Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. My BEC score was 74. I'm disappointed, but I am not down and will retake the test in a month. Unfortunately, now I have to get comfortable with a new exam format so I went to the AICPA web-site to check what the new task-based simulations look like in BEC. They don't seem hard at all – my only concern is that those tasks could be very time consuming. Each task has additional tabs with “Resources” like some kind of financial statement or a contract. I believe I failed on my essay section. Multiple choices are something I was comfortable with, but on the essay I concentrated on the content more rather than on keywords and I think that was a problem. Requesting a re-score is something I considered, but was told that it is not worth it: it costs around $150-$200 and there is 1% chance that
Kimberly is a NINJA CPA blogger. I'm not happy with my progress. After failing AUD in February, I am burned out. It’s very scary to think my dream could be slipping away. After all of the time and resources I have invested studying for the CPA exam, I truly don’t want my efforts to go to waste. I need to be rejuvenated and reminded of why I started studying in the first place. Some people are able to dig deep and motivate themselves. I am far past finding any motivation within. I have been sitting for exams, on and off, for 8 years. It’s time to get creative about progressing through this process. I have some ideas I believe may help me with moving forward with my study plan and spice things up a bit. After giving it serious thought, I realize I will be more inspired with different surroundings. Being around
Donovan says, “I want to start studying for the CPA while getting my Masters of Accountancy. Which section do you think will be the best to take concurrently with my masters program? Hoping to pass all four within six to eight months.” That is a tall order. I don't know if I would do it if I were you. You have a pretty big load studying for your Masters of Accounting. I would look and see how your semester lands up. If you're taking some financial accounting classes, like some heavy financial accounting classes your first semester. Most Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) programs, unless you're taking night school, it's like two semesters. If it's heavy financial then take FAR. It probably has financial tax and audit, so all those being equal I would take FAR. However you're taking it concurrently so that's a problem. What I would say is, finish
Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. Hello NINJAs! With my BEC retake coming up in the next month, I decided to switch up my usual studying and incorporate new study methods into my routine. Usually I would do all the MCQ and then review. At times I would incorporate flash cards here and there or NINJA Notes; however, it wasn't consistent. With my recent score of 69, my study methods are obviously not enough to get a passing score. Recently, I joined a study group with fellow CPA candidates studying for the same exam that also have test dates around the same date. We hold online hangouts and go to review sections each week. Participating in the group helps me get a glimpse of how others approach the exam. It also exposes me to other people’s interpretations and understanding of the concepts. It’s been very helpful and I hope it will be beneficial.
Stacey is a NINJA CPA blogger. I finally feel better about ratios! It's possible I was avoiding them in the past. I figured what I learned in school, over five years ago, was going to be enough. This time, I attacked them head on, putting every single one on a flash card with an example on the back. Although I don't have them all memorized yet, the problems seem very easy once I know which equation to use. Often you just have to plug in information. When we have to use another equation to get the missing number, understanding the connections makes these questions not so scary anymore. Now I can move on to my next struggle, the statement of cash flows. I need a serious review of direct versus indirect. I'm not sure why this has been so difficult for me. Perhaps practicing simulations in NINJA MCQ will help get me on track and feeling
Does the New CPA Exam Change How You Study? – CPA Reviewed #77 [Listen on iTunes] [Listen on Google Play] [Listen on Stitcher] [Listen on Tunein] 1. Ashley: Just a quick question about the FAR changes. With the purchase of the FAR Book or Notes, can't remember which, came a PDF summary of the exam changes. I'm looking for some clarification on what exactly isn't being tested on the “new” exam. The Summary states that the Far Book 2, Chapter VI section on Investment Property is no longer tested. Is this already reflected in the book? I'm having trouble narrowing down which section this is alluding to in the version I have and I want to be sure I'm not spending time on something I shouldn't be. 2. Dave: If I purchase the MCQ questions for FAR and AUD for $47 each is this an unlimited time window or is