March 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm #1522917
I'm not trying to be annoying or belabor the point, but I am honestly trying to figure how what in the world I am doing.March 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm #1522929AnonymousInactive
The practice exams and CSOs are on the AICPA website. Google them.
Yes, there were many times during my study of FAR when I was wondering what the hell I was doing and why I was doing it. And, that was not much different when I took the FAR exam.
That test was one of the weirdest ones I've ever taken. Most of the SIMs were just crazy, except for the research one and one other that was very easy. My study of AUD has gone well
thus far. Much better than FAR. I'm not saying “What the f***??” hardly at all these days LOL.
Part of these tests is just pure endurance. It's not the failure that is important, it's the recovery from the failure that ultimately determines the final outcome.
Some people never fail the CPA exams, but most candidates have some element of failure that they deal with in the process of passing. The published pass rates prove that.March 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm #1522933
I appreciate it crazyleon, I am wondering why, but I guess we all have them moments. I need some positive energy and consistent, effective study, especially since I've been here too long. I need to pass for my own sanity.March 25, 2017 at 11:28 pm #1522971AnonymousInactive
yes, I also wonder how long I'm gonna have to work on passing these crazy exams….it's probably gonna take awhile. I'm doing AUD and BEC before going back and taking FAR again later in the year. I don't want to take 3 more exams before going back and doing FAR again because I don't want to forget everything I studied in FAR! Retention is obviously very critical – and I tend to forget things easily if I'm not constantly using them day to day.March 26, 2017 at 8:42 am #1523008AnonymousInactive
Did anyone feel like they got a lot of questions that are going to BE on the new exam if they took it in Q1. I had three mcqs that no kidding were a page long. I had to scroll to keep reading. Here's the thing… it was on an easy topic but they kept making changes TO the topic with new information. That's right around the time I looked around the room and wondered if I landed on another planet. I guessed and moved on only to run into it AGAIN and once more. I didn't even read them. I just moved on.
Think of a sim but its an mcq. That was my experience.
Someone asked what to study: my advice? ALL of it. Most of my exam was gov and nfp. I couldn't get away from it. I got multiple Sims on it. The rest (and I do mean all the rest) of my test came from the small chapters with the exception of maybe five that came from basic accounting. It's those small chapters that I glossed over that helped me fail. I seen no leases either. I had all the weird small topics that I will probably never see again in my working life. This time I will nail them down. I actually did study them but was so frustrated they weren't clicking, I moved on in my studies. Also, I remember Phil Yeager saying “hey, dont worry about this if you don't understand it, it won't fail you” yeah? I had at least 25 questions on small areas.March 26, 2017 at 8:45 am #1523011AnonymousInactiveMarch 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm #1523088AnonymousInactive
I thought govt/npo was only supposed to be at max 25% of the test? That's weird that you got about 50% on it. I guess that's good if you know a lot about those areas!
But yeah, you don't go into the test expecting to get so many questions on it. Those long MCQ, just guess and move on, don't spend more than 2 minutes on them.
For some people, these exams are next to impossible to pass, and for no good reason. The AICPA loves to play games. Just get through it, or die trying.March 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm #1523184californiaholicParticipant
@ejustdoit For the first round of REG, I watched all of the video lectures but did very few MCQ's. I tried to pass the exam by studying for about three weeks total (of which two of those weeks I got stock across the country during a Hurricane lol-wasn't exactly studying) Definitely not my best shot at passing.
Second shot at REG, I studied for 4 weeks. I didn't watch any of the Roger lectures again. I read the textbook at my own pace and then attacked every single MCQ and TBS that was included. I didn't supplement Roger with anything else-just MCQ after MCQ. During the couple of days leading up to my exam, I started doing a random selection of MCQ's/TBS (that I had already done once).
Below is a sample of what I did. As for getting started in the morning, I'm still swearing by espresso. So much better than coffee. And, doing little chunks at a time and taking walks in between or doing exercise to get up and moving for a little bit. I think it helps to set out a schedule ahead of time and promise yourself that all you have to do for the day is finish the assignments. That way, it makes it easier to stay focused and concentrate when you know that you are going to do the assignments no matter what. So you can either sit there for 3-4 hours completely focused and finish early/enjoy the rest of the day or lose focus and make it an all day affair. It's your choice. You know? Also, making an Excel spreadsheet really helped-just chart your MCQ's by Topic and multiply it by the weight on the Exam to see where you need to improve. I used that during my final review days to see how I could best utilize my time.March 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm #1523199Superdude3000Participant
Rogers works well for me. I do a chapter and then do all the mcqs and sims for that chapter before moving on to the next section. I chose him because his lectures were engaging and he can be pretty funny at times. I also use his cram course and hearing/reading the material a second time really helps me, especially since I use becker's mcqs and sims on the second go-around during the cram – seeing similar but not exactly the same questions really helps me cement the concepts. It's worked so far, but I got lucky and got Becker through my firm after I bought Rogers. If you like lectures than Rogers is best. If you rely heavily on mcqs and sims than I'd look at Becker if you have the $$$.March 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm #1523298AnonymousInactive
I would think twice before going with Becker. I've heard/read way too much negative stuff about it in the past year or two. I know they were good at one time but not so much anymore. The salesman who tried to sell me on it actually *cut the price in half* to $1,600, and took off the tax too (regular price with tax was $3,700 for 18 months.) That actually raised a red flag for me and I passed on it. I think they're mostly getting revenue from the partnerships they have with the Big 4 these days and actually their course seems more geared toward the twentysomethings who work for B4. I did read a good chunk of the Becker Audit book – it wasn't bad but I found it kinda difficult and drab and full of mnemonics.
Most people buy Roger or Gleim or Wiley. The person I talked to at Roger was very good and not a pushy salesperson. She was more like “Do what you like, but ours is probably the best one out there, and we're here to help you if you decide to buy. And, we give you 24 months of access.” I do agree, if your'e a lectures person, Roger is the best for those. He does talk fast but you can always rewind.March 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm #1523344AnonymousInactive
BTW – I posted this same thread topic on here 8 months ago. Too lazy to dig it up but somebody told me on there, “Whichever review course you choose, the thing you have to do is just keep your head down and study until you pass. The review courses have more similarities than they do differences.” Not sure I agree with the second sentence but the first one makes sense.March 26, 2017 at 11:09 pm #1523403Brains&GainsMember
I gotta say Im currently using roger right now as it was the one i could afford at the time, Rogers videos are great hes very enthusiastic and keeps you engaged like 90-95% of the time, but my biggest complaint is with the MCQs that roger offers. I found them to be pretty straightforward in what he was trying to ask and have you solve for, but found the actual test questions to be more thought provoking. Tried to pass both reg and bec before the change, passed bec but just missed on reg with a 74, so in approx a week im gonna start restudying, but i bought mcqs from ninja and am hoping that those along with rogers videos and ninja notes as a review for a couple weeks before will help me pass my retake.March 27, 2017 at 7:32 am #1523488AnonymousInactive
How many more sections do you have to go?
Brains, Roger is doing 30 percent off anyone that switches IF you paid over 400 bucks. I paid 315. UghMarch 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm #1523703tacctfin11Participant
Thumbs up for RogMarch 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm #1523853
So, time is limited…I would like the audio lectures. I don't have the time for videos and I guess I am trying to cut some of the reading, I know I might not be able, so will the lectures be worth the money. I really don't want to buy ANY thing else (other than MCQ's) but I want to pass so I'll give up my coach purse 🙁 (if it's worth it)
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