Guest Blogger Megan: Wait for it – A lesson in Delayed Gratification

Megan shares with us the trials and triumphs of CPA Exam preparation, all from the perspective of a non-accounting major. She currently resides in Pennsylvania, and is anxiously awaiting her BEC score after studying with Roger CPA Review.

I can’t tell who is more impatient to find out my last exam score, me or my fan club: parents, my boyfriend, co-workers, my supervisor.  Everyone wants to know how I fared on BEC, most notably, me, myself and I! I took BEC on the first day of this testing cycle, and this is the longest I’ve had to wait to receive a score. Some days I am busy enough to forget that I’m in CPA exam limbo. Other days, I am constantly reminded that I have not crossed home plate.

This score has some very significant meaning to me other than the obvious NASBA significance, A score of 75 indicates examination performance reflecting a level of knowledge and skills that is sufficient for the protection of the public. This score, if 75 or above, means I have reached the culmination of many months of personal sacrifice and non-stop studying with Roger CPA Review. Although part of me will miss sharing my nights and weekends with the entertaining and enlightening Roger Philipp (If you are using his course, you know I’m actually being serious!), I would really love to see the caboose of this CPA train.

If the routine of the past nine months has taught me anything, its the acceptance of delayed gratification. No matter how much I want to believe that my preparation was solid and my methods proven, nothing satisfies the over-achiever in me quite like a NASBA email revealing a passing score. Okay, I’ll admit, I didn’t have to wait very long to find out my previous exam score. I received my REG score 12 days after the test date. This has totally spoiled me!

Twelve days is nothing compared to the time it used to take for candidates to receive CPA exam feedback. Some veterans I work with claim it used to take around five months.  Maybe that’s true or maybe its exaggerated. Regardless, I don’t blame people for overestimating the time it takes to receive a score, because it feels like I have been holding my breath for so long 31 days to be exact!

As if the score itself wasn’t enough to be anxious about, many caring friends and family have been dangling celebratory offers in front of me. My boyfriend has already told me he will be presenting me with a kindle once the CPA exams are behind me, so I can remind myself what it is like to read for pleasure! My colleagues are planning an ice cream break at work to celebrate the milestone. There is even talk of a party to mark the occasion. You can see how the impatience is a fire being fed from all sides.
Keep your fingers crossed. I wish you all luck as you await your results!

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