FAR – Exam Experience

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    Cruzer
    Cruzer
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    @micalda1 Reading through the FAR experience posts, it seems we had a very similar experience based on what you wrote and my exam score for BEC was the exact same as yours. My exam was very odd, couldn’t tell if I knew the material super well or if the testlets were really that hard. There was a ton of NFP and IFRS and they didn’t seem to complex since I hit these sections hard before the exam. The SIMS though were on another level, one was so long I knew to leave it for last. There was another one that I am pretty sure was the pretest one because it was touched so lightly in the study material not sure who would have got it right. I feel not that confident with score release a week away but this is my last exam and I am praying the CPA gods do not have to make me wait till August to find out I am done.


    "If you are the smartest one in the room, you're in the wrong room" -Richard Tirendi

    • AUD - Passed
    • BEC - Passed
    • FAR - 5/22/17
    • REG - Passed
    #1552225

    Tipofga80
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    Took my exam this morning and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I tried the 45:45:30:60:60 timing and it didn't work.

    My first testlet I finished with time to recheck my answers. My 2nd testlet was a nightmare. I ran out of time and was not able to recheck my answers. The 3rd testlet and 1st of SIMs I should've spent way more time on. I'm upset about it because I left the exam with 25 mins on the clock that I definitely could've used for testlet 2&3.

    Overall, the content was doable if you are prepared, and I lucked up with not too many Gov accounting questions.

    Good Luck and heres to a hoping for a pass in August!


    AUD - 70, 84
    BEC - 67, 74, 75
    FAR - ?? Q2 2017
    REG - 77 - Lost credit. GRRR. Retake Q3 2017
    #1552245
    WannaFree
    WannaFree
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    All the best TipoFga80. Wish you good luck.I know YMMV but still I feel good when someone says it was good or not too bad.


    WannaFree
    #1552299
    WannaFree
    WannaFree
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    @tipofga80 YMMV ,”I lucked up with not too many Gov accounting ” ,it seems now Govt is dated ,in old format it used to be like weeds.Could you manage DRS and research question on time ? second testlet was hard that means u did well in testlet 1. How were MCQs , simple calculations or two step calculations e.g Calculate the EPS and then DEPS type ?


    WannaFree
    #1557781
    suzieemac
    suzieemac
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    Just took FAR, my first test under the changes. I took AUD, REG & BEC under the old format, but only passed AUD & REG.

    I feel kind of indifferent right now. The second testlet of MCQ was definitely higher difficulty questions than the first. I had to read some questions a few times to actually decipher what was being asked. Two of the SIMS, I felt, were almost identical to one another. However, thankfully it was in an area that I felt somewhat confident about, so I'm going to hope that it works in my favor. If not, one was definitely for pre-test purposes.

    Positives about the new testing format: the “standard” break. I never used the breaks in the past, but the 15 minute break allowed me to get some water, walk around in a few circles, get my blood recirculating and kind of just clear my head, which I think was a huge help, and honestly, I only needed 4-5 minutes before going back in to finish the second part of the test.

    Negatives: For me, the first two SIMS were ridiculously complex, and I budgeted a certain amount of time before saying “screw it” to move on to the next part of the test (or the break). The rest of the exam was merciful (or so I think) and I was able to complete the final two testlets with a half hour to spare, which was nice, but left me feeling annoyed that I couldn't go back and change anything from the first set of TBS. The research question, especially, screwed up my time budget because it was during the end, took me less than 5 minutes, and I could have allocated that time to the first two TBS, but in the past I've had research questions take me much longer. =\

    Now I get to wait until mid August and essentially forget everything I've studied until I find out my results, since now its on to BEC! As if they couldn't find more ways to torture CPA exam candidates.


    Suzanne
    #300before30

    AUD: PASS
    REG: PASS
    BEC: 8/4/17
    FAR: 5/20/17

    #1557798
    SallyCPA
    SallyCPA
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    @suzzie Thank you for your input! Any reccommendations on budgeting time, as in what would be the best amount of time to allocate for each testlet?


    "I need a drink"
    AUD - 70
    BEC - 77
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 78
    #1557871

    cpabound24
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    @suzziemac did u use Becker? if so did the new “skills practice help? how many DRS did you get?

    #1557981

    nola-girl5
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    @suzieemac I definitely agree on your positives. I also had a similar experience with MC (2nd testlet getting harder). Hopefully this is a good thing for us! I wish I could “HiYa!” your last sentence a million times.

    @SallyCPA I budgeted “50, 50, 30, 60, 50” I was under for testlet one, but used that time in testlet 2. A few minutes under when I took my break. I had 55 minutes for testlet 5, and I needed probably 80. So. Much. DRS. I have friends that only needed 35 minutes on testlet 5. There's just no way to know…

    @cpabound24 I used Becker and took FAR 5/7. Some skills practices helped, some didn't. I had 5 DRS TBS, 3 in testlet 5 alone. Yeah. Just…yeah.

    #1557997
    Cruzer
    Cruzer
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    Would this time strategy seem to work?

    https://www.rogercpareview.com/lc/cpa-exam-videos/2017-cpa-exam-time-strategies


    "If you are the smartest one in the room, you're in the wrong room" -Richard Tirendi

    • AUD - Passed
    • BEC - Passed
    • FAR - 5/22/17
    • REG - Passed
    #1558333
    suzieemac
    suzieemac
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    @nola-girl5 you had 5 DRS?! omg! I had two and I thought it was some kind of sick joke! I felt like I knew the concepts for the ones I was given though, so I was thankful for that at least. One of the DRS I practiced with Roger made me want to throw my books out the window.

    @cpabound24, I used Roger & Ninja. This was kind of a mercy test due to me trying to take BEC in February (when I had originally scheduled FAR) after failing BEC the first time in November, so it was either take FAR at the end of my NTS window or lose the money. Take that, and throw tax season right in the middle and you end up with one anxiety ridden candidate with barely 4 weeks to really focus on FAR lol. I didn't really leave enough time to go through all of Roger's Lectures. I finished maybe half. So, I went through the entire Ninja book and MCQ topic by topic, and anything I couldn't grasp, I supplemented with a Roger lecture. I feel like I did have a breakthrough in the learning curve though, which is what I needed.

    @sallycpa @cruzer – I believe I followed Roger's time management breakdown as closely as possible. I did 45-50 minutes for each MCQ, 20 minutes per regular SIM and 10 minutes for research. Since the MCQs were super wordy, I only had maybe a few seconds to go back to my flagged questions and make an executive decision. Since the research SIM took me no time to find, and appeared at the end of my test, I was left with 20-30 minutes at the end, but there's nothing you can do if the first sims are harder than the last, I would rather have extra time than to be scrambling at the end. Under the original test format, I would have taken those minutes to look at my first two Sims more closely, since for me they were the toughest. =\


    Suzanne
    #300before30

    AUD: PASS
    REG: PASS
    BEC: 8/4/17
    FAR: 5/20/17

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