Wiley Test Bank vs Actual exam

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  • #177757

    dethnode
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    I am taking the Wiley test bank exams that came with yeager, I am averaging around 70%, doing much better on sims than on mcq. What are others experience with wiley vs actual

    #442377

    dethnode
    Member

    Also, is they wiley test bank research comparable, exactly the same, or not even close to the actual research tools

    #442462

    dethnode
    Member

    Also, is they wiley test bank research comparable, exactly the same, or not even close to the actual research tools

    #442379

    jgrfan1
    Member

    Wiley is harder all around was my finding. I averaged about 10 pts lower on the Wiley TB (MC and Sims) than I did on my exams. Averaging about a 75% w/ FAR. Hoping my experience with my first three exams holds true for my fourth.

    Research Sim is exactly the same in WTB as in the exam.

    #442464

    jgrfan1
    Member

    Wiley is harder all around was my finding. I averaged about 10 pts lower on the Wiley TB (MC and Sims) than I did on my exams. Averaging about a 75% w/ FAR. Hoping my experience with my first three exams holds true for my fourth.

    Research Sim is exactly the same in WTB as in the exam.

    #442381

    dethnode
    Member

    when did you test, or have you yet? i test on the 29th

    #442466

    dethnode
    Member

    when did you test, or have you yet? i test on the 29th

    #442383

    MustPass1988
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    I think Wiley has more complex problems overall than the actual test. For REG, I averaged a 64% on MCQ’s and got an 83 on the test.

    #442468

    MustPass1988
    Member

    I think Wiley has more complex problems overall than the actual test. For REG, I averaged a 64% on MCQ’s and got an 83 on the test.

    #442385

    J
    Member

    The general consensus is that the Wiley book question are more difficult than the Wiley Test Bank, which is then more difficult than the actual exam. I’ve mentioned this in other threads but some of the Wiley book questions go into much more depth than you would ever see on the test. The Wiley Test Bank has done a much better job of selecting the questions in the book that are more similar to the actual exam experience and then adding others.

    If you want a scale of comparison with the Wiley book being a 10 in terms of difficulty and the actual exam being a 1, you would probably put the Wiley Test Bank around a 3 or 4. Just remember that this scale is RELATIVE; I’m not at all attempting to imply that the actual exam is a piece of cake. 🙂

    #442470

    J
    Member

    The general consensus is that the Wiley book question are more difficult than the Wiley Test Bank, which is then more difficult than the actual exam. I’ve mentioned this in other threads but some of the Wiley book questions go into much more depth than you would ever see on the test. The Wiley Test Bank has done a much better job of selecting the questions in the book that are more similar to the actual exam experience and then adding others.

    If you want a scale of comparison with the Wiley book being a 10 in terms of difficulty and the actual exam being a 1, you would probably put the Wiley Test Bank around a 3 or 4. Just remember that this scale is RELATIVE; I’m not at all attempting to imply that the actual exam is a piece of cake. 🙂

    #442387

    dethnode
    Member

    right now i am most concerned about time, the wiley test bank practice test with 30 mcq and 3 sims is taking me about an hour and 15 minutes, but i am reviewing the answers of any that i miss, but i am scoring in the 70s pretty consecutively. I have not went and downloaded the practice aid from the aicpa website, from my understanding this is mostly so one can see what the outlay of the exam will be like but i assume format wise that it is similar to the wiley test bank. is the calculator provided at the testing center better than that on the wiley test bank, i will never understand why people insist that we should be able to do math without a calculator that has () and a power button and a memory on a timed test. I can do it, but it takes longer, and the need to be able to quickly do present value calculations without something with a memory function is extremely far reaching into hypothetical “maybe you have to calculate the bond discount with out excel because the power is out and the customer is demanding it right now…” then tell the customer to call back when we have electricity or use a laptop, or use a UPS, or call a bank, or use a cell phone…. stupid

    so please tell me the calculator is more functional on the actual exam vs the wiley test bank

    #442472

    dethnode
    Member

    right now i am most concerned about time, the wiley test bank practice test with 30 mcq and 3 sims is taking me about an hour and 15 minutes, but i am reviewing the answers of any that i miss, but i am scoring in the 70s pretty consecutively. I have not went and downloaded the practice aid from the aicpa website, from my understanding this is mostly so one can see what the outlay of the exam will be like but i assume format wise that it is similar to the wiley test bank. is the calculator provided at the testing center better than that on the wiley test bank, i will never understand why people insist that we should be able to do math without a calculator that has () and a power button and a memory on a timed test. I can do it, but it takes longer, and the need to be able to quickly do present value calculations without something with a memory function is extremely far reaching into hypothetical “maybe you have to calculate the bond discount with out excel because the power is out and the customer is demanding it right now…” then tell the customer to call back when we have electricity or use a laptop, or use a UPS, or call a bank, or use a cell phone…. stupid

    so please tell me the calculator is more functional on the actual exam vs the wiley test bank

    #442389

    MCLKT
    Participant

    LOL! The calculator is not more functional. It’s rather pathetic.

    And don’t even bother with the “spreadsheet” function. It’s a joke.

    The research function is comparable.

    The Wiley version doesn’t include all of the codification so it’s easier to navigate with less information.

    But the AICPA has a better search function. You can select subtopics and “search within” so it can be narrowed down.

    #442474

    MCLKT
    Participant

    LOL! The calculator is not more functional. It’s rather pathetic.

    And don’t even bother with the “spreadsheet” function. It’s a joke.

    The research function is comparable.

    The Wiley version doesn’t include all of the codification so it’s easier to navigate with less information.

    But the AICPA has a better search function. You can select subtopics and “search within” so it can be narrowed down.

    #442391

    dethnode
    Member

    the spreadsheet is only available for the sims correct?

    #442476

    dethnode
    Member

    the spreadsheet is only available for the sims correct?

    #442393

    jgrfan1
    Member

    @dethnode

    I’m right there with you, testing on May 29th – 8AM.

    Good luck.

    #442478

    jgrfan1
    Member

    @dethnode

    I’m right there with you, testing on May 29th – 8AM.

    Good luck.

    #442395

    J
    Member

    @dethnode… Yes, the spreadsheet and AL is only available with the simulations. I did not use the spreadsheet once in FAR or REG, if that gives you a hint of how useful it might be. It’s not that I didn’t just not use it but I never came across a simulation where I thought it might even be pertinent.

    #442480

    J
    Member

    @dethnode… Yes, the spreadsheet and AL is only available with the simulations. I did not use the spreadsheet once in FAR or REG, if that gives you a hint of how useful it might be. It’s not that I didn’t just not use it but I never came across a simulation where I thought it might even be pertinent.

    #442397

    @dethnode I took my FAR exam in April and consistently kept getting low 70s high 60s (not once did I get a “pass”) on my Wiley Test Bank practice exams. On the actual exam I finished all 90 MCQs (without any breaks) in an hour and had 3 hours to do my sims, I think I spent 20 minutes on the 6 of them and close to 40 on the last one (which I am sure I got wrong) and I still passed. Take the practice exam 2 or 3 times and gauge yourself time wise, if you see that you are constantly finishing the exam in 2 hours you know that on exam day you can take your time and double check everything. If you are scrambling for time, adjust you technique so you do not run out of time on the sims. Best of luck to you!

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    @dethnode I took my FAR exam in April and consistently kept getting low 70s high 60s (not once did I get a “pass”) on my Wiley Test Bank practice exams. On the actual exam I finished all 90 MCQs (without any breaks) in an hour and had 3 hours to do my sims, I think I spent 20 minutes on the 6 of them and close to 40 on the last one (which I am sure I got wrong) and I still passed. Take the practice exam 2 or 3 times and gauge yourself time wise, if you see that you are constantly finishing the exam in 2 hours you know that on exam day you can take your time and double check everything. If you are scrambling for time, adjust you technique so you do not run out of time on the sims. Best of luck to you!

    #442398

    KatieM
    Member

    I used Yaegar and the wiley test bank and book- and scored consistently over 95% on all tests in the testbank- but I did 3000 MCQ–… but the book is much harder and I was missing only 1-2 questions when I would go through all the MC’s… it is really really important that you utilize the “not seen fewer than 2 time”… etc… I did this until I was up to 4 times… so I did the entire test bank for BEC at least 4 times each question then all the practice tests… the total was 3000 questions… My entire 72 MCQ practice tests were taking 45 minutes to complete with 98% accuracy


    so..

    NOT to divulge any test information because I just sat for BEC… but I left with this statement…….. “I studied for one test and just took another”…………… I couldn’t have studied MORE, done more MCQ’s or spent more time… I have no clue if I passed but I think its doubtful… and I really don’t know if it is Wiley, or if I just didn’t read the book enough times.. I really have no idea… but I’ll find out in a couple of weeks.

    #442484

    KatieM
    Member

    I used Yaegar and the wiley test bank and book- and scored consistently over 95% on all tests in the testbank- but I did 3000 MCQ–… but the book is much harder and I was missing only 1-2 questions when I would go through all the MC’s… it is really really important that you utilize the “not seen fewer than 2 time”… etc… I did this until I was up to 4 times… so I did the entire test bank for BEC at least 4 times each question then all the practice tests… the total was 3000 questions… My entire 72 MCQ practice tests were taking 45 minutes to complete with 98% accuracy


    so..

    NOT to divulge any test information because I just sat for BEC… but I left with this statement…….. “I studied for one test and just took another”…………… I couldn’t have studied MORE, done more MCQ’s or spent more time… I have no clue if I passed but I think its doubtful… and I really don’t know if it is Wiley, or if I just didn’t read the book enough times.. I really have no idea… but I’ll find out in a couple of weeks.

    #442400

    Akkula
    Participant

    I was averaging in the high 80s on the Wiley test bank and I got an 87 on the exam. That is pretty accurate.

    #442486

    Akkula
    Participant

    I was averaging in the high 80s on the Wiley test bank and I got an 87 on the exam. That is pretty accurate.

    #442402

    jennknee
    Member

    For AUD, I scored around 79 on the test bank (sims & MCQs) and got a 93 on the test. It was getting to the point where I kind of remembered every question, and I focused on why the other answer choices were wrong.

    Hopefully I’ll have similar luck on FAR.

    #442488

    jennknee
    Member

    For AUD, I scored around 79 on the test bank (sims & MCQs) and got a 93 on the test. It was getting to the point where I kind of remembered every question, and I focused on why the other answer choices were wrong.

    Hopefully I’ll have similar luck on FAR.

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