Monday, November 28, 2011

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Audit Recap...And Now The Wait Begins

So I'm just gonna jump right in it.

I got through the MCQ's in 1 hour and 20 mins. I had to seriously go back and double.check to make sure I wasn't forgetting something. There were some tricky ones in there but there weren't many. In total throughout 90 questions I marked less than 15 that I was unsure of. Out of those I would say I had about 6 that I just took my best guess.

Now onto the Sims.....

I know I got the research right and I know I got 2 sims 90-100% right.

Two other sims I would say I for between 75% -85% right.

Another simulation I'm guessing I got around. 70-75% right

The last Sim I would say probably 65-70% .

I can just flat out say that Rogers course prepared me. There were no surprises. Everything he emphasized to study was definitely on the test and his course book covered it.

Now its just time to wait. No matter the results I tried my hardest and studied like a mad woman.

I took no shortcuts and I made some big sacrifices. I feel blessed to have made it this far and I'm so proud to see my progress from when I first started.

My Mom asked me how I felt today and I just told her that I feel like it was life changing.

Heres to waiting...(and prayerfully passing)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Well Here it Goes....Tomorrow is Audit

One word, Exhausted.

Exhausted in a good way though, exhausted meaning that I have filled my brain with all things audit. There is not one ounce of me that feels that I didn't do all I could to study for audit. The fact that I pushed myself to my limit and didn't slack or take shortcuts is enough for me to sleep well tonight and still be proud of myself no matter what.

Today I woke up at 7:30 am and I've been studying for almost 12 straight hours. This is without any TV or phone calls (I was tweeting though...twudygroup gets me through my study sessions)

In total I've done around 2500 audit MCQ's. This morning I said I wasn't going to do hardly any but I changed my mind because I just wanted a quick refresher (glad I did that!!!)

I can't rave enough about my review course. Roger's text book has made my life so much easier. The book just breaks everything down into basic terms. The fact that everything just flows from chapter to chapter is just a breath of fresh air. I can't say how much easier or less painful it makes studying when you watch Roger and his hilarious videos and he comes up with these funny but very useful mnemonics. The confidence that I'm feeling compared to when I took other parts is just no comparison. Of course I'm remaining humble and realizing that this exam can be brutal I'm acknowledging that I'm scoring better and understanding concepts clearer than I did with other parts.

My exam isn't until 4pm tomorrow. I usually like to test around 12 or 1pm however this is the only time I could get that day. I'm going to use the time wisely. I'm going to get a GOOD nights sleep and just skim my notes tomorrow. I'm doing absolutely no MCQ's. I will also read through some more answers to simulations but I won't be working any from scratch. I don't want to exert myself in any way shape or form because I know when I get in there I'm going hard!!!!

My plan is to get thru the MCQ's in no more than 2 hours MAX that leaves me with two hours for Sims (which is alot of time). 2 hours for MCQ's and 2 hrs for Sims is the worst case scenario.

I'm just ready to go in there tomorrow and get er done!!!!

Tonight could possibly be my last weekend of studying for the CPA Exam. I'm saying a nice long prayer tonight just for this.

Good Luck to everyone these next three days in the window. Keep fighting and dont give up.

It's possible.

Friday, November 25, 2011

In 3 Days

I will be taking Audit.

I'm just ready to get it over with.

Basically I'm just focusing on reading sims and my notes, as well as key points.

Today I went through those crazy Wiley Sims. It wasn't as bad as it looked yesterday.

That is all for the night.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

4 Days to Go

Since today is Thanksgiving I knew I had to get my Q's in early.

I did 90 questions. First testlet I scored 87%, 2nd testlet I scored 70%, third testlet I scored 80%.

I only looked at the sims and the explanations because by the time I got home I was exhausted. Those Sims were seriously hard, however tomorrow I will focus on them so I'm not going to worry.

All I can say is I'm putting and I have put 110% into this. I've given up a lot and no matter what I did all I could without taking the easy way out.

Back at it tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

5 Days to Go

Today I did 120 MCQ's. Scoring in mid 70's to Mid 80's.

Did a bunch of Sims.

I feel like I need to get my scores up...but I feel confident.

That's it for now enjoying some nice quality time.

Gonna get some questions in before I stuff my face tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

6 Days Until Audit

Real quick...
99 random questions from all sections ..82%.

Read my note cards and focus notes.

Tomorrow another set of 99 and sims.

Time for bed.

Oh and definitely a big Congrats to all those who passed a section this window. You guys deserve it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

7 Days Until Audit

Nothing much going on here.

Just read the audit technology section...took me forever. This stuff is just boring. Tomorrow answering questions and random Q's and Sims.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

8 Days Until Audit

Ok so I skipped a day.

Yesterday my brain was off. Off like it was on vacation and it wasn't coming back until it felt like it. With that said I accepted it for what it was and took a break. At first I felt guilty but in hindsight it was the right move. I'm only human right?

I was hitting a roadblock with Audit Sampling. For some reason it just wasn't sticking AGAIN. However I vowed to get through it today and I did. I'm going to read over it again tonight in the cram book and possibly do a simulation.

Today was the first time I did a random quiz on all chapters (except technology). I'm happy to say I got a 95% on 20 questions.

I hope I'm not getting a false sense of security because I have never done this well on any section in the review stage. 

There is no way that I can't just not do all of the Wiley and Becker questions. I have to go in there knowing that I did all that I could. I.would be very upset at myself if i slacked off and had bad results because of it.

Thanks to Roger and his mnemonics and entertainment audit is actually enjoyable. I just can't believe how understandable he makes Audit. Oh and I have to say that Roger explains PPS sampling 50 times better in the cram then he does in the full review course.

I.can honestly.say I'm very happy that I decided to get the cram rather then go through the cpa review book again. It sums up all the key points nicely

Ok I've said enough for the night...back at it tomorrow

Friday, November 18, 2011

10 Days Until Audit

Really much as I don't feel like blogging I am, because I promised.

I did sooooo many MCQ's today. I lost count. It was defintiely under 200 but over 150.

Scored in low 90's and low 80's

Covered attestation engagements and review services. My goal was to complete audit sampling but then I forgot I had to do some MCQ'S on those topics. So tomorrow I will definitely get through sampling.

That's it for the night...time for some TV and relaxation.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

11 Days Until Audit

Today was very productive...

160 MCQ'S
Scoring in the mid to low 80's
I definitely need to be scoring consistently in the mid 80's to 90's. That will be my focus next week.

I wrote out so many notecards, I may have to go to Target and get some more. I also did 3 sims today. I also read the chapter on SSARS and government accounting for key points. Tomorrow I will start out reviewing all my notecards and then finish up audit sampling and possibly technology.

I didn't watch any videos today because I felt thoroughly reading everything would be more effective, however for sampling I will definitely watch videos.

Moving right along...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

12 days until Audit

Quick update...

Today was the first day that I actually had one day where I felt the true meaning of vacation.

I woke up early to watch videos on audit reporting and then I hit the streets.

After some much needed quality time I came home and wrote note cards, re-read the chapter for key points and I did questions. I scored a 76% on 99 questions. I also completed two simulations. Tomorrow I will do another big set of questions and a bunch of simulations. I plan on staying in all day and working some random questions also. I'm so determined to be a CPA in less than two weeks.  Almost there...

Slow and steady wins the race.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Countdown to Audit....13 Days to Go

Today was very productive.

I did 14 Evidence simulations and I'm happy to say that I did fairly well. I'm happy that I'm doing much better with audit procedures.

I also did 99 evidence questions and 15 questions from engagement planning and internal control (just to keep it fresh).

I also wrote out evidence note cards, and took notes from the questions that I got wrong while doing the Wiley test bank questions.

I may watch the video on audit reporting tonight just to get a jump start tomorrow, its not definite because my attention span right now is low. No point in trying to retain info when my mind is wandering (so we'll see).

Other than that I'm sooooo happy with my progress.

So far I've been averaging about 6-7 hours of straight studying a day.

Well that's my update for today....back at it tomorrow.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Meanwhile in Audit Land............

Audit is officially 14 days away, and I couldn't be happier.

Since I'm on vacation for the next two weeks I can study hard core and focus without coming home and trying to pry my eyes open while studying.

Today I woke up at 7:30am and I hit the books at 8. I can't believe how much I covered today. My goal was 250 questions but I made it to 210. My goal was also to do 5 sims but I did 7.

Right now I'm feeling much better about audit. I feel good knowing that I can really get down to the details and not feel rushed.

There are some areas that I HAVE to dig deeper on. One being matching the procedures to perform when their are certain types of fraud occurring (it relates to evidence). I did horribly on the simulation, tomorrow that is going to be the first thing that I start with. I have to do atleast 4-5 to feel somewhat confident.

A couple of days ago I was not feeling good about internal control, however I focused on it for 3 days and I'm happy to say that I'm scoring much better in internal control.

My plan is to get through all of the Becker questions (so far I've went through 439 out of 953) not bad considering 3 days ago I was only at 160. And I've went through all of the Wiley textbooks questions which totals 790 questions. Not to mention I've done some Wiley test bank questions and questions from other sources ( wow just typing this made me realize how much I've done).

I'm also going to go over the Wiley questions I've done wrong.

Now its time for me to rave about Roger, because seriously this guy knows his stuff.
To prove it (for example), I am scoring in the mid to low 80's on the questions in the Becker software without reading the Becker book. I will admit that I picked up the Becker textbook initially because I thought I would need it to answer some questions. I did not need the book, because everything was there. The Audit Course is honestly the best out there (trust me I know, I swear I've had my hands on everything).

In order to hold myself accountable for the next 14 days I will be daily blogging on my study progress until test day. I encourage everyone to start a blog (even its private), its amazing to look back and read your old posts and witness how far you have come.

I'm done for the night, and taking a much needed break. See you tomorrow....

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Audit Audit Everywhere

The title of this post sums it up. In order for me to pass Audit I have to put these next 3 weeks on hold and make sure that Audit OS everywhere in my life.

I admit that I'm pretty much exhausted. I really want to be done with the CPA exam like yesterday! But I'm in the home stretch and theres NO way I'm going slack off now.

The Roger Cram is just so good. The way he sums this stuff up is just genius! So far I've watched about 4 hours of video and I have 4 more to go. My test is 19 days away so I have ample amount of time to do questions and simulations. A part of me wishes I would have kept my original test date however considering that I want my confidence level to be boosted I am glad to have time.

Oh by the way Roger is having a free Audit Reports webcast. (Seriously you should consider) Roger got me thru the BEAST FAR on the first try. The Irony is that this is the first one I passed on the first try.

I surely have my work cut out for me but I'm in the home stretch. I feel blessed to have made it this far. At this time last year I had not passed one single part and I was waiting for BEC scores (which I failed). So just thinking of that keeps me going and motivated.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I PASSED FAR and I'm in A Daze

The Beast, the one that gives us nightmares, the one with so much info, I did it, I passed, and on the first try. Whew!!!

Scores came out earlier today and I was sick to my stomach when I got word that NASBA received the scores. I had thee worst anxiety today. I think it was bad because I have never studied this hard before for one part. I didn't want to imagine what going back to study would be like.

I checked my score at least 8-10 times in 3 hrs and finally at about 9:30pm my score was there...75 on the dot. I seriously wanted to cry.

FAR took so much out of me...I basically gave up my summer because of FAR and hurricane Irene caused me to miss the 2nd window. But can I tell you every disappointment is a blessing because some things I studied just days before FAR were things I didn't even look at during my second window studying.

I can't begin to express my many thanks to my twitter friends. They really inspire me and help me stay on track. I love you guys!!

One more to go and I'm done...with everything I have in me I'm going into Audit with a fight!!

Oh and the Roger Cram for FAR is just fantastic...I COULD NOT have reviewed that amount of material on my own..

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