June 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm #2451519mr.cpaParticipant
Thanks so much for the advice! How about the sims?June 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm #2453775
How's everyone's review going? I'm going to start my final review of my Cost Accounting notes. I'm using Wiley and so far I've covered, Corp Gov, Econ, Capital Budgeting, and IT. I feel a little shaky on cap budgeting but I just need some time to write down the valuation formulas, and do more questions. Definitely need to hammer ninja notes. Hopefully I can wrap up cost accounting in by tomorrow and then I'll friday sat sunday all day to review everything.
anyone else taking the exam on the 10th?June 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm #2462004
Just took my exam.. I’m not sure how I feel. A lot of people said they had a bunch of calculation questions upfront but I had it on the second set. I think the exam was fair, it had questions from every single chapter.. the sims and writing was do-able. Good luck to everyone taking it!!June 9, 2019 at 9:23 am #2463618HashParticipant
Please Help!!!! VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION….
Is the 1 year work experience required upon completion of the CPA Exam or can it be completed after the exam is complete? I am sitting to take the BEC hopefully in August but do not have the 1 year work experience in. Does anyone know how long I have until my exam scores are no longer valid and I have to start over??June 9, 2019 at 10:01 am #2463645BF98Participant
Your scores are good for 18 months.June 9, 2019 at 10:14 am #2463663
@hash This is for the CalCPA Website:
A: No. Once you have passed all four sections of the Uniform CPA exam, your exam credits do not expire. However, the ethics examination expires within 24 months of passing, so it is recommended that you take that examination close to the time you are ready to apply for licensure.
So you have time to get your experience.June 9, 2019 at 10:15 am #2463672
@Swan goodluck hope you pass! I'm worried more for the Sims than I am for the MCQs. Any tips on where to focus before my exam tomorrow?June 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm #2463906sashapalekhaParticipant
Ahugemistake, I took BEC today and my MCQs weren’t heavy on calculation and where on all areas covered by review course. Sims was very heavy on calculations, all of them on different topics.I didn’t found any preferred topic, so you should be familiar with all of them. Good luck on your exam.June 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm #2464116FOBCPAParticipant
I just took the BEC exam for the second time yesterday, scored a 74 on the first round.
I think my performance on this exam was much better, MCQ's were managable and most of the TBS were fine – all subjects covered in Becker. I still ran out of time to fully develop the writing component – you need at least one hour for all 3. I had about 33 minutes. The one TBS that is keeping me up at night required rating an investment using a scale of 1-4 – it was difficult to distinguish the cash flows using the income statement. With the time I had left, there was no way I was going to be able to complete it. Has anyone seen anything like that before? Hoping it was a pre-test, otherwise that one TBS will probably fail me.
The good thing is, I didn't leave as shell shocked as I did the first time.
Hoping for the best this time around!!!June 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm #2464197
@sasha Goodluck and I hope you pass! I hope I get a similar exam. I really don't want to deal with calcs in the MCQs.June 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm #2464200
@FOBCPA if the other sims weren't as intense as that big one, then it was most likely a pretest. In my experience pretests include new topics, obscure topics, or just convoluted calculations. They are time hogs! I fell for that trap in FAR but for REG I kept myself on a strict 15 to 20 minute time frame for each sim.
BEC has 12 pretests in MCQs, 1 pretest normal TBS, and 1 pretest WC
so really there are 2 TBS that go towards your score, hope you got them!June 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm #2467887yulingParticipant
Just took the test today. It was not that horrible as I thought bc I saw some people running out of time or got the really long SIM. I managed to finish all questions within time limit. I did get some MCQs that I had no idea about them mainly COSO (bc I really did not really understand this model and I could not allocate more time in learning this topic due to time limit) but overall experience was not too bad compared with my REG exam (I took in April and got 73). And I did feel confident when I walk out of the exam. Based on my past experience of how I feel after finishing REG and FAR, I believe I can pass.
However, after thinking more afterwards, I started to feel unsure about whether I could pass the exam. Fingers Crossed for June 19th.June 11, 2019 at 11:59 am #2469852
Goodluck @Yuling, I wish I could say the same. I got some really long simulations which were time consuming and made me rush through the entire exam. I was able to finish all the questions but I do not feel confident about the TBS. I was able to do the WC questions in time however, so I'm hoping it gets me over the hump.
Eagerly awaiting the 19th.June 11, 2019 at 5:53 pm #2470866natParticipant
i took BEC on Saturday and I agree with @victorm it was “brutal.” i don't feel really good about it tbh. it could go 50/50 where i would be shocked if i passed, not surprised if i failed. i def needed the full 4 hours, and saved 45 minutes for Writing prompts but could've used an hour. the 1st MCQ was computational heavy. you really need to allocate your time on these. i always go 45 mins per MCQ and after i reach that limit i force myself to move on and just guess. the first testlet i would've done better if i allocated 1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes but i forced myself to move on. i would say the MCQ on the exam had 20 calc questions, 9 i knew for sure, 5 were legit guesses i had no idea, and 6 i could narrow down to 2 choices. i used Becker, did all the MCQ and feel like somehow Becker's MCQ were easier than the exam questions which is so crazy to me cuz the Becker MCQ were not easy. some of those MCQ calc questions were just very complex i thought, some were very easy, and there were some medium. as for the conceptual questions, i always read here that Becker doesn't prepare you well for the COSO/IT. i would say Becker preps you well for the COSO principles and basic IT principals, but on the exam they obviously dont just test you on what EBOCA means, the questions were more “audit” focused and heavy on COSO and IT for sure. definitley more situational and intricate rather than “what principle goes with the control environment” some IT questions i had to guess, some COSO questions looked like all the answer could be correct lol. i think i blacked out during the exam i was so taken aback. Sims were pretty brutal i thought. def didn't get easy SIMS like the AICPA practice test shows. i feel really good about 1, 2 i prob got 50% on and 1 i had no clue. writing prompts were doable, but with only 45 mins left to allocate to them and getting nervous from writers block, i just typed everything into nice paragraphs i could think of while restating prompt as best i could.
i don't think i got the “easy” BEC exam some ppl i read have gotten, i think i got the harder one for sure. hoping for 75% next week but these exams are so whacky so who knows.June 11, 2019 at 6:29 pm #2470944Mi ChanParticipant
@Nat I had the exact same experience as yours when I took it on 6/4! The first testlet was so computational, I had a very long calculation question popped out when the exam loaded. Couldn't tell if the second testlet was harder but still had a lot of calculations and IT. I really am not sure how I did cause I don't remember all the questions and they covered everything.June 11, 2019 at 11:14 pm #2471589HanParticipant
I wanted to say even though I felt terrible about the BEC exam, I passed it. I didnt feel good about the mc or tbs during the test. In fact I felt so bad that I thought I should just walk out. I did finish it all and felt hopeless about it. I guess you should never lose faith in yourself if you have put in the effort and hardwork!June 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm #2472414
My first MCQ was also calc heavy and when I looked at the rest of the questions it just stuck out. It had to be a pretest.
fingers crossed for the 19thJune 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm #2472438
The 19th score release is killing me. After reading everyone’s post, I feel like I didn’t pass. Thinking back, the sims were long and brutal.. heavy in calculations. By the time I got to the writing section, my brain stop working. Good gracious..:/June 13, 2019 at 11:17 am #2474745
Hoping for the best for you Swan.June 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm #2485932katParticipant
Hi guys. I took BEC for the first time at the beginning of April and moved onto Reg. I found out that I had gotten a 74 on BEC back in May. I just found out I passed Reg and so now I'm starting to study for BEC again tomorrow. I have no idea how I should restart the study process after a 2+ month break from the material.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you relearn the material to pass it on your next try?June 18, 2019 at 7:08 pm #2487447Mi ChanParticipant
Well failed BEC and I have already started studying for my FAR exam which I'll be taking in a month. I probably failed because I did not really study cost accounting and it was all over the exam. I HATED that material. Also I'm using Gleim and I feel like I'm spending too much time on trying to understand the details and their questions are really difficult with a lot of unnecessary information. I feel like FAR is easier than BEC because the topics are interrelated. Maybe I should just move on to FAR for now.June 19, 2019 at 1:11 am #2488446
@Kat, treat your retake as if you're going back to the gym after 2 months. You would start with gauging how bad of a shape you're in first. This means doing some random sets of MCQs, and just seeing which topics you still retain and which topics you need to brush up on. From there you can formulate a framework for your review. Start with the weaker areas and go towards the stronger areas. Read the text/do the MCQs/rewrite notes for weaker areas and do the MCQs/review notes and read the text where needed for the stronger areas. Go through the MCQs at least twice and definitely practice at least one or two sims in each area.
I just got my score and it was a 76. I was stronger in MCQ, weaker in Sims, and comparable in the WC. You can do awful on the sims like me and still have a chance if you can survive the multiple choice and the writing section.
Best of luck to you!
@Mi Chan – Definitely keep going with FAR, too late to turn around now. There's some overlap in the material in FAR and BEC.June 19, 2019 at 6:34 am #2488836gdubb29Participant
Got my score yesterday and I got a 72. Just gonna reschedule ASAP and try again. Not sure what else I can do other than that. Feels like they randomly select who passes around here. Or maybe the curve is higher the later you take the exam in the testing window. idkkkkkkkkJune 19, 2019 at 6:55 am #2488962PDiddy2000Participant
Hi all! Found out I passed AUD yesterday, now on to BEC. I’m ordering my NTS today and plan to take the exam at the end of August. I have to get mentally prepared for how calculation heavy BEC can be especially after being in the audit world for the last few months.June 19, 2019 at 8:06 am #2489247anish.lamsal2017Participant
Passed BEC with an 82. 3 down, 1 to go. Thanks Ninja and Becker. I used Becker for the book and the MCQs from Ninja (which I feel are harder than Becker). Coming out of the BEC exam, I felt miserable as I was not able to completely finish the exam. I only had 2 minutes left to write a quick letter so all I ended up doing on that one was define th ae topic in the question according to how the study material defined it (I used the exact key words that Mr. CPA Man Olinto and had us highlight/underline in the text and threw in those words).
My suggestion to BEC exam takers is make sure in the written portion there arent any spelling & grammatical errors and make sure you use proper format when writing letters/memos. Since it is not graded manually but instead by a computer, those grammatical/spelling errors will be costly. Good luck everyoneJune 19, 2019 at 8:08 am #2489250
I got a 73 in BEC. I was hoping for a pass so I can finally be done. This has been a long journey for me. I made a mistake by not practicing any sims or WC. My performance report is still not posted but I’m ready to retake this beast!June 19, 2019 at 9:06 am #2489508ChloeParticipant
How did you study audit? I found out I failed it with 73. I studied with Roger and his questions and lectures were good and i felt good when I walked out the test centre but I failed…June 21, 2019 at 7:34 am #2496798PDiddy2000Participant
@chloe I used Wiley. I too felt good about the exam, actually finished about an hour early. I was expecting a higher score because like you, I felt confident walking out of the exam, but I'll take a pass any day. I took 8 weeks total to go over the material, 7 weeks to cover everything and 1 week for review. I took the week off work on my review week so I was fully engaged. I'm a concepts guy so I have to go through the pain stacking process of reading and taking notes and sometimes reading again. I didn't watch the videos for AUD in Wiley because they were simply boring plus the instructor was simply reading verbatim from the text. I set aside one day a week to review old sections that I had completed in order to keep things fresh. My weekly review consisted mainly on MCQs and a few TBSs. My final one week review consisted of attempting to do 200 MCQs a day. I would reread chapters for any week areas and did some TBS to reinforce the information by seeing it in a different format. The last thing I did is review the AICPA practice exam. I did a walkthrough mainly to get a feel for the TBSs. That's it! You can do this! Look at your score summary, identify your weak areas, stay fresh on your comparable areas, and retake it as soon as you can. NEVER GIVE UP!June 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm #2497416MomOnTheMoveParticipant
@swan you gave me the courage to finally post on this blog. It seems like we have both been thru similar roads. I have been a quiet reader and follower until now. I have been down for the past two days. Found out I failed BEC yet again. This is supposed to be the easiest section to pass yet I can't seem to pass it. The first time I was able to figure it out why I failed (I succumbed to not paying attention to the clock). This time around, I supplemented with NINJA because I felt that I was memorizing Roger's answers. Now I lost my FAR credit. I am really contemplating just giving up but too much money and time on both myself and my family have been invested (practically like everyone else on this blog) and I don't want to throw it away. Scheduled for a retake in August and praying for the best.June 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm #2498013
@MomOnTheMove You can do this! I started my journey in 2016. I passed FAR, REG, and AUD, but could not pass BEC. I had to take it 4 times before I got a passing score. By then, all my credit had expired. I felt defeated. I had invested all my time and miss many family vacations to study. I started my journey again in 2017, retook each part and failed once or twice and here I am now fighting with BEC for this title. So I believe you! Let’s do this!
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