June 11, 2014 at 1:43 am #186248June 11, 2014 at 1:48 am #570641jfernandes256Member
@rjdub28 can you explain in more detail what you did differently the third time around?June 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm #570642
@jfernandes256 sure! I think there is a few key things that helped me out.
1. This attempt at AUD was my 5th exam (AUD was also my 1st and 2nd exams). I think I picked up on a few topics a bit quicker since I'd been through the other 3 sections (FAR especially).
2. I focused on SIMS. I know this is my weakest area. I've never been a good test taker, and get overwhelmed when I see some of the SIMS, especially ones seem to come out of left field. I did probably 90-100 SIM questions this time around. Ones that I scored poorly on, I did again. I think this helped reinforce some of the key topics, and also gave me practice on using the AL for research.
3. USE THE AL DURING SIMS. I found a couple of my SIMS almost word-for-word in the AL.
4 (and probably most importantly). NINJA MCQ. The adaptive learning is great. It really highlights your weak areas and gives really good explanations for the answer choices. I found that with Becker, I had seen the questions so many times (after 3 times through), that I just memorized the answers, but not WHY it was the right answer. NINJA helped with that alot. I will definitely make the NINJA MCQ investment for my REG and FAR re-takes!
Hopefully that helps 🙂June 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm #570643Wanna_B_TXCPA2014Participant
@rjdub28 thats AWESOME. Your story inspires me and gives me some hope for my 3rd attempt at FAR coming up 7/5/14. I too have gotten the SIM beatdown on my previous two exams. Like you I plan on drilling SIMS, until I read your post I did not have a goal for number of SIMS to complete, but now Im thinking it should be 90-100.
Again congrats on your pass and good luck on future exams!June 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm #570644ziebaParticipant
Anyone who is going into FAR without a solid grasp of journal entries is essentially jumping over a row of school buses on a scooter, no helmet. You know how it's going to end, but you hope for the best. FAR has a brutal way of fleshing out those who can speak J/E and those who can't.
I'm not implying you don't just saying it's the J/E's that deny most people a 75+.June 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm #570645AnonymousInactive
journal entries are so crucial. almost more so than being able to add or subtract. well maybe not that much, but almost every question relates in some way to a je. The gov and non profit section is heavily tested on j/e's. id say the biggest part is when u get to the sims nearly every question besides research has them. for me far was third try the charm. i failed the second attempt by only four points and didnt study gov and not profit much and that hurt my score majorly.June 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm #570646
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