NASBA – Rounding scores down?

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  • #3244638
    Cocopuffs123
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    On my score release last night for REG I received ANOTHER 74.
    Before REG, I had taken FAR and also gotten a 74, then a 73 on my retake. I took a break on FAR so I could pass REG for a confidence boost, and here I am again.
    I can't help but wonder- is my score being conveniently rounded down so that NASBA can live to run my credit card another day? Could they be trying to keep their pass rates low? Is anybody else experiencing this?
    For background, I study non-stop for 5 weeks per test. I use Becker for lecture material and MCQ's/SIMs and Ninja for supplemental MCQ's/SIMs.
    I'm so discouraged by this whole situation, running out of money and ready to just quit. Any words of advice are greatly appreciated.

    #3244716
    April94
    Participant

    I understand how frustrating it is, especially considering you were so close to 75 on all your attempts. I got a 66 on AUD, and gave up for almost a year. When I started studying again, I decided to take FAR. Failed with a 72. Tried again. Failed with a 55. 3 fails in a row. It was beyond discouraging. Honestly, I thought about quitting again, but I knew in a few months I'd want to try again. So I stuck with it and kept telling myself it WILL be worth it, in the end. Took FAR for the 3rd time and passed. I was so happy, I started crying. I will never forget the feeling of passing my first exam. It made me think “I CAN do this”

    The failures sucked, but it also pushed me to keep going, because this test isn't about how smart you are. It's about how disciplined you are. I was a B/C student in college, so I'm no genius. And you don't need to be, to pass these exams. Something that helped me was to actually write down notes on sticky notes, and post them all over my wall. Then, I could look at them for a quick reference. Keep drilling MCQs and SIMS – they are your best friends when studying.

    "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Licensed CPA in IL

    FAR-72, 55, 82 (Roger + Wiley TB)
    AUD-66, 92 (Roger)
    REG-71, 81 (Roger + Wiley TB)
    BEC-77 (Roger)
    Ethics- 93

    #3245403
    Cocopuffs123
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing your experience and words of encouragement and advice. I work with and know so many people that passed these tests on their first try that I forget that most people actually do not pass their first try.
    I lose BEC in September, but since I’ve already gotten so close with FAR and REG I think I’ll be able to knock them out. You’re right, no point in giving up after getting so close!

    #3245730
    April94
    Participant

    You will see a lot of people on here will only post their passing scores in their signatures or their posts. I didn't realize that for a long time, and I used to think “wow all these guys are passing on their first attempt, except me.” But this isn't true. Most people who take these exams/on this forum don't pass on their 1st attempt!

    It's also hard for a lot of people to talk about failing. Who likes talking about the bad times? I felt embarrassed when people around me asked “Did you pass?” and I had to tell them “No I failed”. But it felt almost redeeming when I was able to tell people “I passed!”

    Just remember – when you're applying to jobs, nobody cares how many times you failed the exams.

    I like to tell people the only real way to fail is if you decide to give up studying altogether and quit the journey.

    "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Licensed CPA in IL

    FAR-72, 55, 82 (Roger + Wiley TB)
    AUD-66, 92 (Roger)
    REG-71, 81 (Roger + Wiley TB)
    BEC-77 (Roger)
    Ethics- 93

    #3245751
    fsugirl2005
    Participant

    I've been quite close several times but for me it was always because of my SIMs. Once I hunkered down on those, I finally passed. And now that I have two sections left, I know where my weaknesses lie and where I need to spend a bulk of time.

    REG - 60,73, Retake 03/2021
    FAR - 73,74,78
    AUD---74,70,73,71,74,85
    BEC - 05/2021

    I have been on this journey off and on for over 10 years. I think it's about time that I wrap this up.

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