Passing Exams Without Studying?

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    Hi guys, I took BEC exam in December without studying because I wanted to get an extra chance to take the exam before April, 2017. Unfortunately, I passed (80s).
    That December surprise made me overconfident, then I scheduled all 3 remaining parts in one test window. I took FAR 2 weeks ago with only studying ch8 & ch9. When I walked out of exam room, I knew I’m doomed. I left 4 simulations totally blank since I only left 25 mins for simulations. My 2nd testlet was a BEAST, and it took me long time to finish. About 80% of questions on it were computation questions.
    1. I’m still waiting for the exam score. Is there still a chance for me to pass that exam with 4 blank simulations?
    2. Also, my AUD exam is on next Monday (80 hours from now).I haven’t studied anything for AUD yet due to my severe procrastination. Which chapter should I focus on now?

    BEC - Passed

    FAR - Passed

    AUD - Passed

    REG - Passed

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  • #1453013 Reply

    If your background is in cost accounting than I could see how you could pass without studying bc the other topics in BEC are basic economic or IT questions you learned from intro classes in college. If you have no background in cost accounting, i would consider you a genius cuz BEC was not a simple ride for a lot of us.

    Please do share your FAR score with us.

    As for AUD, at your level, I don't even think you need to study. Just takes a whole lot of common sense.

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 75
    REG - 82
    #1453016 Reply

    I took cost accounting class in college when I was a junior (2 yrs ago). That helped a lot.

    Auditing is my pain. I skipped auditing class for entire semester cz my Auditing professor said that “attendance is not required”.

    BEC - Passed

    FAR - Passed

    AUD - Passed

    REG - Passed

    #1453026 Reply

    Cost accounting is definitely the hardest section that I have studied in BEC thus far. The rest has been mostly a review, but it is still tricky. Financial management is time consuming, but pales in comparison to Cost accounting's difficulty.

    If you seriously passed BEC with no studying, then props to you. You have to be super intelligent to pull that off.

    Goodluck with your remaining exams. I recommend at least a month of hard studying for each exam. Probably more like 6-8 weeks depending on your prior education. Goodluck!

    #1453074 Reply

    is this for real?

    #1453077 Reply

    Why do I get the feeling the entire point of this post was to inform us you passed BEC without studying…

    BEC - 82
    REG - 86
    FAR - 85
    AUD - 84 and I'm out!!!!!
    Ethics - 95
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    #1453080 Reply

    Same thing happened to me too! I took BEC without studying and scored 99..but then I woke up.

    AUD - NINJA in Training
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    BEC: April
    AUD: April
    REG: July
    FAR: Sept
    #1453098 Reply

    If there's one exam I think people can pass without studying it's BEC or Audit if you have a lot of audit experience. If you plan to take the other exams without studying, plan to flush a lot of money down the drain. And no, don't expect to pass FAR while leaving 4 sims blank.

    #1453106 Reply

    Yeah, you definitely failed FAR.

    BEC - 81
    AUD - 79
    REG - June 2016 (Thanks Nasba!)
    FAR - ugh

    #1453113 Reply

    If you pass FAR with only studying 2 chapters, then I think it is safe to say you are the second coming of Jesus.

    AUD - 76
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 81
    REG - 79
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    #1453119 Reply

    I don't believe many people can pass BEC without studying unless you have a big background in cost accounting and IT. I mean, if you just know random things about private virtual keys, or the difference between a bit byte file record character, orrrrr flat file system vs data base systems and all the pros and cons.. I know it is easy if you study it, but how does one just know this stuff off of the top of their head if they didn't work in the field of IT or recently take a class on it. Either you guessed and got lucky.. VERY LUCKY, or you didn't get an 80 and this is a joke.

    I can't imagine you passing FAR without studying. Even people who have been doing accounting for many many MANY years, can't just walk in and pass FAR. If you do however pass FAR without studying (and leaving all the sims blank), and pass BEC without studying, I would say don't be a CPA you're too smart and need to be a physicists.

    AUD - 84
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 78
    REG - 79
    I'm done! 🙏🏼


    Licensed CPA

    AUD (2/16)-84
    REG (05/16)-69 Retake (7/16)-79 (ty ninja MCQ)

    #1453127 Reply

    Even if the OP is telling a tall tale, who cares? Its not like theres a cash prize on this forum to the person who gets the most points per hours of study and frankly you have to expect a few lucky CPAs put in minimum effort while others of us studied 400 hours plus just for aud.

    Anyway I think most would assume its unlikely to leave 4 sims blank and still get a pass but nobody even knows how this is graded so anything is POSSIBLE. If you get through the whole process with minimal studying kudos to you but you're not likely to get much of that here since most of us have to put in hundreds or thousands of hours total to put those three letters after our names.

    Old timer,  A71'er since 2010.

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    #1453157 Reply

    I highly highly doubt you passed FAR. Now, I know that all of the questions have different weights, but we don't know what they are, so lets use this for example. There was seven sims. You didn't answer four at all. Lets even say one of the ones you didn't answer was the pretest. If you got 100% correct on the three you answered, then you got 50% of the sim points, meaning you missed the other 50%, your highest grade possible would be an 80.

    I think you are going to fail AUD too.

    Congrats on BEC, you don't have to deal with 2017 sims now.

    AUD - 90
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 86
    REG - 81
    Licensed CPA - Tennessee

    Finished Exams in December 2016

    REG - 81

    AUD - 74, 72, 90

    BEC - 79

    FAR - 86

    #1453190 Reply

    I'm confused why you said “Unfortunately, I passed” ????????? Isn't it a good thing to pass?

    AUD - 72
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 82
    REG - 80
    It will all be worth it...hopefully
    #1453206 Reply

    I think it was meant as in “unfortunately for all you suckers spending your every waking hour studying” I passed without studying:) LOL!

    #1453218 Reply

    Yeah I'd say you got lucky with that 80, consider it a gift and don't expect to catch lightning in a bottle twice.

    Oh and “Unfortunately I passed” words said by a CPA candidate never.

    Your fail scores are like battle scars, so wear them proudly!

    REG - 76 (expired 7/31/18)

    BEC - 69, 72, 80

    AUD - 62, 70, 74

    FAR - 50, 60

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