Guest Blogger Philip: Recovery

Philip is a resident of the great state of New York, but has inspired and motivated fellow Roger students through online forums and social media platforms across the globe. Philip has already passed FAR, and is currently preparing to tackle AUD in November.

Happy Post Thanksgiving Day Everyone!!!  I had a great time to refresh with my family and wait for the release of the much anticipated AUD exam score.  Can you imagine my surprise when pushing my daughter on the swing in the park I saw the message that announced the scores were released early?  I rushed to plug in the section ID and date of birth.  I looked at my wife and wondered if I should look at it now or after Thanksgiving dinner.  And I pushed submit.  

But, sometimes, the results expected aren’t the ones received.  I scored a 71 on the AUD exam.  I was in utter shock.  Then the first negative thought started to flow I’m done.  I passed FAR, but I can’t pass AUD?  Then, as if quoting Roger right from one of his videos, I said, I never wanted to be a CPA anyway  I knew I needed to recover from this, or I was done.

Recovery for me involved a couple of key points.  First I needed time to sulk.  My wife asked me what I was going to do next.  I said that I was going to allow myself only 24 hours to sulk and then move onto understand what went wrong.  

Secondly, I decided that I was going to pass this exam and recover.  When I worked for a now retired Colonel, he didn’t judge us by our failures, but by how we recovered from them.  I figured that if it took Edison over 10K attempts to create the light bulb, then I could give the AUD exam at least two attempts.  I made a decision to change my attitude and try again!

Finally, I needed to find encouragement to keep me moving forward.  I quickly contacted my friends who passed all four parts.  One by one, they provided encouragement.  In fact, one of my friends told me about a candidate they knew who took the REG exam 10 times to pass it.   At this point, I’m doing ok.

I’m going to schedule a retest, get another NTS, review the material and PASS the exam on my second go around in Jan or Feb depending on seat availability.   I choose to recover! For more tips from Roger on what to do if you didn’t pass, click here

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