We have a lot of "I took __ today threads" so to consolidate, here is the official thread.
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I took REG yesterday... I don't know what to think. Even if I had studied a week longer, I wouldn't have studied the details that my MCQ asked. I have one more attempt at this before I lose FAR. I've already passed AUD twice and I'm not going to repeat all the sections. I don't feel confident about yesterday, so if I fail at the last attempt, that will be the end of the CPA road for me. 2 1/2 years later...
Women, hang in there....You have come too far to give up now..Have faith in yourself... This is exactly how i felt after walking away from prometric and landed with a God Bless 78, but not after 3 attempts 2 of them being 74's... My last exam was very vague and the questions never went up the difficulty level and they were more theory than computations..Regulation is a tricky one but it can be conquered..
Thanks. I'm hoping for a miracle 75.
Hey, I took REG on Friday. I walked out stunned and confused. Especially when one topic that every review course just focused on the basics was tested heavily and the basics weren't mentioned. Just hope that the CPA gods are working in our favor when the scoring begins.
I sit tomorrow. Be back with a report then.
I had the exact same experience as GirlAcct74. So far I've taken FAR (which I failed with a 62), and now REG, as of this past Saturday. I went into REG feeling a lot more prepared than I was for FAR, and came out feeling a lot worse. At this point I'm hoping for a 50.
There were hardly any questions at all on one of my strongest topics (and by "topic" I don't mean something small, like AMT or something like that, I mean a broad topic), and the SIMs were.... special. I at least found the research answer almost immediately. But yeah, I'm already planning on having to retake that one.
I'm using Bisk books and the NINJA notes, but I doubt I'd be better prepared with anything else. I'm going to reread my entire tax textbook before I take it again.
I think my REG experience was like most of yours. I went in to REG feeling really confident. The MCQs I couldn't really tell if they were getting harder or easier but I do know that I had a lot of calculations. I ever remembered a couple of questions and when I got home I looked them up and I got them correct. So then I got to the SIMS and instantly I wanted to cry (seriously) right at that computer. My mood started to change and I started to get a little depressed and that has never happened to me. i know I at least got 80% or more on 2 of the SIMS, 50% or more on 4 of the SIMS, and 1 of the SIMS I literally had to guess. The literature did not help me at all on most of the SIMs. Lets PRAY!!!!!! Dear Lord, all I want is a 75, I am not going to be greedy and ask for an 80+, just let me make a 75.
Can you post which review courses you all used?
I used Becker supplemented with Ninja Notes, Ninja Audio(definitely helped me with those MCQs), and Wiley TB.
@MyLifeisCPA I agree. The MC was OK, but sims were horrible. I looked all through the Becker material and could not figure out how I should have done 2 of them. Hopefully those were questions that will not count!
@ Lynlea - I hope the SIMS that we got the lowest on, will be the throw out.. LOL.. and we get PASSING scores. I am studying for FAR now, what materials did you use and how much did you study for FAR? I have 6 weeks to study for FAR to take it on 05/30.
I used Becker for studying and both Becker and Wiley for practice exams. Make sure to study fund accounting and pensions. I feel like I had a lot of questions on those two areas that I did not spend enough time on! ;)
I took Regulation Test yesterday. MCQs are kind of tricky and involve clear understanding of the subject concept. This is my second try and I took earlier on 02/29 and scored 69. The standard of MCQs are increased from Medium to Hard level. I got all 3 testlets at Hard level and handled it well. I finished MCQs in one and half hours and spared one and half hour for simulations. To my surprise all simulations are easy and manageable. 4 simulations did it well, 1 did it with 70% accuracy and could not finish the research portion. Last 15 minutes, I started research .... the research went on for hours until the exam timed out. The only suggestion, I want to give you folks is that once you finished a single simulation DO NOT EVER open and try to change the answers. Once locked it lock it for ever. The 5th simulation I did it perfectly, but in closing seconds, I tried to change the answer and the new answer was never saved. Particularly these kind of simple mistakes are so catastrophic when it involves -- expense enter in (2,000). One key additional stroke makes the difference. In my case, I think this is the difference which judge 73 or 74 or 75. Came out of test center with anger, frustration and helplessness. How well you prepared for the test, the execution is the key. Also look for the question carefully and find out THE CALL OF THE QUESTION (as per Tim Gearty), whether the examiner is asking for the basis or gain or loss. BEC and AUD on the line. Good luck...
First time poster, and long time follower, but I thought I would share my thoughts on Reg, which I took Thursday 4/19. I used Yaeger, Wiley test bank and supplemented with Ninja Notes (my first section with Ninja Notes, and I thought they really helped to tie all the material together for me). The multiple choice questions were very reasonable and I felt well prepared (I'm sure thanks to the hours I devoted to the Wiley test bank). However, like many others, I was much less confident with the SIMS. I left Prometric feeling confident, but then when I was out to dinner with my husband a little later realized I made a really stupid mistake that may cost me some serious points. Thanks for providing this forum, I am a big fan and glad to be participating.
I just sat on 4/17. I felt great on my MCQ testlets, although they didn't seem to get progressively harder at all (hoping that's not a bad indication). Sims were very challenging. I felt like my topics required a *serious* in-depth knowledge of that tested material in order for you to come out of them feeling good.... I studied (long and hard) with Bisk (a 2011 edition)
I take REG on Saturday and was wondering, how much time you left for the Simulations?
Sitting for REG tomorrow. Looking for extra SIM practice besides Becker and Wiley, any thoughts?
Last minute study suggestions?
akb9874, I buzzed through the MCQs pretty quickly. They only took me about 1 hour 20 minutes. I spent 80 mins on my sims and research sim. I had time left at the end for sure, but I didn't want to go back and potentially change any correct answers I had because I was starting to doubt my original responses. Definitely didn't feel pressed for time, and again, I hope that isn't a bad indicator...
thanks for the input. I am sure you did fine!
@CHEF: I practiced SIMS by doing all the SIMS in Becker 3-4times, and all the tax SIMS in Wiley at least twice. I didn't have any surprises for the actual exam, Wiley & Becker prepared me well for those. I understand every test is different, but as long as you understand concepts, and use the research tab, you should be able to get at least partial credits for those.
PS: Don't underestimate b-law. Study b-law as much as you study taxation:)
Out of the testing center, feeling good. All the time spent working MCQ's was worth it. Becker and Wiley tb prepared me well for the exam, no surprises.
Now the wait begins...
I am glad you feel well about the exam!
I feel good about the MCQ but the sims were really difficult. I know I got the Research tab correct but everything else is up in the air. I feel like I got partial credit on everything but didn't blow any one sim out of the water like I had hoped. The 22nd couldn't come soon enough!! Now on to FAR!
Took the exam Friday afternoon.
MCQ: thought was substantially easier than my previous exam (Jan '12 was extremely difficult but I scored all stronger or comparable). Prep with Becker HW and Wiley Test Bank was sufficient I thought.
Simulations: I had 3 repeats from previous tests, unreal. All the sims material was included in the IRC without a doubt, its just a matter of finding it and applying to your specific question or simulation. Of course Becker went over all of these topics, but the level of detail they test you on is borderline comical because only a practicing tax CPA would know the rules off the top of their heads. Lesson here is, be able to use authoritative literature to research either new or old topics to excruciating detail.
The SIMS screw me every time
Just got home from the exam and I went through my study materials...and CPAexcel had the most coverage of my SIMS
4 of my 6 sims had a combined TOTAL of 1 1/3 pages in my 400+ page book
Pretty demoralizing...i felt good about the MC and left myself an hour and a half for the SIMS...utilized the literature tab(mainly to no avail)
Im getting really tired of this BS
And then after smoking their doobies, they get on a ferris wheel and go wheeeeeeeee wheee, whee. Kind of like that commercial on t.v.
@ ThunderFan0 I had thought that I failed miserably on the SIMs too, but I just found out that I passed!
All i can say is FML!!! Mcq were very easy, which may not be a good sign and sims were hard as usual. What pisses me off is i knew part of a sim and still answered it incorrectly. Hoping for the best but not looking to good
I scored low on REG, but I came by it honestly. I had wanted to keep my scores in the 90s, but by the time I started studying for REG I think "exam fatigue" set in, and I kind of skated on some topics. I am not going to be disappointed about it, because I am so happy that I passed.
I walked out of REG thinking I bombed it.
I took my REG on april 13, and just got the scores few days back.
The MCQs were very similar to what I had practiced in Becker homework. the first test-let was medium difficult and the remaining 2 were very hard. However, I believed i had done pretty well and when I finished 3 test-lets i felt really good that I was gonna get good score. But the simulation was a nightmare. I completely screwed them and spend a lot of time which made me miss my research question. overall I completely screwed my simulation which is 40% of the test. I left the exam center very disappointed, and seriously doubted that i will pass.
But i just got my score few days back and it was 84, wow. I could not believe it.
Therefore, my understanding is- since it is a computer adaptive test, meaning if you keep doing better they will give you harder questions, and they award points accordingly. If you answer more difficult questions correctly then you are most likely to score higher than scoring medium difficult questions correctly. However the simulation part is preassigned and is not Computer adaptive.
Although, I had completely screwed my simulation, my performance on MCQ saved me.
so I've taken all the sections and Reg twice. The first time I barely knew reg, this time i was getting 80's - 90's on the MC questions in the Becker homework review yet some how I got the same score of 70. Am I missing something? For all the people on here who've taken these tests over and over what do you do about your review materials expiring? Should I be using a different review course?
@ThunderFan0 - you perfectly described my experience. I believe I found my research question at least, but it was something that both Becker and my NINJA notes said was an absolute ("must") situation, and the research question very clearly wanted me to find the exception. Then, one of the other sims tested details for that same situation (detail beyond what the research tab had of course). Very frustrating.
Thank you to @ckizna and @Lynlea for at least giving me some hope that the MCQ's might carry me.
edit: double, sorry
are you getting 80's and 90's in mcq because you understand why the answers are correct/incorrect? or are you starting to memorize?
if you gave it your all with becker than i would switch materials, it just may not be for your learning style. we all learn differently and what works for others may not work for you. try samples of other review courses and see what you like
I hear you, when you question if you should use different review materials. From my personal experience I initally used Becker and did not get positive results on FAR or AUD. I then switched to Yeager and the NINJA notes and had success with AUD, but again not with FAR (did not initally purchase the notes, in my opion a big mistake). I am now back on Becker as my firm offered to pay and bought the remaining NINJA notes that I needed. So far, this has led me to pass two parts.
So in short, for me it was not necessarily the review course that gave me the best advantage, but a combonation of my notes from Becker, the NINJA notes and problems from the Wiley book (my past experience with this book has been positive as their questions are closer to what has been on the exam for me and also gives me more practice). I am not sure if this has been your approach, but give it a shot as I was close to giving up thinking I was never going to pass, but in reality all I needed was a different approach than I had been using.
Hey guys thanks for the responses yes part of the problem is I started to memorize questions. It's funny because when I took Becker in September I was getting 50's-60's then when I started doing the homework again in March I was like wow I don't remember questions like these at all but I was in the 80's - 90's. However I am certain I did start to memorize questions because I could skim the question and still find the right answer.
So my next question is what to do about study materials. I'm a few grand deep into Becker should I be buying new materials for $400-$500 or keep pounding away with Becker? And what is the benefit of the Ninja notes? Should I buy the Wiley test bank too? Are the Ninja notes similar to the Becker text and the Wiley test bank similar to the Becker homework?
if you gave it your all with becker than switch. i switch from becker to yaeger and passed AUD and BEC, can't seem to pass REG tho
The NINJA notes are well organized and in my opinion are perfect to any study guide, Becker or Wiley. They are well structured and easy to understand. I consider his notes to encompass 75%-80% of what is on the test (after all the highlighting in Becker it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the material they want you to know). The 25%-20% difference in subject matter I add in from either the Becker lectures or problems I get incorrect.
Since you are a few grand into Becker, I do not recommend jumping ship and going to a different review course. I think you stay with Becker and invest in the notes for one section and the Wiley test bank for one section, this way you are only spending a couple hundred bucks and adding supplemental tools to your Becker study.
In regards to the Wiley test bank, the problems I got from their books were good practice problems that do not veer away from the basics you learn in Becker, but give you exposure to addtional problems you have not seen. Hope this helps.
I have passed regulation today by securing a score of 77. I was so scared for not answering the research portion in simulation and the mistake that occured in other simulation in closing seconds. Whatever, I am happy. Now I am attempting BEC tomorrow.
took reg for the third time today....at this point i really don't know how to feel about it!
i've mainly been using becker 2011. i have the wiley 2012 book, but i really only used it for the questions. there wasn't a single thing that i hadn't seen in becker, so that was good! the bad part was that i had a hard time remembering all the details. after taking it twice i thought i had a pretty good sense of what i needed to focus on, but of course that all got shot to hell haha. the first two times i took it i was caught off guard by the amount of detailed business law multiple choice questions i had, so this time i brought my b-law a-game. maybe it's just in my mind, but this time it felt like most of the questions were tax. so that kind of sucked. for some reason my mind went on the fritz and i blanked out on a lot of the s-corp stuff....probably because i subconsciously love retaking these tests and having no life?!
in a perfect world i could be able to have both business law and tax completely memorized, but i feel like there's a limit to how much of these detailed things my brain can remember!! all i want is to sneak by with a 75 :) anyway hope this helps someone out there!
Taking reg tomorow at 12. Studied for about 3 months and feel as prepared as I could possibly be. Does anyone have any last minute pointers for taking the exam or things to look out for? This is my first time taking reg and hopefully my last test for the cpa so any help would be appreciated! Thanks
@smac88... I'm in the same situation, taking REG tomorrow for the first time, studied for about 4.5 weeks, feel very prepared, and hopefully it will be my last exam! Good luck tomorrow.
@texas27 good luck to you too! It seems like you will crush it since you passed the first 3 in such a short time.
I took REG a few days ago, and I felt it was pretty difficult... I flagged 8/24, 8/24, and 10/24 of the MCQs as questions I didn't know (the SIMS felt okay). I'm a tax concentration and I took business law a year ago, so I thought I didn't have to study AS much. I went through the becker lectures and homework problems/sims, and reviewed for about a week, but not very productively.
Does anyone have any comments/encouragement on how they had felt they didn't know 30-40% of the MCQs, but still passed with a 75 (or higher) score??
I took REG yesterday (for the fourth time) and it didn't seem that difficult. So now obviously I'm worried that I totally bombed it. Anyways, this time around I really studied partnerships, AMT and made sure I had the Becker mnemonics memorized and understood what they meant. If I passed this test then I'm done, so I'm crossing my fingers really tightly!!
Ugh. REG was brutal. I was doing ok, but by the third testlet I was questioning the things I really knew. The sims were a total joke.
Not expecting to see a pass.
This exam was like putting a million pins of tiny pieces of information in your head and asking you to pull out one specific item at request.
SO you're saying the SIMS were easy??? I'm worried about the SIMS .Taking REG for the first time tomorrow!
Well it depends what you think easy is. For the most part, it just forces you to recall really specific bits of information that you glaze over in studying. I am dumb and spent most of my time on the research tab. So I had to guess on the others. Finally found the research portion when I has 10 minutes left. Funny how it always seems to happen like that...
I took REG three times and passed 1-3-12. about 85% of my simulations were confined to the ancillary material in Becker. I think because I learned my lesson the first two times I made sure I mastered the ancillary in (all) lectures. trust me.
OR if you use Yeager/Wiley which I finally used to passed, there is no need to do "ancillary" because everything Yeager teaches will show up in the exam in one way or another.
I see.Well, hopefully I can recall what they ask for.The SIMS in Becker are pretty specific so I'm just going over those right now.I'm going to do them in order..1 through 6.
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