Passing Exams Without Studying? - Page 2

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    ice_dylan
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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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    ice_dylan
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    I just don't like reading textbooks, because those textbooks are extreme boring to me. The words are so dry (pure conceptual sentences). However, I like to learn stuff by watching news(both domestic and international from IT to finance; at least 3 hrs – 5 hrs everyday since middle school) and dig into them to find out the reasoning.
    I'm also very interested in CS, so I used to play around with hardware(disassembly and assembly), developing websites, databases and learned some programming languages when I was young. In addition, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Cost Accounting and Project Management were covered by college classes. I think those classes and my habits in CS helped me pass BEC exam.

    BEC - Passed

    FAR - Passed

    AUD - Passed

    REG - Passed

    #1453302 Reply
    Goingallin
    Participant

    Since you recently graduated from college and have taken all those courses, I don't doubt you passed without study. BEC for me was tough bc i have no background in cost accounting. Graduated a million years ago so can't remember a darn thing I learned in college. However, i think FAR would be easier for those who's been working for a while.

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 75
    REG - 82
    donotgiveup!!
    #1453356 Reply
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Congrats on passing without studying! While it is very unusual, I'm sure you're not the first. As for what you should look at in AUD, I'm not to sure as i have only been studying it for about a week. Good luck!

    #1453448 Reply
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I am studying for BEC right now. Graduated last May with a 3.7 GPA and Cum Laude Honors from a respectable Business Program. BEC is definitely not easy and requires studying. Either you got super lucky or you are just lying. Either way I do not care. Goodluck with the rest of your exams!

    #1453472 Reply
    EZ_Sims_4_me_Pls
    Participant

    if there is any test that can be passed without studying, it's BEC… I mean it's 85% multiple choice. you could pass simply by being a good guesser.

    highly unlikely? yes, but still very possible.

    and I think OP said “unfortunately” because passing with such ease gave him a false sense of confidence which persuaded him to schedule the rest of the tests for this quarter.

    OP, if I were you, I would try to reschedule REG for the end of this quarter (march 10th), and study your ass off.

    AUD - 80
    BEC - 84
    FAR - 77
    REG - 79
    one step closer
    #1453610 Reply
    slackergurl
    Member

    I passed BEC with minimal review – just listened to the Ninja audio lectures a couple times and read through the Wiley Focus Notes once. HOWEVER, I do a lot of cost accounting functions at work. Lots of break-even analysis, fixed/variable cost work, etc. I also was voluntold for a new BI initiative at work, which gave me exposure to the IT world. It was all a pretty lucky break.

    So, yeah, I think in certain circumstances you can pass an exam with minimal review, but I think it is pretty rare to do so on all the exams.

    For AUD, I would listen to the Ninja audio lectures and rewrite the notes. Ignore the book – you don't like it and you don't have time for it at this point anyway.

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 81
    REG - 82
    “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” -Albert Einstein

    CPA Licensed in Texas, April 2017

    #1453616 Reply
    ice_dylan
    Participant

    Thanks slackergurl.

    Chapter 1 and 2 are so dry, so I skipped them.
    I'm doing MCQs for chapter 3 (it's interesting) now, and plan to read some audit reports this weekend.

    BEC - Passed

    FAR - Passed

    AUD - Passed

    REG - Passed

    #1453622 Reply
    mitchvols
    Participant

    The first two chapters were dry? Oh no!!! Poor guy. Good thing they only test on what you find interesting.

    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

    #1454193 Reply
    slackergurl
    Member

    Ice_dylan, have you ever been tested to determine your learning style? My sister is an elementary school teacher and she gave me a test a couple years ago to determine my learning style. I'm an auditory learner, along with a little visualization. I don't learn well by reading. So I totally understand where your're coming from when you say the book is dry. I have the books, but I only use them for reference on things I'm really struggling to understand. It'a a second resource when I need it, but I use audio lectures as my primary study material. I take notes while listening to them and then mark up the notes with colorful arrows and things like that to utilize the visualization aspect of my learning style.

    I would suggest that you read through the topics covered in the first two chapters and then find real life scenarios that make it relatable for you. It sounds like you may learn best by examples. Regardless, good luck!!!

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 81
    REG - 82
    “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” -Albert Einstein

    CPA Licensed in Texas, April 2017

    #1454199 Reply
    Goingallin
    Participant

    Slacker: Curious if we can find the test your sister gave you somewhere online to do a self asscessment. I've never been able to learn from reading text books. Always associated with being lazy but after the hundreds of hours I put in for the cpa, I don't think laziness is my problem.

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 75
    REG - 82
    donotgiveup!!
    #1454208 Reply
    slackergurl
    Member

    I can ask her next weekend if she knows of an online tool that can be used. The one she gave me was written and it's been several years.

    If you google “learning style quiz”, you may be able to find something, but I don't know how accurate they will be.

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 81
    REG - 82
    “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” -Albert Einstein

    CPA Licensed in Texas, April 2017

    #1454213 Reply
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    This post has me laughing after finishing 3 chapters of BEC! Like you could actually memorize all of the Cost Accounting, Financial Management, and Operations Management formulas WITHOUT STUDYING!! Lmao! Either you have picture memory, got super lucky, should be studying the CFA or Actuary exams, or are playing a prank! Haha, have a good one!

    #1454425 Reply
    ice_dylan
    Participant

    +Slacker

    Yes, I took a similar test to determine career area when I was in high school. The result shows “chemical engineer”.
    One of the reasons I don't like reading is that my English is so bad(I started learning English late), and I don't recognized much vocabularies. However, when I'm weak at doing one thing, another ability compensated it. I'm good at storing and invoking memories by keys (memory bindings) to access memorized relationships (like formulas) between different factors.

    For example:

    Imagining US. Treasure as a named money(monetary) box (and pain it to red color), and put it on the left corner, set 2 drawers.
    First Drawer: write “interest” with a red pen on a red sticker, and put it into the drawer. (because “interest” is a virtual thing without a shape, so I made a memory link to “what did I write on sticker” by writing in red on a red sticker.)
    Second Drawer: put a stack of 20 dollar bills in it, set them to red color instead of dark green.
    Whenever I see the word “US Treasure” or “Monetary”, I just need to search for the red box. And the red sticker and red cash will pop up instantly.
    I will not forget this box or what's in it for couple years, even lifetime.
    Our brains can remember everything with shapes, colors or related bindings with a very low fading rate. That's how I memorize what I see and learn in daily life.

    BEC - Passed

    FAR - Passed

    AUD - Passed

    REG - Passed

    #1454485 Reply
    slackergurl
    Member

    Ice_dylan, you're referring to an aptitude test. I was talking about a test to determine learning style. They're different. But it sounds like you already have a good handle on your own personal strengths and weaknesses, so good luck with your tests!

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 81
    REG - 82
    “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.” -Albert Einstein

    CPA Licensed in Texas, April 2017

    #1454499 Reply
    Tncincy
    Participant

    Wow, I wish I could pass without studying….maybe in my college days, but definitely not now. Failed too many times to prove it even though I studied. Congrats on an effortless pass…I guess I'll go study now….lol

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader....ready to pass

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