New way to goof up FAR
November 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm #162822
I have seen postings in the past where people have mistakenly exited out of an exam, spent too much time on the MCs and didn't leave enough time to for the SIMs, blanked-out on anwsers they should have known, etc. But I think I discovered a new way to goof up the FAR exam after hours, days, weeks of vigorous studying. I went into the exam (my first section) thinking no matter what I will not leave anything blank in the SIMs. I will budget my time appropriately in the MCs, and then give my best shot at each SIM. But no matter what, I will absolutely not leave anything blank in the SIMs.
I left the exam site with pride feeling that I at least acomplished what I set out to do. I put in the study time prior to exam day, I managed my time and did my best for each MC testlet, and I did my best on the SIMs. But most of all, I finished and did not leave anything blank in the SIMs (or so I thought). With the SIMs, I felt that I got both research questions correct and at least partial credit on the rest. Because this is my first section and I have not yet experienced getting a passing score, I knew that I could not really gauge how I did. But my gut feeling was good, and I felt that I at least gave myself a chance at passing FAR. I was so completely exhausted and glad the exam was over. I had a beer, or 2, or 3 and the rest of the evening was a wash.
It wasn't until the next day when I was reflecting on my experience that my heart sank and I got a lump in my throat. I only did 5 of 7 SIMs. I was going over each SIM in my head and reflecting on how I approached each one, when I realized that I can only count 5. I have no idea of what the other 2 even looked like, what topic they were on, if they looked tough or manageable. Nothing. Not a clue.
I have no idea how I let this happen and why I didn't realize at the time. All I can chalk it up to is that I had to go to the bathroom, I was majorly hungry and mentally exhausted. I skipped around when completeling the SIMs and somehow kept skipping the same 2 so that I never even saw them. I even exited out of the exam with about a minute left just to get the satisfaction of leaving on my terms, rather than having the exam cut me off. So in the end, I did the one thing I said I wouldn't do. I left blanks SIMs. Now I'm in the category of needing a miracle to pass (like 1 of the 2 was pretest, etc). Anyways, just needed to vent while anticipating FAR round 2.November 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm #310478
wow, that really sucks.November 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm #310479
Geez that does really suck 🙁 But I can definitely see how that could happen because I skip around too
But I always check every tab about 4 times before I click “exit” because I'm so paranoid of that exact scenario….November 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm #310480
I did the same thing when I took FAR. I checked every tab before exiting.November 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm #310481
Hey you never know, maybe you just forgot that you did them. If it makes you feel any better, I knew almost nothing on my FAR sims and still passed (barely).November 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm #310482
That's what makes it even weirder. I checked as well before I logged out, and I thought I hit them all. I must have had a mental block or something. That's why I mentioned that I was hungry, tired, etc. That's the only thing I can attribute this to. I was so careful with everything else, but yet I made a stupid mistake like that at the end.November 15, 2011 at 10:19 pm #310483
@simslayer, you never know, I have heard from someone who totally left some sims blank and still passed. Try to think positive that's what got you through the test and let the positive energy flow into universe and think you passed. Sorry if it is annoying, but I am huge believer in Secret-Power of Attraction.November 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm #310484
Thanks for the encouragement Mandy. I did consider that possibility (that I just didn't remember them). It's just that I remember each SIM that I did do vividly (type of question, subject area, etc.), even to this day.
All I can hope for at this point is that I did well enough on th MCs and other SIMs to eek it out.November 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm #310485
agniechaCPA2011- Not annoying at all. I'll take any advice I can get from someone who has already passed 3 sections! Good luck on the next one.November 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm #310486
I almost did that on AUD. Taking my time on the sims and saw in the last 10 minutes that I had another SIM untouched. Managed to finish that one – but it's so easy to miss one or two when you're flipping between them.November 16, 2011 at 5:27 am #310487
Are you sure you're counting your 2 research tabs? 🙂November 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm #310488
Really? I read on the AICPA website that you can't pass if you don't answer any sims.November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm #310489
Ha! @ CPABear, I think you might have solved the mystery! Makes sense to me anyway 🙂November 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm #310490
CPABear- Yep, 5 of 7 including the 2 research. I went over all of the possible scenarios hoping that I was mistaken, as to spare myself any undue agony. But that is my reality. It's a hard lesson learned, and likely a costly one as far as the time and money involved.
I do feel as confident as possible that I got the 2 research questions correct, and I feel reasonably good about the other 3 SIMs. Now I have to basically rely on luck/wishfull thinking that 1 of those missed SIMs happened to be pretest and I did good enough on the others.November 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm #310491
If it helps with your stress, my friend passed FAR having left 6 of the 7 SIMS blankNovember 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm #310492
My worst experience was FAR. It was my very first exam and I did not leave enough time for the Sims. I went into panic mode and was able to fill in answers on about half of the Sims. I passed, barely.. but I passed. If you rocked the multiple choice, you can still pass! Good luck to you!November 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm #310493
Lets think that those 2 were pre-test.
Good Luck!!!November 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm #310494
Thanks for the positive energy. Good luck to you as well!November 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm #310495
Thank you to everyone who sent encouraging words and thoughts my way. I found out today that I did indeed pass FAR with an 81. I was astonished at the score to be honest after weeks of tormenting myself. It's not that I felt I was unprepared for the exam and ended up getting completely lucky. It's just that I thought I really shot myself in the foot after an otherwise solid performance by omiting those 2 SIMs. The luck factor must have stemmed from one of those 2 SIMs being pretest.
Anyways, audit is next. For the SIMs I think I will write 1 through 7 on my scatch paper and mark each one off as I go. Then recheck each one once, then again, and then again…
Good luck to everyone.
@keeptrying, you are almost there. Stay strong!!
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