Just took FAR – kicked me in the face

CPA Exam Forum FAR FAR Review Just took FAR – kicked me in the face

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  • #166861

    mdrobbin
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    Has anyone walked out of FAR and felt terrible about the test then went on to pass? I think I have a tendency to get hung up on questions I didn't know more than remembering the easy ones.

    Good news is that I finished all questions on time and I know I nailed the research sim. I didn't leave any Sims uncompleted which hopefully helps.

    IFRS was WAY more challenging than what I saw in Wiley. Overall I feel terrible… Maybe cause I was scoring in the 80's on Wiley sample exams an the real thing felt 10X as difficult.

    Is there any hope? Anyone think they tanked and actually passed? Guess its time to pray.

    #327672

    apbandj
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    Same thing happened to me and I ended up with an 84. When I walked out of Prometric, I was 99% sure I didn't pass. I know I missed a lot of questions, but luckily I must have missed less than others did. I know I got the research question right, but left some of the calculations on SIMS blank. Don't stress about it and just be glad the test is over for now 🙂

    #327673

    mdrobbin
    Member

    Thx for the words of encouragement! I'll keep my head up and stay positive. Fingers crossed.

    #327674

    katiekanton
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    I sat this month and I know how much IFRS you're talking about. But I felt awful leaving too, and scored high, so don't despair. I think ALL the pretest ones were probably IFRS.

    #327675

    Idk why, but your post scares me..May be cuz I'm taking in 4 days :'(………..I feel super ready, bu then you say “the questions are 10X harder” than Wiley's……….that scares me….lol….

    @katiekanton..give me some words of advice……guide me to the road of glory FAR master…

    #327676

    katiekanton
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    I don't think I have any useful advice other than take notes, do lots of MCQs and take notes on what you learn from them, and then memorize your notes. I'm starting to wonder if a lot of people try to do this without taking notes and just do 1000's of MCQs. It never occurred to me to try that. I'd never remember anything if I did it that way. But I know lots of people learn differently.

    #327677

    mdrobbin
    Member

    Ignore me terminator I'm just in a bad mood :). I was caught off guard by some derivatives and personal financial stuff that I studied weeks ago and hadn't circled back to… And IFRS was more difficult than Wiley.

    It wasn't 10X harder… Part of it was frustration that I didn't remember some easy answers I knew I should have gotten. All in all, keep at what your doing and you will be good.

    #327678

    I've never taken any kind of notes in my life…lol…I've memorized the books though….read each chapter like 10 times, done the mcqs like 10x as well….Oh God…if he could only tell the AICPA dudes to give me “easy” testlets…..God, can u help me plz??????????lol…….I have a feeling that, a strong feeling that I will pass………CPA Exam…Marco is coming 4 u….sorry..had to vent…i'm crazy…

    #327679

    nray8211
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    I agree completely with your post. Took far on the 13th and walked out after spending too much time on mc questions and only had an hour ten minutes for the sims. Nailed research and struggled to get all completed. That worried me a ton but I found out I passed with an 80 today. Even the prometric person said that all CPA exam students have no clue how it went after exam. Try to stay positive. Most likely you just got done studying for months on one exam so it's natural to have a range of emotions. If you prepared well and left all you had in the exam room I'm sure you did great. I knew walking out that no matter how I did, I worked my ass off and had no regrets. good luck to you!

    #327680

    mdrobbin
    Member

    @katie… I probably logged 150 hours before touching MCQ and then spent two weeks doing MCQ. I was cruising on the sample exams… 80% and above consistently and felt I had the concepts down pat.

    Two problems… One I didn't spend enough time refreshing on the smaller topics. Two… The Big one is I think I let the pressure get to me. After I had 4 or 5 questions that I was unsure of I got pretty pissed (I'm sure prometrics enjoyed watching me flip off my computer on surveillance camera) lol.

    #327681

    @mdrobbin………No worry bro….we will pass!!!!!!!!!! I promise we will cuz we're the champions of the world! life is good with or w/o the CPA Exam….

    #327682

    mdrobbin
    Member

    Thx nray 🙂

    #327683

    mdrobbin
    Member

    Lol… Life is great. And NOT a question we will pass. I'm 100% committed. If I fail round 1 I'll dig deeper and kill it round 2 in April.

    #327684

    katiekanton
    Member

    @mdrobbin

    You're probably fine then. Bet you score in the 90s. Remember, that score isn't a “percentage correct out of 100”.

    #327685

    CPA-Go
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    @cpaterminator

    Omg, you're one of the over-achievers that'll make my score curved down to the drain…

    Teach me how to manage to read that book 10x and do MCQs 10x?

    #327686

    shiggity80
    Member

    I walked out feeling like crap. The SIMS were ridiculous and each testlet I must have flagged 6-8 questions.

    I ended up getting an 87.

    I always tell myself that after finishing an exam, it doesn't matter how I feel about it, there's a possibility of any score popping up.

    #327687

    Sherrid
    Member

    I took FAR on 1/26 and was absolutely certain I failed…in fact I had started studying again because I was planning on a retake in the beginning of April. I had at least 6-8 IFRS questions that I hadn't a clue about…not in my study material, and then on the Sims I ran out of time and didn't enter an amount in a calculation that should have been included- they

    must give partial credit for the journal entry portion if you get the dr. and cr. amounts wrong because I PASSED! I had a

    job interview yesterday and didn't open my score because I didn't want to be depressed due to a failing grade so I waited and opened it this morning- I was certain I had failed! I'm finally done- it's worth the journey!!!

    FAR 80

    AUD 79

    BEC 78

    REG 81

    I think I'm glowing!!!!!!!

    #327688

    @cpa-go..Easy..you skim the chapter the first time…read it a bit more carefully the second time…from the third time on you just focus on key words til you can picture the text in your mind….The key:discipline, discipline, and discipline….I've never had to stay up late (past 11) while studying..Sleep helps too..lol

    Btw, you sound like this girl from college who would always say “you're such an overachiever”lol…

    I dont't know about you, but the fear of losing $500+ ~200 hours of study time just make me study even harder these last days. In fact, I think I did like 300-400 MCQs yesterday in 3-4 hours…

    As far as I know I've studied mfao, so failure is not an option………we got this bro!

    #327689

    CPAhopefulTX
    Member

    Sherrid—what materials did you use. I'm thinking about getting another cram material to get me those extra 2 points. Any recommendations?

    #327690

    CPA-Go
    Member

    @cpaterminator

    Wow… 300-400 MCQs in 4 hours? Did you eat/drink anything special [other than coffee]?

    lol, I'm off college for a while already… my brain is frozen (yet I'm not trying to make that as an excuse though).

    #327691

    Sherrid
    Member

    @CPAhopefulTX- I used Becker and Jeff's ninja notes..they were a good supplement. Becker definitely covers all you need to know- I was a nmemonic freak!!! Before I started the test I wrote down all the ones I felt I needed before answering any questions- GRASSP SE PAPI , BASE, IDEA and PUFER- I also noted for reference that PUFER is net of tax (for me when I'm in a time crunch I tend to forget things that I know) SIR AGE, I paid attention to what Becker says is heavily tested- it's true anything with an asterik you need to know- CAR IN BIG, etc. They have a great example of EPS in the text showing how to calculate weighted average- remember stock divs and splits are calculated as of the beg of the period, for some reason accrual to cash gave me a hard time but I used SPEAR BAR from the ninja notes as well as the IFRS topics. When I took the test I didn't notice the testlets getting more difficult- just longer calculations- that's why I didn't have much time for the sims- I did the research tab 1st it was easy and I found the answer right away- I credit this to using my free access to the professional literature for the research portion of Becker's sims- I found my answers there instead of in Beckers tab- so I knew how to navigate the site quickly- you should most definitely do this- you get the free access for 6 months with your NTS. Chpts 6 and 7 are always heavily tested as well as gov't but everyones test is different – one other approach I used was to read the last sentence of the question1st and then read the entire question so I could look for the trick in the question- quite often there is one and you don't want to screw up a simple question by missing the trick- remember to pay attention to dates!!! Bond calculations, EPS, Depreciation, and for segment reporting.

    I bolded DATES at the top of my scratch paper and 3rd man out. Believe me if I can pass these tests anyone can- I'm still in shock that I passed…I was positive I bombed the sims- one was from outerspace- I hadn't a clue as to what was being asked- that must have been the pretest- then I forgot to add an amount in a schedule I had to prepare but I must have been given partial credit because I entered the correct journal entries (dr. to asset account and cr. to expense account) but because I forgot to add an amount all of my calculations were incorrect. Honestly it's amazing that I passed!!! I would give you my Becker materials but I'm not sure if I can- since I'm not selling them- it might be okay but I'm not sure- I only have the REG and FAR dvd's because I used the course cd on three different computers- Good luck to you!!

    #327692

    Working-Hard
    Member

    @sherrid

    Hi, I'm using Becker, too. Thank you so much for the info.

    I am not sure if I am well prepared for this one and my score is expiring by the end of this month.

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