passed REG with an 81
couldn't be happier
REG 5/30/12 81
AUD 1/22/12 85
BEC 2/28/13 74 :/ October 7 2013 awaiting score
passed REG with an 81
couldn't be happier
Just got back from REG, pretty sure I failed it. The sims were confusing and I hadn't done anything similar to them in Becker before. The multiple-choice were ok, but there were a decent number I wasn't sure on.
@nfs480, I took REG earlier today and had a similar experience and sentiment. MC's were challenging but do-able. SIM's really killed my confidence. I've got my fingers crossed for a 75...it's so hard to have any sense of scoring based on exam experience (at least for me). August 6 can't come soon enough!
Were the MCQ's similar to Beckers MCQs difficulty level or would you say harder?
OK, so I've never posted in this forum before, but I really need some advice. I took REG this morning, and am really wondering whether I should prepare to re-take this exam or not. I just wanted to get opinions on whether there's any hope for me. This is my exam breakdown:
Testlet 1- not bad at all, marked 2 questions
Testlet 2- definitely harder than testlet 1, marked about 3-4
Testlet 3- hard again. this time i marked about 7
1- had ABSOLUTELY no idea what I was doing or what it was really even asking me. predicting a 0-15%
2- not bad. probably an 85%
3- not horrible, about an 80%
4- 100%, this was the research question
5- not really sure. maybe got 50-60%
6- again really not sure, maybe 50%
For the first SIM it literally came out of NOWHERE. and the last 2 were barely covered and I definitely wouldn't have done any better had a studied another month. I passed AUD (92), BEC(81), and FAR(78) all on my first try, but this is really getting me worried!
@VACPAhopeful, I think you did just fine! I wouldn't worry too much, usually if you feel good about the MCQ's, I think you'll pass for sure.
For those of you who took REG today, I feel the opposite of you. I think I did pretty well on the SIMS, but some of MCQ's were out of left field. I had to guess on like 6 of them because I hadn't even seen the material before! I am totally freaking out. This is my last exam, so I'm going to try my best and pretend like I passed today so I can enjoy the next month in case I fail and have to start studying again. I might have guessed half of them right, so that would help. But seriously, who knows. Praying for an earlier score release?! Ha ya right. Good luck everybody!
Took REG this afternoon - my 1st ever CPA exam. Felt like I was hit by a train after submitting the test. The MC was not bad but there were a few questions that I have never seen on Becker practice tests/exams. Sims were much harder than I expected and I am sure that I messed up at least one of them completely. Praying for 75%!!!
I'm with ya @taxthreat. Maybe we got the same exam? I still couldnt find the answers to some of those questions in my Becker materials. That's never happened before :(
I took REG today and I agree. Some topics I don't ever remember seeing in the study materials. Does anyone actually believe in the "curve" that is rumored to exist?
Actually the curve goes down on the MCQ because the more people have gotten that question right is the less it counts. If you miss the hard questions you are costing yourself alot of points.
Reg was hell! They got progressively harder, and I had to look some up on the internet when I got home. It was a lot harder since the last quarter. SIms wasn't bad but I had four that took up a bunch of time. I basically ran out of time on the last sim. Hopefully that was the test question.
Well. That was not what I was expecting. The MCQs were fairly easy/normal the first set, super hard/bizarre the second set, medium the third. Overall harder than I expected. The SIMs.... I got the research one very quickly, pretty sure I got all or almost everything right on two other sims. However. The remaining three SIMs... two were on basically the same topic, in one of my weaker areas, but not totally out of left field. The last sim was something that becker specifically said would almost certainly not be tested on. I'm hoping it's the one that gets booted, since I pretty much had to guess on all of it. I worked through the MCQs fairly quickly, so I had a ton of time to use the authoritative lit. That definitely helped a lot.
I don't really know if anything I have to say is at all helpful, but I strongly urge everyone to leave enough time to use the authoritative lit.
We'll see how it turns out.
At any rate, I have a 5 day break before my becker BEC class starts, so I am going to rest my brain and drink some gin and tonics. Mmmmm...
Hi Everyone! Thanks for posting your experiences with Reg. I just took it this morning and never felt as bad as I did leaving the exam center. I just felt like I wasted one month of my life studying for this joke.
My fist testlet was medium. I finished it feeling ok and when I saw my second testlet, I knew I did well in the first one because telstlet 2 was incredibly hard with questions that I did not come accross from both Becker and Wiley. 90% of the questions were long and required calculation. I flagged so many questions that I dare not say the number. In summary, I probably guessed more than 50% and this it how hard it was for me!
Testlet 3 came to confirm that I screwed up royally in testlet 2. In fact, it was much much easier with 90% of the question being short and requiring very little calculation and many law questions. I did well in that one too, probably anyone else would have done well too.
My nightmare begun once I got to the sims. They gave me 2 research questions!!!! Why in the world did they do that??? It's surprisingly my weakess part and I did not found any of them.
In the 4 remaining sims, I completly guessed 2 of the and the other 2 I can hope to get some credits for some answers ): . I have no reason to hope and I'm 100% sure I failed it. Yet, I don't want to be studying for a retake without knowing the results although I'm convince I failed. Maybe I'm secretly hoping for a miracle (I need to wake up because that won't happen). Last year I prepared Reg for 2 weeks and scored 68. So I probably assumed that in one month of studying I can pass it. Wrong!!!!
Here is my exam performance on my perspective. Please take a look at it and tell me if I should hope or if you ever felt the same after an exam:
T#1 (Medium) = 85 - 90%
T#2 (Hard) = 40 - 60%
T#3 (Easy) = 85 - 90%
Sim1 = 0% (research)
Sim2 = 0% (research)
Sim3 = 75 - 80%
Sim4 = 50 - 70%
Sim5 = 0 - 50% (guessed 100%)
Sim6 = 0 - 50% (guessed 100%)
I'm so frustrated right now ) : . Any comment will help.
@khum2011 I am just hoping that the ones that I guessed on will get thrown out! I had more bus law than tax MCQs which was a bummer since I got my masters in tax and felt well-prepared going into the exam. Cant believe we all have to wait for over a month to get our scores! I dont have that much patience
@taxthreat, I hope so too! I looked it up today and 12 MCQ's get thrown out and so does one sim. I'm sure you passed! Don't let it get it you, as I can see you're studying for BEC already. You usually do better than you think you did. But from what I'm reading on this thread, everybody feels like they failed and pretty much all of them passed. I'm definitely not as worried now after reading all those posts. Good luck with BEC :)
I took my REG exam on 7/2. Two questions into testlet two and Zap! – The power goes out (the area was affected by storms the day before). After about three hours, everyone was given a ticket number and told Prometric would contact them. I did not wait for the call. I immediately called to reschedule because fly out for ten days on 7/4. Luckily, I got into another testing center on 7/3. My test was similar to most here, but what gets me is testlet 1 from 7/2 felt easy. Testlet 1 from 7/3 felt considerably more difficult. I don’t know what to make of it, but it just goes to show how unpredictable these exams are.
I would be so stressed out if that happened to me!!! Good thing you were able to reschedule right away! Good luck to all of us!
Took reg this morning I am pretty sure I passed, my first testlet was easy prob got them all correct, second was hard, and then I was hoping for another hard one and I got it, a lot of calculations and niche rules.
So I would say I got an 85 on MC questions.
I went over the sims with 1.5 hours left, I got 2 research which I know for sure I got right. Missed on Simulation completely which i dont think I had ever saw in Becker, but I did see in Yaeger after the test, another I would say I got 50% right and two I got totally correct. I would say my score is an 80, but you never know, if one or 2 of the sims were pre test could have easily gotten a 73.
You lucky people who got two research sims. I got one, then the other five sims were on a topic that I was somewhat weak on. I was strong on most taxation issues, but this one area I was always weak in my practice no matter how much I studied.
Funny enough, the one tax area where I was strongest, I got not a single question on. Not even a MCQ. Lots of other calculations that I think I got right, but nothing on this one specific topic. Oh well. I'm pretty sure I failed, but I think I failed with a higher percentage than I failed the other two sections I attempted, so...that's something, I guess!
Could anyone tell me what are the most important topics to review for simulations..... I am pretty ok on MCQ's but little worried about Simulations... any suggestions would help on how to study for simulations
I need some help from the people that have passed any or all of the sections. I am attempting my last section this Sunday but so far I have not passed any of the sections. I need some advice on what I am doing wrong...I am studying with Becker and honestly, at this point, I am ready to throw in the towel b/c I don't know what else do....I read the chapters and listen to the lectures and homework. Any advice or suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.
Please don't give up. I know you are frustrated. You have to remain focused and determined and surely, you will pass. As you can see from my signature, I only have REG left and I took the first section in February. I did not pass those 3 sections because I am smart, I passed those sections because I am really determined and also believe in God. If I can pass, you can also pass! I have been using Becker 2011 edition because I cannot afford the 2012 edition. What I usually do is to cover each chapter, solve all the questions on each section of each chapter. I attempt every question as if I am in real time exam environment. If I score less than 80% on a topic, that is a RED light (even if I score 79%). I go back to that topic, read it over and attempt the quiz for that question again. I only move on when I am above 80% on a topic. After finishing the entire chapters.(all the chapters for a section of the exam). I start all over again for the second time. This time, I set a higher standard for myself and the standard is to score above 90% on each topic. Any score below 90% is considered a failure. I do that for all the chapters. At this point, my confidence level is always very high. I also do the third and the final revision. At this point, I use the quiz and I usually do a maximum of 30 questions for topics that have more than 60 MCQ. For other topics, I do half of the MCQ. Note that at each stage, I make sure i master all the SIMS. I try to get more SIMS from other authors. The higher the number of SIMS you attempt, the better. For FAR, I only used the SIMS provided by Becker study review and the final review. For AUD, I added the SIMS from "cpareviewforfree.com" to the ones provided by Becker. I bought those SIMS for $10. However, you may already know that becker did not do a good job for BEC. So, combined the Becker with Wiley and I spent between 5 to 6 weeks to prepare for BEC. For REG that is left, I am using the Becker but I also bought the SIMS from the source mentioned above for $10. Above all, I study every day for 5 hours on average. I do hope these hints will help you. You really need to continue pushing yourself and you will make it. Good luck.
Tiredmom, if you post to the general forum, you will get a lot more responses. This is the reg exam experience one so I'm not sure that a lot of people will check here....
I failed the exam 2 times before I got really serious and started taking it last year. It's a lot of hard work, but if you stay focused, and learn from your failing scores, you will pass. What are your study habits? How much time are you putting in?
Thank you guys for the information. I guess I need to get way more focused!!
I study as much as I can but honestly (no excuses) I don't have much time in the day between work, child, drop off / pick up, etc. I guess I need to find more time and get more focused :)
Thank you for your feedback. This is my first go around so I guess I will learn from this.
Tiredmom, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I can give you some tips to help you pass this exam without killing yourself. I am also a mom (2 young kids) and I work so I maybe I can offer some suggestions. Please put tiredmom in the subject so I don't delete the message. :-)
Best of luck to you tomorrow!
Tired Mom, I would focus on one exam at a time take it once fail take it again study the day after you take the test, its difficult because there is so much info to cover. The test is hard there is no doubt it took me 3 times to pass FAR, just keep testing you will pass.
One big thing i noticed is that tests range in difficulty, if you keep taking it yo will get an easier one evenually.
I just wanted to drop few encouraging words to inspire perseverance:
- Always keep your eyes on the final prize - CPA
- Transform your failures into success by learning from them and improving continuously.
- Remember that CPA exam is like a race and some of us will reach the finish line faster, some slower but at the end of the day it's reaching that line that matters the most.
- Do not be too envious and compare yourself to the people passing the exam with flying colors otherwise you'll lose your self-esteem and confidence. Keep in mind that each person has his/her own day and time to shine and be patient.
- Avoid finding excuse and blaming lack of time for your failures. Just stand up, scream very loud and say that you'll create or even invent time if you must.
Always remember that with CPA it's : "Fool me once, shame on CPA - fool me twice, shame on CPA - fool me for the third, fourth, fifth to the twentieth time, shame on CPA - I give up or I quit, shame on me"
Guys do never give up.
I took REG two days ago and I felt horrible when I left. The first testlet was OK, the 2nd harder and the 3rd I guess about the same or in between. But when I got to the sims I felt blind-sided! I looked at the first one and couldn't believe I somehow missed this topic or only skimmed it. So I decided to take a quick look at the others and got really upset and started doubting my ability to get the CPA - How could I ever go back and study more and remember all the possible things they could throw at me? How could I pass all the exams in 18 months? If I have to retake FAR I'll go nuts! I just wanted to give up and leave! So I had to calm down and start with the first Sim which I basically had to guess at, same with the 2nd which was a similar topic as the 1st. The 3rd I got partially. The 4th and 5th I have a chance at getting them all correct, and the research one seemed easy but who knows?
I had an hour and half to do the Sims. After I made my first attempt at each, I started to try to look up the rules for the answers but I saved myself on only one small part of one of them. I couldn't find any info with that amount of detail. ARGH!
I studied my butt off and my brain was crammed full! All my notes, notecards, mnemonics, memorizing, Wiley MCQs, Sims, tax forms, etc. and they threw stuff at me that I would never have thought was that important! It's not a fair assessment of my knowledge!
OK, I'm done whining. I don't feel so bad after hearing a lot of the same comments. I just pray the worst ones were the pre-tests. And another hopeful note is that I was sure I failed FAR, and I was totally shocked when I saw that I had passed - so that's keeping me from being too bummed for the next month until I find out.
@gailxadri My experience was almost exactly the same as yours. M/C seemed ok with me, no real surprises other than a few questions on totally random and unimportant topics (at least I believed to be unimportant. The sims I had the same issues. I had one hour and forty minutes to do the sims and I left the test with only five minutes on the clock. It seems like everyone is in the same boat which is a little comforting, but not so much.
I usually feel the same way whenever I am taking a section of the exam. But I end up passing every section I have taken so far. My point is, focus your attention on your last section (BEC) and keep your finger crossed on the REG (since it is out of your hand now). There is every possibility that you have passed REG. Just move on.
I just took the exam yesterday and here are my REG takeaways:
The MCQs were by far the easier for me than the previous two exams I have taken (AUD, BEC) and I only flagged 2-3 max in the last section. Like another poster mentioned, the simulations were a complete blindside! I recognized all of the materials but it was all things that I felt were weak areas for me. I got two research questions and while I feel like one of them will be thrown out my last simulation was on a topic that Becker EXPLICITLY put in their notes that the CPA does not test on this particular topic anymore. That makes me believe that they will throw out that question but to count two research questions? Highly unlikely in my opinion.
Either way I am hoping that my work on the MCQs will be enough to give me a passing mark. August can't come soon enough! I got REG and BEC scores to dwell upon.
I think we got the same SIM, because mine was something that Becker also said they didn't test on, but went over for like five seconds "just in case." I literally did a double take when I saw it as a topic.
On the other hand, I had another SIM that was so in depth on a particular topic that I couldn't find anything about it in the Auth Lit that would have helped me solve it better than my best guess. (It wasn't in becker either to that level of detail)... that made me think that SIM was pre-test, rather than the one Becker said wouldn't be tested. Who knows! Ugh.
Do you have 2011 becker material? Shall i read ancillary materials in becker notes? I have 2011 Becker material. I am wondering if I should give equal weight and time to every topic? I got exactly 3 weeks left for my exam . Any suggestion would be really helpful.
Also what is the good approach to prepare for Sims ?
Good Luck to all
I take REG Saturday. Becker says that Circular 230 and ethics are ancillary. But Should I do a crash course in studying this with pounding the MC questions or should I focus on refining what I know.
My friend also gave me the Wiley Test Bank for Reg. I have to say that the questions for the law sections are vastly harder than Becker. Should I be worried
@joe35y - When I took REG a week and a half ago, the MC on ethics for me where fine. I did read the Becker 40-50 pages on ethics, but found myself very bored and losing concentration. Just focus on the main points.
@Nam - Nothing is ancillary. Read EVERYTHING.
gailxadri - Don't worry. I'm sure you did much better then I did. I studied for 7 weeks everyday all day. I memorized the MCQ's in Becker & Wiley even, and all the mnemonics, notes everything.. I did the MCQ's in maybe 45 minutes... ALL THREE TESTL like ETS. Im pretty sure I failed since I did not get progressively harder questions with multiple step calculations/lines some people have said they received. I only had simple easy worded/easy calc questions. The SIMS? HAHAHA.. Wow.. I had 2 hours for the SIMS. I finished them all in about 1 hour. Research - Easy, One other sim - Easy, 3 other sims? Pure guesses. I used the lit tab, but they where so detailed I found nothing.
@sarah210 - Dont feel too bad. I got the research question, and 90% of another SIM. The 3 others pure 100% guesses.
I was thinking about it. Becker says that the Law Section constitutes about 18-20% of the Exam and the Ethics constitutes another 10-19%. Now the Sims are focused on tax. So that would mean that the Ethics + Law Section would weight to almost half the MC questions.....
I took Reg on 7/3/12 and it was just brutal. I think the sim was done on purpose to discourage candidates. I don't think anyone can come out of Reg feeling good or confident. I almost screamed when I stepped out of the testing center. Testlet 1 was fine, Testlet 2 was very hard and Testlet 3 became medium again. That simply means that I will be graded based on Medium - Hard - Medium. Sim was a killer. I got 2 reseach questions and one of them was out of this world (most likely will not be graded). 4 remaining sims were all different from what I saw before. I'm hoping for partial credit here and there but I don't think it will be enough to get me through.
One thing that I'm certain about is that they will curve this exam. So many people complained about how hard the sim was.
Enough lamenting, I take full responsibility for what I did. Here I come BEC, you better start running but I'm still going to catch you!
Good luck to those who are getting ready to take Reg.
I took REG on 7/5/12 and at this point I don't know what to think. First testlet wasn't bad. Second testlet was extremely difficult; by far the toughest testlet I have ever taken. Third one was easier than the second (looks like I totally screwed up on testlet #2). SIMS were OK this time around but as I have come to realize with this exam, you really never know. I have never been so frustrated with an exam before. I truly hope I am done with this come August because I don't know what else I will need to do to beat this exam.
are the SIMS mostly on tax or does it include BLAW stuff?
From my exam experience I think I have about a 50-50 shot of passing.
The test-lets got harder with information that I have never seen before in my Becker course.
I left about an hour and 30 minutes for my simulations ( finished with 3 minutes left.)
The sims were on things that you wouldn't be able to prepare for even if you tried. I think the sims are starting to make you utilize the research tab more because the information was never presented or touched upon in Becker at all! My best advice is give yourself enough time to make good use of the research tab. Without it those Sims would have rocked me.
Well for this testing window we find out august third. So at least I have a good amount of time to study if I need to take it again.
Does anyone know how to look up the tax form in the Authoritative Lit? I am having trouble remembering what schedule to use (Sch A, C , K etc.) If I get a sim asking that information do you know How I can find a tax form in the Auth. Lit? I have tried looking for it but cant find it.
I took mine yesterday. Have the same feeling as almost everyone mentioned above. Massive tough questions in 3rd block mostly consisted of "theoretical" (non-math) part. I don't feel any good about that section at all. Had an hour and 15 minutes for simulations. Thanks Wiley online test bank I believe I've got 2 of those somewhat close... but(!) three sims caught me off-guard.
Now have to wait more than 2 weeks!!!
Well.. thankfully have things to do - need to prepare for AUD and BEC. Do you think it is possible to prepare for these two tests at the same time and sit for both just in two days (back-to-back)?
Btw, I've tried to look up some things from Auth.Lit tab - I'd recommend you not to rely on it.
@LetsGoCPAs I haven't taken REG. But I'm sure you don't have to know which form to fill, you just have to know how to... If question related to self-employed person, it will give you Sch C to fill out.
I've always lurked around on here but never posted.....
I take REG in a few hours. This seems to be the place a lot of people come to read at. Just wanted to throw my 2 cents pre test in here. If you are using Yaeger, he does taxes first then business law. I've come to realize after reviewing the last few days that this is backwards, especially considering it's 70/30 taxes. I do not feel like I retained enough going in to today. Needless to say, I'm not going into this test overly confident (not that I ever have been). I'm sure I'll post a follow up tomorrow at some point, I may go on a bender tonight afterwards. I've got until the end of February, and my BEC expires (I do not want to retake that). I'll have FAR in early October depending on how this one goes. If I pass, I'll schedule it later. I am not sure the best way to tackle REG, but I do think doing taxes last is a good start.
I made my 2nd attempt at REG today. I have to say, I feel no better about it this time than I did the last. The MCQ were ok going from Medium - Difficult - Medium. The SIMS were very hard for me. I had 2 research questions and had extreme difficulty with one of those. The other 4 SIMS I probably guessed on 50% or more. I tried to used the authoritative lit to research some of the SIMS but found that difficult to do. On my first attempt, I was able to use the auth. lit a great deal and felt more comfortable with those than I did with today's SIMS. SIMS were my downfall last time...maybe this time too. Come on August 3rd!
Took REG today........ hmmmm I wish I could say that I felt confident. I really don't think I did well, I'm hoping that its one of those cases where the exam is hard and the person thinks they fail but comes out with a passing grade. :-/ I'm really praying on that 75. August 3rd cant come soon enough.
My SIMS were terrible, and I couldn't find ANYTHING in the Auth Lit tab....whats with that?!
During liquidation in partnership , Cash> adjusted basis of partnership = is it capital gain or ordinary gain ??
Retirement and sales are considered as capital gain/loss.
I think that would be a capital gain, though not 100% sure.
I took the exam recently. The multiple choice didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked. The testlets seemed to go medium-medium-medium, though the 2nd one could have been hard since it was a bit more detailed. Some of the questions that should have been easy were hard to solve. There seemed to be a lot of questions where I was picking two answers. I had a lot of time left for sims. Research question was pretty straightforward it seemed. I wasn't 100% confident on any of the other sims. Some of them were looking for much more detail than Becker covered. I used the research tab, but it didn't help much. Overall, it wasn't terrible but it was pretty terrible. The other 2 exams I walked out 99.7% sure I passed. The score release can't come soon enough.
After reading this thread, I got scared. I was planning to take REG beginning of July but haven't scheduled yet. I was doing 100 MCQs of Becker progress test everyday but I'm still getting 80s. I haven't spent time much on simulations. I felt form ones in R3/R4 are difficult.
Many said simulations were harder than Becker. If so, maybe I shouldn't redo simulation but focus on reading thru the textbook before exam? I want to take the exam at least by 7/20.
I took what will hopefully be my last exam yesterday. I have left all three exams feeling uncertain, but I've scored in the 90's on all three exams, so I was confident heading into REG yesterday.
I counted 5 multiple choice questions that I felt Becker had not prepared me for in terms of the subject matter. However, I flagged around 25 additional questions (out of 72!) where I was unsure of the answer between two or three options. The multiple choice sections seemed to go Med - Med - Med/Hard. The questions were not complex or lengthy (I had only a handful of questions that involved two-step calculations), but they were definitely tricky. I was frustrated by the number of one sentence questions (which are generally the easy ones) that I could not answer confidently. Almost all of the material here was covered in Becker, but just not prominentely enough for me to recall the specifics on test day :/. Lots of the information I reviewed and crammed for in the last 48 hours really went unused.
After a rough time on the MCQ, I was prepared for the worst in the SIMS area based on comments I've read on this thread. However, I felt the SIMS were fairly basic. I had one research question, and the four of the other five sims seemed reasonable. Only one of them involved complex calculations, and it was a calculation that was well covered in Becker. I'm really hoping that my lucky draw in the SIMS will help compensate for what I may have missed in the MCQ sections.
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