this site is basically a site to vent and whine and worry!
FAR - Salman Khan - PASSED
BEC - Aamir Khan - PASSED
AUD - Saif Ali Khan - PASSED
REG - Shahrukh Khan - ?
this site is basically a site to vent and whine and worry!
Just found out a failed BEC with a 71... It was my last section too, stupid BEC... I just kept starring at the screen after I got my score. I was hoping to be celebrating over the holidays, not studying again :(
I wish the exam was 70 and above and not 75, I would have been golden every time!
Trying to pick myself up, tear....
@I Want My Life Back 10.12
Get back at it, you'll get it next time. Any tips for us taking it a first time?
@ SeePeeAyy - Thanks :) I'll get there... Even after failing 4x's, all within a couple points from passing, you still can't help but get down and sulk a little... all that studying and anxiously checking NASBA just builds up a little... but that's what Another71.com is for, to build you up again! :)
As far as advice... I think Becker MC questions are a lot more challenging than the exam. I felt the exam was more concept based than working formulas. DEFINITELY go into the Written Simulations with at least a solid hour, if you can more... I went into the Sims with about 50 something minutes left and submitted the exam with 17 seconds left on the clock! I started the 3rd essay with about 10 minutes left and by the time I read it, formulated my thoughts and began to write I had like 5 minutes haha. Just really try to pace yourself through the MC Testlets. I got held up on a few math problems that I am sure hurt my time on the Sims.
Best of luck studying!
@I Want My Life Back 10.12
Thanks for the tips! Ugh I like calculations way more than theory. Was looking forward to a more math intensive exam.
@SeePeeAyy, we are the opposite then. I find the theory questions easier, which I guess is how I scored so well on Audit.
I guess I can officially join now. Just found out I passed REG and am tackling BEC next. Perfect timing because my Wiley book came in today. For both REG and AUD, I've used Wley book, test bank, and Ninja audio so that is my (cheap) plan this time as well.
Do you suggest taking AUD before REG? Im not sure which I want to tackle next
I'm starting to study for BEC this week. It's my last one but I'm starting my job in January so I want to get through as much as I can the rest of this month. How is December almost half over already?!?
I'm new to this forum. I sat for BEC Nov, 12 but unfortunately I failed with 74 using Becker Self Study, though i expected this section to be the easiest. I really want to clear BEC on Feb,13 so i'm ready to do my best the coming two months and dedicate my life to do it. I wonder if Becker would be enough or I need supplemental material to pass BEC second time?
Can someone help me on a becker example? Im not sure if its a book error or I'm just not getting it.
"The $10,000 factory floor supervisor salary is the only fixed cost that will be eliminated if Offset PURCHASES the part".
Why do they then use it under "make"? How does that make sense? If they purchase the part then they dont need the supervisor salary so why does that lower the "make" per unit cost since you are buying the part?
Is anyone else distressed by the amount of abstract nonsense business jargon used in BEC ?
So I feel like the dumbest person because I'm going through the Economic chapters and nothing is making sense to me (not to mention the lectures are really boring). Peter Olinto keeps yelling "don't memorize this, know the concepts", but nothing is sticking. Any advice or tidbits?
Scheduled for 1/5.
Starting B4 today. I plan to finish B4-B6 by Friday, and then start reviewing everything.
How are you guys keeping track of the variance analysis? I know its basic math but I feel like theres 15 equations to memorize.
Finishing up B2 today, Got to be ready by 1/15 hope I'm not behind.
Onto 132mcq testlet.....
Yes..B3 thank god. NPV, IRR, WACC all finance class stuff I smoked.
Love this chapter, definitely a relief after the awful cost accounting stuff.
@SeePeeAyy I took AUD before REG and didn't find it particularly helpful. As I begin BEC I am starting to think that perhaps I should have taken BEC after AUD, rather than REG, because a bunch of these topics (particularly IT-related) seems to be similar to AUD topics.
I like the lack of numerical problems in the IT chapter.
I'm taking BEC 02/20/13 and I'll start studying this week.
I'll follow the same strategy I did for AUD. I watched the lectures and did the MCQs each week x 6 weeks per Becker. In the 4-6 week sections, I'll add in reading the NINJA notes on a daily basis. In the final 3 review weeks, I read the notes every day (often twice), rewrite them once, and do as many MCQ progress tests as I can.
I seem to be spacing out the tests more than a lot of people but it works for me. I'm not the best at formalized tests and I don't want to underestimate any of the sections. Hopefully my AUD success will continue three more times.
AUD - 11/19/12 - 99
BEC - 02/20/13
REG - 04/24/13
FAR - 07/05/13
Becker Self Study and NINJA Notes
how are you guys remembering all these formulas in b-1 and 2?
Missed by three in December. I am praying for many IT and COSO questions in January. I read a lot of texts but neglected practicing MCs. Guess I'll bury myself in MCs for the next month!!!
@3CPA You seem to have a very rigorous study plan man jeez haha. Now wonder you killed Audit.
How do you get a 99 is that literally like 1-2MCQ wrong or what? Thats crazy.
Man really struggling to sit down and do this, I just see 2:20:00 on a lecture and Im like no thanks.
99 is a perfect score! Impressive!
I did not see anyone answer your question regarding BEC 2-17 example that you posted two days ago. I dont know if you figured it out but I though I wold try and help. I am new to this forum. When making a decision on whether a company should make or buy a component you should only consider all the variable costs & avoidable fixed costs to determine the company’s cost to make the product. These are the only relevant costs that need to be considered when making the decision. You do not include any costs that are fixed & unavoidable in the calculation for the company’s cost to make the product. According to the example the company has $10,000 in direct materials, $40,000 in direct labor, $20,000 in variable factory overhead, and $40,000 in fixed factory overhead. Fixed factory overhead includes $30,000 of unavoidable costs. You cannot eliminate these costs, whether you build the product internally or purchase it. Therefor they are not relevant to the decision and should not be included in the calculation in determining the cost to make the product. The $10,000 floor supervisor’s salary is an avoidable fixed cost (relevant to the decision) and should be included in calculation to determine the cost of making the product. The company’s relevant cost to make the product is $80,000 (10,000 D.M. + $40,000 D.L. + $20,000 Var. O.H. + $10,000 Avoidable Fixed Costs = $80,000). The cost to purchase the product is $100,000. The floor supervisor’s salary did not lower the “make” per unit cost, the unavoidable fixed costs did. I hope this helps. If it does not I’m sorry.
Night 1 of hitting the books again with BEC... 4 stupid points shy of passing the CPA Exam, would have been the best Christmas gift ever! Hoping to kill it in February so I can plan my wedding!
I got a 71 on BEC 10/13, rematch scheduled 1/4. Just finished 5 (economics), 5 hours tonight on all parts and MCQ on first two sub sections. Still have 74 MCQ and optional MCQ. BEC is difficult, time-consuming, and a wealth of spread out information. Economics is tough, you have to keep going over it until you really get the concepts and how they piece together. I havent even looked at a writing sim, they are so long. Much longer then I believe is necessary. Bottom line, the more time you have at the end for the writing the better off you are. JMO.
I will finish 6 this week and progress test and Wiley test bank to finish line. Maybe a practice test day before. I hate this so much that Im studying like I got a 31!!!!!!!
@ cantwaitcpa thanks a lot!
I need some advice on my studying structure. I'll be finished with B3 today. So far I've done all the lectures and attempted the MCQ at least one time. Now I know I need to fine tune a lot of stuff in B1-B2, because I didn't really re-read the material or take notes.
Do you all think I should stop and take a day or two and do a good review and take notes on these or just keep moving forward for now? I have 28 days of full time studying until my exam.
I'm using the 2013 Becker materials for BEC, and I'm worried about my performance so far. I worked on all the MCQs for the first 4 chapters, but only once. Here are my results:
Chapter 1 - 67%
Chapter 2 - 73%
Chapter 3 - 69%
Chapter 4 - 64%
What the hell? I thought BEC was gonna be a breeze. Chapter 4 was the really easy IT crap, but I kept getting questions wrong. A few of you have said the actual exam is much easier than Becker, so I'm still hoping my poor results are due to Becker overcomplicating their review. But I'm not feeling confident at all and it's 2 weeks before my test.
@FeartheBeard - I'm having the same issue as you - I'm doing pretty terrible on the homework for BEC so far. It's freaking me out quite a bit!
^^ I am having the same issues as you both, scoring 60-75% range depending on the topic. For FAR the first time around i was literally getting 40-50% on some sections. After you work them a couple times your score will increase.
I do believe Becker questions are much tougher on purpose to help us study better, at least from the FAR materials.
I need some advice...
This is my third attempt at BEC and I MUST pass it this time before FAR expires and I lose being grandfathered into PA under the 150 credit rule. I'm taking it on January 7th and just took a practice exam and I got a 91 on the multiple choice part (I skip the essays because I think it's a waste of time practicing those). Before, I just used CPAExcel, this time I added the 10-point combo. I feel prepared for the exam but I still have 2 and a half weeks of prep time. Any suggestions on what to do for these last few weeks? I don't want to get worn out and bomb it on exam day, which is what happened in October.
@hgmosteller, I'm from pa and I believe the state board has interpreted the new requirments. My understanding is as long as u passed a part by dec 2011, u are forever grandfathered in. Correct me if I'm wrong but you can find their interpretation on their website.
correction to my post above...It is the PICPA interpretation and NOT State board. Sorry for the confusion.
@supervisor, I just read their interpretation and that's what I gathered as well. Thank God! However, I still really really really want to pass BEC and be done with the exam, as I'm sure you do too!
yes I do! I wanna be done with it forever!!! This will be my 4th time taking it and that's within 4 consective windows. *sigh.. when are you scheduled to sit for it?
January 7th, not soon enough
aww. ok. i'm sure you will do great. 2.5 weeks left of prep time is a lot. I am using Wiley and still have about 150 questions to go in the text book but after I am done with the book, I am going to use the test bank. I would grill those MC's like crazy at least that is what I hear from the peeps that passed.
Econ chapter is pretty easy so far (B5). I think whoever said it's downhill after B1 and B2 was right.
The common thing I hear is that BEC is easy........it is not and dont underestimate it. None of these exams are easy and they should all be studied for in the same way. For stuff like the IT, its easy to say "oh yeah i know about computers, i got it"...............but then you get a handful of questions you have not idea about on the exam and that could be just enough to push you over the line.
I cant speak for other prep courses, but Becker did do a good job and nothing seemed foreign on the exam. I will say b-1 - b-3 were the worst and it got much easier after. I personally liked the economics chapter. Peter Olinto said it right, you cant memorize this stuff.........you have to UNDERSTAND it. Once you understand it, you can talk your way through the problems logically and usually come to the correct answer.
Good luck BEC takers, study hard and knock it out!
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