December 10, 2019 at 3:04 am #2837472
Hope everyone is doing well throughout this horrible journey of the CPA Exam. I sat for my BEC exam today, was my first time taking it. Overall, I felt prepared going in. Had all my formulas memorized, studied for about 2 months, felt really good about economics, cost accounting, and finance. Left a few stones unturned on IT, but did not feel overly discouraged since IT was mainly definitions and conceptual, and I still got through a fair chunk of it a few days before. Was doing well on all my quizzes while reviewing. I didn't feel 100%, but I did not think I would leave the exam feeling like I bombed.
And wow. I was surprised by the exam to say the least. I felt I did okay on the first testlet, but by the second testlet I felt doomed. In the blur of it all I think it may have gotten harder, but I was so in the moment I couldn't tell if it was that or if I didn't know the material.
SIMS I felt okay on, however I spent so much time trying to get through the weird MCQs I was running out of time and one sim I just had to fly through and did not have time to calc it, and chose answers (it was a pre-select one).
Grand finale, I only had 15 minutes left for the WC, and was able to write and set up some sentences on two (I don't even remember what I wrote, I know I wrote buzz words or tried to give it structure, but in the blur of it all I was in full panic mode), and unfortunately left one blank due to time. In other words WC was a bust.
Anyway, sorry to ramble. Not sure why I am even posting, other than I hope others may have felt this way about BEC and somehow passed. Just feeling so discouraged right now and honestly stupid. I don't know if studying more would have helped with the left field questions. I will find out next week, taking the week off, and will gear up to retry in January. Sometimes these exams get so frustrating, as they feel more like a barrier to entry vs. actual applicability to our jobs and careers. Granted, I know that is why they are there in the first place, but just upsetting. I knew the information, I felt good, and I choked. And just a crappy feeling to have. Thanks for listening to my pity party, I appreciate it, and apologize for such a long post.December 10, 2019 at 8:31 am #2837691jjjgolf500Participant
BEC was the only test I felt like studying more would not have helped me much because of the crazy questions. It was also the only test that took me the entire 4 hours. I had to take it 3 times (1 pass and expire, 1 fail, then a final pass) and each time I clicked submit with seconds left. Each other test I was done 30 mins to an hour early. Time management is key for BEC. Anyways, even if you didnt pass, you def are not stupid. You have already passed one with an 85. Just use it as a learning experience and knock it out next time. A fail is no biggie, you got this!December 10, 2019 at 10:46 am #2837997accountingislifeParticipant
I just took BEC yesterday and ran out of time as well. I was typing frantically watching the seconds count down as my fingers were sweating. I also tried to include buzz words in hopes that it would at least make it appear that, had I been given more time, I could've written a good essay. 😉 Haha. Honestly, when I did all the practice writing simulations with Becker, mine always matched the solutions exactly. Same ideas, organization, and verbiage – I was thrilled. Then I got to the test, and I felt they asked the weirdest stuff. 🙁 I do want to say that it is a good sign your second testlet got more difficult, that usually means you did good on the first one! Best of luck! 9 days until we find out our scores! 🙂December 10, 2019 at 11:08 am #2838033
Thanks! It just felt so out of left field on some questions, that I don’t know if even studying more would have prepared me for that. That’s what happened I felt like on the MCQ. Maybe since the WC is only 15% I have a chance, just ugh.December 10, 2019 at 11:12 am #2838045letsrun4itParticipant
Did you really wait 7 months or so to take your 2nd exam? Or are there some fails in there? I wouldn't be concerned with a test failure but you're setting yourself up where you can't have too many misses.December 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm #2838141
I waited and that is my fault. Work got insanely crazy and it was hard to balance work with feeling prepared for the next section of the exam so I pushed it out until I felt ready. I have no one to blame but myself for that part. But will hit the ground running these next 11 months and can hopefully do it. I don’t want to give up. It’s just moments when I went in and felt ready and got hit out of left field that sucks. Appreciate the support, we all got this.December 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm #2838231RosieParticipant
Wow, your experience was pretty close to mine! I was crushed when I finished. I took too long on the first testlet, the second didn’t take too long, so it probably wasn’t the harder one. I took too long on the Sims by the time I got to the w/c I had 30 minutes. I had to guess a few of the last questions on the last Sims to get that 30 minutes. I wanted an hour. So I was in full panic mode! I suck at writing. Didn’t get to proofread any of it. The last one maybe had three sentences. And I hit submit after :00.
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