FAR – Exam Experience
January 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm #1445147
Thanks, Stilgoin. I appreciate it!
When are you testing for your VERY LAST TEST? It's supposed to be my last test as well. I'm testing on 3/10.January 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm #1445153
– and LOL means hysterically laughing, freaking out, and hoping I can get a pass. I’m sick of studying!
I will definitely come back and give exam experience Thursday. It sure has been low on data in this thread lately. 🙁January 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm #1445169
Just took FAR. First testlet – very easy. I was so excited! Testlet 2, I marked about 10 and then testlet 3 was just straight educating guessing. One governmental sim, I had to completely guess on because I had no idea. The other sims, although hard I think I definitely got some points here and there.
Scored 69 and 75 on the becker practice tests so hopefully that means something. Same becker scores on audit and reg and I scored in the 80s on actual.January 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm #1445555
Just took FAR. Really unsure of the difficulty of the test lets. I thought the first was hard and the last two easy, but I had many government and non for profit questions in the second and third test lets (I'm way better in those topics than the others, which I'm hoping is why I thought they were easy?). Several inventory questions too. No DRS in my Sims, which was a relief. I feel like I did decently well overall on Sims with one research question. Honestly I have no idea how to evaluate how I did. I guess I will see February 23rd! Used Becker and received 67% and 71% on my final exams.January 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm #1445627
Based on exam experiences shared by folks here I feel that if you are good in Govt/NFP then most likely you would do good in FAR.As you said you felt Govt and NFP easy means U did good.All the best.January 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm #1448880
I took FAR yesterday at noon.
The first testlet (supposedly medium) was harder than usual questions. I was worried about 3 and finished in 40 minutes. The second testlet was a hard testlet. I had concern about 2-3 questions and finished it in 40 minutes. My third testlet was a medium one and easier than the first two. I finished with 2:10 left, took a 5 minute break and came back with 2 hours left for sims. On the research question, I got it pretty quick. The other 6 were completely doable, but like everyone always says, there was usually a twist that made them difficult to determine what they were looking for in the answers. I had one sim that was almost identical to one I had in REG, so that was different and a nice surprise. There were no DRSs, and there was nothing I had not seen before. I finished with 10 minutes left, went back through and entered zeros in every blank and submitted with 4 minutes left.
I have taken FAR before, so I can guage the test pretty well. I am hoping this is the time I can be finished.
Roger had the topics of the FASB authoritative literature in the front of my CRAM book. I did the research TBSs in the Roger book, and being familiar with the AL helped tremendously. I like how they were listed in the front of the book on paper so you could get a feel for the flow of them all together.
Know your JEs- extensively.
Know your 2017 updates. I see a lot of people saying they are studying with old material. Don’t be silly and assume the AICPA does not test on updates. Updates are crucial to a CPA, and they want to make sure you know how important it is to know the yearly changes in accounting.
As everyone always says, know the major topics. Don’t leave anything out.
I did have an issue and I left a comment at the end. When I chose a JE and I wanted to delete it instead of change it, I could not get it to go away. I had to toggle the delete button and mouse button to finally delete. It was like a glitch in the software and really annoying.
Here’s hoping to be finished in Q1 2017!!January 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm #1448951
Waiting for FAR score… If I passed, I am done!
Really not sure though. I think I dominated MCQs, but (as always) wished I had more time for SIMS. (Aced research, but spent wayyyy too much time on 1-2 others. Realized I only had ~15 mins left, so I FLEW through the rest… Journal Entries all over the place… For some, I got the GL account names but left the amount cells blank.
Part of me says keep it fresh in my mind (continue daily practice), in case I failed… But, another part of me (plus my husband! ha!) says “Noooo, give your brain a break while you wait for the score!”
Not sure what to do. All other times, I actually had another exam to prepare for to keep my mind off the score release…
Others waiting for the last exam score: What's your plan? Continue studying in case there's a retake in your future? Or take a “brain break”?
THANKS, EVERYONE. GOOD LUCK!!January 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm #1448960
@stilgoin, I had that SAME issue with the journal entry toggle thing (couldn't figure out how to make the account name go away after I selected it). Unfortunately, my brain was so fried, I just pushed away from the desk and walked out of the testing center. I didn't even think about putting that in the comments section at the end. Glad someone mentioned it! And, even better, glad you were able to figure out how to change your selection! When I couldn't readily figure out how to the prior selection, I just told myself, “oh well, go with your gut– and your gut told you to pick that one.” Hope it turns out ok! Good luck!January 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm #1448966
Good luck to you too! I wish I could continue studying, but I don’t have it in me rn. I’m fat and exhausted. I’m just hoping for a pass while I try to put my life back together and find my healthy inner self, whom I miss very much.January 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm #1448969
@stilgoin Haha! I hope it works out for us!!
Besides neglecting work, sleep, health, relationships, etc… The worst part might actually be that I have not told my boss/employer that I am going working on this. So, on top of the looming score release, I am also carrying around this huge secret… So, I will probably gain some stress weight between now and Feb 8 too. 🙁
Hey, just curious, how'd you take Ethics already? Signature says you got a 93. (Prob your state's rules are diff than mine. Just wondering how it works elsewhere.)January 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm #1448972
In my state you can take it before you pass all exams and it is good for a year. I’m in TN. It is the AICPA ethics exam on their website.
My score release is Feb 23.😩January 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm #1448984
Gotcha. TX has an Ethics too, but I haven't any idea how to go about taking it. (All I know is that: 1. I can take it at home, 2. I am ethical AF. (haha)) Not worried about it, just don't want to get my hopes up too much, in case there's a FAR retake up ahead.
Was Ethics pretty much just the ethics related info on other BARF exams?January 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm #1448990
Actually, the AICPA ethics was hard af and really nothing like BARF, but I got 3 shots, and there was a .pdf study guide with all the questions on it in the tools section. I started and stopped at will as long as I didn't submit before finished. It was def a bi-otch to complete- I spent about 8 hours on it one day, but I did make 93 on the first try and 90 or better is passing.
You should knock it out while waiting if TX allows you to do it early. TN is pretty stringent on their requirements. Maybe TX ethics will be easier.January 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm #1448996
@stilgoin Sheesh… I just devoured a cupcake while reading your last response. LOL. Def sounds like Ethics while waiting for this last score release would be ideal– help take my mind off Feb 8. Thanks!! I'll look into it!January 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm #1449006
Pretty sure you are not supposed to enter zeroes on sims where answers are not needed. It is clearly stated in every simulation questions if you are supposed to enter zeroes in spots where there are no answers or if you should leave it blank.
I had a simulation on my FAR exam where I had to adjust all of the balance sheet accounts. The instructions clearly stated, “If a balance sheet account does not need to be adjusted, leave cell blank”. Not trying to scare you, but i know that according to what I have read on here and people who have contacted the AICPA regarding this, you are supposed to follow what they tell you.January 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm #1449045
You are not scaring me at all. My sims did not specifically state to leave blanks. If we don’t know how to follow instructions by now, we are probably in the wrong business. And if the instructions did not state to leave blank, I’m pretty sure they won’t count it wrong. Also, ‘if balance sheet account does not need to be adjusted, leave blank’ could just mean leave the part where you choose the JE blank. I’m not over confident, but I’ve been here before. No worries 😉January 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm #1449056
I wasn't doing J/E's for balance sheet adjustments. I literally had to put a debit or credit into the adjustment column based on if it should increase or decrease…February 14, 2017 at 8:51 am #1477855
Took FAR yesterday morning…my god what a beast of an exam.
First Testlet – wasn't too bad, I thought to myself that I could handle this. Marked 4-5
Second Testlet – I got to the second testlet and every question was about two paragraphs long and took sooooooo much time to do. Took me about an hour to complete and marked about 15. I'm guessing it was a hard testlet lol
Third Testlet – Pretty much the same as the second testlet marked about 12. Felt kind of rushed because I knew the FAR Sims were historically the hardest Sims.
Sims – Actually weren't too terrible. Not sure if I got the research but I spent a good thirty minutes on it and couldn't find a better answer. One sim I know I got 100% correct, 3 Sims I got about 70-80% correct, and the other two I felt about 50% correct(I'm pretty sure one of these was pre-test because I've never seen anything like it). Finished the exam with 3 minutes on the clock.
I have no idea what I'll get but If I had to guess it's probably in the 70s again…February 14, 2017 at 10:59 am #1477915
Took FAR yesterday.
First testlet was easy, marked 4. The second one was nearly impossible….marked about half of the questions. The last testlet was a lot like the first, only marked a couple. (Guess I did bad on the second) The Sims were not nearly as hard as I expected. The very first sim and the research took me a combined 2 minutes. One sim was absolutely out of left field, but I was able to find the AL on the topic pretty easily. Good luck to everyone else!February 14, 2017 at 11:15 am #1477936
I took my exam yesterday as well.
Thought the first testlet was easy mode. However, the second testlet was insane difficult and same for the third.
The SIMS weren't bad as well, I think we all had the same sims because the research was super easy lol. I'm gonna say I should of studied F10 a little more.February 14, 2017 at 11:20 am #1477944
@Andrew @christopher @waffle_house from your comments it seems you all passed, somewhere in the high 70's to mid 80's. I felt like this exactly on AUD and ended up killing the SIMS and scored an 81. I take FAR on 3/10 and my god the study material is brutal. 1/3 if the way through NINJA MCQ first time thru and learning and just doing NINJA audio, NINJA PLUS videos and NINJA notes. Not sure if your FAR exam yesterday was retake but I am curious to see what you did differently to increase your score from 1st to 2nd time if that was the case. I do not want to wait till Aug to find out I am done I want to finish this marathon on 3/10 and find out the 21st of March that I am a CPA. Please any advice helps to crush FAR the first time takingFebruary 14, 2017 at 11:38 am #1477953
If you can explain the material then you know it, move on to the next section of the study material.
I swear I would think about F1-F10 (becker) all day in my head about certain topics and little details, basically I was obsessed.February 16, 2017 at 12:00 am #1479054
Took the exam last December and every question in the second and third testlet was about 2 paragraphs long. I literally spent the majority of my time reading questions and spent about a few seconds actually trying to figure out the answer….horrible… just took too long to work through these types of questions and ran out of time on the last sim…does the authoritative lit ever help on any of the sims aside from the research questionFebruary 16, 2017 at 12:09 am #1479058
@waffle_house with NINJA audio and NOTES I am able to start speaking some of the material to myself and make sense of it. Sounds like everyone is crushing 1st testlet struggling a bit on 3nd and either getting a medium or hard AF 3rd. As much as people emphasize doing 1 million MCQ's (and I understand that it helps you learn the material) but it ultimately comes down to the SIMS. I truly believe they will make or break your score.February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am #1479154February 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm #1496397
@sixiam any luck?
Congrats to all that passed. Taking the monster 3/10 and crossing fingers I can walk out of the Prometric center for the final time. Looks like a lot of passes this score release, which hopefully is a good sign. I definitely think it's going to come down to time management and the SIMS for me. Hoping to leave myself 2 hours exactly for SIMS in case I get into trouble with 1 or two.February 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm #1498384
I took FAR on 23rd Feb., 2017 and definitely sure that I failed it. First teslet was hard and second and third teslet got harder. I was left with 1 hr and 10 minutes for the sims and the sims were just impossible. I am so frustrated!
I have a question, my NTS says I can take FAR till Nov., 2017. So, do I need to apply to CBA again or just take an appointment and reschedule with the same NTS??February 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm #1498401
Shormila, after your score is release you will need to reapply for a new NTS. The NTS code you are given is only good for one test. Any retakes require a new NTS ‘launch code'.February 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm #1498416
@Shormila Arefeen Usually if teslets get harder it means you are scoring well on previous testlets or are you just thinking the testlets were hard for you either way? FAR seems like the one exam where you have to leave 2 hours for SIMS which I don't have a clue how is doable if the MCQ's are tough and take up so much time.February 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm #1498474
okay guys….. Just took FAR today and need your thoughts. So I have been studying for a little over two months now and honestly just felt like there was way to much material and that I would never be ready. Get in there today and feel pretty confident about the first testlet. Dive straight into the next testlet and the questions aren't getting any harder! I kid you not… I had not one but TWO… I repeat TWO questions that were the EXACT same in testlet 2 and showed up again in testlet 3. I didn't really feel like any of my questions were hard and they were all relatively short in text. Now I by no means feel that I was 100% prepared and ready to kill this exam so now I just don't know what to think. I feel like I must have done really bad and made a bunch of mistakes I didn't even notice for the questions to be repeating and not getting any more difficult. Any one else have similar a experience? This was my last exam to finish and I was really hoping to be done before this next format rolls out!! UGH… until March 8th you can find my drinking my feelings away.
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