June 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm #3034206MikeParticipant
Is it still recommended to take FAR first as it is the hardest? I know that when I started studying a couple of years ago that was the recommendation but just wanted to check now. Thanks!June 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm #3034233CPA_VTParticipant
I personally think the Order in which we take does not matter, even though many people have strong opinion. I started studying in Jan'20 and I decided to take BEC first only because there were a lot of topics in there that I recently learnt in my evening MBA from less than a year ago and also some topics that I deal with on a day-to-day basis. I passed BEC with a high score and I got the hang of studying with GLEIM
I took FAR next and I must say I put in significantly more hours of study time, way more MCQs from the test bank for FAR . For BEC I only did the bare minimum MCQ and Simulations given in the respective Study Units.
For FAR , I did at least 1200 MCQs on top of what were in the Study Unit. In the end, I passed FAR comfortably with an 88 score when I thought I bombed a SIM completely and would have been a borderline case.
So it really depends which section you feel comfortable with. I see no particular disadvantage in doing first a section you might be more comfortable with , just as a morale booster if not for anything else. That worked for me personally. Predictably , I am slogging through AUD now and will know how well prepared I was in a few weeks time.
Good luck.June 24, 2020 at 4:01 pm #3034236TiffParticipant
Well it depends….If your motivation is a bit fragile..I wouldn't recommend it. FAR is an absolute beast. And if you're a little fragile like I was when I started, it can break your spirit. I actually opted to take an easy one first to build some momentum and took on FAR 2nd. Then AUD then REG. It took me 3xs to pass but passing the first gave me momentum and I knew I COULD pass because I had conquered 1 prior.
But if you absolutely have you're mind set to go forward no matter what….then definitely go ahead and knock FAR out!!!June 24, 2020 at 10:49 pm #3034512monikerncParticipant
Depends on how strong your foundation is in financial accounting. FAR is fundamental and if you have a strong base it will certainly help manage the difficulty. FAR should definitely be taken before AUD and you will see a bit on REG and some on BEC. You don’t want to risk losing credits for passed exams because you can’t pass FAR. Those 18 months go quickly. CPA_VT is correct a lot of MBA material is on BEC. I took FAR AUD BEC REG. But think FAR AUD REG BEC would have worked, too. Consider your strengths and experience then decide. School prepared me for FAR and NINJA did the rest! Good luck!June 25, 2020 at 7:58 am #3034671MikeParticipant
Would it be a bad idea to take the easiest section first? If so, which section is that? Like I said I started studying FAR a few years ago and got frustrated after seeming to make little progress. I have been out of school for over ten years and work as an accountant for an engineering company if that matters.June 25, 2020 at 8:48 am #3034692DieselParticipant
Based solely on pass rates, BEC would be the easiest of the 4 at 61.76% in Q1. Reg 55.42%, AUD 47.97% , FAR 46.37%, as displayed on the AICPA website. 2019 had similar percentages.June 25, 2020 at 10:35 am #3034776Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
Always FAR first – unless major change is coming in another area.
OR if you have 3-4 weeks and want to cram one in (AUD/BEC).June 25, 2020 at 10:46 am #3034797spal2422Participant
Based on my personal experience, passing FAR first really helped me in passing AUD and BEC. During AUD, I practiced lots of Simulations but I came across few areas on exam day which I only knew from FAR syllabus. They did not feature during any of my AUD simulation practice while studying. Similarly in BEC, FAR knowledge really helped me in written communication section.June 25, 2020 at 11:21 am #3034821ReckedParticipant
Agree with the above posters.
FAR first for a couple reasons. I think it helps (and plays into) AUD really well, and a little with BEC as well. And statistically speaking it is the hardest and your are most likely to have to re-sit for FAR. Always best to use FAR to get that 18 month window rolling to give yourself the best odds to pass the other 3 and not lose any credits due to not being able to pass FAR.June 25, 2020 at 4:45 pm #3035079jdParticipant
I would recommend it. In my opinion, it had the most material to cover and took me the longest to study for, imagine having to pass far in order to not lose credit.June 25, 2020 at 5:15 pm #3035121monikerncParticipant
If you struggled with FAR the first go round I urge you to pass it first before attempting others. Pass FAR, then start the 18 month clock on the other 3. Besides, there are no easy CPA exams.
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