BEC just killed me!

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  • #2046125

    Stony
    Participant

    I just got done taking BEC today and all I can say is wow that was hardest exam I took out of the four. I didn't take BEC lightly when I started studying for it, but that exam kicked my @$$. There were a ton of conceptual MCQs that came out of left field in the first testlet, and the second testlet was much easier (not a great sign). The SIMs were straight from hell and I barley had enough time to put some words down for the written communications. Not to mention that my computer shut down during the third testlet (restarted okay but just my luck). Did anybody else come out of BEC feeling like they didn't even come close to passing and still passed? Will now have to wait over a month for the score release.

     

    FAR - 82   (8 Wks, 181 Hrs, 1,928 MCQs, 130 Sims)

    AUD - 85  (4 Wks, 83 Hrs, 1,751 MCQs, 78 Sims)

    REG - 81 (4 Wks, 95 Hrs, 1,274 MCQs, 41 Sims)

    BEC - 88 (4 Wks, 96 Hrs, 1,502 MCQs, 23 Sims, 5 WCs)

     

    "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat"

    #2046137

    slickrick
    Participant

    I had a similar experience with BEC and ended up passing. I basically had to take educated guesses all throughout the first testlet. The second testlet was much easier and more in line with my study materials. Sims were ok, but I ended up running out of time on the last WC. I just knew I had failed and was planning my retake. I checked my score and was suprised to see that I made a 75. My advice to you is to not think too much about it. BEC’s pass rate it 61% so you should be okay.

    #2046497

    tracytrinh
    Participant

    hey Tony, what is the simulation and writing problem about ? i take it in next week. i am so nervous now. Do yo have any advice for me ?
    i am taking becker now .Dyu you know where i can review for IT section ?
    thanks

    #2046530

    RaulB
    Participant

    Pardon responding tracytrinh since the message is for Tony just wanted to give an unfortunate heads up. It's to my understanding that we all cannot share any CPA info content because the AICPA checks forums and they would not be happy. Tony will confirm with you and I am.sure he can provide good advise and respond to your other question. I have never seen anyone either here, in Youtube, or anywhere sharing specific contents on what is in the exam. Everyone does offer great advise though. Its unfortunate about not divulging info, but that's the rule of the game and we have to respect it.

    RB
    #2046653

    tracytrinh
    Participant

    ok . i forgot the rule

    #2046668

    B4BeanCounter
    Participant

    @op – I'm sure you did fine. Just need to wait until the score comes out.

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 87
    REG - 84
    "The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want badly enough." - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture.
    #2046713

    Stony
    Participant

    Hey tracytrinh: the only advice I can give about the writing portion is to have a broad understanding of the BEC topics and you'll be fine. I'm a slow writer so my biggest issue was allocating enough time to effectively get my thoughts out and reread what I wrote. The MCQs and Sims just killed my time so I would say managing your time is more important than the actual topics. As far as IT, I used CPAexcel and the IT portion was great and had a lot of info, but IT is a weak section for me so I wished I studied it more. My advice is don't take IT lightly and try to study it as much as you can!

     

    FAR - 82   (8 Wks, 181 Hrs, 1,928 MCQs, 130 Sims)

    AUD - 85  (4 Wks, 83 Hrs, 1,751 MCQs, 78 Sims)

    REG - 81 (4 Wks, 95 Hrs, 1,274 MCQs, 41 Sims)

    BEC - 88 (4 Wks, 96 Hrs, 1,502 MCQs, 23 Sims, 5 WCs)

     

    "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat"

    #2047385

    Elisabeth
    Participant

    @Stony – I took BEC a year ago and got my butt kicked with the first testlet. The second testlet was easier and the SIMS and WC weren't too bad. I passed, so keep your head up!

    A - 73, 71, 80  (9/5/17)
    B - 75  (11/30/17)
    F - 77  (7/26/17)
    R - 73, 82  (7/1/16)

    Licensed 2/2018

    #2048039

    tracytrinh
    Participant

    thank you tony. i am going to study more about IT section with wiley . I hope it helps me too.

    #2048066
    Cheeks Malone
    Cheeks Malone
    Participant

    I felt the same way when I took BEC. I thought I was going to have to retake for sure, but I passed.

    Have faith in yourself. Best of luck on your score release!

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 86
    REG - 82
    Ethics - 100

     

    "We lib a play anutha day."

    -Farmer Fran

    #2048138

    Pork Flavored Bacon
    Participant

    Stony, based on the information you provided, you have, without question, acrd this exam. On to the next challenge!

    #2048144

    eMeRGeD
    Participant

    It's so funny to me how different this process is from person to person in regards to which exam is the hardest! BEC was my easiest one by a long shot.. All that goes to say, and this is really advice for myself, don't think about it too much and don't beat yourself up. Go make REG your *****!

    AUD - 75 - Apr 2018

    BEC - 77 - Mar 2018

    FAR - 82 - Dec 2018 - I'm Done!

    REG - 83 -  Nov 2018

    #2048279

    Tim
    Participant

    For me AUD was easiest. I was certain I did very well on it and yet it was my worst score so far. Go figure.

    Studying with Gleim
    FAR - 97 (10/12/17)
    BEC - 95 (01/15/18)
    AUD - 88 (04/06/18)
    REG - 89 (11/16/18)
    #2048294

    c
    Participant

    ^^^ hahaha same for me Tim. I would have 100% told you I did best on AUD of all the exams after I walked out. It only took me 1.5 hours, and I really expected a 97-99. Guess you never do know lol

    #2048330

    Panders
    Participant

    Yep, I thought AUD was easiest, thought for sure I nailed it, and it was my lowest score so far. I'm taking BEC on Saturday (11/10), and this post is freaking me out! I think I need to stay off the forum this week…

    FAR - 92 (Feb 2018)

    AUD - 83 (May 2018)

    REG - 86 (Aug 2018)

    BEC - 93 (Nov 2018)

    #2048375

    Bre
    Participant

    There is a lot of people that say their computer shut down in the middle of the exam. Does that count towards your exam time?

    BEC 11/19/2018

    REG 02/10/2019

    AUD TBA

    FAR TBA

    #2048381
    Cheeks Malone
    Cheeks Malone
    Participant

    @Panders – you've passed three exams, you just need to repeat your prep. process again for BEC and you will be done with these exams soon.

    Nothing to worry about if you've trained and put the time in to understand the material. You will do fine. Rely on your knowledge and training.

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 86
    REG - 82
    Ethics - 100

     

    "We lib a play anutha day."

    -Farmer Fran

    #2048414

    Bre
    Participant

    @tracytrinh BEC is my first exam and I am super nervous too. I am using Wiley and their IT section seems to be good.

    BEC 11/19/2018

    REG 02/10/2019

    AUD TBA

    FAR TBA

    #2048510
    Lexi
    Lexi
    Participant

    @stony was the test cost accounting heavy?

    FAR- Passed

    REG- Passed

    AUD- Passed

    BEC- Passed

    #2048666

    tracytrinh
    Participant

    i have wiley acc too. but it is too long and too much material .

    #2049479

    plc95
    Participant

    @stony I took BEC for the second time after receiving a 74. The first time I took BEC I got the second testlet with all the random IT questions but ended up not leaving enough time for the WCs and that's why I failed. This time I felt the first MCQ testlet was very difficult and the second multiple choice test got easier. But i'm not sure if it was easier because I did poorly on the first testlet or that I knew the information. I'm nervous that since I got the easier testlet that means that I failed. The testlet had short conceptual questions. The sims and WC weren't too bad but at the same time I have no idea if I answered them correctly. When i took REG, I kinda felt the same way about the MCQs and Sims but I ended up passing with an 84! Has anyone felt that they got an easier testlet and ended up passing???

    #2056127
    Lexi
    Lexi
    Participant

    I took BEC over the weekend and had a similar experience. First testlet was hard and the second one noticeably easier…not encouraging. Hopefully I’m able to squeeze 60-65 points between mcqs and sims. Sims were really hard and the one I aced I’m pretty sure is a pretest :(…nothing to do but wait now

    FAR- Passed

    REG- Passed

    AUD- Passed

    BEC- Passed

    #2056424

    iceman
    Participant

    Are the IT questions intuitive and possible to easily reason thru? At least if you have worked in Finance and Acctg for 12 years and in IT/ERP implementations for another 10 years?

    Or are they random stupid trivia like what year did Congress create DARPA?

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 92
    FAR - 90
    REG - 92
    CFA (2009) and 2018 CPA Candidate.
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