a staff member came to me and collected my ID and NTS. I removed my items and locked them and went in. Then I was told to remove scarf. She checked my Id and asked me to sign in and then she asked me to go back and lock my NTS after I entered my launch code on the paper booklet. Then I told her about my nausea and asked her how should I proceed in case I want to throw up. She looked at me as if I was asking some thing illegal. She said, as you are not a candidate with special needs I cannot allow you to sit in a special needs room. I asked," Can I leave the room If I have some emergency? She said you can throw up beside you , we will clean later. 

I really had no reaction on my face when she said that. I asked, Do we have any waste basket inside? She said, No we don't keep waste baskets inside. There is nothing we can do about it. She discussed with another lady and said, We cannot provide you the room with special needs, you should sit in the same room and there is nothing we can do. You can only take breaks in between your test-lets. After appearing in this exam more times than I passed.. Excuse me I know Prometic rules.. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New FAR Materials

My new FAR materials arrived. I am using  Roger FAR online CPA Review this time, Roger CPA Review contains their own text book with theory and class questions which are essential for following their videos along with Wiley CPA Review text book, which we use it like a workbook. They also send us Wiley Test bank CD which connects to their online test bank.

I used Roger CPA Review for BEC and after completing the lecture and a single reading, you can answer almost all questions in Wiley confidently. Due to my first trimester nausea, I had difficulty adjusting to it so my BEC Exam is scheduled in May. After the exam I will start preparing for FAR. People are saying Second trimester is the best part of the Pregnancy. I am hoping that this best part spins a charm and I may prepare well and complete this Exam journey. For some reason I feel extremely happy being hopeful.

 Earlier in my last FAR exam I got 70 and couldn't clear the exam, I was using a different CPA Review at that time. I don't blame any CPA Reviews for my poor performance. Honestly I failed that exam because I forgot  what the acronyms stand for. All the questions from Governmental and Non profit accounting were pretty basic. In the exam I memorized all the acronyms but failed to remember what they stand for.

 It is very important to remember acronyms and also to memorize what they stand for. Though it is entirely impossible to ignore acronyms in my preparation, but this time I am using some visual memory techniques which are more effective than acronyms. I will clearly discuss this technique in my next post.

Prepare well and Write your exams confidently..
My best wishes