Third 70 on FAR

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    Eric
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    Hi All,

    I just got my score tonight and I’m sitting here extremely confused. I use Roger’s(Uworld) and I’ve taken the FAR exam three times (1x in 2018, 1x Jul 2022, 1x Dec 2022). I’ve literally used every question that Roger has for FAR and I don’t know what to do. I’ve even messaged Roger directly to get some help.

    I’m confused at this score because I walked into this test feeling good, I had plenty of review time: I’m literally not working right now. My average scores were 60s-70s in Roger and am so unbelievably confused of how I could have scored the same score that I barely studied in 2018 and sort of studied in Jul 2022. I feel like I could recite so much FAR information right now, 3 weeks after taking my exam, but WTH!? I am depressed because I worked so hard and have little progression. If I got a 72, 73, 74… I’d have some progression to refer to.

    I want to preface, I purchased Ninja in 2018 as a subscription, but never used it.

    Help – I have a family, with a baby on the way, and I feel like nothing, but a burden to my spouse.

    FAR: 70 10/18/18, 70 7/20/22, 70 12/23/22
    REG: Late Nov 18
    AUD: Early Jan 19
    BEC: Late Jan 19
    Using: Roger Elite Program
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    Curtis Averre
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    Taking FAR first is the way to go in terms of getting them all done in the 18 month window, but it's not a strategy without drawbacks. When you take FAR first you don't have a gauge for just how much more difficult it is than the others. I had as many study hours for FAR as I did for REG and BEC combined! I would chalk the first couple 70's up to luck, and this last 70 as a decent score for your first real attempt at it. Put your head down, grind it out, and once you get through that barrier you'll breeze through the rest!

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    jeff
    Keymaster

    Detail out your study plan please. Be as specific as possible. Walk me through a week.

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 80
    FAR - 76
    REG - 92
    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
    Another71 | NINJA CPA
    #3315793 Reply
    Eric
    Participant

    @Curtis – thanks for the insight. I was told that there is a +10/-10 impact to the score, so I understand what you're saying, but man is it not frustrating to see some kind of movement.



    @Jeff
    – I emailed you directly today, so I don't want to waste your time on the email and this message board, so this may be the best for future candidates to see.

    First attempt 2022 – most of my weekends were family time
    1) Started studying in April '22 – reviewed all videos from Roger
    2) After each Roger chapter, I'd do 10-30 MCQs, regardless of how well I did (mostly guessing) and using the tutor option without the timer.
    3) Note: I had some personal health issues come up during this early period (Apr) and I had to move across the country, one month (Jun) before my exam. I honestly wasn't getting through the prep as fast as I had wanted.
    4) One week before exam, I was still trying to finish learning/reviewing material for the first time (e.g. the complex consolidation problems).
    5) I attempted comprehensive quizzing and was roughly scoring averages of 40s-60s. I felt that using tutor more than timing on Roger hurt me because I was running out of time on questions.
    6) Took exam, thought I was going to fail, but hoped for the best. Got my 70.

    Second attempt 2022 – again, most of my weekends were family time as I'm not working.
    1) Late August – I moved again and settled in early Sept. Relearned some test taking strategies (e.g. go for easy, non-math questions first through the entire 3X question testlet and answer those first, then hit the harder questions next). I was aiming to get my answers within the 60-75 second mark.
    2) Sept – Started rewriting my notes from all the sections and trying to hit and signed up for the exam, I did this for 3-4 weeks
    3) For 8 weeks, I was quizzing to get to my smart path targets and recommended amount of questions per section (using the timer function).
    4) It took me a few days to fully understand tough areas like bonds, leases, Stockholder's equity, & Stmt of CF.
    5) Two weeks before exam, I was still trying to get to my SP targets, but I was running out of questions. I was redoing my incorrect ones that I had learned and practiced, but I felt like I was memorizing more than anything. I was averaging 60-70s and some 80s.
    6) I did 4-5 SIM prep and got a 60 or 70 on that. Prior to walking in the test, I had seen 95% of all MCQ on Roger's FAR and revisited questions that I answered incorrectly 2,3, or 4 times.
    7) Finished my studies with one before the exam and did some comprehensive questions where I was scoring 70s-80s. I was hitting 30-85 seconds per question which I thought was respectable given that Roger's MCQ require you to finish the unused questions up before you can see the old ones again. same day before, I was running through notes, making sure I my concepts down.
    8) Walked into the test and I thought I was owning the MCQ. Timing was dialed in, and I was thinking I'd see harder questions in the second testlet. I saw a lot of Gov & NP which I felt prepared for, but my prometric computer screwed up, and they had to reboot my computer. I lost 5 minutes that I never got it back. Nothing to be done or anyone I could speak to on this matter (Prometric, board, or NASBA). Very frustrating and distracting during the exam.
    9) SIMs – Instead of spending the expected amount of time on the 3rd testlet, I spent more because I was trying to figure out the recon. Even though I spent more time on it, I know I nailed it. Remaining SIMs, I started running out of mental juice and time.
    10) Got my score last night of 70 and waiting on my diagnostic.

    Overall, I thought my latest attempt would show some progression of success, and it's extremely demoralizing that I kept the same score, again. Am I over studying or being inefficient? I am not working, and I've trained myself to sit and do multiple hours of studying/mcq testing, but I don't know what isn't sticking. I was recommended to move to BEC for the quick win, but given my investment in time for FAR, I feel that I'd lose some of the knowledge from ~6 months of studying & 2 attempts under my belt.

    FAR: 70 10/18/18, 70 7/20/22, 70 12/23/22
    REG: Late Nov 18
    AUD: Early Jan 19
    BEC: Late Jan 19
    Using: Roger Elite Program
    #3315796 Reply
    Eric
    Participant

    @Jeff, I definitely overdid my reply.

    In a given week, I start on Monday (at 8am or 9), morning and either pick up from the prior friday (or weekend, if I'm able to study) or start the new subject. I don't do a real comprehensive review in the week. Push through concepts, taking a tests, and reviewing the correct answer. Rewrite my notes/add on to that section. Keep this through lunch. Come back and do it again through 5-6pm when my spouse comes home. We have dinner and most nights that's it. 2-3 weeks before the exam, I'm studying through the night. I keep trying to push through the material to move on to do a final review. I'm doing this 8 or 10 am (depending on when i can start) through 5-6pm, M-F.

    FAR: 70 10/18/18, 70 7/20/22, 70 12/23/22
    REG: Late Nov 18
    AUD: Early Jan 19
    BEC: Late Jan 19
    Using: Roger Elite Program
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