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September 10, 2014 at 2:08 am #188557
Best feeling ever.. Reg is a beast,, So much respect for that paper. Before i took it, i thought FAR was the beast..September 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm #601884How many letters do you needParticipant
I was also surprised at how difficult REG was. Shocked I passed first shot…looking forward to wrapping this party up in Q4!September 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm #601885
Congrats Howmany!!! I went scrolling through the score release specifically looking for your post. Finally had to get my answer by going back to the FAR Q2 thread and seeing your new signature. Whoo Hoo! One more to go!!!September 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm #601886FreemanMember
I got perfect score of 75 on the REG beast. This is my lowest score of all, but the feeling is the best. I for sure missed the research question, guessed on most part of the Simulations, but still managed 75. The best feeling ever, I am DONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESeptember 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm #601887thechapmanMember
It's too bad people always make FAR out to be the “one to beat”. I thought REG was just as badSeptember 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm #601888AnonymousInactive
I am just starting studying for REG…. and it definitely seems the hardest to me! 🙁 Taxes have never been my thing though.September 11, 2014 at 12:08 am #601889005Participant
harder than FAR?September 11, 2014 at 12:17 am #601890panictimmeMember
I am also very interested in hearing opinions on whether reg is more difficult than far…September 11, 2014 at 12:25 am #601891KimboroniMember
I like REG material a lot more than FAR, and found the studying for REG so much more manageable than FAR. So much more.
The actual tests were about the same for me overall, although also quite different in their makeup. I thought I killed the FAR MCQs and had nightmares about my FAR sims. I really struggled with the REG MCQs but loved (really) my REG sims. Scores were about the same.September 11, 2014 at 12:28 am #601892AnonymousInactive
I think it is different for everyone! For me, I took a lot of classes that were similar to the material tested in FAR, whereas I only took one tax class so I'm finding a lot of the material in REG unfamiliar and more difficult to grasp. I haven't actually taken the REG exam yet so I guess I can't really say which one is more difficult, this is just based off of studying Becker. A lot of people say FAR is the most difficult just because it has the most amount of material.September 11, 2014 at 12:40 am #601893AnonymousInactive
I am sorry. I am going to completely disagree. THERE ARE NO EASY CHAPTERS IN FAR, especially with IFRS.
There are some extremely soft chapters in REG including filing status and ethics. Need I mention the 8 v. 10 chapter difference?September 11, 2014 at 12:54 am #601894AnonymousInactive
Well I am only on Chapter 3 of REG so it may have been too soon to form an opinion…. but that's good news to hear if there are easier chapters to come!September 11, 2014 at 1:16 am #601896AnonymousInactive
I think REG is worse. FAR certainly has more material, but I never found myself remembering specific little details outside of a few cases, for the most part it's relatively logical and consistent. at some point after studying for a hundred hours you can look at a problem and have the T account drawn in your head giving you every answer before you're done reading the question.
REG has less material, but you need to get every detail of it down. you can't think your way through most REG problems. there's no rhyme or reason, logic or consistency. you either know the detail, or you don't. so in the end, you're studying less stuff, but have much more to keep in your head. every little detail is important.
my opinion, anyways.September 11, 2014 at 2:48 am #601897AnonymousInactive
@drag, take FAR for me pleaseSeptember 11, 2014 at 2:58 am #601898JamesBJamesParticipant
I thought FAR and REG were both pretty brutal, although I think my vote goes to FAR. Just barely. At least with Becker, the FAR book is 20-25% longer than REG and I felt exhausted after I got done with F7 only to find there was still a huge stretch of governmental and not-for-profit accounting afterward. At least with REG, R6-R8 (all the business law stuff) goes by pretty quickly.
It's close, though.
I think the hardest MCQs I ever had were on FAR.
I think the hardest SIMs I ever had were on REG.September 11, 2014 at 3:27 am #601899AnonymousInactive
My opinion is that FAR was definitely the toughest exam to study and prepare for. It was also my first test, but I never felt overwhelmed studying for any other section besides FAR. As for the actual exam itself, well that's another story.
REG was by far the hardest exam I've taken. To be fair, I think I was a little less prepared for it compared to my other exams, but taking that into consideration I still think I had the hardest set of m/c questions on REG and my sims were equivalent to FAR in difficulty. There's no denying REG is an absolute beast though.September 11, 2014 at 3:46 am #601900Jsmith87Member
FAR beat me down. REG kicked me before I could get up. BEC and AUD were my friends.September 11, 2014 at 5:37 am #601901thechapmanMember
I think REG gets underestimated because of FAR and how much everyone focuses on that one as the “hardest”. I think REG is just barely below FAR in terms of how much effort is required.
TL;DR – It's a bitch.September 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm #601902kpbMember
After spending 3 months full time studying for FAR, REG seems like a breeze to me. Then again, I am just starting R4 so I can't “really” say if it is really easier than FAR, but one thing I know for sure: these chapters and questions are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY simpler than FAR!!!
I remember being terribly horrified by F2-F7 & F10 of FAR…. and crying, many many times. Homework was also NOT a piece of cake either. I seriously think I got traumatized after FAR….so that's why in my opinion, REG seems a breeze right now, JUST VERY VERY time consuming to do the hw and reading the book.September 12, 2014 at 6:06 am #601903
It's all relative to your strengths, your experience, and your class history if you recently graduated. I have never done my own taxes, didn't know anything about exemptions and deductions and hated blaw in school. FAR encompasses so many more classes that you were probably exposed to. Intermediate I, II, III, advanced accounting, etc and if you work in corporate accounting you've probably dealt with a majority of those JEs and understand the financials. If you work in tax then you hopefully understand tax better. No one can say what is hardest for anyone but themselves.September 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm #601904AnonymousInactive
I handled the Tax portion of REG fairly well, but my God, the Uniform Commercial Code is ridiculously tricky. Commercial Paper had my head spinning.September 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm #601905
FAR is bulky..So much more to learn and memorize than REG. With FAR, what you see in your review course is what you get on exam day. No major surprises. You just have to know your material in and out.
Reg on the other hand is just something else..The examiners must be smoking something really strong up top Mt Everest wearing nothing but vests when coming up with questions! Lol!
What you find on the review course is totally different from the exam. The simulations are the real shocker. You know the material but you have no idea how to apply it because you have no idea which question is asking for what! With all my 2 Reg sittings, funny how the 1st testlet builds your confidence and the minute you get to the second testlet, its all downhill. The exam rips you apart!September 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm #601906How many letters do you needParticipant
Mama: yeah I'm so pleasantly surprised. Currently wrapping up an online course in tax (needed a couple more for licensure here) before I dump all that stuff and try to fill it up with AUD. I know you were kind of bummed about your REG score but keep at it. I want to see both of us finish this bad boy up and enjoy the holidays with no studying and our licensure paperwork in the mail!!September 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm #601907
“kind of bummed” is putting it mildly. 🙂 Let's do it! CPA Q4 2014!!!September 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm #601908GutiParticipant
powerpuff_bubbles, from your scores, it seems to me that FAR was harder for you as well. I think FAR will always be the Beast to conquer.September 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm #601909mystical guyMember
Congratulations. Even tax accountants have complained about REG. It's crazy.September 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm #601910
@ Gian – Oh yes.. But between FAR and REG, i would rather retake FAR. Reg is like playing the lottery.September 13, 2014 at 1:26 am #601911zoctomanMember
Vote goes to far for hardest. I view it mostly by the time it takes to prepare. My far test seemed easier, but I spent 6 weeks studying full time. Reg I spent 3 weeks full time and got a higher score. The way I see it, I would have for sure failed far with 3 weeks to prepare and with 6 weeks for reg may have gotten a 95September 13, 2014 at 1:35 am #601912CPA soonMember
Reg is just annoying hard..so many rules and ridiculous sims.
Far is the equivalent of 3 exams volume wise lol.
Hard for different reasons, both suckSeptember 13, 2014 at 1:35 am #601913CPA soonMember
But I'd rather take reg over far any day