I always try to sit for the exam on the weekends. This allows me to avoid any questions from coworkers about when I am sitting for the exam. No one knows when my tests are scheduled and that is how I like it. I find this is the best way for me to avoid any added pressure or anxiety. I scheduled my BEC exam for a Saturday a couple weeks ago and would like to share my experience with you.


I really felt well prepared this time thanks to Roger CPA Review.

I had managed to cover all of the material. The weekend of the exam, I spent the majority of my time reviewing multiple choice questions. Most importantly, I watched the Final Review lecture. I believe Roger’s last words gave me the boost that I needed to get my passing score. 


One of the major pieces of advice that he provided was to be mindful of my time.

It is so easy to get hung up on a question. You get the feeling that if you spend just a few more minutes on a particular question, you can figure it out. DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THIS WAY OF THINKING. The best advice is to mark it, keep going, and if you have time at the end of the testlet, go back to it. You cannot afford to waste any time because you will need it to draft your written communications. 

When I heard Roger’s words in my head reminding me of this, I knew exactly what to do. As a result, I was able to go back later and apply extra time to the questions that I was unsure about initially. Managing your time effectively is just as critical as knowing the material. After all, what good is it to know the answer to multiple choice questions if you do not have the time necessary to answer them?


On the day that the scores were released, I logged onto NASBA as soon as I got out of bed.

There was just a sense of relief when I saw my score. It totally made my day; I felt like I was on a cloud. My hard work and dedication was paying off. I owe a great deal to Roger CPA Review. Now, my 18-month clock has started ticking. I am one step closer to my career goal. I am looking forward to tackling the next section, which is AUD.

At first, I had thought that I would keep it to myself for the most part and only share the good news with my parents, but I just could not help myself. I told my friends, coworkers, and my entire family. I was so excited and still am. I feel like I can do anything. Confidence goes a long way in sitting for this exam and I feel as if my confidence is higher than it has been in a very long time.


As a result of my experience, I am able to share some keys to my success.

Moving forward, I plan to repeat the same steps that I took to pass BEC by sticking to the format that Roger CPA Review has in place because it works. Again, I will map out a realistic study schedule where I attack the material for a few hours each weekday and log many, many hours on the weekends. I don’t want to burn out or resent the process. For me, this journey is a marathon, not a sprint.

Above all, I will remain extremely consistent. It is very critical that I continue to set realistic study goals that fit my lifestyle as a single, full time professional mom. Passing an exam is an important confidence booster because now I am so motivated to study, which is something that I dreaded in the past. I am fueled with so much momentum that I feel unstoppable and extremely thankful. Keep working at it, because once you pass your first exam, you'll know that you can do it and that it's all possible! 


--Kimberly Smith, Guest Blogger for Roger CPA Review