Advice on far retake

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  • #2488806

    I can and I will
    Participant

    Hello- at the risk of being annoying I’ve also created another thread below

    just took far for the third time and got a 74

    Long story short, I’ve taken cpa exam as follows

    Far-67 (August 2017),65 (December 2017 after starting work full time)74(June 2019- right after busy season )
    Reg-66(October 2017)
    Bec-79 (June 2018)
    Audit-64,72,82 (January 2019 for the the pass)

    I took reg and far once straight out of college while studying full time, and I obviously had some gaps to fill and studying habits to fix. I begin this process may 2017. Fast forward today to June 2019- I just retook far after studying a month and half (also with some vacation time to do final review) and I got a 74. Last time I took it was December 2017.

    I feel so discouraged . I’ve cried so much my head hurts and I can honestly say the 74 feels like a knife in the heart. I can truly say I did the best with the time I had- and I was trying to see if I could pull off a pass this window. Off by one damn point. Now I’ve got on a busy summer client (I work for big4) with demanding executive who’ve I’ve tried to set initial boundaries with about studying hours (bold- but the need is so desperate at these firms they will not fire me * I don’t think). I have far and reg left and bec expires in December 2019. Do I take far asap like next month? I have a few vacation days I can leverage around july4th. And then my question is – say I pass, do I try to take reg in the 3rd window as well and leave room for error? I’m so afraid if I even do pass far next month, I might spend months on reg and not pass and then have bec expire.

    Advice please 🙁
    Outside of all this- I’m exhausted. I dislike my job and I am interviewing for new jobs that have better life balance. I’m hoping I can take a new job soon to help this process because I know I don’t want to be an auditor and this life style has been damaging to my health. Other factors have played on my success such as two surgeries the past two years and being in a long term long distance relationship . It’s so much to handle. I feel like I’ve failed myself and my partner and I wonder when I will ever be done.

    ANYWAYS. when should I retake far ? And say I pass- should I go for the q3 for reg or q4 banking on that I will pass? I understand I need to clear far but I am just trying to plan ahead.

    I can and I will- Don't give up!

     

    AUD- 64,72,82

    BEC-79

    FAR-67,65,74,78

    REG-66, TBD

    #2488839

    Matt
    Participant

    Hi,

    Don't be too discouraged, I know getting a 74 must be brutal, but on the bright side you are right there! So don't give up. I would get back into studying FAR ASAP, and schedule it sometime next month when you feel comfortable. I think getting another review course for more MCQ's and sims to practice would also be a big help. As for REG, being completely prepared to pass REG in a little over a months time while working full-time would be a big challenge, but if you think you can handle it then go for it. However, you could wait until the very beginning of October to take it (giving you more time), and you would get your score by November 5, leaving you a whole month to re-study and retake the section in the event you don't pass.

    Hope this helps, and good luck!

    -Matt

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 95
    FAR - 85
    REG - 81
    "The harder I work, the luckier I get"
    #2488842

    I can and I will
    Participant

    Hi Matt – thank you

    Question- can’t I only take reg in once one q window?

    The rules are always changing can someone confirm this for me?

    I can and I will- Don't give up!

     

    AUD- 64,72,82

    BEC-79

    FAR-67,65,74,78

    REG-66, TBD

    #2488860

    I can and I will
    Participant

    For example even though I receive a score, I already took it once in a quarter so I need to wait for the next one

    I can and I will- Don't give up!

     

    AUD- 64,72,82

    BEC-79

    FAR-67,65,74,78

    REG-66, TBD

    #2489298

    Pork Flavored Bacon
    Participant

    You are correct. You can only take each examination section once per window. You cannot sit for REG twice in the same window. If you take it in November as Matt suggested and fail, you would have to wait until Q1 of next year attempt the exam again.
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    I understand your frustration about your exam scores. I failed FAR several times before passing with a 75. Four times to be exact. My scores progressively went lower with each test: 71, 70, 69, 67, 75. I was on the verge of giving up but a friend who recently finished the exams talked me out of it.
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    Just remember the most important thing so you don't get lazy when studying. Just because you scored a 74 does not mean you only need one more point to pass. You need 75.

    #2504481

    Brie
    Participant

    I am the QUEEN of Failure.

    I failed FAR a whopping five times. Finally got an 80. Mainly because I had my own study habits that worked amazing in college but not for this exam. DO NOT GIVE UP. Keep going. The 70s and 74s are heart wrenching and using vacation time to study is depressing but just keep going because those are amazing scores! So close to mastering it. Think about the after—what all you will be free to do and how you’ll have a more marketable future if you pass.

    Rewrite some of your notes and make up your own mnemonics. MCQS MCQS MCQS. Understand the why’s and how’s of the main topics as well as how to implement them. This is really what also saved me. I deleted all social media apps off my phone two weeks before my exam to focus and made sure I ate “brain foods” and had family watch my kid so I could study all day.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. I know some people who have failed 8 times. Just know that, at the end of the day a test does not Define your worth it who you are. It’s just a test, do not go in afraid, you got this, you got through college and to where you are for a reason. Confidence is key. Prayers and good vibes for you.

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