FAR Q4 (2018) – EXAM EXPERIENCE

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  • #2069786

    Lily
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    Hello all those who took AFR in Oct or Nov 2018,
    Can you please share your exam experiences?

    Thank you.

    #2069891
    rach
    rach
    Participant

    Took it this morning…Sims were pretty rough … Really have no idea how I did my scores will be a surprise for sure

    #2070017

    fsugirl2005
    Participant

    @rach

    I suggest you edit your post because you're not supposed to disclose anything from your exam. I will say this as well though, the AICPA allocation of topics needs to be heavily revised because I was so taken aback today. All of the topics I wasn't comfortable with 100% were on my exam and the biggest topic I wasn't comfortable with had way more questions than the AICPA estimated. Very disappointed and very nervous now.

    REG - 42(8/2010)--60(9/8/18)---73--Retake 4/6/19
    FAR -  75(7/2010 - Expired)---73--Retake 2/23/19
    AUD---2/2/19
    BEC - 5/2019

    I have been on this journey off and on for almost 10 years. I think it's about time that I wrap this up.

    #2070638

    cpagoal
    Participant

    I know the AICPA says the blueprints are only representative of tasks that could be tested, but I am surprised that the most heavily tested items would not be analysis level topics. I know the SIMs can also be from the application-level tasks, but why would the AICPA not test the main topics according to the blueprints?

    BS/IS, Statement of Comprehensive Income, Statement of Changes in Equity, Statement of Cash Flows, Consolidated, Cash, Receivables, Inventory, Property, AP, Rev Recog, change / error, contingency, lease

    Could a person really get an exam not made up of mostly questions of the main topics?

    #2072324

    glitterb
    Participant

    agreeeee. after studying all topics with a little less focus on some of them, i expected there would be questions on a lot more different topics. my review course had it separated into 30 something topics. i think the exam covered probably maximum 8 topics. 50% of my exam was on 2 main topics which i didn't expect at all.

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    #2072855

    cpagoal
    Participant

    I know anything application on the blueprints can be a SIM but analysis level is supposed to be at least 25% of exam.

    #2073626

    thetaxguy
    Participant

    Mod edit (https://www.another71.com/cpa-exam-forum-rules/)

    AUD - NINJA in Training
    BEC - 80
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 88
    "They did surgery on a grape"
    #2102763

    Operation_CPA
    Participant

    Alright guys, well, just got back from FAR. All I have to say is…wow. You really never know what the AICPA is going to throw at you!

    The first testlet honestly wasn't bad, not exactly what I expected though content wise (go figure). Second testlet from what I could tell did increase in difficulty, which of course took me considerably longer to complete. Now for everyones favorite topic, the task-based-simulations. Long story short, almost every single TBS I received had 5-7 documents to review. Not sure how any reasonable person could have completed all that was required within the allotted time frame. However, I did my best to stay afloat and filled in answers to the best of my ability. Lastly, for the life of me…I could not find the research question. I looked for legitimately 15 minutes to no avail and finally had to pull myself together to try to focus on something else. All in all, I'm not too sure if I passed but I did give it everything I had. As always (see signature) I am keeping the faith alive. Godspeed to all sitting the next few days!

    FAR - 76 (Lost credit)
    AUD - 80
    BEC - 76
    REG - 75

    Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

    #2104284

    Sam
    Participant

    I second what operation_cpa said. MCQs in both testlets are what you would expect. The TBS's though were chalked full of documents to review which was time consuming but I managed to muddle through it. However, the research was difficult and there was a TBS that was so out of left field that as I read it I said “What the he11” aloud in the testing center. If I had to offer one piece of advice I would say familiarize yourself with the professional literature. I studied like crazy on many other subjects but hardly touched the FASB-ASU's and it came back to bite me.

    AUD - 92
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    Accounting Assistant in Wisconsin
    #2106519

    asdf
    Participant

    took yesterday.
    many (I mean, MANY) questions about GOV/NFP accounting on MCQ
    GOV/NFP are heavily tested!!

    #2106645

    Kat
    Participant

    I agree with you. Most of the SIMS had multiple documents that I was seriously just sitting there during the 15 minute break wondering how in the world they expect anyone to actually finish the exam in the allotted time. Most of us do this for a living and we wouldn't be able to finish that in a day, let alone four hours… My only thinking is that they don't reasonably expect people to finish and do well. Maybe they just expect us to do the best that we can and hope that it's enough to get a 75? I know on REG I didn't finish or even attempt the last two SIMs and still passed (because I was super confident of the answers that I did fill in). So I feel like a right answer is double the points or something…

    Also agree on the question asking you to use the codification. I could not find it anywhere in the codes. First time ever that has happened to me! I hope they see that a lot of people didn't find it and throw it out!

    #2107986
    KJ
    KJ
    Participant

    I think you can never go into these exams thinking what topics you could expect more questions about because they can throw questions from left field and you are screwed. I realized that you have to know everything but then at the same time your brain can only remember so much. I took my exam in October and waiting for the score release (which is today). My exam did not had anything that I did not study but SIMS were long with so many documents to read. Hoping to pass but I know i failed, will find out tonight!!!!!

    AUD - NINJA in Training
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" - Albert Einstein
    #2108076

    ahugemistake
    Participant

    Took the exam on Nov. 23rd, and have my fingers crossed for tomorrow morning. I studied hard for about 2 months and didn't touch SIMs at all, mainly because I had taken FAR before. I wouldn't say the SIMs were hard as much as they were just confusing. I knew the answers and understood the concept but got confused in how to put the information into the boxes. So I guess practicing more SIMs is a must for future exams.

    FAR: 76*, 75
    AUD: 76*
    REG: 78*
    BEC: 80*

    All scores expired, let's try this again.

    #2109228

    PleaseBeOver
    Participant

    Took FAR yesterday 12/10.

    Honestly have no clue how I did. So, I'm thinking I bombed it… like 60. I can't even remember what was on MCQ.. not a good sign.

    Also, one of the testlets asked for a journal entry and I clicked “none” which I'm certain was incorrect. Without revealing contents, one of the testlets completely blew me away… truly had no clue and did not see that sort of concept or thought activity in any of the material.

    Just sigh.

    FAR is my last one and I have a shot to pass it still in January. If not, I lose REG. All I can do is continue to read and study but certainly have anticipation for the score release. Really hope I didn't bomb it atrociously. December 19th can't come soon enough….

    AUD - 80
    BEC - 76
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 81
    AUD - 80

    REG - 81

    BEC - 76

    #2109972
    Crownvetch
    Crownvetch
    Participant

    @pleasebeover I totally feel you. Im in the same situation. Nothing I can do now until 19th. Hopefully we can pass…

    AUD - 76
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 80
    BEC - TBD 2019

    FAR - Dec 2018

    #2109996
    bcarlso52
    bcarlso52
    Participant

    @pleasebeover @crownvetch I feel the exact same way. This is my retake from September and I walked out feeling like I got hit by a bus. So many random MCQ questions with too many exceptions and the SIMs were unreal. I didn't even find my research question! Frustrating because I was trending so well and studied like a mad person but oh well.

    AUD - 84
    BEC - 85
    FAR - 62
    REG - 75
    "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough."
    #2110011

    Matt
    Participant

    @Asdf – I took it yesterday and wish I had read your post on the 9th. You're spot on.

     

    #2110077

    asdf
    Participant

    @matt
    I know..I was like this..
    ok, this is gov and next one, ok, this is nfp after another question, gov acct AGAIN??????!!!!!

    By the way, How do you all differentiate 2nd testlet is medium or harder?
    My 2nd testlet questions began with very lengthy ones
    but there were several simple questions, too.

    #2110086

    Matt
    Participant

    @Asdf – I try not think about the 2nd testlet being easier or harder, as I don't want to psych myself out. I thought most of the TBS questions were easier and straight forward. Definitely a lot of documents and a lot of info to sift through. I wish I had studied Gov/NFP more. I concentrated my studying on CF statements, Bank Recs, and fund types/gov financial statements based on failing FAR in Q3. It's definitely anyone's guees on what will actually be on the exam. I will say I marked more questions in the 2nd testlet to review and spent more time than I had allocated.

    I don't know how testing my NFP/GOV accounting knowledge relates to my corporate public company finance job…

     

    #2110785

    ES626cpa
    Participant

    I took FAR last Friday, and oh my gosh were the sims so difficult! Each SIM had a ton of documents to review, and ran out of time bc of it! This was my second time taking it. Considering switching to Becker or Roger for FAR only.

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 77
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 75
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