Originally Posted by am_vanquish
Be thankful for your supervisor, mine's a bit of a hard-@$$. We've got about 6 students taking exams (2 are taking FSA exams) and we average 1 pass per sitting between all of us. There's a distinct correlation (negative, of course) between billable hours attainment and exam success, which makes this process even more frustrating. We had one guy who was flying through the exams & getting every raise/bonus while we failed miserably & suffered through a salary freeze even though he billed much less work. He eventually left after getting his ASA because he had "an offer he couldn't refuse."
Your company sounds eerily like mine. When it was announced that there would be no annual increases back in April, I decided right then that I was going to put much more effort into these exams, since they were the only shot I had at getting a raise in 2009. Maybe in 2010, but we haven't heard yet.
We have a billable hours goal of 1600. Thankfully study time reduces that goal, but I'm only on track to get around 1650.