November 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm #2781156VanquishedParticipant
So I took REG first in July (20th) of 2019 and then BEC in October. I was 100% positive I failed REG (I also thought I failed BEC) so I didn't immediately start studying for BEC and as a result I'm only going to get two tests done this year (I probably should have taken BEC in early October and tried to squeeze in another exam before the window closes on Dec 10 but the past is the past…
Now I'm wondering what the community thinks I should take next. I had planned on taking FAR next and then AUD (per Becker's recommendation) but then I started wondering if I should try for AUD and then if I kept failing FAR I'd be able to just keep studying for and taking that until my window closes in January of 2021. I passed REG and BEC on the first try so I'm cautiously optimistic now but my goal is to try and take both AUD and FAR in Q1 testing window in case I fail either of them. The FAR book also changes between now and December 10th so that's maybe something to consider? I originally spaced things out a lot because I'm an accountant for a public company and quarter/year-end is traditionally an awful time so I wanted to give myself lots of study time avoiding those busy periods, even so, if I started to study now that should be more than enough time to study for and take both FAR and AUD in the Q1 testing window, right?
Thanks!November 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm #2781624Space MountainParticipant
If you think you can squeeze audit in by december 10th, go for that. But if not, shoot for FAR and then AUD. A lot of FAR carries into AUD and you'll be thankful you did that one first.November 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm #2781906FutureCPA123Participant
I took the exams in this exact order. Passed REG in January, then BEC in May, failed FAR in July, and just passed AUD (took it 10/5). I'm retaking FAR in December. However, I do have a 7 month old baby and she was 3.5 months at the time I took FAR and I had only been back at work for 4 weeks. I do not regret the order at all and even failing FAR prepared me for AUD. I would recommend taking FAR then AUD.November 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm #2781972laney713Participant
If you feel confident you have the time to actually study and get AUD done then I'd say do that this year – that way you can focus solely on FAR next year. For me, FAR took the most time to get through out of the 3 exams I've taken so far so I would not recommend rushing it. Not saying it is necessarily the hardest, but it is the most dense. I can't speak yet for AUD, because I'm also trying to get AUD done before the Dec 10th window but am very optimistic because the material is not too terribly bad so far. Funny because I also took REG in July and BEC in October, so we are in this together basically haha. You got this! Good luck!November 6, 2019 at 9:41 am #2782695VanquishedParticipant
I don't think I'll be able to get AUD done before Dec 10th (haven't ordered the book yet, lol). My only worry about doing FAR next is the possible change on December 10th. I wonder how drastic it will be. Though I do think I'll be able to study for FAR for sometime in mid-January which would give me ~10 weeks (Year-end and the holidays are in that period so a little extra time would be worth it) and then give me 7-8 weeks to study for AUD before the Q1 window ends. I think it makes sense if FAR would help prepare me for AUD that I take that first so I really appreciate all the suggestions.
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