REG – Exam Experience - Page 23

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    We have a lot of “I took __ today threads” so to consolidate, here is the official thread.

    Please – Not even a hint of exam disclosure per AICPA rules.




    AUD - 79
    BEC - 80
    FAR - 76
    REG - 92
    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
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    Took the exam at 9am yesterday and I guess my experience mirrors everyone else's. First MCQ testlet was a mix of tax and business law, but generally softball questions. Second MCQ testlet had longer questions or questions where all of the answers almost seemed like they could be correct. I didn't feel a tilt toward any specific topic. All of the biggies were represented: partnerships, s-corps, corps, the different business structures, individual tax, AMT, bankruptcy, secured transaction priority, etc.

    The sims didn't catch me off-guard, apart from the fact that most of them required looking at multiple documents. I got one normal research lookup question, but found two spots in the IRC that applied, so that was disturbing. Another question actually told me to go and look up the answers for the 20 boxes using the authoritative literature. I did. It took time. For the person out there that actually knew that specific topic, it'd have been a 3 minute task.

    In terms of advice, I'd just suggest people assume every topic is going to be tested and don't take a subject lightly because a review course says it's “uncommon.” With 76 MCQs and 8 sims, the odds are not in your favor. That's true for phaseouts too. I read posts from old exams saying that rarely give you questions that involve phaseouts. Based on what I saw yesterday, they're fair game and not a rarity.

    I think I did enough to pass, but I really don't know. I've been studying with Gleim, but used Wiley's test bank as a backup. I also did the Roger cram in the last two weeks. I felt plenty prepared… and yet the sims shook my confidence. Finished with 1m:55s left and was spent mentally, emotionally, and physically when I clicked submit.

    AUD - 85
    BEC - 98
    FAR - 93
    REG - 87
    I never drive faster than I can see. And, besides that, it's all in the reflexes.

    @nate & @CPAgyal – I agree, I think Roger really glosses over some important areas. Even in their own practice questions there are things that were never covered. Very frustrating. If I have to retake I will definitely add Ninja.

    FAR - 85 (12/17)
    AUD - 80 (1/18)
    REG - 83 (6/18)
    BEC - 85 (7/18)

    Ethics - 95



    I took the test on Saturday. Of course, somebody kept coughing/sneezing, somebody kept giggling to himself (it's the “hahahha of course, I get tested on this shit that I didn't study for..hahahhaa” laugh), and the door of the prometric kept opening/closing and it felt like an earthquake everytime. The earplugs I brought with me really helped.

    I am worried because my 2nd testlet didn't seem considerably harder than the first. I expected the questions to be lengthier and more calculations but it was about the same as my 1st testlet. I got so worried that I started doing the last questions first to see if it's harder and I seriously almost threw my hands up and gave up, but I told myself to keep it together and just do the SIMS part even just for practice.

    SIMS material was fair (except one SIM that I had to look up on the AL to get some help on because I wasn't sure wth they were asking for…still don't know up to now and hoping it was a pretest). Research SIM hopefully I got right because some Becker Mock exam Sims I think I got it 100% correct but then I get the subsection wrong :/

    Anyway, it was a good experience overall. I'm studying BEC next. So even if I fail REG, then I can retake it next window after BEC. But, still hoping and praying for a miracle pass.

    Good luck to all of us!!

    "Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion" -- Muhammad Ali



    Well I just had that dreaded moment where as I was thinking about the exam I realized I made an extremely stupid little mistake that has always seemed to trip me up.

    AUD: 54 (10/31/15); 83 (12/02/17)
    BEC: 70 (01/31/16); 90 (07/02/17)
    FAR: 73 (10/03/15); 88 (02/17/18)
    REG: 83 (06/09/18)
    AICPA Ethics: 91 (06/28/18)
    Licensed: 08/16/18

    @Nate It's all good, at this point, nothing to do but wait and see. I found myself in the same exact scenario as you, checked something the day after, saw I missed a tiny detail which invariably makes a couple of the subsequent entries incorrect. But seriously, what's the point, we took the test, the score we get is the score we get. I think it being the 4th and final test is what's driving me nuts. Kudos to all of you with the wait times which started in the beginning or middle of this testing quarter.




    Don't worry too much. I think people get caught up in thinking they need to get 75% of the questions right to equate to a >75, which is definitely not true. I missed SO MANY questions on the exams I have passed and absolutely BOMBED FAR and still got a 69 (honestly on a percentage scale I'd guess I maybe answered 40% correct). I really do think this exam is fair in scoring in terms of the people who prepare enough are the ones who pass. Have confidence in your preparation


    ^^^^ He is right. I got in such a habit of this, because all of my college exams were graded on a strict percentage. I don't know the exact % I got right on BEC and REG, but I promise it wasn't that close to what my score was.


    Thanks for the encouraging words guys, yeah too late to worry about it now, I should probably just stop thinking about it and wait and focus on the ethics course and 7 core competencies essay. Man this exam has messed with my brain a lot though, it's weird though, cause my gut says I passed but my head says I failed, hoping my gut is right this time!

    AUD: 54 (10/31/15); 83 (12/02/17)
    BEC: 70 (01/31/16); 90 (07/02/17)
    FAR: 73 (10/03/15); 88 (02/17/18)
    REG: 83 (06/09/18)
    AICPA Ethics: 91 (06/28/18)
    Licensed: 08/16/18

    Took REG on Sunday. Stayed up till 3am cramming the night before after cramming all day the day before as well. Unfortunately when I got in bed I got hit with anxiety and could not sleep well at all. The test was rough MCQs I think I could of done well I think I flagged 10-12 per testlet. I am somewhat worried because my second testlet did not seem like it was “difficult” so that's concerning. Then the sims were just brutal. I usually am not big on practicing sims and they definitely were rough this go round. Waiting for REG and FAR to release on June 28th and worried I failed both, really hope the CPA gods throw me a bone that was a LONG last 5 months and if I pass I am done with this monster.


    Took the exam on 6/9/18. I felt the second testlet of MCQ was easier than the first, but not by a lot, all the MCQ felt pretty straight forward. The sims were weird. I am very hopeful the one sim that I was pretty unsure about is the pre-test. 5 of the 8 sims I got had several pages of support, which was kind of intimidating.

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 76
    REG - 79
    BEC: 78 (May 2017)

    FAR: 76 (Oct 2017)

    AUD: 83 (April 2018)

    REG: 79 (June 2018)


    Hi all,

    It looks like most of you are feeling what I'm feeling a total 4 days later, even after all the Warriors championship high. I was numb after my exam. I couldn't cry, couldn't rejoice, couldn't feel relief about taking it and getting it over with. Even the past few days I found myself reciting rules in my head before going to bed, as if I had finished watching another Tim Gearty lecture before.

    My exam should have been easy, had I studied details more. I felt like I had a lot of MCQs that wanted me to recall the details, instead of the big picture, which I embedded into memory. I thought the more “big picture” I studied, the more I have a chance of getting points. But nope. The MCQs were pretty consistent with each testlet in terms of difficulty level so don't know how that will play in with the scoring.

    The sims tripped me up a bit. It was like what everyone said; we were tested on the very concept that we didn't really study a lot. So yeah, a lot of the sims I guessed and I can only wait until June 28 to see how I did.

    Overall, if I had to study again, I would definitely go over the concepts I skimmed over because that definitely came back to bite me in the butt this time. Study anything and everything, they say and I didn't care to listen.


    Surprised to see these experience threads no where to be found on the front page of the forum! I would imagine with the extended window and score release that people would be sitting a lot this week. Best of luck to all – I sit in a few days and hoping to be done with this whole process.

    FAR - 76 (Lost credit), 76
    AUD - 80
    BEC - 76
    REG - 75

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