September 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm #2697153
Hi all, I studied with Becker and did every single MCQ and SIM I could get my hands on. And I felt I was SO unprepared.The wording of the test compared to Becker was not parallel at all! I know God can move mountains so I have faith I have a chance to get a 75 or above. So, I just have to say, never have I studied this much for a test and felt so unprepared LOL does that make sense? BEC was just as hard as FAR for me. Such a wack test!!September 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm #2697156
I took it yesterday.. worst one ever. I wanted to cry 5 questions in.
Did you have lot of cost/budget calcs?September 10, 2019 at 1:09 pm #2697159
No questions on that! But I felt like it was a TON of financial stuff. More than the percentage that the blueprint says. Not like the easy WACC or NPV. It was ratios upon ratios upon ratios! The least accounting related portion of the Financial portion for BEC. Like I did not pay to take the CFA!! I am very disappointed but trying to keep positive. I agree with you, that test has been one of the toughest one for me.September 10, 2019 at 1:22 pm #2697192
yep yep… i was hoping for some econ stuff… ummm none. IT, COSO minimum.. finance ratios, cost.. ugh
God help us!September 10, 2019 at 1:31 pm #2697213
I took BEC this morning and got dominated. I’m a fast test taker and passed BEC once already in 2016. First testlet took an hour, had a ton of calculations and a lot with variance analysis. Second was better, but had 3 Sims on variance analysis, which I didn’t study. The one had every variance addressed in the Becker pass key and wanted me to calculate every one. I panicked and walked out without doing the writing portion. Oh well.September 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm #2697252
@1skibum oh my! I’m so sorry! I also took almost an hour to complete just the first testlet. I’ve heard that BEC has gotten more difficult since 2017! So I completely understand! These tests are just about getting the right mix of topics you’re stronger on!September 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm #2697318
Yeah that sounds about right. I was going to give up on the CPA exam, but unexpectedly passed FAR so I’m half done. I had 2 weeks to study for BEC so I kinda set myself for failure, but at least I know what to expect now. Gotta get AUD done, then I’ll retake BEC.September 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm #2697456
Oh wow good luck guys! I'm studying for BEC right now using Becker. COSO was ok, HATED EVERY PART OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMEMENT, and I'm on cost accounting now which is alright. I'm hoping to take the exam next month. Thanks for your feedback. This is my last exam which I saved for last because it was supposed to be easy but this is very comparable to FAR for me which just doesn't make sense!!!!!!!!! Anyway best of luck again and please share any topics I should focus on.September 10, 2019 at 3:14 pm #2697522
I also did not like the financial management at all! My advice is, when the blueprint says Financial can be up to 21% of the exam believe them! Then again almost every topic has about a quarter chance of appearing so get a high level understand at least of everything! Don’t slack on a topic just because you don’t like itSeptember 10, 2019 at 3:28 pm #2697558
I felt the most defeated in BEC, especially for the MCQs. There was no way an exam that hard could have the highest pass rate of all 4 sections. This was also the only exam where I finished all practice questions from Roger CPA, twice.
I ended up passing as you can see, so all I can say is….you aren't alone, BEC is a beast but you more than likely passed, wipe that exam from your mind and go enjoy your life until the scores come out.September 10, 2019 at 3:57 pm #2697618
@tommyl thank you so much! I truly felt what you said and I am going to try hard to let it be. It gives me encouragement to see that you passed despite this awful feeling!September 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm #2697669
I also just took BEC and I felt it was harder than FAR in some ways…. My first set of MCQs were average and had a good mix of everything except for economics. My second testlet was tremendously worse and focused on obscure IT concepts. My sims had cost accounting and variances and ratios which seemed average. I am very nervous for the score release 🙁 Is it true that the passing rates for this exam are higher on average than the others?September 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm #2697711September 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm #2697714
Guys, remember they made changes to BEC in 2017. It used to be the “easiest” exam section. Not so easy now. It's one of the hardest.September 10, 2019 at 5:13 pm #2697822
@keeppushing I used Becker and felt that some questions were covered and similar, but most of them were more so concerned with cyber security I think. I think the reason I feel nervous about this test is because I genuinely don't know if it was enough to get a 75 (different feeling than the other tests I've taken).September 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm #2698047
runincpaParticipantSeptember 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm #2698104
I took BEC today and it was intense. I really hope to God I passed. I studied intensely for COSO/IC, Econ, Financial Mgmt. I spent way too much time trying to get the financial management piece of it down. Out of all of the chapters, I spent the most time on that. Because of it, I had a shorter time to complete operations management and IT. So in the last week of studying, I crammed operations management, and barely covered IT. In hindsight, I wish that I wouldn't have spent so much time on Econ and Financial mgmt. In my exam there was a lot of calculations, A LOT. I can't say that I felt 100% or even 80% confident in the calculations piece, they had a lot of tricky twists in the question. The exam algorithim must've picked up on the fact that IT was my weakness b/c a high degree of it appeared in the second book and WC. F*****September 10, 2019 at 7:31 pm #2698140
I took BEC yesterday. I felt it was tough but fair. I passed it in 2017 so I knew what to expect. I scored low on IT last time so I made sure I didn't ignore that and I think it paid off. Corporate governance is a common theme across all exams so I think I did well on those. Calc questions are whatever, I just memorized a bunch of formulas I already forgot.
Last time I passed I had an hour left on the timer. This time I left with 5 minutes to spare (I answered all the questions both times). So it was harder this time I think. Hopefully I passed. REG in November then I'm done!September 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm #2699751
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