May 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm #1557043Big MikeParticipant
I am currently in the process of studying for my first exam which is REG. Taking it May 31. I am starting to realize I am forgetting the material from the beginning chapters. Am I better off going through all the Becker lectures and questions, and then for my last week review doing the Ninja MCQ and notes? Is it better off saving the MCQ for last? Especially since right after a lecture I get questions right that I might not get right 2 weeks later.May 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm #1557100May 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm #1557109M123Participant
It's pretty late to change course. Any choice is inherently risky but one way will give you a view of readiness.
1 week is NOT enough time for Ninja MCQ. I would think you should get at least 1000 questions in – at 90 a day, that would be 11 days – plus time to process and let into long term memory. You have about 2 weeks left – if you have some affinity for tax – you just may pull it off.
Becker wants you to do their way:
Their progress tests
What I have done for two exams for two exams successfully: watch their vids and then Ninja MCQ. I'm not highly enthusiastic about their vids because they don't explain enough – they just say “highlight” and “box off”.
The vids take 20 hours or so . Take your own notes – not theirs. Then Ninja MCQ – target at least 90 a day. After each 90 – figure out where you are weak, then work on those sections for 60-90 questions. Then back to all sections.
With each Ninja MCQ session, you will know your overall rate, you can trend that over time, see improvement or lack of it, and know when you're ready for the exam. That simply doesn't exist in the Becker format – at least as efficiently as Ninja.May 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm #1557112
If you are dedicated, i think ninja mcq can be done in a week. I take REG in basically a week and i know i can complete ninja, obviously doing 700 questions for B-Law is not effective considering the weight it has on the exam.May 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm #1557117May 19, 2017 at 10:30 am #1557270M123Participant
I found that with Ninja the questions had more variety that were more representative of the complexity of the exam.
Becker has a lot of permutations of questions as others indicated. Fact pattern x,y,z. Then “what's the basis”, “what's the realized gain”, “what's the recognized gain”, etc.
The problem with that is that the exam is in no way like that. Becker gets you “comfortable” with a pattern of questions but the real examiners are diabolical in their ways of asking questions. You need to be prepared for that in addition to the knowledge of the subject matter.
Advantage – Ninja.May 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm #1557318
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