He has been a member of Another71.com's Club 75 since August 2010.
I took my FAR exam the other day and I must say it is really a beast of an exam. I needed every last bit of the 4 hours and I had to guess at the end of the 2nd Simulation.
My first thoughts coming out of it were I have no idea how I did. If you were to ask me for a range, Id say anywhere from 55 to an 80. I thought I did well on the first testlet, I dont recall anything in particular that I just didnt know. When I got to the second testlet and third testlet, I didnt notice the questions get particularly harder, but I did feel some questions were definitely Wordier and had more variables than the previous ones, but there were still single variable, one sentence questions mixed in and I have no idea of what a Difficult-Difficult question is like as compared to a Medium-Difficult one. Theyre all difficult. So Im just completely stumped on how I did on the MCQs since I didnt feel the test get any harder per testlet, it was more a question to question thing.
I left about 40 minutes each for each Simulation and I always did the written communication first for each. I was completely comfortable with the WC topics they gave me, and I was relatively confident in how I did on both of them. The first SIM I feel I did pretty well on, I was comfortable answering the questions. However I didnt finish the second in the sense that I had 7 minutes left with 3 tabs to go. I basically quickly read them and answered them. Im not too confident in those 3 tabs. I spent all of 2 minutes at most on each research tab.
Knowing what I know now, I probably would have changed up my study habits a bit, focusing on each chapter more as I did it. I will definitely be altering my study habits for the next exams. I felt as though the Wiley questions were very good, and were actually harder in some aspects than the actual exam questions. I have no plans on switching study materials. In fact Ill probably use more Yaeger/Wiley materials in the future to supplement the Homestudy/CRAM/Test Bank CD. When it was all said and done I clocked in at around 115 hours.
Right now as it stand I am going to take a short break from studying, get some of that Home Improvement stuff done and catch up on some TV. Ill probably start studying for BEC in a week or two and I probably wont take it in early January as I had planned, but will more likely do it in early to mid-February, as my NTS expires in mid-February. It will depend on my score for FAR. I must admit, despite the dread I felt studying for FAR towards the end, I am slightly anxious to get in to some new material. So my long term plan right now is still a bit up in the air pending the results of FAR.
I have a bit of a conundrum though, and maybe my fellow Another71ers have some advice for me. I purchased the Yaeger then and now and got BEC and FAR for 2010, with AUD and REG for next year. What Im thinking is that I will use the Yaeger 2010 BEC Homestudy DVDs that I haven't used yet with the Wiley 2010 book, but also buy the 2011 Wiley book to supplement it for Written Communication questions. Ill presumably have access to the Wiley 2011 Material on the Test Bank CD, as that will come with my new 2011 material so Ill have plenty of up to date MCQs to do. Does that sound good? Let me know what you think.