Hi, I'd like to join you guys in study for BECre-take 2013.
I'm using a 4-week plan and hope to sit first week of January.
FAR - retake April 2016
BEC - 83, 72, 74, 68, 73-Bubble score. retake April 2016
REG - 78 (10/12/14)
Hi, I'd like to join you guys in study for BECre-take 2013.
I'm using a 4-week plan and hope to sit first week of January.
Exam is tomorrow afternoon. I have been doing 72 question progress test all week and am consistently scoring in the 80's. I also work for a big 4 firm and constantly write memo's so I should be fine in that section. Just hoping ive done enough and am ready to conquer this test.
Ugh I really do not like BEC!! I feel like it just took me forever to get through BEC 1 in Becker. And then I did horrible on the MC - like, the worst I've done from any other section on the homework. Anyone else feel this way?
Right there with you. I'm actually still stuck on Chapter 1. Haven't bothered looking at the writing tasks and still have 100 questions to work. Apparently, Chapters 2 & 3 are even worse. I really need a pass in REG! There's no way in hell I'm gonna be able to study for both simultaneously within the next month.
I just watched the first part of the lecture for BEC 2 and it didn't seem as bad to me as BEC 1 - But I'm a total math nerd at heart, so BEC 2 appeals to that side of me :) I am going to San Antonio this weekend so trying to get through a bunch of lectures so that I can bring my book and just take notes this weekend. I'm an early riser but my friend I'm going with is not so much one, so I plan to study in the morning between when I wake up and when she is ready to go!
Hi everyone :)
I'm taking BEC in early January and decided the best way for me to keep motivated is to join this study group! I'm using Gleim and Wiley and liking them both so far. Best wishes to everyone taking this exam in the upcoming testing window!
Just left the Prometric center from taking BEC! Overall, I expected the MC questions to be much harder than they really were... I had so many one sentence questions and not nearly as many math problems as I expected. I also felt comfortable about 2 of the 3 essay questions. Here's hoping it was my last time sitting for a section!!
Good luck everyone!
@iwantmylifeback I take BEC tomm. I am scoring upper 80's on 72 question progress test. Anything i should focus on as this is the night before. When you think we will get our scores back?
@proach33 - I wouldn't say there one area over another that you should focus on... I really feel like it was a good spread of topics, but just not too the difficulty that I expected. The Becker MC questions seemed much, much harder too me and took longer. NO idea when we'll get our scores... maybe within a week? Fingers crossed!! Best of luck to you tomorrow!!
Hey guys, joining in. I took Audit today and I am going to start studying for BEC while I wait to see if I passed AUD. If so, I plan to take BEC the first week of January before busy season starts.
How is this test as compared to FAR and AUD?
@audiox - I also went from Audit to BEC and found the transition to be very difficult...the concepts in audit build, one chapter from the next, and logically make sense as you go. BEC does not haha, it's just random concepts thrown at you from any direction. I am not sure what prep materials your using, but Beckers 2012 materials are painful to get through, really long lectures and endless MC questions. I greatly underestimated BEC! Best of luck to you!
I totally agree! BEC is very much so underestimated. I gave up on Chapter 3 MCQs tonight and went onto Chapter 4 videos... Becker kills you in the first 3 chapters with all of the questions. Hoping for more energy tomorrow!!!
I'm taking the exam on Saturday at 5 (only available appointment that day, awful, I know). I've been doing MC questions like a mug in this stretch run using the Becker final test prep progress tests. I'm having the most trouble remembering all of the formulas from B3. I think I spent sooo much time getting all the B1 and B2 material down that I kinda neglected B3. Hopefully before the test I can get it all straightened out. I'm constantly reviewing B1 flash cards as well because I have this gut feeling COSO is gonna get hit pretty hard.
@FeartheBeard - like others have said. Once you get through the first 3 chapters of Becker it's downhill from there. The IT stuff in 4 is mostly just factual and I personally thought the Econ was about as basic as it gets. B6 has a few concepts that are tough (hedging, exchange rate) but nothing like b1-3. Good luck and hang in there.
Hey folks! Count me in for the BEC re-take group in Jan 2013. I just took the exam at the end of the regular Oct / Nove testing window. I haven't gotten my score back yet but I'm pretty sure I didn't pass. I thought I did okay on the MCQs (which are MUCH easier than Becker MCQ's), but completely bombed the written communications. Rather than sit and wait or start studying for another exam only to come back again, I figure I might as well continue studying for BEC.
Like other Becker users have already said, BEC is a real beast. In the length of time it took me to study and pass Audit, I was only able to cover the first three sections of the BEC review. The lectures are long, the text is all over the place and doesn't building on anything, and the questions are brutal. For those of you who are studying for BEC for the first time, do not underestimate the amount of time it will take you to study for BEC! I think most people assume it will only take 3-4 weeks tops, but when you actually start studying, you will realize the prep time can easily double to 8 weeks. G'luck everyone.
So Im using Becker and this time added Wiley test bank. In the Wiley test bank there were a few questions on Dodd Frank, which I thought was covered on REG and some on Interntational Audit Standards which I know is in AUD. Could questions on this material be on my BEC exam? I hate BEC with passion. Thats why Im combing the book and questions like a crazed maniac, so I never have to see it again.
If you have Becker I think its best to combine Chapters 1-2, 3-6, then 4 & 5 seperately. I m just finishing 1 and 2 and now Im going to jump to 4 and 5 to get out of the math for a little. 3 and 6 are formulas and math.
REG 83 8/18/12
BEC 71 10/13/12
BEC REMATCH 1/05/13
I just took BEC (again) today. I felt that this test was easier than previous BEC tests. Hopefully I'll pass this time. I failed several times using becker high 60's and low 70s. This time I used Yaeger cram, which was really fantastic, Cindy does a great job and alot of what she went through showed up on my exam.
BEC exam in 2 hours. Ran out of time last time. Result...59. Lord, make me fast and accurate this time! I honestly feel like I can recite the 6 chapters of Becker. Not sure how I can be more prepared. Re-write Ninja notes-check, listen to Ninja Audio over and over and over-check. Complete Wiley BEC test bank-Check. Re-work Becker homework 3 times-check Lets beat the breaks off this bad boy. Sorry for the useless post- trying to pump my self up. I'll keep you informed on how it goes. I'm not a very smart person so I could use all the prayers! ha
For those waiting on scores.....GOOD LUCK FELLAS! AND LADIES.
@Jpgrocho - ohhh, you're sitting for it right now! Good luck!! I hear ya with running out of time... I rushed my last essay and submitted the simulations with 17 seconds to go!! I've never ran up against the clock like that before... usually I finish with 15 to 30 minutes lefts. Makes me think it should be longer than 3 hrs... Best of luck to you!
Hi All, Took BEC yesterday (thanks to Sandy the date got extended till December). Just wanted to share my experience which might be helpful. I can never tell how I do on CPA exams anymore, when I think I failed I actually pass and vice versa which is a lot more often :( Anyhoo... for BEC there was a LOT of calculations involved..I mean a LOT..out of 24 questions per set almost 70% were calculations from variances to cost accounting to WACC to what not! Exhausting to say the least as all questions were over a para long and involved a story and more calculations. Plus there were two extremely easy questions one for CAPM calculation and one for WACC...very easy everything was given BUT the problem was that the NONE of the answer options matched the one I calculated....so I'm still baffled about it...I mean it was a SIMPLE CAPM and WACC question...ANYONE can do it...but yet...the answer option did not have the correct answer!!!!!!!I even tried playing with the formula to get something close to the options but in vain........but as with all exams I'm hopeful....finger's crossed..lets really hope I made the 75 cut!
@cpasure.. I had the same experience, there was a very simple question, very straight forward calculations and none of the answers matched my answer... I think it means it a pretest questions. At least thats what im telling myself.. good luck!..
cpawanabe...I'm just glad to hear someone else came across the same issue!!...I thought I was losing my mind!! I spent so much time trying to figure out what I did wrong :/ sigh
Well, just got done with BEC for the second time and again I did not complete the written tasks. Got to the third written task with like 5 minutes left. Lets hope I did enough to get some sort of passing grade!
I guess I am joining the study group. I had a hard time focusing the first time around and I know where I need to improve as far as study habits. Good luck everyone!
I just found out I failed BEC the first time around so I figured I join the group here. I plan to re take in January. I too need to change my study habits, and put more time in.
I work full time, and am the mom taxi... Maybe I'll get the ninja audio for the car, and the kids can learn a little BEC too.
I plan on studying Jeff's way this time, and watching all of the videos first, taking notes, then do the multiple choice.
Best of luck to everyone!
T-minus 6 hours until my showdown with BEC. As luck would try to screw me yesterday evening I got home from work and started to review. I go to plug in my laptop and, alas, the charger is no where to be found. No prob - I'm sure it's just in my car, right? I think you can see where this is going... :). So no multiple choice review for me these last two days unfortunately. Instead I've been reading my notes of all the chapters and rewriting formulas. Over the next 6 hours before the exam I'm going to focus in on variances and IT. wish me luck!
I have a MCQ from Becker that asks and states that the use of activity-based costing normally results in substantially greater unit costs for low-volume products than is reported by traditional product costing.
The explanation doesn't elaborate more than that answer option. Can someone please elaborate on why this is, and why it is not substantially lower unit costs vs higher? Thanks!
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You're right. I just started B1 and I am finding the transition from Audit difficult. AUD was a lot more passive and theoretical. I have to use my brain more to understand these cost accounting questions, lol
As a ESL person, I'm really suffering in understanding those explanations.
Can anyone tell me how to study it efficience way???
Read book??? notes??? or just non-stop MCQ???
I spent like 2-5 mins to figure out those wrong answers for MCQ.
I feel really slow now.
My exam time is Jan 14th, 2013.
Using Becker 2012 material.
I was wondering what everyone is using to prepare for the BEC exam in January/February? I'm currently only using Becker (self-study). Is anyone using Cpareviewforfree or Wiley? Any suggestions?
I'm using the Wiley Test Bank, NINJA Audio, notes from Yaeger and an old 2011 Wiley BEC Book.
@CEH84: Thanks! I'm probably going to add Wiley test bank in addition to Becker. I am also considering Ninja notes but I might be adding too much. Have you or anyone tried Ninja notes? I just want to take this test once. I know what I am adding to my Santa list lol
Wow chapter 1 is so boring! COSO
Decided to join the study group since I just found out I passed Audit, now off to study for BEC... I'm taking the exam on Feb 1, and this is my only chance before my FAR credit expires (I know, I should have planned better... but studying is just so painful)...
Passed the other exams with Becker only, and left BEC to the end since for some strange reason I thought it would be the easiest one... silly me... now, that I read the comments, look at other peoples scores I start to really worry...
Question for those who took other exams - how would you compare them to BEC, and if you used becker did you think it prepared you enough?
@CPAlano - nice question! unfortunately I am not far along with my studies to answer (only on B1-2)... but intuitively I would agree with you - the traditional product costing would include the economies of scale and if it is a low-volume will result in higher cost...... so please let me know if you find out...
I am almost done with the Econ readings...I woke up at 4 am to find that I had fallen asleep while reading, lol I am going to finish the readings tonight and go over practice exam questions, then off to Fin Man
@audiox You're in here now? You did audit that fast!
It's DatFutureCPA - I dont know why but that account is banned and wont let me post.
Also, seconding chapter 1 as being very boring.
Yeah, I started studying Audit right after I took FAR. I found it a lot easier and I felt like I could have taken it even earlier.
I started studying BEC but I'm waiting for my AUD results before applying/scheduling it. It's kind of rushed but I'm hoping to get it done by the first week of Jan. Not sure though because these first two chapters are a real pain to get through.
How many weeks/hours did you put into AUD? If my workload for my last graduate semester isnt too heavy I'll try to squeeze in Audit and then finish up with REG in early summer.
I am hoping to finish up chapter 1 of BEC today. Im finding it hard to get back into study mode even though its much easier to digest than FAR. Taking this on 1/15.
Not sure about hours, but about 5.5 weeks. I felt like I could have taken it at least a week earlier though.
The questions went a lot faster because it was pretty much all theory, rather than a lot of calculations (FAR).
BEC seems like a mix of theory and calcs.
For those using Becker, how much time do you spend on the simulations - Writing Memos?
I did plenty of memos in my 5 years of college, but I feel like I'm slacking off if I don't attempt them. Do you do all 3 in-depth or just read over the question and make an outline?
Also, I'm really hating the setup of BEC. Watch 2 hour lectures and then 100+ MCQ testlets per topic. Its hard to keep focus, I much prefer the FAR setup. 4-5 sections each 30-45 minute lectures then about 40-50 MCQ.
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