Study Hours?

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    Hi all,

    I'm curious of how many hours everyone is studying for each exam section. I studied approx. 85 for BEC. I used Bisk books and spent my study time reading and answering questions in the book. I am still pending the result of this exam. Anyone else care to share how many hours they studied for each section, their study methods, and if they passed/failed/pending?

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    it depends; how good is your memory and how fast do you learn

    can you retain it and apply it

    the worse you are at that then the longer you need to study……..the better you are then well you can pass with half that time of 85 hrs but I think 85 is a normal number…..I think the avg on cpaexcel was like 60hrs…….for BEC/Audit and 120hrs for FAR/Reg

    so 60,60,120,120 are the typical time for passing ppl on cpaexcel……..but I am doing yeager for FAR b/c I like phil more then them but either way it is all pretty easy if you can find a way to make it enjoyable and fun………..not lame and painful

    that is key

    I know a person who did a 2 weekend review and passed BEC; I myself did a three week review of BEC and then 10day cram w/a Yeager cram; passed 1st try

    I did 60hrs ovr ten days; over the three weeks maybe 45hrs…………so all in all about 105 for me but then again my brain was pretty weak back then

    now of days I am like a super brain that has been wooped into an advanced nerd of acctg so I learn much faster and think I could of passed with half those hrs but who knows

    only the Accounting Gods can balance the JE of my success

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    I took the exams about 10 years ago and passed all but financial (I got a 74!). So I am retaking them and with 3 kids and work I've only managed to put in 20-40 hours. I have been working in the industry though for many years. The first time around I studied much more.

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    I put in over 120 hours studying for FAR last time and got a 73. That was an improvement over the 71 I got the year before but not good enough. I didn't study nearly that many hours the first time around. Now I'm going over it as if I had never seen it before because I want to pick up all of the points that I missed the last time.

    I must admit my brain is a bit rusty due to age but I've learned a lot from my mistakes. I envy people who can read something once and understand it. I certainly envy people who can read some of these questions and know exactly what they are asking you for. I get lost in the words sometimes and confuse myself. I try to look for the key words in the question and sometimes that helps but sometimes it doesn't.

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    I agree that it depends on how much you retain and how easy it comes to you. I put in over 200 hours for REG, but some of the material I struggled with since it was all new to me. We'll see when I get my score if it paid off or not. Since I am in WI, it could be a while ):

    I have been averaging about 25 hours a week studying and 6-7 weeks in between each exam.

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    FAR & REG ~ 120 (scored 88 & 85)

    AUD & BEC ~ 60 (scored 92 & STILL WAITING!!)

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    great scores, kristy

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    hai planning to take all the 4 parts in a gap of 15 days any suggestions

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    I've only taken FAR, but I passed that with about 90 hours of study. I think the quality of your study helps too. If you're just doing hundreds of multiple choice without reading any explanations of why your answer was right or wrong, I don't think you'll get too much out of it. Also, if you're trying to memorize rather than understand, it can take up a lot of time with little benefit. Gotta have a balance.

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    Regardless of which exam I was taking all I'm doing is taking Becker Live Courses, watch the lecture AGAIN and do the HW before the next class, which is not too bad in and of itself. Then I'll finish the classes, re-watch each lecture once and do the HW again, then the sims for that lecture.

    After that it's going over HW questions from all sections I just can't get a grasp on until I can't take it anymore, then it's both practice exams, a day to review both exams, and then a night to watch TV and relax the night before exam day.

    You really need to take the time for your final review. Someone suggested lay it out in advance as a schedule. Great idea. Pick the exam date that fits how much time you have to prep, not the other way around.

    I'm 2/2 on BEC and FARE, both with a score of 82 and now I too await Audit. I'm 4/7's of the way through Becker's REG classes, and I'm taking the exam October 16th.

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    Good point, AccountingElf.

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