Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:46 PM
Hi my name is Andy.
I started my CPA journey when I was laid off from my job in 2011. I decided to study for REG first since I wasn't that strong in the tax arena. My first test was back in November of 2011 and I failed. I have since revamped my efforts and trying to find the right mix of study materials. I took the test on Dec 4 and waiting on my results.
I see it this way. If I pass this time around, I will be celebrating and moving on to the next section. If I happen not to pass this time, I hope that my score is much better than the first time and I progressively get better. The more you study and read over things, the more you understand the material. The goal is that the score continues to increase until you pass.
I have noticed that a lot of people, while waiting for their scores, move on to a new section to begin studying. In my case, I would rather wait and see. If one does happen to fail, it would be better in my opinion to just keep on studying until you pass while the information is fresh in your mind.
and in case anyone asks....
I originally started out with CPAexcel online and book supplemented with Wiley book the first time around.
This time, I used the Gleim text book and Wiley Test Bank. I seemed to have a better grasp on the material. Now I am not sure if it is because I understood better by repetition or the materials were better to prepare me.
The only thing I can say is when going back thru the CPAexcel materials, all of the information was there. Gleim seems to expand on everything in greater detail, yet not overwhelming like Wiley textbook. The CPAexcel software is almost identical to the SIMS on the real test. Wileytest bank questions are priceless.
My next move on materials, I just have to wait and see how things go and my actual score. I will probably stick to what I am using now.