I just got my butt kicked this morning on my Intermediate Accounting II exam. I honestly don’t know what happened – I read the chapters, did all the assigned problems, and spent the weekend and the last two nights studying my brains out by doing and redoing both the assigned problems and the problems in the Problem-Solving Survival Guide. When I went to bed at 1 AM last night after finishing my studying for the night I was feeling really prepared and confident about the test today. This morning after I was ready I studied the notes I made on a few index cards and was prepared to ace the thing. Or so I thought.
I believe my problem was mainly one of time. I was simply not able to get everything done (well) in the one hour we were allotted. After having three hours plus for Intermediate Accounting I tests, one hour just doesn’t seem like a lot. About half an hour into it, I became flustered when I realized I had a lot more than half of the test left, which didn’t help as I tried to get as much done as possible. In the end, there was probably 1/3 of the test that I either didn’t get done or where I had to guess. Ouch.
I wouldn’t feel so bad if I hadn’t put any effort into studying for this thing, but I worked my butt off. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard worker, and I just feel that how I did on this exam doesn’t come close to reflecting my knowledge of the subjects covered (revenue recognition and tax). Plus, I feel like I’m doing everything right on the studying/preparation side of things, so it’s not like I can just start reading the book and doing the problems. I’m already doing that and more!
So anyway, it looks like I’ll be spending the rest of the semester trying to work my way out of hole I’m currently in. If there is anything positive about what happened with today’s test, it’s that at least I’m not alone. I talked with several classmates afterward and overheard others talking, and it appears that we’re all feeling pretty much the same way. Hey everyone! Welcome to the bottom of the grade scale!