Borini is starting today as well, should be a good indication of exactly where he is going to fit into the squad this season.
In lesser news, Joe Cole is starting as well.
A bit off topic-I have great expectations from Paris Saint Germain..Pastore, Lavezzi, Kaka? etc..Those dudes have a great team..My $.02..
PSG have made massive signings and I expect great things from them. Did they come under new ownership recently?
Btw, we should really start a futbol thread instead of hijacking this one haha.
My score is 89. You can see how I felt after the exam on page 3.
I am also using Becker 2012 software. did you feel like MCQ were similar to Becker? and about SIMS?
During the exam, the questions felt a bit different. But I would say that they were similar enough. I don't remember exactly, but most of the sims were different. You'll probably get a couple of sims that are pretty straightforward and some that are tougher and more detailed than Becker would touch. Like some other people have found out, you should probably disregard what Becker tells you won't be on the sims.
My biggest mistake during the exam was not doing progress tests for tax when I got into the business law. By the time I finished law, tax was a distant memory. I got low scores on the practice finals.
Just got My REG Score, 81
Waiting x BEC
I just got my REG score and I can't believe I passed! What a relief! You can see my post from right after I took the exam on page 3. I was sure I bombed it. Phew! One more to go!
I'm surprised I passed too.
I took Becker in April. After that, I started to watch the video, doing MCQs. Becker is too accelerated for me. Basically it took a week to finish one class (except simulations) with 3-4hrs study a day. I wrote all MCQs #s on textbook where tested in MCQ and made note based on it.
I was planning to take REG at the beginning of July but when I took Becker final exam, I got around 55%. I reviewed and did #2 but got 57%. People say real exam is Becker final exam +15 and it was true when I took FAR. I did 100 MCQs everyday for a week before exam day, getting 80s%
Real exam was much harder than Becker's MCQs. There should be only 12 pretest but felt like 50% are pretest. If it's %, I felt my score would be less than 50%. Simulations were easy but I knew I failed a few. So I thought my score will be 60-70. However, it was 85.
I got one weaker, two comparable and others are stronger. I don't know why but my FAR was 90 and only one comparable.
To the above posters and their conversation about FUTBOL,
OSCAR will be the best number 10 in the world........ Whether it be on Chelsea or if he moves to a Spanish team in the future, OSCAR is AMAZING.
Well took my first regulation exam friday...it seemed like the mcqs got harder however it could be I just didn't know the answers to the easy questions...lol...anyways I spent so much time on the mcqs that I only had about 30 minutes for the sims....I believe I got the research question right but to say I guessed at the other ones would be an understatement. Pretty much I read the question and swagged it off the bat....I may of approached it wrong...instead out spending my time and trying to answer one correctly by taking my time and thinking about it...I just put down quick swags in order to get an answer on all sims....
I had my REG exam on Friday and I can say that I didn't notice the questions really getting harder but I think it's because I knew the material after working probably 3000 mcq's to prepare. I saw a lot of questions that I had seen in Becker and Wiley. However the sims were killer. I can say though that I didn't see anything that was not covered in my material although one of them was on a topic that was only mentioned briefly and stated that it is never tested, I reviewed that sim in wiley anyway and hopefully that helped me.
Took it last week. After getting my FAR score I feel slightly more optimistic about it, but there is little question that I went into the exam a little under prepared. I put in maybe 50 hours of study time total. Things could have gone much better had I put in a bit more... That being said- you guys are going to frighten everyone half to death reading about these sims.
My sims were very fair. They are things I should have been able to wipe out in about 5-10 minutes each. I use Roger CPA review and I didn't get a single SIM for which the material wasn't covered. One of them was only briefly touched on (as in 2-3 lines in the book), but had I remembered what the book said I would have been able to complete it quickly. Another one was not really covered specifically in the book, but if you knew the rules you could apply them and figure it out. I have NO idea which one might be the pretest because they all seemed "normal".
A word of advice:
I used the literature A LOT and found it to me much more frustrating to search through than on the Wiley practice sims. It really wouldn't hurt to practice those well in a full database. Or you could just put in the study time and not need the literature as much as I did. hahahahahha
Wow I absolutely bombed REG - to the point that it doesn't even make sense..... I'm stunned right now
danko1983 - I feel you... I just got out of REG as well (1st time taking this section) and I thought the multiple choice were moderately difficult and the Simulations were VERY difficult. It wasn't so much that the topics were complex, however the questions were vague and I was not entirely sure how to answer some of them. I had that moment where I wish I were in high school and could have walked up to the teacher for clarification. I tried to compare it to my feelings after FAR where I thought the MC were easy and the SIMs were VERY difficult, yet I passed. This time I doubt I did well enough on the MC to offset my dismal SIM performance. My guess is a 70. :-(
Oh, to add on to what sandra said.. I overstudied.. A LOT because of what I read on this thread.. I was expecting 15 page long sims.. I had short sims, and all but one (which was obviously a pre-test and you could tell) was covered in Becker.
The exam was not difficult... I thought I failed, because the questions never got harder as I read on here, but I realized that they must of been getting harder.. I just didn't feel it because becker over-prepared me.. I had 62,79,71 for Final Exam #1 results, and two weeks later I took the exam. I also utilized Wileys Test Bank questions. I did all MCQ's like 3-4 times.. Honestly, Becker alone is sufficient. The test was more like Becker... but its always nice to have something else to gauge your mind.
The SIM's were short, and as Sandra said, could be done in 15-20 minutes each.. I completed all SIM's (ones I knew & guessed on) in about 30-45 minutes give or take... So yeah its doable.. and within that 30-45 minutes, I went over everything again and again, as well as tried researching some questions (which were no help).
If you study, you'll be fine, no matter the course you use.
And btw... its impossible to know if you pass/fail when you walk out the test.. I was pissed for a whole week... and thought I saw a 65 when I checked my score this morning, and was a bit disappointed but okay with it because I know I rushed through the exam, but then I zoomed in (using iPhone) and realized it was 85, not a 65... Just goes to show you...
Also, congrats @Sandra on passing FAR!
@barf74 - I have no problem failing, I've done it before. I got a 55. I may not have walked out there feeling like I passed the test, but there is no way I did that bad. That's like I didn't even study. The simulations I had weren't overly bad, but still not easy. That was also my first time taking that section. It honestly was the most straightforward section of the exam I've taken. Also with the sims, one question easily should have been able to be found in the literature and only pieces could be. I commented on that at the end, kind of makes me wonder now if that's why my score is so low..........
I took the exam last Friday and hopefully the THIRD time is the charm and I can graduate from this exam. I can't remember the very first time I took it since it was in Aug 2011 (70) and was my very first exam in this madness.
Compared to the last exam (73) that I just took in May the sims were much more doable and fair. I knew the material, but like always, time was my enemy. I left 90 minutes for the sims and was unable to go back and review my answers, which playing it through my mind would've saved me at least 2 wrong answers.
Do I feel like I did 2 points better than last time....yes. Do I go ahead and order the keg for the party....absolutely not!
Like everyone else, who the h*ll knows how they score these things
First Testlet: Comparatively easy, think I made it through reasonably well.
Second Testlet: Harder, but I think I made it through reasonably well
Third Testlet: Also hard, not quite sure how I did
Simulations: Like those previously, they took a lot of time. I think I spent well over an hour on them compared to the other testlets which I got through in an hour and 15 combined. Had to reason through as best I could. Hopefully the fact other people strugged will help.
Based on how I performed on other tests compared to how I did when I came out, I hope I'll be ok. It's a common feeling amongst people leaving the test, though, so if you feel the same way leaving don't be discouraged.
Thanks futuremdcpa- I don't want to be overly hopeful for my REG exam, but I'm glad at least I have FAR out of the way.
Good luck to you with BEC on Wednesday!
@sshorecpa - I used to compare how I felt coming out of the exam to other exams in which I passed and it's not always the same result. My last 73 in REG I walked out of there thinking, well I feel a lot better about that exam than what I felt coming out of FAR (83). It's just one big mind game.
My REG experience:
I studied with the Becker review materials (along with the Final Review). I am also a Tax accountant, so I felt relatively prepared for this test.
1st set of MCQ were great! 2nd set SO HARD! 3rd better!
SIMS were also pretty good!
I felt comfortable with 85% of the questions and I thought I rocked it! Come to find out I got a 78 and I will certainly take that!
Took the REG exam yesterday. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected it to be...especially considering some of the comments posted here. What surprised me the most was what I WASN'T tested on.
I feel like I'm going to score somewhere in the 70s...hoping, of course, that it's 75 or better. Now I have to wait 2 weeks to get the score.
REG Exam in 5 days:
I am taking my last section-REG- on Monday next week. I need advice from anyone that recently passed the REG exam on which area to focus more on in the final revision. By the way, I am using Becker 2011. Any comment and/advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
I took Reg yesterday afternoon.
There was nothing on the test that was not mentioned in Wiley. So, everything was fair. I was just surprised at the random sim Topics.
I got med-hard-med (MCs). Also, as someone mentioned before, pay attention to the little things. You can really lose some easy points...
Anyways, best of luck to the rest of you guys taking it this window.....
Just took REG.. I thought basically everything was covered in Becker at some point or another.
Walked out feeling how I did with my other exams.. somewhere in between feeling okay and awful about it at the same time.
Advice would be to look over everything you can in your final review as i thought topics were covered equally. Definitely make use of any other free materials at your disposal such as AICPA released questions, CPAreviewforfree, etc as these helped me brush up on certain concepts and topics.
Hopefully this is it for me! Good luck to everyone else!!
The scores are up!!!!!
76!!!!! I'M DONE!!!!!!
@jomarie: Congrats!! You certainly earned it!!
congrats jomarie- you are an inspiration!!
Super congrats to you!!!!You are such an inspiration to us!! Your tenacity and willingness to share your experience makes you a very special individual. Congrats on your accomplishment!!!
Did I miss something and they're releasing scores early?
Just took Regulation and it was almost like getting physically assulted with a hammer....there were questions on there that weren't even covered in the Becker Materials and my Sims were out of this world ridiculous. Normally I feel somewhat comfortable with a few of the Sims but in this exam I felt like I didn't have a grasp on any of them.
Does any one know of any other good materials to use to practice Simulations and perhaps more multiple choice?
Just got back from taking REG. Didn't feel totally prepared for this one going into it, but I already knew this was probably going to be my weakest topic, especially compared to FAR and BEC. Anyways, I didn't do too well on the multiple choice- there were one or two concepts that came up several times that I found out I missed. I know I missed a handful of other multiple choice questions because I looked up some answers using the authoritative lit before I submitted my exam. There were some random MCQs, but no more than the amount I saw in any of the other 3 sections. I thought the Becker material did a pretty good job in preparation, but there is just so much crap in this area. I honestly think I performed extremely well in the sims. I didn't think any of the topics were incredible outrageous or hard like I have seen some people say. Here's to hoping that the sims will carry me. Oh well, done for now.
HI all. Just wanted to give you all my experience in REG since I have been reading this site and you all have inspired me to keep on trudging along.
For everyone's reference, I am currently studying full time using Becker 2012 self study materials and REG was my first exam that I took. I never took a tax class in college so all of the tax material was new to me and the business law was still pretty fresh in my mind from college classes.
My study approach was:
read chapter and make flash cards as I read
Reread chapter and study flash cards
do HW and sims
Repeat for each chapter
I did 2 chapters a week and once I got through all of the chapters I kept rereading the chapters and redoing the MC and sims as well as memorize the flash cards that I made during the review weeks.
I thought this strategy worked very well for me as I went into the exam confident that I knew the material and found out that I passed last week with an 81.
I just wanted to give you all a non-horror side of the REG exam and that it IS passable with hard work.
Good luck to everyone!
Just took REG as well. I did not notice testlets getting more difficult, but we'll see on Tuesday. All the MCQs were covered in my review material, so I could not tell which were pretest, but I knew the answers to at least 80% of them. Finished all three testlets in one hour.
SIMS-nailed the Research in like 2 seconds, 100% sure on another one, and >=50% on all the others ones. I used the AL to its max and used up the entire two hours. Again, I could not tell which one was a pretest since I had covered the maerialt at some point of my study.
The last four days before the exam I worked MCQs and SIMS day and night, and hopefully that made the difference. Now, just praying for a 90+. Thank you my Lord for your guidance!
@CPATerminator- had the same experience almost. Can I ask what review material you used? Fingers crossed for both of us! Next week can't come soon enough- I've been waiting for 2 weeks!
@Sandra...I used CPAExcel self-study+Ninja Notes...I've been waiting for this moment since I started my accounting classes in college in 2009...lol...Good luck!
Andddddd that was fun. Just took REG, but I'm assuming it won't be the last time we meet. MCQ were okay - but like others, I didn't notice them increasing in difficulty. SIMS were a bit more difficult.
I know no one knows the answer for certain, but what is you guys' opinion on the following. I didn't have ANY SIMS that had multiple choice or "choose an answer". All of them were fill in blanks with numbers. Do you think that partial credit is given, at all, in these circumstances.
Hypothetically, you are given a list of numbers 2, 4, 3, 5 and told to choose the correct total based on certain criteria. If you chose 2 and 4 = 6 and typed in 6 but the correct answer was just 4, do you think any credit is given for including the 4? It's a bit hard to explain, but the gist is do you think partial credit is given for including the correct amounts even if you include additional that shouldn't be?
Not looking too promising for me. Ugh.
Just took REG. WTF. The simulations were difficult, no impossible. I knew TWO simulations. That becker topic that is "sure not to be on there" was a simulation. Okay cool. Then three other simulations were difficult and complex topics that becker didn't have practice simulations for any of them. Multiple choice questions went fine. I don't see how there is any chance that I passed. I knew ALL the becker simulations and so many tax computations and was scoring very well on the practice exams and then I just got shafted with the hardest simulations. And tax is my area too. :(
Just got out of Reg...
My first two exam sections were fairly easy with only 3-4 in each that I was 50-50 on. However, for the third section and sims, my exam suddenly became MC Hammer, as it was hammer time. I trudged through it, there was one sim that didn't even make sense to me, probably got 0 credit. It was definitely a tale of two halves.
AHHH...I'm getting scared...
@ fastpass2cpa - I understand what you are going through. I had almost similar paper wherein in almost all the SIM's I filled in numbers. I wish we get partial credits - but these tests are not scored manually and machines would have designed only with 'Right' or 'Wrong' :( I wish it may not to be..
@fastpass- I only had 1 sim which required my to choose from a list of things, the rest were all fill in the blank #s.
I doubt we get partial credit for much, but its hard to say. I sure hope so though. IF I passed REG it will be because of the sims, not the MCQs. If REG and I have to meet again I'll certainly be more prepared next time.
@Sandra, how do you think you will go about better preparing yourself for next times meeting w/ REG??
If I failed REG it will be because I didn't put in the time. I could list all sorts of excuses why I didn't, but really it doesn't matter all that much. Obviously I'm still hoping I passed, but if I failed I can't really blame a whole lot other than my lack of preperation. I put in MAYBE 50 hours, but thats probably generous. And I have ZERO tax background. I ran out of time to go through MCQs.
If I have to take it again I will simply put in the time. No huge secret here- I know the test preperation that works for me so wouldn't really change things up. I'm pretty hard on people on here sometimes but hold myself to the same standards. No excuses, no BS. Put in the time, stay chill during the test and pass.
should I be worried about memorizing the amount of standard deductions? and what other amounts should I focus on memorizing???
No I do not think so. Jeff says the same thing on his ninja notes/audio so I feel pretty safe telling you not to worry about memorizing amounts.
I think the rule of thumb is not to memorize amounts that change every year (actually thats what my review course states as well). I would make sure to know some of the major phase out amounts.
@AnnaMay84 yea @Sandra is right. dont worry about amounts. I havn't taken REG, but thats what Becker videos says. Plus there way too many amounts to memorize.
Final 4 days of studying...Focus more on R1-4 or R5-8?
NYC_11 - I would say REG 1-4 if you are using Becker.
*throws up, farts, and walks away"
Wrong section, whoops...
Bloodbath!! If you score less than 50, do people in mafia suits show up at your door to gently persuade you into another career? I am kidding, but OMG.
I studied the wrong stuff, but maybe it would have been right in a different window? Glad I didn't pull any all-nighters.
When I flunked Audit in May, I walked away knowing how I should have prepared and what would have made the difference. With REG, I'm baffled at the moment. Tax is my area, so I'm juuuuuuuust a bit embarrassed.
Took what was hopefully my last exam today! The multiple choice were reasonable. There were definitely some that were out in left field but I felt like I had seen the topic addressed at some point in my CPA & school studies so I was able to give it a reasonable guess. I couldn't tell if they were getting easier/harder. I never could in my other exams either so I'm not too worried about that.
The SIMs. Definitely a good thing I hustled through those m/c because I used up all that extra time on the SIMs. There wasn't anything where I didn't understand what they wanted me to do but about half of it I just didn't know how to do it. These topics were addressed in my review but not at that level of detail. The code wasn't much help either. I wish I could've had access to regs. I feel like I could've found the answers to my questions there.
Well I gave it my best shot. I've done well on the other exams. Hopefully the trend continues. Good luck to everyone else sitting soon.
REG exam was quite different from the other 2 exams I’ve taken so far. Teslet I – hard, II – harder and took longer, III – hardest of them all, it had too many questions from sections that during review did not seem to be important hence I didn’t pay much attention to (huuuge mistake). Totally agree with the previous post that AL usefulness is limited. IRC is too vague and SIMs require knowledge of details that are only explained in Regulations (which are not accessible).
@Lizzerz79 My exam experience was similar to yours. There were a few MCQs that were out of left field. The SIMs were a bit over the top on the level of detail. I felt comfortable with each of the topics on the SIMs going into the exam but the questions required some educated guessing. I feel like I did okay on the SIMs after going back through my notes and textbook for REG. Hopefully I passed this one. The way I feel after REG is about the same way I felt after FAR and I thought my score for FAR could have been between 60 - 80. Best of luck to everybody!
I took REG this past Saturday (8/18) after trying to study for it for the past four months. I felt as ready as could be going into the exam as I had practiced A LOT from the Becker MCQs and listened to the Ninja notes (and read them too).
To be honest, I usually count about 10% of the questions on the exam to be almost the same as the questions from Becker--this was not the case. In addition, I felt that some of the questions really came out of left field. I had a lot of "educated guesses"...which doesn't make me comfortable but at the same time maybe that's good?
The SIMS were hard, as expected. I don't think they tested anything that I didn't review--wish I would have reviewed some things more--but hind sight is always 20/20. Oh, and I had two research SIMS.
I would like to know if anyone else had the same feeling about the questions not being in Becker. I just felt it was weird to not have seen any of those on the review software--unless they were coincidentally all part of the "optional" questions in Becker (which I didn't touch). Maybe a few of the questions reminded me (vaguely) of the Becker questions--but I know I've seen questions in BEC, FAR, and AUD that were word-for-word from Becker. Anyone?
Good Luck to ALL!!
I finished this exam about 5 hours ago. I was completely drained after it. I'm finally getting better now.
Wow, what a test. The MCQ's that were asked were tricky in a lot of places. You really have to pay attention to what they want. I'm glad I didn't rush through them. The first testlet was alright. The second was harder, but still doable. I couldn't tell with the third testlet. I finished those in an hour and 15 minutes.
Everything was covered in Rogers's review, even the sims. The sims!!! They were manageable. The extra time helped tremendously. The literature helped some. I really don't have a guess on how well I did.
I also used the Ninja Flashcards. They were very helpful. I'm glad I had them.
I had a good mix between tax and b-law.
ROFL - I PASSED!!!! 76.
To understand why this is so amazing - I literally didn't study lectures 1-4. I blew off the Sims, and didn't go back and re-work the problems. I HATE tax and couldn't make myself study it.... My exam was predominately tax!! I thought for sure I failed, but I passed by ONE point!!!
MUAHAHAHAH - GOODBYE REG!!!!!!!
lol me too i got 81
my SIms went horrible, horrible and HORRIBLE!! I thought I failed i was expecting 62 lol lol
is there any recommend focus area for my reg exam tml?
I found the MCQ's to be more challenging than the SIMs. Are the SIMs' difficulty based on MCQ performance (which may explain why my SIMs were 'easy')?
Sorta think I passed, sorta think I failed. Very similar to my FAR gut-reaction and that went fine. I knew AUD went well upon walking out... with REG- not so much.
Sept. 7th is going to be a big day! See you all then.
Taking REG tomorrow morning and I'm in the middle of a cram session right now. I feel like my weakest area is Business Law but from what Becker says, it's only supposed to be 20% of the test. But I read some other posts where people thought BL and Tax were distributed evenly. Any past REG takers have an opinion on that?
I took my REG exam on Sunday. My multiple choice definitely went medium, hard, hard. I flagged 5 in the first testlet and 9 in the 2nd two. The SIMs I thought were manageable however, I didn't feel like knew enough details on them to get them 100%. Part of that was probably because I didn't spend enough time studying for this section. I only briefly skimmed the estate and gift tax portion as well as some of the S-corp information. I also did not get any time for review.
I definitely did not feel like I when I left Audit. When I left Audit, I felt like I passed. This one was kind of a mixed bag. On the one hand I felt like I knew a lot of the MC and could make a decent guess on a lot of others. On the SIMs, I felt like I was at least getting partial points on those. So, I think this score will be lower and I wouldn't be super surprised if I am borderline.
On another note, I just started a full-time job this week so I will now have to split time with work and studying. That will be the next biggest challenge. It is on to FAR!
I posted my experience back on page 4 and it looks like I can order the kegs! Nothing beats going out with your top score. Good luck to all you guys. Just keep your eye on the prize. Stay motivated. Just remember, sleep is for those people who are broke!
@cpameplease Congratulations! That's got to feel so good. No more late night studying, no more flashcards, no more Olinto or Gearty (you're gonna miss them a little though, aren't ya? :))
You did amazing on this last test. I guess those first two attempts just fueled your fire? Did you add anything to your study repertoire that helped push you to that 92?
I took REG on 8/11. It was my 4th attempt with this section. I thought I failed it miserably. I got my score today. 82!!! Unbelievable! I'm done!
People, do not give up! Take it, retake it, but don't give up. It will pay off!
AUD: 11/18/2012 (66), 01/06/2012 (74), 04/05/2012 (88)
BEC: 02/29/2012 (73), 05/26/2012 (82)
FAR: 04/01/2011 (78)
REG: 07/22/2011 (73), 01/20/2012 (73), 04/28/2012 (66), 08/11/2012 (82)
@Katydid Thank you! I might miss Olinto, not Gearty. The only thing I did differently I suppose is a full 2 weeks of review. The first time I took it I had no idea what I was doing. The second time I took it, I bought the Ninja notes and audio. I also typed a crap load of notes. The problem was I ran out of time to review the notes and didn't really study the Ninja notes too much. The third time around I had time to review the notes and make more notes on top of that. I really focused on tax the third time around and prayed for reasonable sims! My report card for exam #2 was stronger in every category for M/C, but weaker in sims.
I also have a theory that scores are higher when they are not close to the close of the window. All three of my fails occurred within 5 days of the close of the window.
It looks like you are doing just fine with the 2 beasts left to tame.
Umm okay I have official proof that the exam is curved. Took REG few weeks ago & posted about it on pg 3. SIMs were nightmare & I probably felt confident for about 35% of them.
Got passing score this morning. My score report said I was stronger on SIMs! My only "weaker" area was b-law (which was strange bc felt fine going into test). But gist of this is I didn't even get all the MCQ points and still passed. There's gotta be a curve. No way I had > 1/2 those SIMs right.
Good luck to everyone taking it soon!
Just took REG today for the 3rd time and my experience was that the MCQ's went fairly well or so I think...Then comes the dreaded Sims that seem to fail me on every test I take. I had 2 research questions, which were actually pretty hard and took me forever to find. I think I got them both right aka I pray I did. I'm assuming one of them is getting tossed, which means every other Sim gets graded. 2 other Sims I got 90-100% correct. The 4th sim was pretty hard and I'm 100% sure I got it them completely wrong as it was a topic I've never seen before (fun) and I just filled in anything. The last Sim was the exact same Sim I had the very 1st time I took REG. And like the 1st time, I didn't know how to do it :( although I educated guessed it. The problem is there was no partial credit for this particular Sim so I'm assuming I got it completely wrong as well. So basically 4 Sims I knew (2 of which were research) and 2 Sims I pretty much got wrong. I hope I did well enough on the MCQ for a passing grade. Fingers crossed. GL to all.
I got my score back and got a 73 on my first REG exam.
I studied over 100 hours and am not sure what quite went wrong. Was a little shellshocked when I saw my score, because I felt so confident walking out of my exam. This was confirmed by my score report where I literally scored "stronger" on every section of the MC.
The SIMS section says where I scored "weaker", but that doesn't make sense to me because I felt I aced the SIMS and was able to answer all of them using the Codification albeit almost all of them were a little weird and screwy with what they are asking. I'm not sure how to interpret this because this must have meant I really bombed the SIMS to have got a 73. I was thinking of asking for a re-score but that will take too much time and money just to find the result, instead of retaking it.
You're very close. I'll probaby be in the same position as you when I get my score back, albeit with a much lower score.
One of your stronger SIMS was probably dropped. Others may have been tricky and you just thought you were answering them correctly? Maybe some of your correct MCQs were pre-test Qs...
Also considering how over 50% of testakers fail being rated "stronger" in comparison doesn't necessarily mean you did great. Since you feel you did halfway decent on the SIMS, you probably didn't bomb them, but sounds like they did hurt you. You mighta got 75% of MCQ points and only 70% of SIM points. Very close, I'm sure you'll pass next time.
I took Reg and Audit last fall and narrowly missed both. I started work and haven't worried about the CPA for over a year. I am taking Reg again this Thursday and this website seems like the right place to get some advice and get me back up to speed.
1. I'm using Becker and at the bottom of my screen it says "expires in 9 days." What does that mean? I have the 2010 version of the software, and am assuming it means that I will either completely lose access to the software in 9 days or that the information will be out of date in 9 days. Either way, I'm taking the exam in 4 days, so i should be good, but am curious in case I fail (again).
2. Since I am using 2010 Becker is there anything significant I need to know for taking the test in 2012? I have seen someone mention R8.... mine only goes to R7... I have a specialty in tax so I'm hoping it's something that I have seen before and can at least stand a chance on.
3. What is the deal with the Ninja stuff? It seems like it gets the best recommendations on this website. I listened to the free partnership audio chapter linked on the site, and it was okay. Is it worth it to get the rest of the audio? I am considering getting the whole package because apparently my Becker is expiring and I don't know how much more Pete and Tim I can take.
Thanks for any responses and good luck!
@trreid..I know there is NO difference in 2011 and 2012 Becker editions for REG. R8 is actually R3 split in Half, and they made R8 for 2012.
Your best option is the contact Becker, and see what they recommend. They do have updates on their website, if there is. If tax is your field, still make sure you know the material in Becker, usually what will be on exam. I havent taken REG myself, but studying from study materials should prepare you well. Rates and phase-out amounts have definitely changed in 2012, but you dont need to memorize them.
I took REG yesterday.
I went into the exam feeling strong, scoring high 80's to 100's for tax portion of Becker Progress Tests and low 80's for Business Law sections. Plus, I had a couple years tax experience to "fall back on".
I was unsure about 7 questions in testlet #1; I finished in 45 minutes. But then testlet #2 came along and it seemed so easy; simple one sentence questions, with one sentence answers. There were some calculation questions, but I thought they were pretty basic and I finished in 24 minutes. Testlet #3 - could it get any easier? I finished in 20 minutes.
I felt awful by this time: I remember my AUD and FAR experiences; the questions got harder with AUD (I passed) and easier with FAR (I failed). I had 1.5 hours left for Sims: I considered getting up and walking out of the exam since I felt like I had already failed. I decided to stay because "you never know" and because the experience with the Sims might help me should I have to take REG again.
Easy research question (I already knew the answer and where to find it).
One Sim was bizarre; I hope it was a pre-test (it seemed more like it belonged on FAR).
Three Sims - I felt like I could pass them 100% correct; if only I could get up and ask "a teacher" what the question required exactly. I was pretty irritated; the CPA exam tests our writing skills in BEC . . . shouldn't the same principles be applied to the person who rights the Sim questions? The questions made no sense and were presented in a confusing manner. I did my best, as I had studied the subject matter.
One Sim - I struggled with the topic while studying Becker; I came up with the idea to write the formula for the problems "a million times" until I memorized them. I happily typed those memorized formulas into the "spreadsheet"; thinking that I would be "plugging in numbers" and coming up with answers in seconds. Then, I noticed a strange exception to the problem that never came up in Becker's "text book" or in the practice questions. I didn't know how to account for this strange exception . . . dang . . . realized I had about 12 minutes left to finish and decided to treat the "exception" as if it was cash. I either got 100% of that Sim right or 100% wrong. I had 9 minutes left on the clock.
I felt like you could knock me over with a feather. If I had to describe REG, I would say "easier than AUD and way easier than FAR". But, I think I failed, so how could I call it easier? Worse . . . if I did fail . . . I'm not sure how I would change my score in the future.
I am taking hope from this forum; all the posters who described REG as a WTF! exam but then later reported they passed. Of all the sections I have taken so far, REG was the one I "studied" the best (30+ hours per week, all the MCQ and SIM homework completed, tons of progress tests, flash cards, chapter re-reads, hand writing formulas to memorize them better, etc.).
@LittleEngineThatCould: Having taken this part one time before (but way back in 2009-ish, lol), I agree, the exam covers topics that aren't covered by Becker AT ALL, and prob moreso than the other sections (not sure about FAR). If you do need to retake, I recommend using Wiley and/or any review that includes Wiley and doing the problems asap and frequently.
@StudyHarder: Rescores aren't cheap. If you absolutely feel you can't move on with your life, so to speak, without doing the re-score, by all means, do it. However, it sounds like you're okay with doing a retake, and I recommend doing that instead. Chances of your score actually changing from the re-score are pretty low (I've tried for AUD myself and nothing changed) and even this review book I read (Wiley?) doesn't recommend it.
Just took the exam. I felt that my MCQ's went medium, hard, hard, but I certainly could be wrong because there were several easy questions in each. I was prepared for my wordy questions as in Becker, but this was not the case. The sims I am not sure about at all. I was prepared for the worse after hearing from others on this forum that the sims were terrible and obscure.
Although a couple of mine were obscure, I was able to find each within the authoritative literature. Im not 100% sure I made heads or tails of the literature itself, but I think I got at least some of the points on each. I had two research questions, which were easy. Above all, I have no idea how well/poor I did, as taxes aren't my strongest area. I felt confident in law, but time will tell if I passed of course.
On a side note, since this is my (hopefully) last exam, I have to figure out what to do in my free time in the next couple weeks before I start full-time at a firm. This is gonna be weird.
To give hope to you all (if you haven't figured it out yet), even if you walk out of the exam pretty confident in that you failed, there is still hope. Just got my score back!
bobooh15: Sounds like you passed. good job. That was my plan too, but I ended up pushing one back.
Just took REG. I think it wend midium, medium, midium (hard); which makes me think i didn't do well. Even though the questions seemed easy they were very tricky. SIMs....terrible! :( Pretty sad about it averall.
OMG just took Reg and got destroyed. I think I got every answer in the first testlet correct and every answer on the second testlet wrong and half right on the third. I am not joking. I got an easy research question but I wouldn't have gotten a single point on any of the other sims if not for the authoritative text. At best, I hope I got maybe half-points on each of them but I think that is stretching it. Honestly, the Sims were easy topics when studying but the test made them HARD.
I used Becker, practiced every single multiple choice, read the book front to back, and really felt comfortable going into the exam. That wasn't the case when I left. I found that there were several questions that I didn't give special attention to while I was studying. As each mc testlet went on, it took me longer and longer to complete. I can't recall if the questions were getting "harder," but it sure as hec took me longer. By the time I got to the simulations I had 51 minutes left. Thinking I would be okay, I was wrong. I recognized all of the topics on the simulations, but understanding what they wanted me to do was a whole other balll game. I felt as though the simulations were very abstract, and left me feeling very defeated. I left the exam feeling very frustrated, because of how much I prepared and how bad I felt once I finished.
In addition, this was my first exam. I would not recommend taking Reg for anyone's first exam. Maybe take BEC or AUDIT, but not Reg. As I start to study for BEC, I am still waiting to find out my fate with Reg.
Can anyone give me any advice on how to use the IRC. I can find the answer to about 50% of the Becker research questions but I'm wondering if anyone has found a website or has any advice in general on how to peruse through the IRC in the most efficient/timeliest manner.
Anyone with any advice on what I should REALLY hone in on in Becker the last few days before exam? Maybe a certain section? I take it Thursday.
Just took the test: Frustrated. Feel pretty much the same way everyone else does. My brain is moosh. But I came across a question during the exam that infuriated me and kept me in a rage throughout the rest of the exam. I can't remember exactly what word it was (again, brain mooshy right now) but they spelled it wrong. My first thought was, "What the F**k? I study for over 150 hours to prepare for this exam and you can't even run a quick spell check?" And this is something that has been irking me throughout this entire process. Some of these questions are so malformed that it’s difficult to decipher what they are asking. I can understand how these may be preliminary questions and may not be graded but that’s beside the point. The question should at least be evaluated for completeness, spelling and grammar before it is placed on anyone’s test.
I’m going to write a letter! The people should be heard! . . . but would someone mind proofreading it for me? :)
Took REG yesterday. I had the exact sentiments of what people are posting here. I thought the MCQ were way harder than I expected...all of the concepts (for the most part) were fair but many had a complicating circumstance that I really don't remember being addressed in Becker. I expected a lot more one-liners or straight forward questions, but almost every question was 3-4+ sentences and very involved. I also expected a lot more corp, s corp, and pship based questions and more law...wasn’t the case. SIMS were ok...one VERY obscure one that I just had to pretty much guess on throughout...if there’s one that gets thrown out, I would have to imagine this would be the one.
Katydid - while I didn’t have the question with a misspelled word, I totally concur that the wording is just terrible - in the study material questions (which are old questions themselves) and the actual test. I realize that deductions need to be made to answer some questions, but the level of assumptions made just aren’t fair - the questions need to have a COMPLETE and “followable” fact pattern. We're all current or soon to be professionals here...writing skills at this point should be fundamental, especially on a test of this magnitude.
Whomever above said they were expecting more basis questions, I gladly would have traded tests with you. My test was equally as crappy as everyone else's, except I felt I was lost on all SIMs. I couldn't even find the research question until after about 45 minutes of searching. Even now I'm not 100% sure I found it. The rest of the SIMs were garbage. Not obscure (one kinda was) but just over my head. I think I answered all of them for at least partial credit and I'm just praying that's enough to pull me through. My test was very fair, but it sucked. I got 3 SIMs on the exact same topic and it just happened to be one I was not that comfortable with. I left in tears.
I just took Reg today. I am still in shock, good thing I've discovered this forum, because my experience was a lot like what a lot of people here described! This exam kicked my butt. I used Becker and spend around 140 hours preparing for this exam, and this is my first part. I did everything Becker told me. On Becker Reg final exams, I scored average 76 on the first and 89 (after 2 week review) on the second. I thought it would be enough to keep me above the water. Boy was I wrong! Some staff on the actual exam that was not even in Becker and a lot of it was under stressed. SIMs were so hard, they were obscure and had plenty of "whistles and bells" in them that I had not practiced. MCQs were hard too, especially the last lestlet. I had to take some guesses. I think they were getting harder, but this is a good sign, right? I should probably wait to learn for my score before I bash Becker any further :) I just don't know that to think.
@Lifeisnotsogood the only thing I can suggest is browsing through the menu tree for the code and getting familiar with the layout so if you have problems with a keyword search you have an idea of where to start looking. Fortunately I took tax research as my research class so I was already somewhat familiar with it. I think it helped.
Took REG yesterday. Walked out thinking i'm retarded. Used Becker to study. There was maybe 3 MC questions that were similar to Becker MC questions that I worked on, the rest I haven't even seen before. None of the TBS questions that I worked on in all 8 sections of Becker showed up on the exam. The exam I felt like got harder and harder. And during the last TBS question I completely blanked out. When I finally was able to understand what it's asking me to do, half way through my time ran out. I took maybe a 5 minute break after testlet 1 because I needed to use the restroom, thinking that I have plenty of time. Now thinking back that 5 minutes would've been very useful. Most of the MC questions that I didn't know I can eliminate down to 2 answers, but beyond that I have to take a few minutes to think it through. That is one of the toughest exam I've taken. The CPA exam is definitely my Goliath.
REG 8/28/2012 ???
Looks like a lot of pple here had bad experiences with Becker. So if Becker is not sufficient for Reg then what is? or which combination will work? thx.
@Lizzerz79 Would you mind telling me what materials are you using to study and on average how many hours do you dedicate for each section?
@Vick, Becker is quite sufficient for REG. I saw nothing on my exam that wasn't covered in Becker. It's just that you really, truly must know EVERYTHING in the Becker book for REG, whereas with BEC and AUD, I felt you really needed to only know what they hit on the most in the lecture and then read the rest a time or two. This is definitely not how it is with REG. I read the Becker book front to back six or eight times, and I highly doubt many other people do this, so they say "Becker didn't cover it," or it's not in there or whatever. Most likely, it's in there, but wasn't a major lecture topic. Just because they don't emphasize it in the lecture doesn't mean you can skip it or study it any less than the topics they do hit on. Becker is #1 for a reason, and you're not going to learn anything new with other review material, but other review material might be more tailored to your learning style and click with you better. I am still a huge Becker supporter even though my exam sucked. I didn't understand a couple topics and chose to take my chances hoping I knew enough, and got stuck with 3 SIMs on that topic.
Sat for REG yesterday (8/29) and I concur it being much like described above. Spent probably 7 weeks preparing with Becker but still felt I was lacking the knowledge to pass. I literally got ZERO problems on the basics that I expected the test to be based off of. Every MC question was a test of the nitty gritty details that I often skimmed over while studying. Some questions I dont even remember becker touching on. Left 1.5 hours for the SIMS and I am extremely glad I did. Had to spend time using the research tab to find answers to the non research questions. Did not get a single SIM on a topic that I expected to. Every single one was on a obscure topic that becker really didnt go into detail on. Some of them I couldnt find an answer anywhere in the IRC, because it wasnt there. This test was nothing like what I expected based on how my FAR experience went. FAR hit on the topics I expected and I felt decent walking out of (got a 94). REG, however was a different animal. Not sure how the pass rate for REG is higher after my experiences.
I just got back from REG and feel like my experience was just like everyone else's! The first testlet was good, the second testlet was BRUTAL, i marked half the questions, and I must have done awful because my third testlet was back to easy-medium. I felt familiar with all the material covered but the ones I didn't know where just nit picky details!! The sims were better, used the authoritative literature to confirm a few and felt they were doable. There was one sim was I was super lost, so I'm hoping that's a pretest. I'm really worried that bad second testlet will compromise me getting a passing score tho :( good luck to everyone taking it within the next couple weeks :)
@Keely..I took REG...I totally agree with you. Everything was covered in Becker, but still I am not going to Pass REG..lol
Well, MCQ were half-good and half guessable and few were that were NOT SUPPOSED to on the exam according the study material.
5 mcq were on same topic. That did not know the answer to
The SIMS were HARD. I hated it, because there were NO Instructions on what to do?? They were doable., but I think I might get partial credits. I dont think there was SIM, that I new I was 100% correct. I made sure, I put something down.
Also I did not submit the exam and let the time expire. It won't affect my scores right?
@Keely.. are you re-studying REG already? or just waiting? Should I get started with FAR or AUD or re-study REG?
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