With the loss of momentum and my fondness for free time, I quickly lost focus. I fumbled back and forth between two different sections; studied some of each; scheduled a test date; rescheduled; switched again; set another date; and eventually changed back to the originally scheduled section.

The combination of my extended break and the flip-flopping of subject matter and test dates, I wasted time, money, and the second testing window.

The brief break I had intended to take steadily grew longer and longer. While I had prepared extensively, my meandering course of study had wasted precious time and brain power. With an expiring NTS, I had no choice but to take the second test.

As is frequently the case with candidates, I felt like I need to have studied more. However, after taking the exam, I could have studied another six months and not have done much better.
Life Happens

Overall, I have experienced success and failure with the exam, thus far.

Other outside forces arose, including an illness and another tragedy that put this object at rest. Lest this sound like excuse-making or sad-sacking, let me be clear. I failed.

I firmly believe anyone capable of excelling in an accounting program at a reputable school can pass the CPA exam with proper materials and effort.
“Slow and steady wins the race.”

As I set forth to once again tackle the exam, my focus has to be on maintaining a steady, moderate pace. All-nighters result in rapidly-diminishing returns, fatigue, and burnout. My new goal is to study a reasonable amount of time each day and to take one day off from studying each week.

My 18-month window expires in August of this year.

Let the games (re-) begin!