This is my first time posting to the site.
I took FAR yesterday...my first section of the CPA journey. I was so anxious going in!!!
Testlet 1: I wouldn't necessarily say it was a breeze, but once I finished it, I was thinking wow, is this it. I think I only marked about 4 questions and finished it in a little over 30 minutes. Boy was I happy going into testlet #2...
Testlet 2: So I'm a math person and I actually enjoy calculation questions. But testlet #2 was mostly theory, and the wording was very very tricky. Not to mention that most times when I answered the question in my head, I would look to the answer choices and not see it listed, lol. So I had to make a lot of educated guesses. I made educated guesses on onver half of the questions in the testlet, so I didn't feel too good going into testlet #3.
Testlet 3: Thist testlet was not as difficult as testlet 2, but not as easy as testlet 1. If I could offer any advice, please know the NFP module. There were a lot of these questions. I felt pretty confident about NFP going into the test, but the wording of the questions were sooooo tricky. So going into the SIMS, by confindence level was about a 2.75 out of 5.
SIMS: Somebody on the thread has already said this, but I swear the CPA test administrators has a sixth sense for the areas that you didn't bother to spend a lot of time on...because all of these areas showed up in my SIMS!!!!! LOL. I actually mumbled the four letter word "f*ck" out loud once I skimmed through each one to see what the content was. While I completed each question, there was one that was almost completely blank because I didn't understand what the SIM wanted me to do. There's one for sure I got correct, which is one that I didn't spend any time whatsoever studying for at home. I spent a lot of time on it, and once I got it correct, again I shouted out...but not the four letter word this time! I think I brought too much attention to myself from the testing folks, lol. On the other four non research, I did ok. I'm not confindent that I got them completely correct, but I knew the concepts and filled in all that I could, so hopefully I get some good partial credit. As for the research, the topic was not covered at all in my review, and I think I nailed it with 3 minutes left on the test. The last section number is probably wrong, but I think I got the first three correct.
Overall, I left the test thinking that after I take AUD in August, I better reschedule FAR. But reading through the blog, I'm thinking I did maybe well enough to pass. A lot of folks had similar experiences and came out with passing scores. I have to keep hope alive.
I used Yaeger and Wiley, and those were really good. I started studyng in December of 2011 though. I'm in a management position at work, so I work more than full-time. I just wanted to make sure I had enough time to fully absorb all of the material, as I don't want to take FAR again!!! Wish me luck!
Yaeger and Wiley CPA Review