August 28, 2013 at 2:54 am #179996jckundMember
Becker Mock Exam Score vs Actual CPA Exam Score
I figured since so many people ask, it'd be easier to have it all in one thread for reference. Good idea?
Calculating this by taking the average MCQ*60% and average sim*40%August 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm #814779
Anyone else upset that this topic is now gone? This was the only reason I had slight hope going into my FAR exam!August 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm #814788klg020Participant
Why is the topic gone? This is a great topic! I scored a 79 on both of my Becker finals for Audit and then a 94 on the real exam. I sit for FAR on saturday and I am terrified to take a final D:August 21, 2016 at 4:53 pm #814923
@klg020 I think it was just one of the posts lost during the transition to the new format 🙁 I agree, this has been the most useful topic! I scored 64 on my FAR Becker final and was so beat down and hopeless until I found this topic. I find out if I passed on Tuesday so I am praying that the 10+ point curve holds true for me!August 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm #814929accountaholiccParticipant
Good luck! I'm taking FAR next Wednesday so I feel your pain.August 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm #815022hawkgolf12Participant
Does anyone know if the Research question on the Actual Exam is equal to 3 points like it is on the Becker Exam?August 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm #815133AnonymousInactive
@klg022 Was your audit score (79) the avg of MCQ, or did you include sims as well?August 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm #815850August 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm #816114JoshuaParticipant
FAR Practice Test 1 68
FAR Practice Test 2 75
FAR Actual 79August 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm #816255omw2wiCPAParticipant
Audit Practice Test 1 77
Audit Practice Test 2 81
Audit Actual 78 (1st time)
Felt like I completely got SIMS straight from hell. Guessed on so much and did not even think I got the research question right. Also was so nervous I was shaking from first exam jitters. Just have to put in the time and all will hopefully fall into place. Also don't try and guess how you are doing during the exam. I felt like all my multiple choice questions were short. DON'T overanalyze.August 23, 2016 at 2:19 am #816951A1lessioParticipant
Just got my audit score and I really want to post on this thread because it helped me keep my sanity in that 3 week waiting period.
Audit Practice Test 1: 69 (after work, tired and rushed)
Audit Practice Test 2: 73
Actual Exam 86August 23, 2016 at 2:30 am #816975August 23, 2016 at 7:02 am #817107August 23, 2016 at 7:31 am #817128August 23, 2016 at 8:56 am #817239August 23, 2016 at 9:46 am #817326So FAR So GoodParticipant
FAR Final 1 = 79% (73% MCQ, 87% SIM)
FAR Final 2 = 78% (72% MCQ, 87% SIM)
FAR Actual = 91
AUD Final 1 = 73% (81% MCQ, 61% SIM)
AUD Final 2 = 73% (73% MCQ, 73% SIM)
AUD Actual = 91
Looks like I'm consistent with both Becker AND the actual exam …August 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm #817731AnonymousInactive
If you're getting high 60s/low 70s on Becker, you're very likely to pass the actual exam.
I consistently have candidates with whom I work that place into mid 60's on Becker and come out with a comfortable low 80's on the actual exam. The curve definitely adjust the score down and all we have to do is be in the top 40%. :))
Some more info
Becker doesn't adjust for curve and also has arguably more difficult questions in their software. Here is why. The questions that Becker provides to practice are either Becker-written or AICPA-released. Becker-written questions tend to have some twists and turns that are really good for learning the topic, but are not representative of the exam difficulty. Recent AICPA-released questions are just that, questions that have been released because they more than 50% of candidates got them wrong during the test run. The questions that more than 50% of the candidates got correct usually get released into the general testing pool.
I guess the most representative questions would be those from much earlier years, when the entire exam was released to the public after the window was finished. But some of those date back to late 80s/early 90s and are somewhat outdated.
So definitely use the Becker question as a great learning/testing platform, but do not let yourself think that you need to place into mid 70's or 80's on Becker questions prior to sitting. I would actually feel that you're likely overstudying (or accidentally have the answers memorized) if you're placing that high.
Hope this helps!
ENRAugust 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm #817806
Alright, I also am contributing because I loved this post so much right before my FAR exam and I know I will love it in a few days when I take my REG Becker Final!
FAR Final 1: 60%
FAR Final 2: 64%
*Did not attempt SIMS for these and didn't practice SIMS a single time for the 10 weeks I studied FAR
FAR Actual: 77%
So excited about using Becker right now! I am a notoriously slow learner (i.e. my brain forced me to do the lectures, read the book, take notes on the book, do the mcq and take notes and I STILL was having a hard time) so I would recommend Becker to anyone who has time to actually do the exact route they advise.August 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm #817938August 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm #818025August 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm #818430kschroe2ParticipantAugust 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm #818493AnonymousInactive
So far I have taken and passed three sections of the CPA exam using Becker. I have consistently scored higher on every exam than I did on the practice exam. My scores are as follows:
I am taking AUD on 9/3/2016. Becker seems to offer a very quality review. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is planning to sit for the CPA exam.August 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm #818571August 24, 2016 at 10:26 am #819336August 24, 2016 at 11:39 am #819408August 24, 2016 at 10:11 pm #820161PavilionParticipant
FAR Actual: 85
BEC Actual: 84
REG Actual: 84
Normally I like to take the final exams a few days before I take the actual exam, to spend a few days reviewing concepts I missed. I will sit for Audit on Saturday. I have scored 71% and 68% on the AUD Final Exams.August 24, 2016 at 10:33 pm #820197August 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm #820257Tic for TaxParticipant
Practice test 1: 87
Practice test 2: 86
Actual score: 92
Practice test 1: 80
Actual test: 90
Practice test 1: 85
Practice test 2: 86
Actual score: 99
The actual score has always been higher, so hopefully this proves to be true on BEC as well.August 25, 2016 at 10:29 am #820542iamonlooseParticipant
Practice exam 1: 66
Practice exam 2: 55
I spent about 15 hours a week studying for Audit for 5-6 weeks.
Retaking it after BEC.August 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm #820848
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