August 23, 2016 at 9:46 am #817326So FAR So GoodParticipant
FAR Final 1 = 79% (73% MCQ, 87% SIM)
FAR Final 2 = 78% (72% MCQ, 87% SIM)
FAR Actual = 91
AUD Final 1 = 73% (81% MCQ, 61% SIM)
AUD Final 2 = 73% (73% MCQ, 73% SIM)
AUD Actual = 91
Looks like I'm consistent with both Becker AND the actual exam …August 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm #817731AnonymousInactive
If you're getting high 60s/low 70s on Becker, you're very likely to pass the actual exam.
I consistently have candidates with whom I work that place into mid 60's on Becker and come out with a comfortable low 80's on the actual exam. The curve definitely adjust the score down and all we have to do is be in the top 40%. :))
Some more info
Becker doesn't adjust for curve and also has arguably more difficult questions in their software. Here is why. The questions that Becker provides to practice are either Becker-written or AICPA-released. Becker-written questions tend to have some twists and turns that are really good for learning the topic, but are not representative of the exam difficulty. Recent AICPA-released questions are just that, questions that have been released because they more than 50% of candidates got them wrong during the test run. The questions that more than 50% of the candidates got correct usually get released into the general testing pool.
I guess the most representative questions would be those from much earlier years, when the entire exam was released to the public after the window was finished. But some of those date back to late 80s/early 90s and are somewhat outdated.
So definitely use the Becker question as a great learning/testing platform, but do not let yourself think that you need to place into mid 70's or 80's on Becker questions prior to sitting. I would actually feel that you're likely overstudying (or accidentally have the answers memorized) if you're placing that high.
Hope this helps!
ENRAugust 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm #817806reallytiredParticipant
Alright, I also am contributing because I loved this post so much right before my FAR exam and I know I will love it in a few days when I take my REG Becker Final!
FAR Final 1: 60%
FAR Final 2: 64%
*Did not attempt SIMS for these and didn't practice SIMS a single time for the 10 weeks I studied FAR
FAR Actual: 77%
So excited about using Becker right now! I am a notoriously slow learner (i.e. my brain forced me to do the lectures, read the book, take notes on the book, do the mcq and take notes and I STILL was having a hard time) so I would recommend Becker to anyone who has time to actually do the exact route they advise.August 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm #817938August 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm #818025August 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm #818430kschroe2ParticipantAugust 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm #818493AnonymousInactive
I am taking AUD on 9/3/2016. Becker seems to offer a very quality review. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is planning to sit for the CPA exam.August 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm #818571August 24, 2016 at 10:26 am #819336August 24, 2016 at 11:39 am #819408August 24, 2016 at 10:11 pm #820161PavilionParticipant
FAR Actual: 85
BEC Actual: 84
REG Actual: 84
Normally I like to take the final exams a few days before I take the actual exam, to spend a few days reviewing concepts I missed. I will sit for Audit on Saturday. I have scored 71% and 68% on the AUD Final Exams.August 24, 2016 at 10:33 pm #820197August 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm #820257Tic for TaxParticipant
Practice test 1: 87
Practice test 2: 86
Actual score: 92
Practice test 1: 80
Actual test: 90
Practice test 1: 85
Practice test 2: 86
Actual score: 99
The actual score has always been higher, so hopefully this proves to be true on BEC as well.August 25, 2016 at 10:29 am #820542iamonlooseParticipant
Practice exam 1: 66
Practice exam 2: 55
I spent about 15 hours a week studying for Audit for 5-6 weeks.
Retaking it after BEC.August 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm #820848
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