August 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm #1604702
If you're using Gleim for FAR, please do not give up.
I still felt miserable during the exam. Lots of hard MCQ and there was a very difficult SIM. Didn't feel too good after the test. But I found out yesterday I got 80.
Thank you Gleim, your questions are hard but they trained me well
Thank you Roger CPA, when I felt Gleim overwhelmed me with difficulty I went back to listen to Roger's lecture to clarify the difficult concepts.
My program (graduate program) director once told me:”Sometimes it's your own mind that tricks you, telling you ‘I can't do this, I can't do this'. Instead, convince yourself, speaking out loudly as you look at yourself through the mirror ‘I can do this'.”
Lastly I just want to shout out to my proud alumni:
!August 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm #1604711August 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm #1604718AnonymousInactive
You also said that you're using Roger CPA Review. Did you use that before or after you used Gleim? I'm assuming after, because you found Gleim to be difficult.
Yes, Gleim has a reputation for being hard. Some people will say that it means that Gleim users are overprepared for the exam and therefore, more pass. But, some will say
that Gleim is a hindrance and there's way too much extraneous stuff that isn't tested.
I will tell you – my story is similar to yours. Last year, I compared three vendors. Roger, Gleim, and Becker. I bought Roger. I started studying from Gleim's book actually. I did Chapter 1 and part of Chapter 2. It just seemed overkill and in a way, rather anal-retentive. I bought Roger. I got a 62 using Roger's materials. Looking back on it, the videos did not help me at all but I watched every single one of them, and for FAR, there are a ton of videos. I watched all the videos for AUD too, but didn't pass it either. I got much more out of doing the practice questions.
Anyway, I'm glad you passed. And a “CAN-DO” attitude is indeed important.August 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm #1604727
In the new 2017 text, the name “Michael Kustanovich” also appears at the bottom right corner of Gleim FAR.
I bought Roger first because I have a discount coupon. Gleim text was a “gift” from my college as part of tuition. I found Gleim's practice questions to be much closer to the actual exam than Roger, and the textbook to be more comprehensive. So for me, Roger came to me first then Gleim afterwards. But I found Gleim prepared me to a very high level.August 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm #1604741
@crazyleon In the new 2017 text, the name “Michael Kustanovich” also appears at the bottom right corner of Gleim FAR.
I bought Roger first because I have a discount coupon. Gleim text was a “gift” from my college as part of tuition. I found Gleim's practice questions to be much closer to the actual exam than Roger, and the textbook to be more comprehensive. So for me, Roger came to me first then Gleim afterwards. But I found Gleim prepared me to a very high level.August 17, 2017 at 11:12 pm #1604787YahmonParticipantSeptember 5, 2017 at 4:30 pm #1620875September 5, 2017 at 6:06 pm #1620920mccarta7Participant
I used Gleim for FAR, which was my first exam as well, and I'm currently waiting on my score. Would you say you were doing the about the same on the quizzes/study mode questions? I never did the final but in study mode I was at a 74% overall average and am a bit worried that I never hit 75%+.September 6, 2017 at 10:24 am #1621238
@yahmon do you have any advice for me -I'm using Gleim for REG predominantly the testbank, went through over 60% of each section of the testbank. I started going through the subunits but one subunit would take me forever to complete so after completing about 8 subunits I just started killing MCQs, I haven't done that many practice Sims beside the ones in the sub units, any advice I test in 2 days?!September 6, 2017 at 10:41 am #1621249
I believe I have the review material + video. The Gleim I used was part of the review course of my department for master of accounting students. Everyone picked up Gleim textbooks and were given access to Gleim online system that divides each exam to 20 or so study units. Just tell the system your exam date and Gleim will plot out a study plan for you. It's kinda brutal—-let's say if you only have 1 month or a little over that for REG, Gleim will tell you that you need to study (let's say) 6-7 hours per day non stop for 20 consecutive days, which is almost impossible because the mental toll from practicing Gleim questions is daunting. I spent 6 weeks on FAR using Gleim yet I felt rushed because I felt a little gassed during final week review for FAR and I already postponed my FAR exam by 10 days.September 6, 2017 at 10:48 am #1621255
The Gleim produces some tough questions. What's more tough is that sometimes the system keeps pounding you to redo MCQs over and over again when you clearly felt comfortable about what you learned. Sometimes it makes me randomly guess MCQs just to get rid of it and call it a day—-only to find out tomorrow that Gleim reminds me I haven't finished that subunit.
Some chapters are relatively easy, such as inventory and PP&E. Some chapters are harder such as current liability, and that little chapter with change of accounting principles/estimates/error correction, DEPS calculation and revenue recognition. I believe I finished some chapters above 80% and some under 60%September 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm #1621336YahmonParticipant
@itagain worry less about how you're scoring on the MCQs and SIMS and more on understanding the answers. Seems like you have a good approach just keep it going. Also, know your basis for all business structures…trust me on this. Going back thru my performance report the only sections I was over 75% on was individual and entities. I feel like you have to know those really well to pass.
I will say this before taking the exam and even now I know how to calculate all the sections of a 1040 and 1120 at least conceptually. Using Gleim the exam seemed much easier I was actually surprised I didn't score better than a 84. Good luck!!September 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm #1621381
@nalratoss, thank you so much for the reply. Your guidance is really helpful. I have really less than 1 month and now I am planning to use the approach that you mentioned.September 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm #1621394
@Yahmon, I think your advice is very good.September 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm #1621718
@Yahmon, thanks I think your advice is spot on. Tonight I completed all sections of Gleim test bank. Some sections have a max like 200 for BLAW and I did half. For taxation topics I went through all MCQS or more than half (pressed for time) tomorrow morning -My plan is to go through MCQS from each sub unit -25 per sub unit – if possible. Review SIMS from taxation topics – Individuals, Corp, Partnerships and Estate and Trust. Review form K-1 , 1120 & form 1040 as u recommend and hope for the best!! Thank you. Will keep you all posted.September 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm #1622897September 10, 2017 at 8:50 am #1623019
I used Gleim as my primary textbook for CPA study. Originally I planned to use Roger CPA and use Gleim as supplementary material. Soon afterwards I switched. Reason for the switch was that Gleim's textbook is more comprehensive and the practice MCQs and SIMs are more difficult than Roger. I'm glad I made the switch.September 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm #1624268
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