I passed AUD! On to the next one…

by Megan Taylor on August 9, 2016

Waiting for my score felt like the longest month and four days ever, even though I know that people who took the old version of the CPA Exam had to wait much longer than I did.

But I passed! I got an 89, which is way higher than I was expecting.

Right before I took the exam, I found another71.com, which is a whole forum of people talking about studying for the CPA exam and how they did on their practice exam versus the actual exam. If you recall, my practice exam scores were okay, but not great, and I was feeling nervous. It turns out that I had nothing to be worried about.

And now I’m in the final review phase for BEC. Just 10 days until I take my third exam. I’m feeling pretty good about it right now. The only thing that really has me nervous as the written exercises that you have to do with BEC. Unlike the rest of the exam sections, which have task-based simulations, BEC has three “memos” you have to write. And, according to the instructions on each of the Becker examples I’ve been working on, I will be graded on both the quality of my writing (not as much of a concern) and the technical content (a much bigger concern). It’s like the essay questions on tests, only the pool of questions from which they could draw is nearly infinite. Pretty much anything having to do with accounting and business is fair game. Now they’ll probably stick to the topics that I’ve studied for BEC, but they certainly don’t have to.

The multiple choice questions are going to be what they are. Some of the concepts I have down pretty well. Others, like COSO and macro-economics, I somehow always choose the wrong answer.

The biggest upside of BEC is that it’s only three hours long instead of four. So, for better or worse, at least it’ll be over more quickly.

I take the exam on August 18, at 12:30 pm. It still seems crazy to me that August 18 is less than two weeks away, but …time flies when you’re having fun?

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WIP2016 August 12, 2016 at 12:40 am

Congrats on passing your exam! Best of luck on your next, although you and I both know luck has nothing to do with it. Be confident in your knowledge, go with your first instinct and you’ll be fine.

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