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My REG Experience

After sleeping on it (and thinking about it all evening), I’m thinking/hoping that I was getting tripped up on test questions (i.e. fake questions that don’t count – the AICPA just uses them to gauge whether or not they’ll use them in the future as “real” questions). I felt like I knew the material pretty well. I studied a lot harder for this exam than the one that I scored a 74 on, but it felt like I was getting question after question on my weak areas. Plus, the dude next to me was doing that phlegm-clearing throat hack that you hear people do in public and you think to yourself “wow – he just really doesn’t care, does he.” It was loud and I despite the fact that I had those ear-blockers on, every time he did it, it sounded like we were being carpet-bombed and I had to

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My REG Experience

I took REG this afternoon and it was an absolute MONSTER. It goes down as the most mind-blowingly frustrating exam experience I’ve had. Every tax question was hard. Complex question after question. It sucked so bad that I looked forward to the next business law question. I didn’t finish one tab of my last sim. I made sure to score easy points on the essay and research tab, though. Either I’m an idiot or I was doing well and the difficulty of the problems were kicked up a notch (for the uninitiated, the better you do, the harder the questions get – but are worth more points). Probably a little bit of both. I came out of the Exam humbled and feeling like a moron. On the other hand, whenever I have left and exam thinking “hey, that wasn’t so bad after all…” – I failed. Who knows. I’m just

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My BEC Experience

I took BEC this morning. It took me about 40 minutes of waiting to get checked in, but oh well. I think I smoked the exam…we’ll see. I felt this way with AUD and that turned out OK. You never really know, though. Financial Management has always been my weak area. I’ve never wanted to study it so I’ve always ignored it. THANKFULLY I did just about every question on Yaeger‘s list of “minimum” questions to do. That prepared me. I also followed their advice and did every single IT question in the Wiley book and that paid dividends as well. The exam followed the content weights released by the AICPA, so no surprises really. One thing about BEC is that memorizing terms won’t cut it. They want you to actually apply the knowledge. Odd. REG is in 2.5 hours…

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My BEC Experience

BEC is up first thing in the morning. I can roll out of bed and score a 71 on BEC, so to end my streak, I’ve been hitting areas that I’ve always ignored (Financial Management…I hate studying for it, so I go into the Exam and try to fake it). I did 307 IT questions today. I could write a book about the “Joys of Electronic Data Interchange”. In the past, I’ve also tried to limp my way through Econ. I did a ton of problems on elasticity calculations. One regret is that I have spent a disproportionate amount of time on BEC rather than REG. I hit Corporations pretty hard (my week part when I scored a 74 last time) and I have a 5 hour break in-between exams, so I’ll come back and gorge myself on individual tax, estates/trusts and whatever else. I was tempted to give it

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