Last exam and second guessing if I should reschedule or take it on 1/17
January 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm #1426079
So now that I'm about a week and a half out from my exam, I'm starting to play the second guessing game. I've been doing well with Ninja since I switched back from Gleim, averaging 84% after getting through all the tax sections, with just ethics and blaw left. Gleim mcq's are really hard and were hurting my confidence. I was only averaging 69% after about 2000 mcq's, mostly new ones with a few repeats. I've done over 150 sims, mainly Gleim, and feel more comfortable with them now than I was for my first attempt.
My first exam I was stronger on all mcq sections, except ethics and blaw which were comparable. For the sims I literally put 0's on all of them and couldn't find the research, but that's a whole other story.
I've been studying straight through since the beginning of October. Took my exam on 11/26, that I knew I wasn't ready for but had to take because NTS was expiring, and started studying again a few days after. There's always that doubt that you're not ready and need more time, but I don't know if pushing my exam back to the first week of February would help or do more harm than good. I really want to pass this time and want to be done forever. God forbid I fail and have to retake, I won't even know my results until August!January 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm #1426194
If it were up to me, I would honestly reschedule it and take it towards the end of this testing window. I mean this is the last section after all so you should study a few extra weeks just to be even better prepared. Of course that depends on your work load. Not sure if you're in public accounting. I just think that studying more, even if it is only a couple of hours per week will increase you chances of passing and therefore not have to taken any exams in Q2 and go through months of torture wondering whether you passed or not.
I honestly wish I was in your shoes. I plan on taking AUD on the week of the 16th but I don't really feel prepared. I wish I could reschedule but I want to study and take REG (which I scheduled for the 10th of March).January 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm #1426247
GOOD LUCK Re2pect!!! I second GSD512- I would push it back as well– but maybe that's because I just pushed mine back today :-). Honestly the way I am looking at things is that its my LAST FREAKING EXAM- I will do anything and everything possible to pass and I would rather be over prepared than under- and it doesn't matter if I test now or wait- either way I am looking at either never having to study again or being done- its not like I am trying to push out another exam before the end of the quarter and even if I fail early then I still have to wait until Q2…. so those were my reasonings. I vote for give yourself every chance to pass- but no matter what you decide GOOD LUCK!!!January 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm #1426265
Okay, I can safely say I was around you for your first take but I also agree to move it. HOWEVER, you should know what you're weak from the first take. You did well on the MCQs and were weak on SIMs. Keep practicing them. Even though, I truly feel that no amount of practice would prepare you for the SIMs on the exam.
Keep studying until you understand the concepts. That's as simple as it is. Though to me, you can ONLY push it so far. I would suggest pushing it to the END of this month or early Feb. PUT all you have into the next few weeks and buy yourself some time to REALLY HONE down those concepts. Go back to Gleim and dissect all the questions you keep getting wrong. If I had failed REG, I would have literally bit my tongue and gotten Gleim. You paid for it, so use it well. Honestly, I did NINJA enough but I still GOT a LOT wrong. But what I made sure is that I didn't get it wrong AGAIN. Good luck!!January 7, 2017 at 4:40 pm #1426287
Thanks for the advice everyone. I can push it back to Feb 2nd if I wanted. I feel like pushing it back further won't really help much and I'll run the risk of burning myself out or forgetting things.
@mckan514w- When were you scheduled to retake FAR and when did you reschedule for? It's so nerve racking trying to decide when to take it that I'm driving myself crazy over it. Just want this to be over with!
@hasy- There are definitely some important areas I need to improve in. A few more weeks definitely wouldn't hurt making sure I understand them better.
I just think that rescheduling would give me more peace of mind. If I didn't reschedule and end up failing I would be kicking myself for not giving myself more time to prepare.January 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm #1426436
@re2pect push that sucker back as far as you can. This is your last exam bro, make it count!January 7, 2017 at 10:48 pm #1426542
I agree with the rest, push FAR back as FAR as you can. Bring that huge confidence in!
It's your last test, tell FAR who's the boss.
Tell FAR, you're NO better than me.January 8, 2017 at 11:15 am #1426725
What's good mtaylo24?! Haven't seen you around in a while. When's your next exam?
I haven't done it yet, but plan on pushing REG back at least a couple weeks. The main reason I wanted to take it on 1/17 is because I'd be in the first score release where I'm 2/2 with AUD & BEC. I remember someone posting about how your chances are better in the first release and it's worked for me so far lol.January 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm #1426814
^^^Yeah, for me its taking it in the middle of November LOL, that's where I'm 2/2 (in two different years) haha. I've been hiding in the study groups, juggling BEC and FAR. Just got my payment coupon for FAR, but I'm not scheduling it until I feel decent. Also trying to hopefully wrap things up this window as well. I don't plan on sitting until late FEB early March….I do feel decent about BEC, but I'm trying to nail it this time, not just get a 75.
I told you that Gleim TB was a beast for REG. The key to feel decent about it is to do random sets of 20 for a given SU over and over until you do decent. At least that's how I have been approaching it this window. It starts to click as the questions repeat.January 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm #1427105
I'm sure you'll take care of BEC this time. I'd schedule FAR as close to 3/10 as you can. Give yourself as much time as possible to get ready for it.
Gleim's mcq's are no joke! Some of them are overkill, but I guess it's good to see them now and not be surprised on exam day. I'm sticking with Ninja till I get through them all and might switch back to Gleim after. I've been doing better on the sims the second time around. Did you think their sims were as hard as the one's you had on your exam?January 8, 2017 at 8:38 pm #1427141
^^^HAHA, that's the plan. I really suck at FAR, I'm trying to push it back as far as I can.
For Reg when I finally passed, I may have seen 2 or 3 similar to the tax Gleim sims and then research I found easily. Seriously, keep hammering Ninja though, Reg is probably the best Ninja MCQ sectiom imho. The Gleim MCQs do come in handy if you get a hard testlet. I do remember alternating sets between both TBs during my final review whenever I sat. 20 random w/ Gleim, then 20 random w/ Ninja.January 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm #1427186
Yea I think Ninja is closer to what the exam questions are like. Good luck with your exams. Let's get it done this quarter!January 9, 2017 at 10:55 am #1427570
@re2pect – I'm second guessing myself with an AUD retake(my last exam). Call me crazy (or talk me out of it), but I'm thinking about pushing UP my a few days earlier.
Having said that, a part of me wants to extend till end of Feb, but I feel like I'll be too bored of the material or just burnt out (and tough to managing working full-time with a kid at home). I was thinking about taking in end of next week and just hammering out MCQs and reviewing notes till then and finally be done with it. If I take it on the 20th I'll get my score sooner, but I guess that is a mute point since I wouldn't be able to retake (sooo hope not) till april anyway.
Right now I'm averaging and trending in the mid 80s, but that does not mean much to me, since that's what I was averaging/trending when i first took it. I feel a bit more confident about the material but I feel I start to loose the confidence leading up to exam day.
Am I being foolish by rushing or just a risk-taker hoping for the best?January 9, 2017 at 11:48 am #1427600
To all on this board: I have adopted the approach that if you are ready, and feel like postponing will just result in burnout, then take it… But if you aren’t ready, then push it back as far as you can until you are ready.
I’m in a similar spot with REG. I took it on 12/5 and put it down for two weeks (thought I passed). When I got my failing score I decided that I would study for the next 3 weeks. If I felt ready at the end of 3 weeks, I would take it. If I thought I needed a bit more time, then I was going to push it back.
Well I thought I could use a bit more time, but I don’t have it with busy season for the next 3-4 weeks (10-11 hour days, 7 days a week). So I’m going to review my notes during the busy season to keep it somewhat fresh, then hit it again hard at the end of January. When I feel ready, I’ll reschedule (maybe end of Feb, maybe March 10th). So what I’m saying is take it when you’re ready. If you need more time, then take it.January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm #1427664
@oldercandidate21 – I understand. For me, and I suspect for other candidates, it's tough to gauge readiness. I felt like I was ready to rock AUD the first time. I did not feel ready for the others, but still managed to pass. Such is the CPA exam I guess.
Good luck with REG!January 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm #1427804
passthisthing- I wouldn't rush it unless you feel like your'e not getting much out of studying anymore. If you still have some weak areas, then try and improve them. I also have a family and work full time, but want to give myself the best possible chance of passing. If that means studying an extra month, then so be it. I don't want to be the guinea pig for the new exam and have to wait until August for my results.
@oldercandidate21- I agree with what you're saying, but sometimes it's tough to tell if you're actually ready. When it's your last exam, the second guessing really kicks in and you start doubting yourself.January 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm #1427829
@re2pect – Yeah, the thought of this being potentially the last exam especially before the exam changes is what keeps me on the edge. Specifically for AUD, was the Ninja MCQs alone that shot your score to an 81? Did you feel ready before taking it? I think I remember one of your post describing how the exam was totally different then the first time and that it got harder which was a good sign.January 10, 2017 at 10:12 am #1434186
@re2pect – our situations couldn’t be more similar. We both have REG to go and it seems as if we both have been battling with when to take it. Like a lot of people I’m concerned about the unknown of the format change in Q2. So I really want to finish this thing in Q1, which is why I’m not rushing it and allowing myself up to March 10th if need be.
@passthisthing – I agree with you that it can be difficult to determine to know if you’re really ever ready. Unfortunately I think there is a large element of luck to it. You could be a lot more prepared than the person sitting next to you and fail while they pass. But if you received their exam, you might have scored over 90…. Not an encouraging statement I know, but what I’m trying to say is if you put in the hours, you are likely ready.January 10, 2017 at 11:05 am #1434240
@passthisthing- Like you, I felt most confident for AUD and was shocked when I didn't pass the first time. For my retake, I read the Ninja book and then did the Ninja mcq's for that section. The book aligns perfectly with the mcq's so it's a good way to reinforce everything. I only studied a little over 3 weeks for my retake. I also made sure I was more familiar with the AL and how to search through it. It came in handy on one particular sim. I actually felt worse leaving AUD the second time, but was glad I pulled it off.
@oldercandidate21- As much as I want this to be over and get on with my life, I'm not going to rush my last exam. I know people say don't stretch your studying out too far or you'll run the risk of getting burnt out or forgetting things, but I feel the more you review something the better off you will be. Even if I'm not studying as intensely as I normally would, it still helps to see the same thing over and over. I rescheduled my exam yesterday for 2/28, but I can always move it up if I feel like I'm ready.January 10, 2017 at 11:08 am #1434245
@RE2PECT- missed your question first go round- was originally scheduled 1/27 but have pushed it back to 2/24- the way I figure it in regards to burn-out is if I am feeling better / more ready sooner than I can always look for an open slot and push it forward- but its not always as easy to push it back.
GOOD LUCK!January 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm #1434531
@mckan514w- That's exactly how I feel. I think I have a much better understanding of the material than I did for my first attempt, but would rather be over prepared than have any doubt. I may have pushed mine back a little further than I wanted, but it was either 2/28 or 2/2. Like you said, it's easier to move it up than push it back. Good luck with FAR! Look's like we'll be in the same score release. Hopefully we'll get the same results that we had for BEC! 🙂January 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm #1434558
I pushed mine to 1/26- I had to be in by 1/31. I wanted to give myself all the time I could because it is my last shot. I think it is a good decision, but DANG- the wait is going to kill me!!! 🙄January 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm #1434563
Your mouth to God's ears @re2pect!!! I honestly do not know what I will do if I fail FAR again.January 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm #1434576
Same here- I may need a white jacket for a day or two. No- seriously. We got this. We put in the work and it will happen. On a high note- I looked at score release and it is 2/23 for me. I thought it was 2/28, so that is 5 days better. lol So I guess you guys are March 8th?January 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm #1434603
Ugh yes I think I am March 8… at least I will have RE@PECT to wait it out with ha ha ha ha– I was a basket case last release I can't even imagine what I am going to be like this time starring down the fact that I may be forced to reckon with the new exam.January 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm #1434650
At least I'll be in good company :). Can you imagine having to take the new exam and then wait until August for your score?!
I don't know how that's going to work for people who need to retake an exam. Hopefully they extend the windows because you're already losing all of July. On top of that, I can lose FAR at the end of September. If that's not enough motivation to get this over with, I don't know what is lol.January 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm #1434786
End of September? I wish I had that much time before I lose FAR. I have until May 31st. This is truly annoying because as a 14 year tax professional I never expected REG to be an issue for me. AUD was my biggest concern.January 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm #1435020
I am in the same boat like you guys.REG is my last exam. First I scheduled it on Jan 18th and now changed it to Feb 6th. Gliem is tough. Went back to Becker. Maybe for SIMS I will use Gleim.Good luck guys.January 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm #1435101
I would push it back as far as you are comfortable with. You need to make it count. FAR was my last one, and I pushed it back from Dec 1 to Dec 7. I was worried that that was $35 wasted, but turns out I believe it was really worth it as some of the stuff didn't click until after my test would have originally been.
As for Gleim with REG, don't worry about that, they are absolutely brutal and nothing like what you see on the test. For others wondering, I did think Gleim for AUD was pretty good, I like it better for that section than Ninja to be honest (I didn't use it for BEC and FAR).January 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm #1435539
Thank you Mitch.
This forum is always too supportive and really motivating. When ever I feel down I immediately login and start reading the messages. Very helpful and supportive. Thanks to all 🙂
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