May 20, 2019 at 9:24 am #2414091
@kyle Pretty much that's how most people felt, yet from what I've seen people have passed when they have absolutely no confidence in the SIMS. No point in worrying now, it's all in the hands of the CPA Gods now lolMay 20, 2019 at 9:25 am #2414103
lol I knowwwww i just cant get over it ugh. gotta wait til may 23. Say a prayer to the CPA gods for me please!May 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm #2414589
Thanks @74phoenix, I'm sure you're correct. Good luck to all those waiting on a score.May 20, 2019 at 12:52 pm #2414649
Has anyone used the reg study group in the DOJO? I've gone on several times and saw posts and replies and thought are these the same ninja's on the regular forum? I know we should be focused on study in general but I kinda like the study groups on the forum, to be able to have conversation and encouragement from those studying. Well when there are good helpful posts and responses, Not some one trying to be sarcastic or demeaning of the questions or answers.May 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm #2417616
How's study going for everyone. I am trying not to go nuts waiting for score release. I was doing ok. I slept a lot today, I didn't even go into my office today. I think I am coming down off the adrenaline of study and test. I'm telling you this is so scary. I don't know what's worse, waiting for score release or the site being so stagnant. Good luck waiting gang. 🙂May 21, 2019 at 7:52 pm #2417628
Study is going alright. Currently going through business law and boy.. the becker lectures on that are SOOO long. Love getting your messages @tncincy and crossing fingers for you. Im finishing up “suretyship” and going to bed 🙂May 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm #2417676
Tomorrow is the big day for me. I'll go through the sample test again, but otherwise not too much studying. I'd like to think I can cram 10 more points into my head tonight, but at this point I either know it or I don't. I've gone through 3000+ questions in NINJA. Going to focus on getting everything I need for tomorrow and getting a good night's sleep.May 22, 2019 at 11:57 am #2418867
@sidieuleveut, AND @23 keep studying It has to pay off. Breathe before that exam and remember to take a break. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a your time. I'm sure everyone else is going nuts waiting on scores and trying to work or what ever you're supposed to be doing today. I know I am….lolMay 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm #2420475
Thanks @tncincy. Had the test this afternoon; glad it's over. Felt good on the MC. Thought the second testlet was a bit harder but I'm not going to read too much into it. Had a couple questions on the second set that I flat out guessed on. Had to remind myself not to get too caught up and waste too much time. Was happy with my pace. Overall, I averaged about a minute per question, leaving me about 2:45 on the sims. Took my time on the first set and had the scheduled break with 2 hours left. My research question was in the next group of sims, which I believe it got when I went back to review. I thought the sims were fair and there were no big surprises. I'm cautiously optimistic!May 23, 2019 at 8:27 am #2421000
Well, I got my score and I didn't pass. It's back to the drawing board. I have to figure out how to pass this. I need a plan of attack. I felt like I was all over the place. But hey, test is over, the wait is over and it's back to the drawing board. Does anyone know when we can pay for a new NTS since the score release is just passed?May 23, 2019 at 9:02 am #2421066
@tncincy – Sorry to hear you did not receive a passing score. Have you received your Score Review Report showing which areas you were weaker, comparable, and stronger in? For what's it worth, it took me 3 attempts to pass REG starting with a 67, 73, and finally a 79. For my third attempt I must have done at least 150 simulations, since that was an area of weakness of me. I firmly believe practicing the SIMs really helped bring all the material together for me to an understanding. Refine your weak areas, you can do this!May 23, 2019 at 9:15 am #2421105
I didn't practice sims at all and was not prepared for what I saw. I completed them, but did wish I was better prepared.May 23, 2019 at 9:29 am #2421138
@CH89, Do you have more parts to pass or are you done?May 23, 2019 at 9:48 am #2421183
I have the other 3 parts remaining. I'm taking AUD next week.May 23, 2019 at 10:12 am #2421366
Sorry to hear @tncincy. I do agree with CH89, I think it is important to practice the sims. How did you prepare for this one? Study material?
For me, the NINJA MCQ really helped push my MCQ into the stronger category. The sims are important because they hit areas the MCQ may not touch, or not as in depth.May 23, 2019 at 10:15 am #2421369
I also failed. I received a 69…time to drawing board for me too!! Really need to get this done. So I'll be on here more often, guys. Ninja is my hope.May 23, 2019 at 11:07 am #2421492
I'm using Ninja audio, mcq's, notes and Becker lectures. I will tighten up the more this time and practice sims. Sometimes I felt I did too much and most of the time I feel I didn't do enough. Well, now I know. So I am cleaning off my desk and getting my mindset ready. I'm not going to waste time I am going to get started this weekend. I am determined to pass. I guess I better pay for Reg so I won't spend the money on feeling better (lol) Like shopping, or deck furniture, or a new purse…etc
@phoenix, I am sorry to hear your score. I know you wanted to be done. But I'm here with you to cheer you on. We know what we have to do.May 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm #2421696
Sorry to the people that didn't pass. I understand, I got a 74 the first time I took FAR. Do you have any suggestion s on what material to focus on most? I've heard so many mixed things about BLaw being in a lot of MC questions and it not being covered at all. Also do you suggest memorizing phase outs? There are so many!
My test is next week and I'm not even halfway through the material so will be cramming a lot over the next 6 days.May 23, 2019 at 2:59 pm #2422044
I'm sorry to hear @74phoenix, I thought you had this one. I recommend taking a couple days off then coming back harder than ever.
@Ali, I though basis was a common theme throughout my test. Everyone's test is different but I think BLaw was covered about as much as expected (I wish it was more). I think with phaseouts, you should be familiar with the major ones, and be generally familiar overall. We can't be expected to know all the phaseouts or the amounts.May 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm #2422131
Agreeing with @23
I didn't try to memorize every phaseouts but did memorize the major phaseouts such as Sec 179.
Also, good to memorize how to amortize organizational expense (up to 5k exp'd and rest is capitalized/amortized over 180 months)
Not only Blaws but also Ethics are heavily tested areas but should try to study well on all subjects..
“Everything is on the test!!” was my personal REG experience.May 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm #2422824
My mind is still rolling on how did I fail again? Well, I looked at my mcq trending and didn't get over 50% so that means I didn't do enough questions. Then add on that I didn't do any sims. I know, I know, it's done, it's over but I want to be ready next time around. Good luck to those still working. Don't ignore your scores.May 24, 2019 at 7:12 am #2423343May 24, 2019 at 8:25 am #2423481
@CH89 I went through materials, kinda second guessed on the lectures because they were old. Wrote Ninja notes, listened to the Audio, did mcq's went through the book on the topics I was consistently wrong. I was also working on this through tax season so I had to improvise and make up sometime on Sundays. I admit my structure was not too good. I was able to do better closer to test day because my time was freer. I am using Ninja only, I am going to go step by step with the Ninja plan.(if I can stand it). I am open for suggestion though.May 24, 2019 at 11:19 am #2423970
@tncincy – Did you also take notes while doing MCQs? What do you mean by second guessed on the lectures, and did you read the Ninja books fully? That's ok, it took me a little bit to find a structure that was well suited for me. I noticed in an earlier post you said you didn't do nearly enough questions, how many did you do? I apologize for what seems like 20 questions! I really do wish to help.May 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm #2424189
@tncincy, Did you go chapter by chapter or do random sets of MCQ? What I believe is useful for me is to read the answers, including the incorrect choices. In other words, determine why one is correct and the other 3 are wrong. I do believe the NINJA MCQ is a good barometer of test score. I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, but Jeff recommends a trending score of 85ish. I would be curious if he's changed that recommendation because the trending calculation may have changed. Many in the trending vs actual thread have lower than 85 as well. I think ~65 is about the minimum one would want going into test day, with the exception of FAR (where I've seen much lower trending). It may be helpful to set goals to stay on track as well.
I'm with @CH89 and the rest, we want to help!May 24, 2019 at 4:41 pm #2424678
@CH89 and @23 I appreciate you for answering and trying to be a help. Yes I did read the answers, I second guessed the Lectures because they were old and I had the TCJA on my mind and any other changes. I went topic by topic in the mcq's and did not do enough. I got through the initial phase but did not get through the recon phase. With the Mcq's most of the time I got them wrong from not reading the question before answering. Yes, I did take my own notes, but I relied on the Ninja notes as well. If you have suggestions or what helped you from the book to mcq's just send it. I am more than willing to read it and apply what ever I can. I sincerely appreciate any help. I did not read the book entirely, because I had lectures. My intention is to do Ninja completely including the book if I can stand it. When I do the questions and see where I am weak I went to the book, then I knew what I was looking for in particular. So again, I am open for any suggestions and will apply them where I can. I am determined to pass, so nothing is too much at this point. Been here too long as a cheerleader.May 24, 2019 at 5:34 pm #2424879
@tncincy, with REG still fresh in your mind I'd skip the lectures for the retake. I think more MCQ is the key. Get through the recon phase, then keep going! Mix in some sims as well.May 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm #2425023
@tncincy – I agree with @23, I would do more MCQs, and definitely SIMs too. As I mentioned before, doing SIMs really helped piece together some topics that were a bit meh for me such as Section 1231, 1245, and 1250. That's a common thing with MCQs, reading them to fast or answering before reading the question fully. Slow your a pace a bit, if it's a lengthy question, try reading the question stem first, then go back to the full details of it all. When I was going through REG, I would re-write the specific section from the Ninja notes then go do some MCQs for that specific section. From studying AUD, I've learned to look at the answers and eliminate ones that I know are wrong.May 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm #2425236
Thanks CH89 and 23. I am definitely going to get through the mcq's and I am looking to incorporate the sims in my olan. I don't want to wait so This weekend I am jumping back in. Sections 1231,1245, and 1250 were my exact weak points. So I am going to probably deal with those first. I will make myself read that book. I appreciate your in put…..I'm not about to quit.
@CH89 what did you do on Reg?May 25, 2019 at 6:33 am #2425686
@tncincy – I use Wiley and Ninja, so I read the book/study guides for each lesson and completed those. I would read and listen to the Ninja Notes and Audio. After that it was just doing an insane amount of MCQs, and doing SIMs specifically for Property Transactions, Individual Taxation and Entity Taxation. If I had to be honest, I think part of me passing REG was luck. While the MCQs were harder, imo, compared to prior attempts, the SIMs were too easy. I hope this wasn't a fluke, and I can pass the remaining 3 haha.
If you find it boring to read a book, and you truly feel that you learn nothing after reading a book, then perhaps reading isn't for you. If watching lectures best suits your study needs, then watch lectures. You'd be more willing to retain information by doing what makes you happy and preferences. I enjoy reading and taking notes, maybe you enjoy watching and taking notes.
Lastly, if you need any help on Sections 1231, 1245, and 1250 etc., please post your questions! I'd be more than happy to help, and I'm sure others would chime in too! Sometimes having someone else explain something helps things click a bit better. If you haven't already, I suggest checking out this thread. It kind of gives you an idea of what to expect on Exam day regarding SIMs. It is from 2017, but its easy to compare it to the REG blueprint. – https://www.another71.com/cpa-exam-forum/topic/potential-reg-sim-topics-from-the-aicpa/
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