Official I Passed REG Thread

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    We lost these awesome posts in the transition – I'll be recovering them and posting here.

    I look forward to the new round of “I Passed” posts. Thanks everyone.

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 80
    FAR - 76
    REG - 92
    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
    NINJA CPA Review

    REG is done and so am I!!!


    80!! Hallelujah!! BEC is all that's left now!!


    80 on REG!!! 4 exams taken and 4 exams passed. Done!!!

    CPA sounds so sweeeeeeeeet. Work in the morning is going to be so fun with the BRAGGING!!!


    Yesssss!!!! Passed REG with a 79. I have looked at the score like 10times to make sure. Thank you Lord!


    I passed REG with an 81. Onward to AUD!

    AUD - 94
    BEC - 90
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 81
    I hate FAR.

    BEC - 90
    REG - July 24th
    AUD - Sept 5th
    FAR - ???


    After feeling like I completely bombed the exam, it's great waking up to an 83 on REG! So super pumped and now I've only got BEC left tomorrow! Such a sigh of relief that I don't have to deal with tax ever again.

    Keep on keepin' on.

    FAR (4/21/16) - 91
    AUD (5/23/16) - 97
    REG - 7/26/16
    BEC - 8/24/16


    Passed REG… whew. One more to go. I'm taking solice knowing I won't have to touch REG for 18 months if everything goes to hell.

    "It doesn't matter if you passed with a 75 or a 95, passing is passing..."




    I passed REG with a 79. I knew about 8 questions for sure in each testlet, and felt like the other 16 were just shots in the dark. And the sims were a nightmare; I pretty much just typed in random numbers into the boxes.

    I was so sure I failed REG, that I bet $50 with a friend that I didn't pass. Never have I been more happy to lose $50 in my entire life. I am now never going to try to determine whether or not I pass/fail an exam; I will just wait till score release day. You never can tell with these exams. I did not deserve to pass, yet somehow I did.


    I passed my 1st CPA exam in my life REG with 86! I'm so excited and relief since I did not have a good feeling after taking the exam and mentally prepared to retake it in October.

    Therefore, whoever left the exam room feeling pathetic, there is still hope on the way!

    Study 100% with Becker and Ninja MCQ the last two weeks before the exam-


    I passed my last section REG with 81. I wasted way to much time on simulations. But I will take it. I am all done.!

    Thank you Jeff!

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 79
    REG - 81
    Licensed CPA in MA, OCT 2016

    FAR 79
    AUD 87
    BEC 78
    REG 08/31/2016


    I passed my REG with 86!!!!!
    In my first testlet, I thought it's a piece of cake. However, my second and third testlet frustrated me.
    And I cannot have enough time to check my simulation. In some simulations, I just typed numbers in blocks.

    The only material I used is Becker.


    I passed REG with an 88!! All I have left is BEC, which I can do before tax season


    I passed REG with an 82 and I'm done with the CPA exam journey!

    FAR - 88
    AUD - 86
    BEC - 82
    REG - 73, 70, 82

    FAR (Apr 2015) - 88
    AUD (July 2015) - 86
    BEC (Oct 2015) - 82
    REG - 73, 70, retake Sept 2016


    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.

    AUD - 99
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 89
    REG - 84
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