February 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm #2214967
I'm on the same boat with you. Passed FAR in Dec and REG in Jan, now working on audit and planning to take it in March. I'm using Becker only, and I have been scoring around 60s for the MCQ. My biggest challenge now is that reading the book starts to put me into sleep immediately. Never happened before when I prepared for FAR and REG.February 15, 2019 at 12:48 pm #2217322
So I took AUD in Sept. 18′ and got a 73. I started studying FAR in Oct. thru now as I will take that soon and concurrently studying for AUD. I will take both exams pretty much back to back in that last week of March. I am just wondering because i keep pretty good track of every score of every quiz mpq/tbs and i have noticed for AUD my initial scores are way higher than the first time. Also I watched all the Roger videos for AUD compared to zero watched videos the first time around. I am wondering as I have seen before the inluence factor FAR subjects influence AUD, but just to make sure this is not a familiarity scenario going on here. What are your guys thoughts on the influence of FAR in the AUD exam process? I think it greatly influences the audit evidence, internal control assessment sections but does not relate so much to the audit report sections, engagement planning, or The Code sections…..February 17, 2019 at 11:26 am #2220463
Just wanted to report back on the AUD exam that I took yesterday. MCQs were ok for the most part. I felt like it got a bit harder in the beginning of the 2nd Testlet (I have read that is a good sign?) but then by the midpoint, the MCQs went back to “normal”. The TBS were tricky. I had to make a lot of educated guesses in one of them (due to the timing) which I hope does not lower my score significantly. I feel confident with the other TBS though. In conclusion, I think my biggest problem was staying on track with the time. I should have probably decided faster (or made a quicker guess) with the MCQs in the 2nd Teslet as that's when I went off track. I'll report back on March 8th with the score.
On the other hand, I am glad to have 1 exam under my belt and get that much needed experience for preparation of the other 3 exams. Not sure which section I should study for next. I originally planned to do BEC, FAR, and REG. But now I am leaning towards FAR, REG, and BEC.
Any recommendations would be helpful!February 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm #2221324
@tony Thank you for the info. I am taking mine on the 2nd of March. I am doing as much as many MCQ I can, but i am having a hard time with TBS questions. Did you get any calculations for the TBS? This is my first CPA exam and I don't remember much of financial accounting from my accounting classes.
I am currently doing @roger CRAM and doing as much questions as I can, Roger suggests taking 75 seconds per MCQ but I am afraid its taking me a lot more than that for most confusing questions. Is it a bad sign that i am already feeling like I am going to fail the exam? Or maybe the fear will make me use these last days to prepare more?February 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm #2224345
@Elich I got one with ratios but the TBS provided the formulas so it's not something that you must remember. I think doing as many MCQs and TBS as you can will help. It was my first exam as well. I thought it was 1:25 for the MCQs and 18 mins per TBS.
I did not do the CRAM course. The more confusing questions you practice the more you are likely to get better at them before the exam, that's my opinion.February 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm #2225856
Are there explanations for the AICPA practice questions? Specifically the sims?February 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm #2228226
How should one study AICPA Code of Professional Conduct? Do all the Topics (ex. 1.200) need to be memorized? Or is it more of a needing to know which topic falls under which part type of thing?February 26, 2019 at 4:12 am #2232669
1. Can anyone please help on some memory aids for unmodified/unqualified, modified/qualified in relation to issuer/non-issuer or public/non-public. I understand it when I study using @roger but somehow seem to forget when I do MCQ and TBS.
2. I have been practicing the professional standards using the AICPA authoritative literature but seem to not get most of them right, Any advice?
Im going to take my exam on saturday and its giving me pain thinking maybe I didn't prepare enough 🙁February 26, 2019 at 4:22 am #2232672
@jjjgolf500 I am also using Roger to study. I got the impression from his lectures that we only have to know the concept and the details under each topic. Like what it stands for and the Parts 0,I,II,and III ie, Introduction, Public, non-public and retired members. Thats my opinion but I didn't take the exam yet, I didn't see any related questions on that on the AICPA mock exam.
Hope someone who already took the test can add some advice on this!!February 26, 2019 at 8:25 am #2232921
hey guys, I failed the audit portion again… BY ONE POINT. I have taken it three times. This next time will be my forth time. This is really discouraging. Has anyone else had to take AUD 4 times?
AUD – 51, 64, 74February 26, 2019 at 8:30 am #2232948
what is the best way to study AUD SIMS? I am doing well on MCQs but SIMS are getting me.
AUD – 51,64,74February 26, 2019 at 9:59 am #2233188
Just found out I passed Audit! It feels so damn good to only have one left.. So I've been using Becker for all my exams. The way I studied for Audit was by reading the book and after reading each section I would take the MC's. DID NOT LISTEN TO MODULES – I learned they are a waste of time for me. I took my own notes and highlighted what i thought was important. After reading the book i took my first mock exam. I scored around a 65, i wasn't too worried though because i knew i had forgotten material. I re-read/skimmed the book again, this time i practiced with the skills practice and some more multiple choice questions. One week before the exam i took mock exam 2 and the weekend before i took mock exam 3. I scored around 75 both times. They say the real exam is about 10-15 points higher which i find is pretty much true – that's what happened to me for AUD and FAR (I didn't have the best study routine for REG, but still passed 🙂 At the end of the day you need to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. This is what worked for me, everybody is different! I studied for about two months for Audit with full time job at a public accounting firm.
AUD – 94
FAR – 69, 90
REG – 78
BEC – in progressFebruary 26, 2019 at 3:33 pm #2234040
Hey guys! I just passed BEC with a 75 yesterday and am taking Audit a week from tomorrow. I have not yet started studying SIMS, I have just been nailing the MCQ's. Can anyone suggest the best way to go about preparing for the SIM's for audit? Any help would be greatly appreciated!February 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm #2234058
I’m am in almost the exact opposite boat from you. Congrats on passing BEC! I just passed AUD yesterday with a 75 & I’m taking BEC in about a week & a half. My advice for the SIMs would be to just practice them over & over again. I was doing about 3/4 a day along with around 150 MCQ’s & writing notes with about 2 weeks to go before my AUD test. Would you be able to give some advice on what you did towards the end of studying for BEC? Thanks!February 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm #2234061
Congratulations to you too! For the last few weeks of BEC I just hammerred the MCQ's. I did not really practice any SIMS. I just watched a few of the skill master videos from Becker the day before the exam. Make sure you know the format for the writing portion though, that is what probably what gave me that 75. I would suggest practicing variances and cost accounting to get a good grip on how to handle these. I finished with no time on the clock so use your time wisely.March 3, 2019 at 10:06 am #2244624
REFER TO THE AICPA BLUE PRINT! and look at whats in analysis. I would suggest to refer to your college text if you have it . Look at cash , A/R , Inventories, PPE, A/P etc. Familiarize your self with documents in each section just over view , So you don't freak out on test day. Study revenue expenditure cycles. Look at flow charts and see how everything is flowing. Try to predict from details what they can questions you on. Keep hammering MCQ'S in specific area ( Now focusing on weak side and analysis part according to blue print) . Do all TBs in your review course ,but don't try to memorize you will not see the same TBS again just try to grasp the concepts. if you have $ just purchase additional TBS gleim or any other review. These are some of my tips that have helped me so far. I thought I share not sure if it helps. Oh most of all read the questions thoroughly and don't Panic!
Good Luck!March 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm #2245992
Took auditing 2/21, feel like I failed but who knows.first time I took auditing I felt like I got a 95 and got a 67 so you never know. Friday can’t cone fast enough! Any chance scores a come out earlier?March 4, 2019 at 7:35 am #2247075
@Ineedthiscpa45 How was your experience the first time when you got a 67 and thought you did will?March 4, 2019 at 10:26 pm #2249100
I sat for Audit on 2/26 and there were so many close calls in the MCQs and many SIMs that could go either way that I honestly have no idea whether I did really well or really poor. March 8th can't come soon enough.March 4, 2019 at 11:02 pm #2249172
@ihopeipassed well my first attempt with auditing was very brief, considering I finished in 3 hours. Every MCQs had felt the exact same so I kept the exact same answer, which is why I failed. The Sims were doable but I didn’t do as good as expected. Second time around the first testlet felt pretty easy and familiar, everything after that was a toss up and can go either way. @TaxGeek I agree, March 8 can’t come fast enough! I’ve begun to check my scores throughout to day in case there’s a early score lease, no luck yet though lolMarch 5, 2019 at 8:30 am #2249769
To save you a lot of stress from continuing to check for the scores, just follow NASBA (@NASBA) on Twitter & turn their notifications on. They'll tweet out when scores are released or the times they will be released. I figured this out after waiting for my first score and it saved me a lot of stress. Also, if it helps, I received a 66 the first time I took AUD & my second time seemed very similar to yours & I passed (barely) with a 75.March 6, 2019 at 5:15 pm #2252607
I finally took the test today!!! I think it went well. How about you?March 8, 2019 at 1:35 pm #2256072
Just an update on the AUD exam that I took on 2/16. Scores were released last night and I am glad to report that I passed with a 75! My method of studying consisted mostly of taking as many MCQs as I could and work on answering them within 1:25 minutes. I did practice the TBS as well but not as significantly as I did with the MCQs. I felt the MCQs helped me understand better and consequently, I was doing better with the TBS and felt confident about answering them correctly in the exam. However, I must admit that I did feel strange getting a 75 as I thought I would get a higher grade (maybe in the lower 80s). In the end though, I'll take the passing grade any day!
Next is FAR so I will be going to that study group forum. Best of luck to everyone here and I hope your scores were 75 and higher!March 9, 2019 at 3:20 pm #2257878
I took AUD today. I felt good about the MCQs. The last testlet was difficult and I felt like I was guessing on the last two TBS. I’m concerned because I finished an hour early!March 18, 2019 at 10:03 am #2269752
I am nearing the end of this thing (again). I had passed 3 exams only to fail FAR and lose audit (expired). Now I've passed FAR and have to retake/re-pass audit or I lose REG on May 31st….I cannot fail AUD I simply cannot. Good Luck everyone.March 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm #2270697
I passed Audit!!! Moving on to BEC now! Good luck everyone!March 18, 2019 at 8:37 pm #2271042
Need all your suggestions. I have passed FAR, BEC and REG and Only left with AUD. Failed AUD with 57 and 68(today) :(…. My FAR credit expires on 04/13/19.. So I am really shattered with today's result… Can't focus on anything. So far for my preparation I have relied upon only Wiley CPA and was able to clear all except AUD.. Now I am not comfortable with Preapring by Wiley alone and wanted suggestions.. I was getting around 70 in Wiley practice tests on AUD . Please advise what would be my game plan… What other supplemental materials I need to use..March 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm #2271135
@jaya I would suggest supplement with another program. Have you tried Ninja McQ. I have passed audit this window with a 81 after supplementing with Ninja. I used Becker last quarter and got a 72. You might have memorized all the questions in Wiley and need new questions. I would say buy ninja for 30 days and take the exam on the 12 April. You will pass it.March 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm #2273100
the marathon continuesParticipant
Same I passed every exam except AUD and just found out I failed with a 61 today. I thought I could pass AUD the first time with just Becker and turns out to be really wrong. Going to purchase Ninja mcqs for my second try hopefully in May. Can't give up and going to use this as motivation to twice as hard for my 2nd try.March 19, 2019 at 7:49 pm #2273775
Got a 77! Oh man the Sims kicked my butt but thank God I did well on the mc. I did not study the Sims at all, because I've read that they are not worth the time. However after taking the test, I recommend that you practice a least a couple to get the hang of the format. I was so unfamiliar with the tbs that it took me longer to answer the questions than it should have. Good luck to everyone, now on to FAR!
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