September 20, 2016 at 9:50 am #840525RhunterParticipant
I passed with an 84! Glad that's over.
TLDR – My advice is at the end of this post.
A bit of background on me. I finished my undergrad in 2010, and my MSA in 2012, so it had been 4 years since my last accounting course. I have been working in the field since March 2011, and now have a staff position at a small company in VA.
This was my first time taking any exams, and I managed to pass using exclusively NINJA materials. I gave myself 6 weeks. It took me the first 3 to get through the books alone following the prescribed NINJA method (granted I was going WAY overboard with my notes at first). Before the exam, I had a trending score of 86% and had 68 hours of study time logged online. I did not reach the review phase, I only got about 3/4 of the way through adaptive learning. I also made sure to work through all 75 of the available sims, which I think are crucial.
I took one practice exam the night before my exam and scored a 92. On the day of the exam, I submitted the simulation testlet with 40 seconds remaining, and I did not take a break during the exam (good thing, because I used the last 90 minutes on sims alone). I was furiously searching the literature in the last 5 minutes to make sure I had reasonable answers for my SIMS, talk about sweating bullets! I walked out feeling that my chances of passing/failing were around 65/35.
ADVICE – Caveat: Everyone is different, this is just what worked for me:
Focus your time on working through as many MCQs and SIMS as possible, taking notes as needed using the explanations to the questions/SIMS. Only refer to the books when you are struggling with a concept. Usually, the explanations to the MCQs and SIMS will be more than adequate.
As I mentioned earlier, I spend 3 weeks “nailing the concepts” and taking “intense notes.” However, I wish I had spent that time working MCQs and SIMS because that's where I absorbed most of the information. When I was taking notes before I had worked any problems, I didn't have any context within which I could apply the concepts. It was like I had all these concepts just floating around in my head with nowhere to go except out. The MCQs and SIMS provided the structure upon which I could build my understanding; a frame of reference, if you will.
My studying philosophy now is why spend time taking notes on topics that you already understand and remember. Using this approach, the MCQs and SIMS allow you to identify your weaknesses where you can then focus your efforts instead of trying to write everything down. It seems so obvious to me now, and was probably obvious to a lot of folks early on, but I needed to go through the trial & error of determining what was most effective for myself.September 21, 2016 at 8:21 pm #843405AnonymousInactive
I passed on my second go!
3 down 1 to go! <3November 4, 2016 at 1:03 am #1312012The.UnderdogParticipant
WOW DONE REG -84 604 ID LETSS S GOGOGOOGGOOGOGONovember 4, 2016 at 1:20 am #1312085Paydirt123Participant
85! Section ID 616 REG 85 10/13/2016
FAR 80 7/1/2016
BEC – 11/28/2016
AUD – 2/1/2017
I used Becker. Candidly, my strategy has a lot of rout memorization, which isn't the way to go, but it's all I know. I just obsessively read the text and do the homework over and over and over. That's been my life the last few months, but it's working.November 4, 2016 at 1:35 am #1312124red_roseParticipant
I PASSED REG!!!! OMG!!!! iT took 3 long tries, but i passed that biatch! lol 1 more, and im done! Congrats to everyone!!!!!!!
AUD 86 3x
REG 77 3x (Prayers work!!!)
FAR 75 2X
BEC 77 (Lost credit, retake Nov 2016)
***dont give up…that's my motto. It's been a loooooong painful journey, but no matter what, DO NOT QUIT, KEEP GOING!!! 🙂November 4, 2016 at 1:52 am #1312154suzieemacParticipant
I passed REG! Two down, two to go. I really didn't feel confident with my SIMS but I guess it was enough for a pass. I spent the entire night tonight studying for BEC & staring at the clock, I stopped studying at about 12:40, went to go log onto NASBA…and my internet decided to go down at that moment… couldn't connect to WiFi or by Ethernet, and the cell service isn't too good in my house, so needless to say I checked my scores on the front stoop at 1am in the cold. 🙂 Well worth it.
Congrats to everyone who passed! Celebrations are in order this weekend. =)November 4, 2016 at 1:54 am #1312159TcohleParticipant
I passed with an 87!!!
Wow, if I failed I would've lost FAR. Got a 72 and 74 and this was my final hope.
I actually left the testing center feeling confident and I was thankfully right.
The difference this time (Jeff's advice) was starting from scratch-reading through the whole book and relearning everything.
Woo hoo I'm donezo!!November 4, 2016 at 1:55 am #1312160AnonymousInactive
PASSED! 3 exams taken, first one passed! Reg second time, not too shabby!
On to the rest now lolNovember 4, 2016 at 2:53 am #1312208OnmywaytoCPAParticipant
It's still hard to believe. I can't sleep. This has been a long journey. I finally passed REG with a 90! I guess 3rd time's a charm. And I'm completely done with the CPA Exam. The combination of Ninja, Roger, Wiley, and CPA Review for Free has finally paid off. My score increased by 18 points! Congrats to all who passed!November 4, 2016 at 2:58 am #1312216ixlr82dayParticipant
I'm from Hawaii and was getting nervous since everyone got their scores…I passed!!! So excited…now I need to study for Audit.November 4, 2016 at 3:30 am #1312226Key522Participant
Passed REG took three tries at it! Guess 3rd time was a charm. I was on the verge of losing BEC. It took me almost 2 years but I passed the CPA exam. That 74 last time was a dagger.November 4, 2016 at 7:01 am #1312277sonja90ParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 8:01 am #1312324jonm857Participant
Sonya! We both got a 82! Yes!!!!!!!!!!November 4, 2016 at 9:02 am #1312405jgodParticipantNovember 4, 2016 at 9:21 am #1312429
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