FAR Retake approach

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  • #2996517
    JPRPfutureCPA
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    March 6 I took FAR and failed it with a 62 The performance report listed weaker in all areas except Select Financial Statements accounts which was comparable.

    My question is: Should I study like it is the first time (Watching videos and reading the book)? Hit MCQs and SIMs taking note of the wrong answers?

    Not sure what will be the best approach. I'm working full time at the office (no quarantine for me lol)

    Thank You!

    AUD - 50
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 62
    REG - NINJA in Training
    Next step CPA license. God helps me.
    #2996667
    kalousdm
    Participant

    I'm in the same boat as you, I failed FAR in early March. My approach is the second one you listed, hitting as many MQ, SIMS, and Practice Tests as possible while taking notes on ones I miss and any notes I feel needed on ones I pass. I did the same thing for my retake of REG. Only touched MQs, SIMS, and Practice tests and it took me from a 68 to an 82. Hoping for the same results with FAR.

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 84
    FAR - 80
    REG - 82
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    #2996700
    f
    Participant

    Hi @ColombianCPA

    I failed FAR with a 60 and my score report showed weak in all areas. I feel like you shouldn't really rely on it if scoring in the 60's or lower.

    For me personally, I'm going to start fresh, but with the last few chapters from the Becker book since I didn't really cover that information. I basically tried to cram 3 chapters or so in 2 weeks which didn't work for me. The last 2 weeks should be for review lol.

    Reflect on your study for your exam attempt, what came up on your exam, what stuck and what didn't, what do you feel you can improve on? I'd suggest starting fresh. You will definitely get through most of the material a lot quicker and it will most likely make more sense another time around. Study to pass the section and move on to another one! Good luck!

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    #2997009
    Maverick
    Participant

    I actually had my FAR retake on March 6th so I feel like I was destined to answer this question. I recommend doing four things. Reread the entire textbook, redo every MCQ, dominate the NP and Government sections and obliterate the authoritative literature questions.

    I was able to go from a 68 to an 83.

    Best of luck!

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 83
    REG - 88
    #2997198
    Tncincy
    Participant

    These are really good tips. Where would you put flash cards. My friends studying for nursing exams say I'm making a mistake by not incorporating flash cards.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #2997216
    PDiddy2000
    Participant

    Don't go too crazy on the government section. I've taken FAR twice, 66 and 71 and both times I scored “Stronger” on State and Local Government. This still got me failing grades. I'm not saying to skip State and local government but Select transactions, Select Financial Statement Accounts, and Conceptual Framework account for the vast majority of FAR.

    FAR-Mar 9,2020 (failed 71), retest May 21
    BEC-Passed(I had a few stops and starts because I was studying during my busy season. Lost track of my study stats.)
    AUD-Passed(8 weeks,1877 MCQs, and 38 TBSs)-Wiley
    REG-Passed(10 weeks, 2000 MC)-Wiley
    #2997729
    JPRPfutureCPA
    Participant

    Thank You, everyone, for your reply.



    @Maverick
    how long did you study for your retake? Were you doing the questions while reading each chapter or after you were done with the book?

    AUD - 50
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 62
    REG - NINJA in Training
    Next step CPA license. God helps me.
    #2997930
    Maverick
    Participant

    I would read the section and then do the MCQs immediately after. However, I would not look at the MCQs until I knew enough to answer them. I think some people look at them before they are ready and then just end up memorizing the answers.

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 83
    REG - 88
    #3008349
    cpaexams
    Participant

    I am also on the same boat. I got a 55 on FAR and got weaker on everything except MCQS (comparable) and Gov't/NFP (comparable).. I think maybe they graded my exam wrong haha

    Anyways- I am also struggling with motivation as I am dying to pass this time around. Anyone have any tips to reduce anxiety? My plan is to do mcqs and sims and read the book (once or twice) and do final review mcqs (I did some of the final review mcqs for gov't and maybe that is why I got comparable in that topic).

    Good luck to us!!

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