I took FAR earlier today. I am so hoping it was my last exam, and that I'll go 4 for 4. Even if I pass FAR on the first try, it'll have been an entire year of studying/test taking for me, and I am just really over this whole process.
Anyway, I couldn't fall asleep last night and I couldn't stay asleep either. So I got a grand total of 1.5 hours of sleep. Around the 3rd testlet, I started getting very, very tired. I studied with Becker, and I studied a lot, but I stopped studying days ago (see previous paragraph about being 'over it') and, because of a ton of issues, it has been stop-start studying for 4 months or more, which isn't good. Nevertheless, I thought the exam was extremely simplistic. I am not saying I'm confident about passing, I'm almost saying the opposite. The first question on my whole exam was a very simple calculation, but I couldn't remember a small piece of the puzzle and I was second-guessing myself. This happened quite a few times during the MCQs. I felt the second testlet was the same difficulty as the first. I have never felt my testlets increased in difficulty, but for some reason it was throwing me off today mentally. I kept thinking I bombed the first one but I didn't see how it was possible. It's not very likely that I thought I had a good handle on stuff but just had absolutely no clue what was going on. I feel like I did decently, but a few of the questions in the second testlet were laughably easy. Third testlet was medium difficulty as well. Equal parts conceptual/calculation.
SIMs were not of any extraordinary difficulty either, which is why I'm not too concerned with the MCQ difficulty. SIMs are not adaptive, therefore maybe the whole exam was just a fairly simple exam, I don't know. I was preparing myself for a bloodbath (that's how I felt w/ REG SIMs..there were tears) but they were all straight-forward and manageable, though I always have trouble with the research question (there's always a couple answers I think could fit) and the very last SIM was something where if you messed up one thing, you messed up everything, and it was the one I was least confident on. That was the crappiest part of the exam.
It took me just shy of 3 hours (and I am a very fast test taker. Leave major time for SIMs). Becker covered everything, no surprise questions, but I will say, there are a few people on here who have also studied with Becker and say, "Don't bother studying Chapter ___" and I am here to tell you that is a MAJOR NO-NO. I almost, ALMOST said to hell with one of the sections in Becker, but I forced myself to watch the lecture and read it through once, and I am SO glad I did. If I hadn't, that would've been a good 5-8 questions that I would've had no idea on. Everyone's test is different, and you just never know.
I am going to be honest. I know I screwed up some things in the SIMs and I know I didn't answer all the MCQs with confidence, but I would be surprised if I failed. It would signal to me that I have just been on another planet with FAR this entire time. I felt great about BEC, ambivalent about AUD (due to first battle w/ SIMs), and I passed both with high scores. I thought I got destroyed by REG, but I passed with a lesser score. I would hope that the decent feeling with FAR will show in my score, but I also know in the coming days I'll start to question this and that. I never want to sound like I have it in the bag, because I very well may eat my words in a couple weeks, but, regardless, the test was not unfair or unmanageable. I'll stand by that opinion no matter the outcome. Long 3 1/2 week wait, though...
Sorry so long, hope it helps the next exam takers!
AUD: (5/2012) 91
REG: (8/2012) 82
FAR: (1/2013) 78 :)
Studied almost every day for an entire year w/ Becker and supplemented w/ NINJA materials.
CPA class of 2013!