...no shame in not passing. It is a difficult test, especially for someone who has had no experience in the field. It's not meant to be easy. I'm a hard-working coder/biller and still feel very new to the field. I studied as hard as anyone could and managed to be an A student, but my first attempt was greeted with non-passing grade. Not to be discouraged, returned to study with renewed vigor and can honestly say that taking the extra time to review and supplement what I had learned before did the trick. Looking back now, am actually thankful for the experience because it sharpened my study skills. Remember, if the test were easy, everybody would be taking it and passing. The standards are rightfully raised high. Wouldn't have it any other way. So, don't let what your teacher told you discourage you in any way. Obviously, she was a motivated individual who set out to reach her goal and didn't let failure stop her. Now THAT's encouraging!
---Suzanne E. Byrum, CPC
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