So I just did Becker's mock exams and found the sims to be extremely weird and random. Thankfully, I didn't really have a problem doing the sims on the AICPA sample exam. Can I assume that being comfortable with the sims on the AICPA sample exam is enough or should I start panicking that I did horribly on the sims on the practice exam? Wondering what others who took BEC after studying with Becker have to say.
I thought the SIMs on the actual BEC exam were straightforward compared to other sections (FAR/AUD). Becker makes BEC (MCQ & SIM) more complex than the actual exam. You should be fine. I got 60-70s on all the mock exams, and ended up passing with a 87.
The Becker BEC mock exams are the hardest ones of the whole course. There is a spreadsheet floating around on the internet somewhere of a person who keeps track of people's Becker mock exam scores vs. actual scores. The Becker “bump,” as they call it, is the increase of a person's actual score in relation to their final mock exam scores. The average “bump” for BEC is 25 points, for REG is 13 points, and for AUD & FAR is 10 points. I am living proof that the “bump” exists as all my actual scores have gone up by the exact average “bump” the spreadsheet said it would.
ME 1: 51
ME 2: 64
Actual: 89 – Bump of 25 points
ME 1: 64
ME 2: 73
ME 3: 77
Actual: 90 – Bump of 13 points
It was my first exam and I didn't really know what I was doing yet. I only gave myself 1 week to review instead of the 2 weeks I know I need now. I ran out of time to review any SIMs or take any mock exams because I was just crushing MCQ's for a solid week leading up to the test.