FAR – Exam Experience
March 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm #1512661
@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.May 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm #1552225
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!May 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm #1552245
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.May 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm #1552299
@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 ?May 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm #1557781
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.May 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm #1557798
@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?May 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm #1557871
@suzziemac did u use Becker? if so did the new “skills practice help? how many DRS did you get?May 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm #1557981
@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.May 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm #1557997
Would this time strategy seem to work?May 22, 2017 at 8:47 am #1558333
@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. =\May 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm #1562577
The test was tough but I think I'm more upset about the time management and missing my research sim than anything else. Breaking the simulation testlets up into 3 is not right at all. After wasting an hour 5 mins on the first 2 sims,and having only 55 mins to work the remaining 6 sims, how am I supposed to check my work? I was sure to leave nothing blank, but I don't feel great about this one.May 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm #1562593
I'm pulling for you MTaylo. I think I only got the Research Sim correct on one of my passes. Keep ya head up.May 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm #1562676
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Out of my 8 simulations, each had several documents that I had to review, excluding the research question. The questions realistically could have been solved had there been more time. In my comment section following the exam, I noted that more time should be allowed based on the more comprehensive nature of the sims. So much time was wasted flipping back and forth between tabs/ documents. A second monitor wouldn't hurt, either.May 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm #1562802
I just took FAR. I feel…just alright about it. The second testlet was definitely more difficult than the first. I'm pretty sure I got the research question, but I didn't have time to finish the final sim and just tried to fill in as many boxes as possible as the time was winding down to get a couple extra points.
There were maybe 6/7 gov/NFP MCQ. I wish there were more because I have a good grasp on that stuff and spent a ton of time studying for those. No gov/NFP sims though.May 31, 2017 at 12:52 am #1562947
Taking FAR for the second time tomorrow. Tomorrow will be my two year anniversary mark of the first CPA exam I took and failed with a 74. I had gone to a different test center each of the other exams I have taken so this will only be my second time at this test center. Lets hope that after this exam I am done with my CPA journey. The wait will surely kill me.May 31, 2017 at 1:04 am #1562952
Just took the FAR exam today….. first time here. I'm pretty sure I failed. It sucks because I studied really hard for this exam, started in end of January. But most of what I studied was barely tested on the exam… Bunch of stuff was not tested. As for NFP/govt, probably got about 10-12 NFP/Govt Mcqs on it. I only had 8 simulations though. About 5 were DRS and it was annoying having to scroll up and click to read the full documents. My research question was really hard. I still do not know where to find what they were asking. The simulations were tough, and mcqs weren't that easy.May 31, 2017 at 8:19 pm #1563721
@Oldercandidate, Just now seeing your post. I appreciate the support! Nothing else can be done at this point, just hoping for the best!May 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm #1563736
@spaztic Sounds exactly like my examMay 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm #1563741
I think people confused DRS with sims that have source docs. DRS have the drop down with an option to click the correct adjustment.May 31, 2017 at 9:11 pm #1563745
@beantown23 yes agreed. I originally stated I had 5 DRS when I really had 1 that wasn't all that difficult since I was able to find with the AL. This exam format definately is testing higher order skill set and is more real life than the prior exam. I think the aicpa will curve this exam quite heavily to get to a 45% pass rate. Makes sense why I have been hearing people say take the hardest exam in Q2 because the examiners have no idea how people will do against a brand new format that is unfamiliar to everyone taking the exam.May 31, 2017 at 10:12 pm #1563789
Today's experience at a new testing center (Prometric moved locations to a corporate type office) which was very different from normal. I am pretty sure everyone signed up today was taking the CPA exam. I have never seen the waiting room full of only CPA candidates. I do not think they were anticipating so many CPA candidates that were taking breaks within minutes of each other due to the new format. Check-in time was late by about 20-30 minutes with a line of about 9 people waiting! That translated to a lot of people waiting in line to get checked in after the breaks especially as the individual checking people in also answered the phones too.May 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm #1563804
Took FAR today (second attempt) and the last section I need to pass. I thought the test was more difficult than my first attempt and the SIMS were definitely more confusing. I didn't even understand the directions for the first one. Like people are saying, some of the SIMS have too many documents to go through for the amount of time given. The research was okay, but it took me a few minutes to figure out how to get to the right sections, I am thinking something changed here in the software or how the search is now setup.
I was really scared about time, so I made sure and didn't go back for any problems, just made decision and moved on, taking the allotted break with 2 hours left. I did like having a short break to get something to eat, drink and use the restroom and I think it does help you get through the second half of the test with a little more focus. Overall, I have no idea how I did and not sure how I could have prepared better (short of using different study materials). I used Rogers and Ninja for both attempts, so if I don't pass I am going to have to try a different program, as several questions pertained to topics neither review program covered. I guess we wait for August.June 1, 2017 at 12:50 am #1563861
@morgan So yeah I had pretty much the exact same experience as you've described.. in every way.
Good luck to yaJune 1, 2017 at 3:01 am #1563879
@morgan Used both Gleim and Ninja and was still thrown off by “creative” questions. I don't think the review programs are up to date at all. I had an inventory rec sim in q4 16 and again this quarter, still no sign of it in any review program.June 1, 2017 at 9:00 am #1563922
I took FAR yesterday. My research question was the exact same one from last quarter, what are the odds! It was so specific on an off topic. Just crazy! It sounds like most of us sitting for FAR had some of the same type of SIMS. “Creative” questions, I agree with that and I agree that the review programs are not really current with what is on the exams. So frustrating! I still hope we all get 75's (at least a 75).June 1, 2017 at 9:25 am #1563937
@mtaylo I'm praying for you also. The fact that you haven't given up keeps me going. I didn't finished the last teslet so I'm not hopeful at all. I think i will keep studying except by August my reg score expires. I just keep thinking about how i missed it by one point last time. One measly point and this nightmare continues.June 1, 2017 at 10:13 am #1563976
Took my first ever CPA exam yesterday (FAR) and boy, was it intense. I didn't think the test on its face was extremely difficult, specifically the MCQs, but doing the SIMS in that amount of time with the documents they present is just a breeding ground for panic and dumb mistakes and having your brain twist in thirty different directions when it needs to focus. Had this test been 30 minutes longer and on paper, I think I would have walked out of the testing center more optimistically. Like everyone has also said, I'm hoping for a big curve, otherwise there's no way that I passed. Good luck to everyone on this long break before finding out our scores. On to REG for July!June 1, 2017 at 10:36 am #1563993
@mscfisher That's crappy. I gave FAR my all in Q1 also, but didn't hit leases and pensions enough and wasn't ready for those sims. Have you checked with your state board regarding getting an extension for your Reg exam? I want to start brushing up on my auditing, but it may be a waste of time because there is still a slight chance they may extend my credit.June 1, 2017 at 10:59 am #1564021
@Amor how did it go ? couldn't find any updates from you.Hope u did better than me.June 1, 2017 at 11:34 am #1564056
Took far the other day, first exam ive taken. Got through the first mcq testlet in under 30 min. Felt pretty good about it. 2nd testlet didnt seem harder- as in i had about the same number i was unsure on but it definately took longer to get through @45 min.
1st sim testlet was a beast, the 2 hardest ones. Spent over an hour on them.
Next 6 werent bad but time consuming. I finished with a couple minutes left but wasnt able to spend as much time on each sim as i wanted.
Overall I felt rushed, didnt see very many govt questions at all. Had one sim that I had never seen a question like it( not the whole sim, but 1 part of it). Gonna be a long few months.
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