July 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm #2539467TncincyParticipant
Wow, hope study is going well for everyone. B-law is apart of the exam, so I would get to know it's content even if it's through AICPA blueprints. Memorizing phaseouts in particular is not necessary, but making sure there is an understanding of the concepts is the key. Usually the question will provide what's necessary when it comes to calculation and phase outs. Study hard everyone.July 8, 2019 at 10:10 am #2541159coocoooParticipant
Most people say memorizing the phase out range is not required.But, I didn't see phase out amount was given in my previous exam.July 8, 2019 at 10:12 am #2541168coocoooParticipant
Most people say memorizing the phase out range is not required.But, I didn't see phase out amount was given in my previous exam. Is it provided in the exam?July 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm #2541438CatParticipant
Hi guys! I took REG on July 2nd! My second set of MCQ's was definitely easier :/ but the simulations seemed to go well!
Remember, the IRC is in the authoritative literature which helped me a ton! I'm an auditor and I couldn't distinguish the rules for something. I kept getting them mixed up and of course that was one of my sims. Luckily I was able to looked to the IRC for the appropriate treatment. Moral of the story, if you think you have no idea on a question, doesn't hurt to give the IRC a look!
Hope this helps!July 9, 2019 at 8:31 am #2543463
@Cat thanks and good luck. @coocooo phase outs are no necessary to memorize. I would say that you should recognize limits for certain topics like IRA contributions, homeowners exclusion, mom and pope exception, etc.
@tncincy – how's your studying going for FAR?
To be honest guys I am struggling to study…..really lost momentum. My test is on July 16th. I just can't focus for more than an hour of studying..not sure what to do. I am scoring mid 60s, not great. Same trending score as when i failed I got a 69.July 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm #2544399July 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm #2544594
@74phoenix I'm in the same boat as you, test is on the 15th and I definitely lost momentum during this 4th of July weekend. Considering pushing my exam another week, wouldn't want to but also wouldn't want to fail again. Sorry if that didn't sound encouraging, but the way I'm starting to think of it is that the $35 fee is a small price to pay to be better prepared after already taking the same section multiple times. I really want the next time I take the exam to be a pass.
Have you tried changing up your studying? Making it more interactive? I go through the flashcards, but use a whiteboard to write my answers (I'm a visual person). After going through a set I do MCQs based on that section to make sure I understood. If I get an MCQ wrong I write down the concept and understand why I got it wrong. Sometimes I do a set of random MCQs to make sure I'm not forgetting the other material. I also try changing it up like this so I'm not seeing the same MCQs and just memorizing answers from them.July 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm #2544900
@23 @karla thank you so much. I am glad i posted about this.. I feel like I always extend a week or two and fail anyway 😛 And then have to wait till august 20th to get my score? no thank you…and I have many summer plans already. I don't know why I'm not super into studying right now to get this over with!!
I should hang a sign in my bedroom that makes me angry – maybe that will motivate me.
Going to revamp my study plan and ask others to help – friends to keep me accountable, boundaries at work, notecards, paper MCQs instead of online, etc.July 9, 2019 at 5:55 pm #2545065CH89Participant
@74phoenix – How are you approaching this retake? It took me 3 attempts to finally pass REG scoring a 67, 73 and finally a 79. Seemed doing even more MCQs and a mass amount of SIMs got me over that hurdle. Don't lose momentum! You're almost there! July 16th could be the last time you take REG leaving you to enjoy the rest of your summer and having that relief that you have passed the CPA exam. Keep pushing on, you got this!July 12, 2019 at 10:34 am #2551836allysewhitneyParticipant
Do you that are using Becker, find that the practice exams are extremely challenging? I've studied like crazy and yet the practice tests make me feel like I don't know anything….July 13, 2019 at 12:54 am #2553087
Hey. What all numbers/dates exactly am i supposed to remember? I read on the forum that generally they will provide phase out threshold, but still a whole bunch of other stuff is there to memorize!
Also, i have gone through individual taxation (using Becker); is the rest of it as bad?July 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm #2553870DavidParticipant
The majority of the MCQ I'm getting wrong in Becker are because of not knowing the phase-out ranges. Are there any deductions/credits where I should at least have a general idea of the phase out range? I'm through around 1/4 of the material and have another 2.5 months to study so I'm willing to put in a little more effort into knowing some of these.July 15, 2019 at 7:33 am #2557179sweatParticipant
I'm fairly new to the cpa studying. I'm using Roger cpa review. I feel like there is a lot of information to study for each section. i'm getting bogged down and being concerned with studying EACH section for hours at a time to ensure I fully grasp it 100%. Is there anyone else who gets the same vibe as there's just TOO MUCH info? I also feel like the MCQs are another way of studying, almost better than the notes and lectures. Is there anyone who feels Roger CPA adequately prepared them for the exam
REG- in progress
BEC- in progress
AUD – in progress
FAR- in progressJuly 15, 2019 at 8:58 am #2557293
@Desmond and @David
I can't list everything you have to remember because unfortunately there is a lot. What I generally hear is to memorize the numbers that don't really change year to year. If you have Ninja, I would recommend to look at the Ninja Notes. Pretty sure all of the numbers on there is what you need to know or if not it's a good representation of it.
Desmond, it gets a little better once you pass the actual tax portion and get to business law, etc. because it becomes more conceptual and less numbers. But you still have to memorize or know the way different things work.
I hope that helps and doesn't discourage either one of you from studying. Good luck!!!July 15, 2019 at 11:11 am #2557476
Thanks for the response Karla. I am almost through with R3 property taxation and finding it little (just a little) easier than individual taxation. I don't know if it's actually easier or i am just getting a hang of this whole taxation thing!July 15, 2019 at 1:50 pm #2557818
@Desmond, no problem! I am so happy to hear that! Hopefully it is a bit of both, good luck!July 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm #2558382kakooakkiParticipant
Any tips for the research sim, I really get lost in it. For the far and audit I was kind of aware where to search but with the reg I get lost and waste loads of timeJuly 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm #2560998TncincyParticipant
Hi NInjas, I know this is the reg group but I thought I would check in to say hey. I'm working on the far materials. I was off a few days to help my son move, but I'm back at it. Working through the materials. It was what I expected, it seems easy and mellow at first then the materials intensify. But I'll be ready. Hope study is going well for everyone.
@74phoenix, when are you testing? Anyone else testing soon?July 17, 2019 at 7:54 am #2561658
@kakooakki Research sim – I usually use the Advanced Search option. I try to think of what topic they are testing and where it would fall under in the Authoritative LIterature – is it about S Corp? C Corp? and try to narrow down your search to that section. Then search for key words.
I took my REG test yesterday. I do not feel good about it – I allocated my time wrong and ran out of time… Thanks for asking, @tncincy. Hope your studying is going well!July 17, 2019 at 9:33 am #2561865kakooakkiParticipant
Oh how was it? I am taking it next week feeling that i need one more week, I am too weak at BLAW and now kind of lost between getting it done or to focus on the taxation.
Don’t worry you never know, whenever I don’t feel good I end up passing.July 17, 2019 at 11:50 am #2562108
@kakooakki it was Okay…I felt weak on MCQ and weak on SIMS. It was as expected – no phase outs but tested a bit of everything. I did not feel comfortable with my answers…July 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm #2563155
Nevermind. I posted a question and then got the answerJuly 19, 2019 at 8:39 am #2567844
Do you guys think going through the Becker material (lectures, mcqs, sims) just once with average 80% completion is enough to pass for REG?July 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm #2575326July 25, 2019 at 10:00 am #2581605JonaParticipant
Hi all! I recently started studying for REG and aiming to take it mid-August. For anyone who has taken it, would you say it was more Federal tax heavy versus personal? I'm unsure on what I should focus on or if it's a little bit of everything. Any advice would help!!July 25, 2019 at 10:53 am #2581722
Hi Jona welcome to the group! Both are weighted substantially on the test. I recommend that you check out the AICPA REG Blueprint that shows how much of each area is tested.August 2, 2019 at 11:29 am #2600343LittleTimmyParticipant
After failing REG twice this year with Roger (I passed the other 3 sections with Roger), I switched over to Becker for one last attempt before my 18-month window expired. I just found out today that I passed REG with my highest score of any of the 4 exams I passed, I only did Chapters 1 through 5 of the Becker course, Becker's online progress bar said I only finished 13% of their REG Program, didn't do any MCQs, didn't do any Sims, didn't do any Practice Exams… I experienced an 18-point increase in score from when I took REG in May (with Roger) to when I took it in July (with Becker). The big difference is that with Becker I realized there were limitations and a defined sequence of limitations applying to Individual losses and I found that that Becker did a better job explaining the Shareholder/Corporation views of how to handle and value contributions to corporations, it is a bit more complex of a process than what I picked up from the Roger materials. However, I found the Roger textbook to be far easier to understand when it came to Business Law and Ethics, that is why I skipped the final few chapters of the Becker material and instead read Chapters 10 to 21 of the Roger textbook. I also found that Roger was drilling down too far into Section 1245/1250 property and all the little details relating to depreciation.August 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm #2601444WineclawParticipant
Failed REG with a 73. I hate tax.August 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm #2601771Alaskan AuditorParticipant
Started my studying a few days ago, still waiting on my NTS but hoping to take the exam late september/early october. Any tips would be GREATLY appreciated- thanks y'all.August 3, 2019 at 2:11 am #2601996
People who took REG recently, how much would you say you needed to recall in terms of phase-outs/deductions/limitations (basically the numbers). A friend told me he didn't need a single number anywhere in the MCQs, but i was wondering if his was an exceptional case..
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