I'm hoping they don't grade the simulations except for the research one haha
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.
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.
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