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July 21, 2009

CPA Exam REG preparation (35 days to go)

Filed under: CPA,REG — Steve (Chessiq) @ 7:12 am

35 days to go - www.math.niu.eduToday, I woke up at 5:30am; not my normal wake up time, but I will try to keep that going. I wrote up my thoughts on how to prepare for Auditing and Attestation, just in case my fears come to pass, and I have to retake it. For some reason, as I was going over my observations and trying to remember the questions I got and how I thought about them during the exam and what I thought were my weak areas, I felt a little bit of hope! Anyway, I made my notes, and then I proceeded to download the GLEIM testprep software for Regulation (which I purchased last night, but the computer/internet was acting up). I think at some point I looked up a few things that I was not sure about – just to know. I didn’t quite go through it. I told myself it was just a waste of time. We will know in due time. I read a few things on the internet – not school related. I did a few questions in study mode. I don’t think I will be using my personal computer for this, so I will install the software on my work computer because it is always with me and I can also have everything in one place, instead of having study units, or parts thereof, spread between the two computers… so it was a half-hearted effort. I decided to read the book or some other notes before doing the Testprep MCQs. The tentative plan will be: to study book from 5:30am to 6:30am, and at lunch from 12pm to 1pm, and then work on the MCQs at night for about 2 hours or so.

It is now 7:12am, I have to get ready for work. I will try to post my progress, thoughts and reflections every day.

It is a wonderful life.



  1. It is a good idea to write down ideas on how to study better on the day after the test just in case! That way if you do have to go back you won’t be starting from scratch all over again.

    Your plan for four hours of REG studying a day seems pretty solid as well… make sure you stick to the schedule! But don’t forget to take a day or two to relax as well – you don’t want to get burned out 🙂

    I look forward to continuing to read your CPA Exam journey. It is a hard test and a great goal – you can do it!

    Comment by Morgan — July 21, 2009 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

    • Hi Morgan,

      Thanks for leaving a comment – and for your encouragement. I intend to stick to the schedule. I totally agree that I need a break here and there… I tend to overdo things sometimes, especially when I feel like something did not go as planned. I will try to schedule a break or two somewhere.

      I saw your (rogercpareview) videos a couple of times, especially when I was preparing for FAR (I think), they were pretty good.

      Comment by Steve (Chessiq) — July 21, 2009 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the good feedback! 🙂 We actually just launched our CPA Exam PASSport series too (on our blog and YouTube channel). It’s a series of articles and videos each month that focus on a certain topic – a good free resource for study tips and tricks for candidates sitting for the exam.

    And I forgot to mention that I agree – it is a wonderful life 🙂

    Comment by Morgan — July 22, 2009 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • I will check them out. May be I can do a review some day 😉

      Comment by Steve (Chessiq) — July 22, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

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