A Little Less Studying, A Little More Fun

28 May

Let’s recap the test day events, shall we?

  • Successfully took the epically brutal Financial CPA test on Wednesday.
  • The test is 4 hours long.  I left with 1 minute and 45 seconds to spare.
  • The first 3 sections of the test are 30 multiple choice questions each.  Rumor has it that the first section is always medium difficulty.  If you do well, your next section will bump to hard difficulty.  If you do bad, it will just stay with medium difficulty.  This is how my multiple choice sections went:  medium>>hard>>medium  So, I did good on the first section, got owned on the second section, and did okay on the third section.  When I saw the questions go back to medium on the third section, I felt like an idiot.  I almost felt like the test was mocking me.  Whatevs, CPA exam.  (For the record, on my last exam, I was so outrageously prepared, that my sections went medium>>hard>>HARDEST.  And I killed it.  Which is why I was awarded with a 90.  Booyah.)
  • The last two sections are simulations which are comprised of about 6-8 mini-sections of calculations (think completing a trial balance, foreign currency translations, journal entries, statements of stockholders’ equity calculations, etc.), 2 written memos to clients, and 2 research questions.  I hate to put it this way, but the last two sections basically mind-rape you.  I literally buried my head in my hands during the last 30 minutes and wanted to cry.  The fact that my neighboring test-taker was stinking up the room didn’t help matters much.
  • I am 100% certain that I did not do as well on this test as I did on the last three tests.  But I worked my butt off for 4 hours straight, so I’m happy with myself.
  • If I pass, it will be a barely passing score.  That’s okay. I just want a 75 and to move on with my life.  I do NOT want to re-live those 240 minutes of torture ever again.

What’s next? 

  • Letting my brain decompress by enjoying a little mindless entertainment in the form of these two things:

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  • Operation get my booty back in shape.  I’m hovering around the 140 pound mark right now.  Not cool.  I like to hover around the 133 pound mark.  That’s my goal for mid-July when our beach vacay rolls around.  Have I not blogged about that?  Shame on me.  I’ll post about our beach vacay very soon.
  • Fun, fun, fun.  I’ve requested from Lloyd that we do nothing but have fun (and work out) over the three days.  Saturday, Sunday, Monday will be nothing but fun.  Tomorrow Lloyd is taking me out (what a guy), on Sunday we are having a birthday bash/BBQ for Lloyd’s 31st birthday, and Monday we might go to the pool!  Woohoo!!!!!
  • Operation organize my life.  My apartment has become a warzone during the final throes of my studying escapade.  I did a ton of work on it yesterday.  It’s slowly but surely starting to look normal again.  I am a bit of a neat freak and am not okay with living in clutter for very long.  Watch your back, messiness!  I’m coming after you!
  • Blog more.  ‘Nuff said.
  • Bask in the glory of not having a dark CPA cloud hanging over my head at all times.  Yesterday (the first day of no studying in over a year) was literally one of the best. days. EVER!!!!!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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9 Responses to “A Little Less Studying, A Little More Fun”

  1. Qualler May 28, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Congrats on wrapping up the exam! Enjoy the weekend!

    p.s. My wife and I read the LA Candy books to each other (actually, more me to her) in bed before we go to sleep. It’s the perfect book to read before bed. God bless Lauren Conrad and her fluffy, boring style of writing!

  2. MoneyMaus May 28, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    YAY!!!!! Congrats! Enjoy your long weekend of epic fun 🙂

  3. HighClassLowIncome May 28, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Congrats on being done with the exam! LOVE the new look BTW! Have a great weekend

  4. Jenn @ Paying Myself May 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Woot for being done!

    How does it work that you can get a different third section depending on your work in the second? Is the test done electronically?

    • Carrie May 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

      Yep, it’s 100% computerized.

  5. eemusings May 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Congrats on having your life back again! Go forth and reclaim your apartment 🙂 I’ll be doing the same – LL is coming to do an inspection on Monday!

  6. laura/no more spending May 29, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    Wow you sound very excited to have your life back! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  7. Serendipity May 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Have fun this weekend!

  8. Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog June 1, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Congrats for being done. If you have to take it again, it’s not a big deal. Most of my accountant friends took one section more than once.
    The computerized testing thing is also interesting too. When I took the GRE, it started you out with a medium question and gave you harder ones until you get one wrong, then it downgrades you a level. Its easy to tell when you miss a level though.

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