December 4, 2017
I posted before that I passed. What I didn't say was that this was my fourth attempt. My first was in 1996. That's right, when it was a two-day exam in a giant ballroom full of tables and people. I did not prepare very well (cocky) and did not fair well (oops). I was so upset that my next attempt was in 2006. Again I thought I now had 10 more years of experience and it was only a "short" exam on a computer now... how hard could it be... HARD!!!! Again scored a 64 with 66 being a passing score. Had I matured over the years? Of course..... not.... my next attempt was 2016. This time I knew it would be hard and I planned to study. I took a one-week crash course cram session three months before the exam. After the class, I realized how much I didn't know and the class offered no continuing support. I tried to study on my own, and three weeks before my exam date I had an emergency appendectomy and ended up scoring a 65, with passing being again 66. UGH!!!!! Then I was introduced to BOWEN. Here the class work being spread out over the 8-week period allowing for study, practice, questions, and commiseration with all of you and fostered a great atmosphere to prepare. Russ gave great advice on how to prepare and what to study.. You won't learn it by osmosis, you have to work at it. but the class structure, continuing study sessions, forums, practice questions, etc. gave me exactly what I needed to prepare, work hard, talk to you great people, and finally PASS!!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!! and for those who didn't make it this time.... take it from me, you will make it. Just don't wait 10 years till your next attempt.