We have a lot of "I took __ today threads" so to consolidate, here is the official thread.
Please - Not even a hint of exam disclosure per AICPA rules.
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.
Also, what would you consider ancillary in the Becker lectures?
ancillary is what it is marked "ancillary". Becker rarely go over any of that. They will tell "read over, whatever sticks sticks :)"
Well I'm doing the fast pass course and never come across the word ancillary.Also, the whatever sticks part is mainly in Business law and all of the SIMS are from tax right?
I just took the REG exam this morning. Holy cow. I would recommend studying the SIMS most of all. 1st testlet seemed easy, 2 and 3 seemed hard. So that might be a good sign, or it might be a sign I really have gone nuts as my friends suspect.
I would recommend focusing on sections 1 through 4, as well as contracts and not-for-profits.
hopefully three down.... one to go!!
I did the SIMS from Becker..those should suffice?
Yes, but keep doing them, make sure you understand all of the concepts. They were a little out of left field. I feel like Becker prepared me well for it :)
I took REG in April and recently found out my score. During the torturous wait for the score release I did something I never did with any other section of the exam, I searched the internet to see if anyone else felt like I did walking out of REG and passed.
When I walked out of the testing center I felt like I failed REG. I flagged almost every MCQ for review. The MCQs did get marginally harder, but it also felt like it was repeating questions that I had on a previous testlet. My confidence was shot by the time I got to the SIMS. And the SIMS! The SIMS were nothing like I had studied. NOT AT ALL! I gave it my best guess. I was so upset after taking REG that I considered sending a nasty letter to Becker.
I felt like I failed REG, but I passed with an 84. (Becker, I'm sorry I doubted you.)
I am a horrible test taker. If I can pass, you can pass. Hang in there. If you fail,and I've been there many times, don't give up. Look at what you did wrong and fix it. In my case I set myself up for failure by attending a live lecture review course. In college I slept through lectures. I don't know why I thought a live lecture would work for me. When I changed to Becker Self-Study things clicked for me. I can't study for hours nonstop so the ability to pause a lecture and take a break whenever I want to is key.
I need to stop procrastinating and get back to studying:) Good luck to you all.
Just got back from taking REG and am in a really bad mood.
I think I did decent on the MC, but guessed on all the SIMS except for the research one. I even completely left one blank. The SIMS were on very specific topics and I couldn't even find the answers in the authoratative literature tab. UGHHHHHH looks like this will be another summer spent studying.
Just got back from REG. Pretty sure I did really well on the multiple choice. SIMs I felt good on a couple and iffy on a few. More importantly, I just poured a tall glass of beer after a month long sabbatical from drinking. Here's to passing!
So, I bombed REG (57); did "stronger" on B-Law but choked on everything else. Using Yaeger; Wiley, put in over 300 hours for REG alone but clearly I need to study smarter not harder. So, this time around I got the NINJA notes and, per Jeff's suggestion, I'm using the NINJA approach; going back through the homestudy videos etc. as opposed to just Yaeger's CRAM. I also got Gleim's test bank and their book so I can cross-reference the Wiley material so that I select only the topical areas Yaeger asks us to cover to see what it is I'm not remembering. I'm really hoping the NINJA notes give my study focus because my notes are clearly too voluminous (not succinct/on-point) enough. Watching the homestudy videos YET AGAIN, is TORTURE!! but I'm going to do it. I don't know, what else to do other than this approach. Any pointers would be appreciated.
It took me three tries to pass REG. My failure wasn't due to "too much information" or anything else, but rather not studying everything and not being productive.
For my last try, I supplemented Wiley testbank with Becker. I didn't bother watching all the videos again (only watched couple which I couldn't understand just by reading). I read the Becker book at least twice, and did all its MCQs/SIMs 3-4 times. I kept going back and did progress tests to make sure I wasn't forgetting old information. Then, I did all tax related SIM/MCQs in Wiley testbank and it was very beneficial. I also read Ninja notes for few topics that I couldn't understand in Becker.
Basically, study like it's your first time, and don't skip anything. I would skip watching the lectures again and focus on reading the book and doing MCQs until you get tired of them...then do some more:) Don't underestimate law, and study it just as much as you would study tax (even though you were stronger in law).
Seeing your other scores, I'm pretty sure you'll pass it next time, Good Luck!
Just took REG today and overall I think I did ok. I just hope I did well enough to pass!
I just got back from taking REG, and I feel a thousand times better than I did when I took it last November. I used Becker & Becker Final review, and there were no unpleasant surprises on the exam. I finished it in about 2 hours. Here's to hoping I will never have to take another exam ever again!
Just got done... I thought the mc were manageable and only felt a few were tricky, the simulations were hard and I know 1 that I blew completely ugh .... Hopefully enough to pass
I had the same experience as you greenli2. The MCQ's were okay but some were tricky.Also, I know for sure that I bombed 1 simulation completely. Hopefully, the MCQ's and the other SIMS were enough for a 75...
Here is what I thought of REG. This is my first time taking it, so I was surprised that so few topics were actually covered and they kept repeating one subject over and over again. My sims were hard, I got one that was so vague I know it had to be pre-test. I knew the concept area but the questions they were asking were not covered in WIley Or Becker. Of course I ran out of time. I had 54 minutes to do the sims and they took forever. Only had 8 minutes for my last one and it was luckily the one that was pre-test. I doubt they grade all of the sims but who knows. At least we won't have to wait long!
I just got home from the test center. I almost came out of prometric and ripped the tires off my car with fury. The testlets were alright, but the simulations were insane. If I pass, I'll be shocked.
So the common consensus is that the MCQ's were okay but the SIMS were insane. We will know in a week's time! Here is hoping we all pass!
wow reg today just put me in a horrible mood. maybe it was bad luck but the sims i got were seemingly impossible. i sat there legit breaking out in hives panicking because i had felt okay on the MC. i am so disappointed.
@late night....bahaha. agree completely
I breezed through the MCQs, and absolutely blew all of the SIMs except for the research. I'm still not past my whining stage, so I'll continue to whine for at least the next two days. Here's why I feel cheated that my SIMS were so absurd:
1 - They were obscure...every single one. You know how I know this? While studying, I actually went through all of the practice SIMS in both Wiley and CPAexcel. They were nothing...nothing, like what I saw. Not even remotely close. I went home to look up the topics in my Wiley book. One of the SIMS was literally covered in three sentences. Not one of the 1,200 practice questions touched upon this topic. Three of my other SIMS were covered in one short paragraph. Seriously AICPA? Seriously? Let me mention that again...one SIM = three sentences.
2 - Partial credit. I feel fantastic about the MCQs, and normally would feel I have a decent shot of passing if I had the chance to get partial credit from the SIMS. But 4 of the SIMS, all of which I blew, were set up in the way that the answers are either right or wrong, there's no partial. Therefore, I absolutely blew 4 SIMS with no partial credit. There's no way I'll pass.
OK, I'm done whining ;-) Time to hit the books again I suppose.
Aww man I'm freaking out right now since I relied completely on Becker this time. I have an exam tomorrow.. I've taken Reg twice before and gotten a 71 and a 73.. all comments about the SIMS is making me go crazy.. I'm not sure what to expect and dont want to be stuck in 70s again.. what were the topics of the sims? were they similar to becker sims?
We can't discuss the specifics of what we've seen on the exams. Don't freak out, keep your confidence up. You can do this. Just make sure to keep track of time while you're doing the MCQs. If you do this, you should be able to give yourself some breathing room for the SIMS, and if time permits, use the research function. It's there for all the SIMS, not just the research one. Good luck!
Now that I am at least through all the tests, (waiting on last release), I figured I'd share my approach to the exams. Having no experience prior to testing, I committed to a rigorous schedule that left about 2 weeks of down time/personal time (cumulative) over the past 6 months. Although I occasionally dropped in on the forum as a reader, I opted not to get caught up in over psyching myself out. Instead I kept my head in the book and made my own flashcards (in excess of 1500) as to learn through my own writing. As for the last test, REG, I found the exam similar to others remarks as the MCQ being manageable (completed all 72 in under an hour) and the simulations a bit more intense. But having the extra time I could relax and ATTEMPT to break each one down.
My personal advice, whether its of any value or not is subjective:
A) FIRST, find a reason or a motivation that drive you to WANT the CPA. (Mine was the fact that I know people that have it that probably shouldn't, so if they can do by all means I can do it)
B) Create a schedule that fits your lifestyle/demands (I wanted to be done by summer so I could enjoy Lake Michigan with my friends all summer)
C) Develop your own study habits; what works for someone else may not be the best way for yourself, and vice versa.
D) Don't overstress; If you put the work it there's little doubt there will be any other result than success..
Best of luck to all and let's hope for good news next week.
I took REG on May 18th and I am just now posting my experience because I have gone completely into no study/think about the CPA exam mode since this was hopefully my last exam. Here is how it went...
First Testlet: Might as well done it with my eyes closed it was so easy
Second Testlet: Difficult but manageable
Third Testlet: Same as the second
Sims: For the most part my sims were easy and I am very thankful for that because it seems that this is not the case for most of the people on here. There was only one that I didn't know at all but I ended up reasoning through it and I believe I got it right. The research was easy and I know I got two other sims 100% correct unless I didn't count my zeros in my calculator or something. There were 2 sims which I messed up on and realized it after the exam but I would say I still got 70% of them right.
Overall, I felt very prepared and did not see that many surprises. Hopefully I am not just overconfident which is entirely possible but we will see in a few days.
Good luck everyone. Hopefully this was my fourth and final exam experience post!
I had a different experience than most of you. I took the Exam today and Testlet 1 and 3 were manageable, but testlet 2 was absurd. It was probably one of the most difficult testlets I have seen to date. I was able to narrow nearly every question down to two answers, but after that it was an educated guess. Pretty sure I bombed it as the 3rd testlet decreased in difficulty.
The SIMS were mixed, 3 including the research were familiar, but 3 were completely from left field. The 3 were not covered in either the Becker or Wiley SIMS, and the MCQ's barely touched on these topics as well.
I understand passing rates need to be kept low, but c'mon!
I think that I am in the same boat with a lot of you here. I thought I did pretty well on the multiple choice with the last set being very hard but doable. The sims on the other hand were an absolute beast! I have been using Gleim but I think I need a study system with harder sims to better prepare me. Does anyone have a good suggestion? How are the sims on the Wiley product? Any good reviews on the Ninja products? I am preparing like I did not pass and if so I will take it again in the first part of July while all the info is still fresh on the brain.
I took REG yesterday. I was hoping it would be my last CPA Exam. However mcq were harder than I had expected. I would say Becker DID NOT prepare me well. Also, the sims were hard. Probably got 50-60% correct. Does anyone know when they will release the scores, is it June 8th or June 7th?
Took REG yesterday. Yeager/Wiley prepared me great for the MCQ and really good for Sims. I don't know if the Sim topics were covered in Sim study but they were definitely touched upon at some point in the materials.
just took REG this morning....i feel like I got my butt kicked...
multipe choice were harder then i expected....and the sims were excrutiating...one in particular ( i dont know if im allowed to mention the topic on here) i think i may have gotten completely wrong.....the others, i think i got the research right, and the remaining 4 were hard, but manageable for partial credit..... im really hoping for some luck that some of my guesses were correct.
I'm hoping they don't grade the simulations except for the research one haha
Just took Reg for the 2nd time. I took Reg last July. I felt better about it this time around than the first. For me, I am nervous because I thought the first testlet was most challenging and the next two were pretty decent. I understand that the better you do the harder it gets so that is what worries me. Sims were ok except for 2 of them which were out of control. I mean not even remotely close to anything I practiced using Becker. All in all I felt better but who knows. Anyone know when they will begin releasing the scores for this window?
Suggestion to anyone out there taking it, try to know a little bit of everything instead of a lot of a couple of things
Just got back from REG, and signed up for this forum after hearing about it from someone in the waiting room at Prometric, so thanks!
That sucked. It wasn't a NIGHTMARE, but it was a mini nightmare. I don't feel like I passed. I'm relying on a lot of my 50/50 "educated guesses" on MCQ's being right. My main worry is that my 3rd MCQ was REALLY easy, so that probably means I bombed the first 2 :/
First MCQ seemed medium, second was hardest, 3rd was really easy and I wish my whole test had been like it haha
Sims were not AS out of left field as a lot of you are describing, but still pretty difficult, and I personally found them to be the same difficulty as the MCQ overall, which for me was medium-hard. There was one particular topic that I did NOT focus on while studying, that I had 1.5 Sims and a TON of MCQ on.
My only stroke of luck was that I KNOW I got my Research tab right, and I found it INSTANTLY, so didn't waste any time there. For once I'm HOPING they grade the research tab, and weigh it equally in comparison with the others so maybe I can get an easy 6-7 points off it.
Oy vey. Im NOT looking forward to retaking this in July, when I start BEC classes this weekend and already have BEC exam scheduled for July 14th. Maybe, by some MIRACLE, I passed? Doubt it.
Hey all! I just took REG this morning and thought I'd share a few thoughts.
I thought the test was pretty tough... The first testlet seemed pretty straightforward to me and then the next two seemed much more difficult (which is apparently a good thing). I must've done decent on the second testlet to merit a hard 3rd testlet.
As for the SIMS, I for some reason struggled finding the research question for a while but eventually think I came across the right answer. 2 of the other SIMS seemed really straightforward (which kinda worries me) so I think I got 80%+ on each of those. 2 of the other SIMS were ok but I didn't know a few of the answers on each of them... Maybe 65% or so on those. 1 of the SIMS was a COMPLETE joke so I'm really hoping it was a pretest SIM. If not, I'd be surprised if I got any of it right.
All in all, I actually felt ok about the test which came as a surprise to me. After reading the comments in here, I expected to walk out feeling completely defeated. While it was hard, I feel like I have at least a 50/50 chance of passing it. It was definitely tough but I'm hoping/praying for the best.
Seeing the harder MCQ's in testlets 2 and 3 gave me confidence that I must be doing well. (Or maybe I'm just crazy and testlets 2-3 were both medium and just seemed harder...) Hopefully my MCQ guesses and SIM guesses were enough to pull me through.
For now, time to study FAR in hopes that REG is checked off!
I've gotta say I always snicker to myself when I hear of someone who tested in the high 90's or even low 90's for that matter say they bombed a test. LOL! You guys are really smart, and trust me you obviously prepare well for exams if you got that high of a score. So relax, you will be fine. It's people like me who have to worry! Back to this SIM conversation because I have a question. Really there is no way to know how they grade the SIMS so I'm just looking for opinions. Like I said, I spent too much time on my REG mc because I didn't sleep for crap the night before. I also like re-reading questions sometimes multiple times looking for a trick in the wording- which I often find. I only had 54 minutes for the sims, which was disappointing because I really wanted to use the research function. The lack of time didn't allow me to do much research. I'm wondering how many of the 6 sims they actually grade in reg? They "say" 5 of the 6, but I just don't buy that! Not when I see some of the scores people crank out. I'm thinking they actually throw out at least 2 of the 6. I knew for sure the one that was pretest because it wasn't telling me all of the details I felt I needed (I hope at least it was pretest). I think I rocked the mc but they didn't get harder. So either I knew the questions they were asking (which could be ) or I was missing them and felt I knew the right answer. Guess I won't know til next Thursday like everyone else. So to Brooke and the other 90's people, you have nothing to sweat. Relax and have a cocktail! I'm the one sweating here! Did anyone ever feel like they bombed the sims on another section and still pass or still pass and get a high score?
I am glad someone finally commented on here that they felt confident on the m/c. I felt like I was almost over prepared...and this frightens me. Yes, the Sims sucked - but if they sucked for everyone there is still hope I am assuming.
I studied using Becker and felt that Becker dove in deep while the actual exam did not for the most part.
Not sure what to think at this point!
Just my 2 cents but I don't think any of the review courses have their arms around a decent study technique (as evidenced by the notes you get when you sign up for the course). It seems (based on my experience and what I've read here) they're all just throwing crap against a wall and seeing what sticks. At the end of the day it's going to boil down to carving your own path...sucks!! I feel like the other sections had much more organized approaches.
REG is a cluster%#!@.
Took reg yesterday I felt that the MCQs were not that hard. They didnt question as many topics as covered in Becker. Most of the questions dealt with CPA responsibility and liabilities. I had 3 flagged questions that i wasn't too sure about per MCQ testlet. I finished just in time without a second to spare to go back and review my answers.. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one
Everyone keeps saying Taxation, taxation, taxation! So I studied a LOT on taxation. In fact, I devoted last few days before the test studying taxation. Well, it's important, but they are LOTS of other topics are equally important as taxation! Yes, SIMS sucks!
Well I sat for REG on Monday... Hmmm I am an enrolled agent and have been a tax accountant for 16 years. This was fun!!! Not They are evil little trolls who come up with some of the questions. Using Gleim for multiple choice and followling up with Becker Final Review. Hopefully it will be enough!!!
I took REG on 5/29 and it was my first attempt at any section. I studied for 8 weeks and put in tons of hours, did all the practice questions for my review program and felt very prepared going in, but then felt completely blindsided in the actual exam.. it was so discouraging! I felt great on the first set of MC, had a much harder 2nd set (which I most likely did poorly on because the 3rd set seemed a little easier). Then the simulations were just absolutely ridiculous! I was clueless for half of them...they were completely out of left field... research was ok, another one I was able to do research on & find most of the answers, and then another I maybe got 70% of it correct. Overall I left the exam feeling miserable about everything except the first testlet! Since it was was my first time and I have a week before I find out my score, I don't know if I should just go to the next section (I have another NTS for FAR and a test scheduled - but I could always move it back) or if I should keep studying for REG til I pass it. Since I am new to this process, any advice would be much appreciated!! :)
i feel same way...im going to continue doing some light studying for REG until i get my results just in case i failed which i most probably did...this way i can just keep plugging away at it and take in early july again...
hopefully thursday we all get some good news...hopefully we have luck on our side, and a nice big curve...
@NySinghCPA1985 I think you're disclosing a bit too much about the test, but just so everyone knows I actually had a completely different SIMs. Hopefully it's not because I did poorly and they attempted to give me an easier SIM that turned out to be a train wreck anyway.
Overall I'm glad there's a consensus that the SIMs were brutal. I felt like they tested me on all of these minor topics that seemed less important when reading. Now I'm just hoping there weren't too many tax accountants taking the exam to throw off the curve.
It's good to hear that I'm not the only one who thinks they did AWFUL on reg! I took it Wednesday, so the good news is I'll know for sure by next week what my score was although I'm almost sure I failed. The MC questions were about what I expected, but the SIMS were so much more detailed than I had anticipated and I was unsure about most of them. At least I found the research answer although I've heard that is the SIM worth the least credit. I have taken audit and got an 86 which was higher than I thought I would, but reg felt much harder than audit. I'm going into audit and not tax so I guess it makes sense. I took Becker and went to all the live classes and did all of the simulations and mc questions, so I have no idea how to better prepare myself for next time. Suggestions?
@fakeaccountant I may be wrong, but I thought the SIMS were independent of your MCQ performance? That being said, I don't think you get easier SIMS due to poor MCQ performance prior to the TBSs you receive.
Do you know where to confirm whether sims are independent of mcq?
I took reg on the 30th and felt like testlet 1 was easy, 2 and 3 were both significantly more challenging than 1, but the sims I had did not feel all too challenging or at least they were not "surprising".
Based on the comments I am now worried I bombed testlet 2 and/or 3...
@ Aloco & fakeaccountant
Sims are independent of how well you do on the mcqs
I don't have too many conversations with people in Prometric waiting rooms who score 99's so I'm assuming you're the person I spoke with lol. Thanks for the tip on using the authoritative literature tab on the AUD sims. I think I got two SIMs right that I otherwise wouldn't have and here's hoping it was enough to pass. Good luck to us both...
@dtomasello haha it was crossing my mind as I posted that "I wonder if that person will find me?" Hope AUD treated you well!
Can't believe I got an 85 this time around. I walked out of the exam like being hit by a truck! My first testlet was medium, the second gets harder and the last one was the hardest. I couldn't even understand some of the questions on the 3rd testlet. I could they it gets harder and harder and now i know for sure it's a good sight. I left one SIM blank because I didn't know what to do with it and i though at the time it must be a pre-test. I was able to finish all other 5 SIMs decently. Now I am done with REG, my nightmare!!!! and I will me more time to study for AUD..... For those of you who has been struggling with REG you may want to get Rogers Cram... It helped me.
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