BEC Q4 2019 Experience

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  • #2742672
    FutureCPA2019
    Participant

    Hello Everyone,

    I just took BEC and feel completely drained by the exam. I’ve taken AUD (90) and FAR (87) so far and didn’t feel this bad leaving those exams. Today I wanted to cry leaving BEC. The thought of just leaving in the middle of the exam definitely crossed my mind as I found it to be so challenging. I used Wiley and Ninja MCQ to prepare for the exam. However, I didn’t score very high on Wiley mock exam (71 and 80), which crushed my confidence. AUD and FAR mock exams were pretty close to my actual scores, so seeing 71 on BEC mock exam was devastating. I just felt like no matter how much I studied, there was still so much new material in the MCQ that I was practicing.

    My actual exam experience was horrible compared to AUD and FAR. I marked about 5 MCQ in the first testlet and 8 MCQ testlet. I ended up either blindly guessing them, making educated guesses, or figuring out the answer (hopefully, it was the correct answer). The second testlet was slightly more difficult than the first testlet. Overall, I think I did OK on the MCQ. Simulations were horrible. Too many calculations and attachments. I already know I made some stupid mistakes on some of them. Overall, I feel like I did slightly worse on them than I did in MCQ. I completed all of the writing assignments, but I wouldn’t give myself 100% on those, probably 75% if I was grading myself.

    Did anyone have similar experience? If so, what did you end up getting? If you took BEC during Q4 2019, what was your experience like? I can’t believe I’ll have to wait for four week to find out my score!!! My hope for an early release because the last early release happened when they also had almost two weeks between the last day of the grading period and the score release day. Usually they grade them in one week or so. On the other hand, I’m afraid to check my score. Thank you for reading my post.

    AUD - 90
    BEC - 86
    FAR - 87
    REG - NINJA in Training
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    #2743353
    monikerncmonikernc
    Participant

    BEC is tougher than people say. I studied longer for that exam than any of the others. The exam experience, before the 2017 changes, was painful, to say the least.
    One thing that makes this experience a little better is scheduling your exams for the least amount of wait time till score release. I always kept reviewing while waiting for a score – just in case. My plan was always to pass one before moving on to the next so shifting gears was not something I did while waiting.
    Your scores reflect your ability to prepare so just hang in and accept what's done is done. If you pass, great! If not, prepare again and don't let it get you down. There is a lot going in these exams and sometimes it just doesn't go your way. Wait and see. Stay busy but relax.

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 76
    REG - 88
    How have you been?
    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all the way!
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #2743803
    Kmont003
    Participant

    I know exactly what you mean. I took my test on Monday and walked out feeling like I’m never going to pass this test. At least you were able to complete the WCs. I was only able to finish 1 WC and with only 20 minutes of time so god only knows how bad that was. The other 2 I did not even touch. Mostly my fault for not timing myself properly. Took too long on the MCQs but they were so hard. I had to read them like 5 times. For the sims, I guessed on a bunch of them as well as on the MCQs. I feel like Becker didn’t prepare me that well. I am thinking of purchasing different study material. I will have to wait until the beginning of November for my score and I can’t retake until January so this puts me really behind on my study plan. I think this test is harder than it should be. I don’t know how other people passed it with such high scores. It’s really taken a blow on my self-esteem…lol!!

    For those who are getting ready to take it, here is my advice:

    – COSO: not as heavy as most people have said but know the basics. I had 8 or less questions on this topic.
    – IT: it’s a lot so know that stuff well. Becker doesn’t do a good job preparing you for this part so I suggest you get other study material. There were a lot of terms I had never seen.
    – Economics: I had like 5 questions and not too difficult.
    – Variance Analysis: know this like the back of your hand. Lots on this including sims.
    – Analytical Ratios: they give you those so don’t worry about memorizing them but understand what the changes mean.
    – Cost Accounting: oh my!! I hate this topic and boy were there questions on this in my exam so make sure you know this.
    – WACC/ROI/Residual Income are some other things I remember seeing as well.

    Do the practice AICPA practice exam. Especially the sims. Very helpful 😉

    #2743815
    Cartman
    Participant

    Thank you all for sharing your experiences. How many hours of studying did you guys do for BEC?

    #2743827
    Kmont003
    Participant

    I studied for 3 weeks…about 100 hours. I feel like I should have studied another 50. It was that hard. For Audit I studied for 10 days…about 80 hours and passed with an 84.

    #2743839
    Kmont003
    Participant

    Another piece of advice…

    Try to do the first 2 testlets of MCQs in one hour if you can and give yourself 2 hours for the sims and 1 hours for the WCs.

    #2743878
    monikerncmonikernc
    Participant

    frikkin' forever. almost 3 months. i originally planned on 6 weeks to study. at first nothing would stick and i had to keep hitting the same material over and over and over again. finally, things started to sink in. but the topics kept changing and i started to feel like i had ADHD. it was ridiculous. i rescheduled for six weeks out and finally after reviewing the same crap again and again and again i finally felt ready. i lost all respect for the material. i didn't care anymore. i knew i had to pass because there was no way i was going through all of that material again. the exam was only 3 hours and no SIMS when i took it in 2016 and it was ok. i didn't ask for a handheld calculator and was miserable. another keyboard in the room kept clicking. there was an awful noise from outside. i forced myself to keep studying while i waited for the score. i was relieved when i passed. it took so long! i hated it.
    i hope you did well, though. you only need a 75.

    Kmont003 – you are probably violating non-disclosure rules with your post. don't reveal so much about exam content. it is wrong and the powers that be do troll out here.

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 76
    REG - 88
    How have you been?
    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all the way!
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #2744154
    Kmont003
    Participant

    How am I violating? I basically said that everything is on the exam just some topics more than others which the AICPA already discloses the percentage of each topic on the test. I wasn’t specific in the types of questions. I was very broad with my descriptions. Besides, everyone knows that every test is different and you can’t rely on one persons experience and assume that your test will be the same.

    #2752284
    Amber
    Participant

    Currently working a problem that I cant seem to figure out. CAPM problem, RFF of 4%, Market return of 10%, Beta of 1.25 what is the expected return? Seemed easy except when I got to the answers my options were..

    A. 1.38
    B. 15
    C. 15.75
    D. 16

    Am I crazy? Is it not 11.5%?
    X=4+1.25(10-4) no? I dont understand. Someone tell me I'm not crazy.

    #2752368
    Kmont003
    Participant

    @Amber I had the same question and I came up with the same answer you did and I have no idea.

    #2752371
    Amber
    Participant

    !!!! Well at least I'm not crazy. I stared at it for what felt like 10 minutes like do I really not know this?!?

    #2752404
    bigstakk
    Participant

    Where did you guys see that question? Has to be an error.

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 80
    REG - 82
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    #2752656
    Kmont003
    Participant

    It was on the exam. When I first saw it I was like “yay! An easy one I know” and that was short lived.

    #2752719
    damieF
    Participant

    @amber probably a pretest Qs. Did you also get Variance, Divestures, Accounting ratios on your sim? who else got those 3 on their sim

    #2752725
    say
    Participant

    I got 11.5 as well.

    #2752755
    bigstakk
    Participant

    why would a pretest question have the wrong answers as options. That makes no sense.

    AUD - 81
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 80
    REG - 82
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    #2752779
    Icarito
    Participant

    if the 10% was worded “Market Premium”, the answer would be 16.5 (D?)

    4 + 1.25(10)

    FAR - 80 (4/1/2019)

    BEC - 82 (9/7/2019)

    AUD - 81 (11/23/2019)

    REG- February 2020

    #2752893
    FutureCPA2019
    Participant

    Hello Everyone,

    I’d like to thank all of you for kind words of support.

    @monikernc, I definitely agree with you that it’s better to schedule the exams close to the score release day. However, my goal is to finish before the start of the busy season in January. I was doing full time work and full time school up until June of this year (started back in August 2014. Finished the bachelor’s first, then took a “break” for busy season, then did master’s in 10 months with another busy season). I was too ambitious and wanted to get done with studying by the end of this year. I really wanted to have next summer off as I haven’t had a vacation or summer off since 2014. However, my work has gotten really busy in the fall. Hence, I was dealing with a lot of stress at work while trying to prepare for this exam. I definitely wasn’t just stressed but suffered from anxiety.

    I know I could’ve done a better job preparing for this test, but it’s my fault for misjudging my schedule. I thought I could push through, but my nerves couldn’t handle the pressure anymore.

    I probably spent 150 hours studying for BEC and didn’t feel like it was enough. Wiley lectures are so long for BEC. Specifically, the IT material. I believe it’s about 30 hours more than the material for REG! I didn’t find this course to be as useful for BEC as it was for AUD and FAR.

    You guys are absolutely right. It is what it is. “Luckily,” it’s still really busy at work, so my mind will be mostly occupied with work thoughts while I wait for the score. In a couple of weeks, I’ll start preparing for REG. Meanwhile, I’ll have nightmares about the exam lol. I woke up last night at 1am with my heart racing because I remembered that I mixed up supply and demand curves since I was rushing through the sims. I missed out on easy points :(.

    I had to give up my gym routine in the last month or so because I didn’t have enough time in the day to do everything once it got busy at work. I realize that gym has a huge impact on our well-being. I absolutely regret my choice because I believe it had a huge negative impact on my emotional health.

    @kmont003, yes, I finished all three WCs. However, I was rushing. I only had 27 minutes when I got to the last testlet. I knew I had only 9 minutes for each writing assignment. I also knew people said these were easy points, so I just collected my thoughts and wrote as much as I could finishing with 5 seconds left on the clock. My plan was to leave 1 hour on the writing assignments. But the MCQ and sims were all pretty time-consuming:(.

    AUD - 90
    BEC - 86
    FAR - 87
    REG - NINJA in Training
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    #2753388
    Kmont003
    Participant

    @amber I got those same questions on my sims. That sim took me longer than any other. It was so bad.

    #2753673
    Amber
    Participant

    Exactly. I was so confused.

    #2753676
    Amber
    Participant

    I had a variance table but did not have the others. The other one I remember had to do with doing SWOT analysis. The last two I just picked answers that seemed right quickly because I had 38 minutes with 2 sims and the 3 writing still left.

    #2809572
    1skibum
    Participant

    How did things turn out for those of you who took BEC? I took it on 9/10 and had a similar experience….actually walked out of the exam half way through. Somehow pulled a 67 without doing 2 sims or the writing….bad move on my part. I'm retaking it tomorrow and am starting to worry a bit.

    #2809623
    FutureCPA2019
    Participant

    Hello @1skibum,

    I feel much better about it now – I passed BEC with an 86. I believe two things are important to keep in mind for this exam (1) If you feel like walking out in the middle of the exam, don’t do it. Try to collect your thoughts and continue doing your best. Don’t let the stress making you feel overwhelmed. (2) Make sure you complete the writing portion of the exam because it’s definitely easy points. I believe they help most of us pass. I only had 27 minutes left for writing assignments when I planned to have 1 hour. All of a sudden, I got my strength back and I told myself I’d continue to fight and finish these writing assignments on time. I didn’t have time to proofread as I figured I only had 9 minutes per assignment. I also don’t type super fast, and English isn’t my native language. I just kept my sentences short and followed the order that they recommend. My content was pretty much everything what I remembered from studying for BEC. I didn’t have time to think whether I was actually covering everything that they were asking in the questions.

    Good luck!!!

    AUD - 90
    BEC - 86
    FAR - 87
    REG - NINJA in Training
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    #2811726
    1skibum
    Participant

    I can mirror your thoughts on the exam. I passed it in 2016 without studying, this time around I studied quite a bit and it was brutal. I normally finish with about an hour left and on this one I had 1 min left after rushing through the written questions. At this point all I can do is wait and see….it’s my last so I hope i passed!

    #2812569
    Otis
    Participant

    Took BEC today, and have only one question…

    Where the heck did that come from?! Not sure what I did wrong but pretty sure I failed. Brutal, and way harder than I expected.

    Took FAR early this year, and wanted to cry when I walked out – ended up passing.

    Took REG this summer, and only got to complete 4 sections with an hour plus to go on the clock (don’t ask). Walked out angry and feeling crushed – ended up passing.

    My only hope is that this correlation between feeling crushed and passing continues! Really seems to be a theme for so many others as well. Fingers crossed!

    #2838009
    accountingislife
    Participant

    I don't feel like flagging 5 and 8 questions results in a bad score… On all four exams, I usually flag or don't know the answer to at least 6 or 7 on each testlet. Good luck! I just took BEC as well.

    AUD - 85
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 87
    REG - 86
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    #2838414
    z91
    Participant

    I felt the same exact way. Felt pretty prepared and confident, and halfway through I was wondering if I had sat for the right exam lol. So many out there questions that I don't think even studying more I would have anticipated.

    AUD
    BEC - TBD, December 2019
    FAR
    REG - 85, May 2019
    #2838582
    ezakipockyezakipocky
    Participant

    I passed BEC with one shot in 2016 and let it expired for whatever reason.

    Took another exam yesterday didn't feel too many difference to be honest. Still those topics such as COSO framework, cost accounting which I ALWAYS hate, IT and basic econ concepts.

    One thing I really enjoy about BEC is the fact you can type.

    I kinda have a high bar about keyboard clicking noise. But sometimes I do get distracted when other people type.

    Now it's my turn to crash the keyboard.

    PSA. Wiley MCQs are way too advance. If you are using becker materials and found it doesn't cover too many IT terms you are fine. I am ok with topic like cloud, but blockchain? Give a me break.

    FAR 85
    REG 87
    AUD 82->89
    BEC 81-EX
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