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I find this forum to be very useful and thanks for sharing your experience. This is a long post but I thought my experience may be useful for other candidates.
Just wanted to share with you that I passed the BEC section with a 95 score on the March 9 exam. I was very pleased with the outcome. I wanted to write a detailed note that may help other prospective CPA candidates. My personal background may be a little bit unusual compared to most other CPA candidates and my goals are little different too.
I attempted CPA without the help of any review course back in 2004 and failed miserably with embarrassing scores. Life happened through the years and I had all but forgotten about it. Finally by spring of 2019 I got my foreign credentials evaluated and got the NTS from my state board. I had looked at Wiley, Becker and finally decided to go with GLEIM. I did not know what to expect so I signed up for only FAR and BEC Premium. I got around to studying seriously in early January 20 and started going through the study units for the BEC section. The study planner helped. A few notes on based just on my personal experience with GLEIM for BEC section only.
• The study units are very thorough and even feltl dull and painstaking at times
• I did not finish several of the Adaptive quizzes within the 25 mins allotted. I would continue past the time and manage to get through them.
• I did not really do optional question bank MCQs – I did not have time
• I struggled with COSO and Governance study units and had to force-complete it
• I had to repeat at least 6 study units before GLEIM would let me move on to the next study unit
• I was scoring in the 60s and 70s on the Adaptive Simulations
• There was one study unit I cannot even remember which where I took 70 minutes to complete vs the allotted 25-30 minutes
• I did manage to hit all 20 study units
• I did get a decent score on the 4-hour Exam rehearsal, but I did not know if I was lulled into a false sense of comfort
• Some study units I would go back and watch the video or re-read the text.
• I decided on BEC because there were a lot of overlap of material with what I had learnt in my recently finished MBA from Virginia Tech and what I do at work to support cost accounting.
• Was afraid to take on FAR first. I needed a boost from a pass core to keep going.
On exam day, I was quite nervous about making silly mistakes, messing up with the Excel tool etc.
I met one other candidate who said this was his last. Just before walking in, he said I will be fine if I managed to get through the material and not to worry about the Written Communication section.
The exam started and I got through the first 3 testlets and 1 simulation before I took a break. I felt I did okay with the MCQ s except 1 or 2 questions that I was not sure about. 1 was so long I just guessed and moved on. I managed to stick with the self-imposed time limit of roughly 30-38 min per testlet.
The SIM felt a bit harder and I am sure I bombed about 50% of one of the SIMs but I probably got lucky, I am guessing that one was a pre-test or there is no way I ended up with a high score like this.
It seems like WC is free marks on the BEC if you do not manage to screw it up. Glad I did not know it before, so I did not take it lightly and wrote it quite seriously following the WC guidelines.
I know FAR is likelyto be much harder based on all the forum posts and I feel like I beginning to understand what it takes to pass – Hoping to get there before long..