September 11, 2018 at 9:29 pm #1969899
I will start by prefacing that I graduated in May, so this isn’t a realistic exam schedule for someone working full time. Studying was my full time job- 9-5 every day. I sat for FAR July 2, AUD July 23, REG Aug 17, and BEC August 31st. I passed all 4. Although my schedule isn’t feasible for someone who works full time, I believe my study methods were efficient. My primary study material was Becker and Ninja MC. Here’s what worked for me:
1. Unless it was a topic I was unfamiliar with/unclear on, I skipped the lecture and did not read the chapter. For me this took up a lot of time that could be better spent actively learning through application.
2. Skip the skills practice. I didn’t find these to be very beneficial. The only exam I used them on was FAR, and that was my worst score.
3. Go straight to MC. Take notes on whatever you got wrong and the things that you guessed and got right. Do as many MC as possible. I did every single MC question in the Becker/Ninja year banks.
4. Save the SIMS for 2~ days before you leave first mock. For REG and BEC, I stopped taking mocks because I did not find the mocks to be representative of the actual exam for FAR and AUD. The only thing mocks did for me was kill my confidence. I do think they have the benefit of showing you how well you’re managing your time.
5. Start off every day by reviewing your notes and taking a 30~ question progress test. I found this helped me not forget the material I had learned in the prior chapters.
6. Take advantage of the AICPA mock exam. This was a very good representation of the type of questions to expect on the actual exam.
7. If your study material provides you with a final review book, use it. I would use these about 3 days before the exam, and it really helped me master the essentials in the last stretch.
Again, everyone learns differently, and it may not work for everyone, but this method certainly saved me a lot of time and stress.September 12, 2018 at 8:16 am #1970466cpa1234Participant
This is really amazing and I envy anyone who got the exams done during the summer before starting full time in the fall. I only managed to take two exams during that time. If you don't mind me asking, what were your scores?September 12, 2018 at 10:06 am #1970667AnonymousInactive
Interesting, this is almost the exact same strategy I used when studying for exams except that I probably read a few more of the chapters, and it took me about twice as long (I was working full-time). Still, that is VERY impressive to pass all 4 sections in one quarter even studying full-time. I know in Texas last quarter, only 4 candidates of about 3,000 were able to do this. Congratulations.September 12, 2018 at 10:28 am #1970727AllsheneededwassomeParticipant
Wow impressive even if you did this full time. Not easy to pull through. 🙌🏼September 15, 2018 at 4:08 am #1975509
BEC- 96September 15, 2018 at 11:43 am #1975884MSimParticipantSeptember 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm #1975920
It was Becker final review. I read through it and highlighted/made notes in the book. I did it for every section, not just weak areas. The final review book doesn’t take very long to get through. 3 days was the longest it ever took me, but some people move at a different pace and would maybe need to do it a week out. I just recommend doing it as close to the exam as possible so you’re fresh on the material.September 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm #1975947MSimParticipantSeptember 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm #1975959September 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm #1976004
No, I don’t think it can act as a complete replacement. Like I said in my OP, if it was a topic I wasn’t familiar with (Corporate taxation for REG, IT for BEC, etc), I read the chapter in detail. I think the final review does a good job in showing what you absolutely need to be prepared for in very high level form.September 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm #1977875
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