December 4, 2018 at 10:34 am #2098620
We all know the exams are hard and the difficulty is very subjective, but I'm interested to hear from those who have taken their exams just recently (2017-2018). Rank your exams from Easiest to Hardest, here's mine:
I've only taken 3 so far (passed FAR and am waiting on 2 score releases this quarter & currently studying for REG)
In terms of studying:
Just curious to see your responses 🙂December 4, 2018 at 10:42 am #2098632
for me in terms of taking the exam it's BEC>AUD>REG>FAR I'm taking FAR in 3 1/2 hours and it's not the first time! I've taken it a few times and have almost passed with 73 and choked with 57. Hopefully today's the last time!December 4, 2018 at 10:49 am #2098650
Good luck Terri.December 4, 2018 at 10:59 am #2098671December 4, 2018 at 11:12 am #2098707
Honestly, so hard to answer this question. I don’t think any were easy for me. I didn’t prepare enough the first exam I took, so I was thrown for a loop. However, by the end of my studies I had it down to what worked for me, and maybe over-prepared, so I really did well on my last test (REG) and that may skew my opinion.
Found easiest to study for, from easiest to hardest: AUD/REG/BEC/FAR
Hardness of actual exam, from easiest to hardest: REG/BEC/AUD/FAR
I enjoyed studying for AUD but it was a tricky exam. I thought both times I knocked it out of the park only to get a dreaded 74 and then pass by a narrow margin. But I’d rather study for any of the other exams than study for FAR, which was my hardest to study for, take, and finally pass.
Good luck all!December 4, 2018 at 11:13 am #2098710
From easy to hard (easy being a relative term):
BEC>AUD>REG>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>FAR (7th and hopefully final attempt in 3 days!)December 4, 2018 at 11:21 am #2098716
In terms of studying from easiest to hardest: BEC/AUD/FAR/REG
In terms of actual exam from easiest to hardest: BEC/FAR/AUD/REG (by far REG was the hardest for me, and I work mostly in tax too)December 4, 2018 at 11:23 am #2098725
@DeMo I'm taking FAR today for the 4th time – if I don't pass, BEC expires in January but if I do, I'm done!December 4, 2018 at 11:36 am #2098749
Taking FAR tomorrow… For studying and actual exams are probably the same for me. BEC > REG > AUD > FAR. This could easily change when I find out my REG score on the 11th. Please God let me pass FAR tomorrow though 🙁December 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm #2098830
Good luck Terri!December 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm #2098848
(Easiest) BEC-REG-AUD-FAR (Hardest)
FAR was probably the hardest because of having the most modules. But, I think I learned a lot of stuff in FAR during the MAcc, so based on the actual material it wasn't the hardest. AUD was the hardest for me because of all the little details.December 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm #2098944
Considering the material, it has to be FAR however for me I am inclined to say AUD. May be I took lightly after I passed FAR and BEC. So for ME it is AUD>;FAR>REG>BEC.December 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm #2098968
Easiest to hardest… in terms of studying I would say Audit, BEC, FAR, Reg. BEC has been a lot harder than people make it out to be.
However, as far as the actual exams are concerned, Reg was easier than FAR. Although I don't have my score back yet and it seems like I never know how I am going to do. :/December 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm #2099049December 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm #2099532
Studying AUD now and enjoying it, FAR wasn't bad but REG had me stressed to the T. Wont know score of REG till 11th.
FAR I left out thinking “eh not to shabby”
REG I left out screaming “mommy!” 🙂December 5, 2018 at 9:45 am #2100255
Hardest to easiest for me:
My scores don't agree, though.December 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm #2101419
Exam experience is always the same for me: nerves, doubt, then it turns into excitement and then me just trying to stay focused.
As far as preparation difficulty:
REG – Hardest
FAR – Hard
BEC – Standard exam/test preparation
AUD – ?????December 6, 2018 at 10:33 am #2102337
What do you guys find hardest about REG? Is it the volume of information, all the % and rules that you have to memorize, or is it something else? I'm studying for REG right now and I'd like to get a grasp of what people think are hard about the exam so I can focus on thoseDecember 6, 2018 at 10:46 am #2102346
@Emily, for me it was how abstract and specific the questions were, it felt like most of my questions were based off of the most random small sections of the code that hardly any tax CPA would know. The materials was also hard because it was so many things that you had to memorize. With FAR it felt like one big cohesive topic but with REG, a lot of it felt random and out of place. REG took the most repetition for me and from my perspective, don't ignore or take lightly minor rules, EVERYTHING is important for the exam. But again, for my exam, I had a lot of questions about random and abstract rules that left me sitting there with my arms up. I'm still surprised I passed REG, but I've heard a lot of people say that.December 6, 2018 at 10:57 am #2102364
@Emily I have no experience in tax preparation other than what I've done in turbo tax for my personal filing. The topic is very technical and there are a lot of exceptions to the rules. I'm not super bothered by the phase outs but that is something that should be taken into consideration for some heavily tested topics. It's mostly internally generated honestly, if I stuck with a more consistent study plan I don't think I'd be feeling this overwhelmed. I know you'll do great if you can stick to the plan.December 6, 2018 at 2:27 pm #2102595
I am definitely going to be the outlier here, but here’s how I’d stack up the exams from hardest to easiest:
Hardest = BEC
Easiest = REGDecember 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm #2102637
Hardest – FAR
Easiest – AUD
Adjust the length of study accordingly and they're all the same in terms of difficulty.December 8, 2018 at 4:17 am #2104659
I have only studied for BEC and FAR so far. I find out both results this quarter so can't say how well i did but I can say that FAR was much harder for me to study for because of the length of the course and the sheer volume of material but I found the test easier. I finished FAR with over an hour left and feel somewhat hopeful that I passed. I find out about that one on 12/11. BEC on the other hand was more fun to study for, I actually like variances and capital budgeting and even economics, but I felt the test was way out of left field with the MCQ. I watched Roger, Bisk, and read Ninja for IT and still hadn't seen half the IT stuff I was tested on. I felt very uncomfortable with both sets of MCQ and couldn't tell if the difficulty changed. But on the SIMS I felt really good and decent on the WC so we will see on 12/19 how I did on that one.December 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm #2106228
Audit>FAR>BEC>REGDecember 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm #2107689
@ Rose Marie My experience with BEC is similar. The MCQs felt harder than what I studied, but for the Sims, I know I got three of them 100% correct. The other one not so much….hopefully that one was the trail sim. I, too, am waiting for 12/18 to see how I did.
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