REG – Exam Experience
April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm #169273August 28, 2016 at 10:43 am #823423
Took regulation yesterday for the third time. This exam was actually reasonable (a little too reasonable), including the simulations. I don't believe in the testlet thing anymore, but I felt well prepared using ninja this go round. It's just mind boggling how these exams are worded compared to what you see when prepping, and how the examiners pick the most obscure theme for each exam.
The prometric staff was killing me walking back and forth throughout the entire exam (lol). I definitely don't feel as horrible as I did when I took FAR last month. Hoping for a positive result next week!August 28, 2016 at 10:50 am #823426August 28, 2016 at 10:52 am #823429
^^^^I had two and I felt they were complete manageable and I kind of found them interesting. One even had me look something up in the AL. Working in GL accounting for the past 5 years, Im used to providing/requesting/reviewing support.August 28, 2016 at 10:54 am #823435
@mtaylo24 thanks for your response. Would you say the AL was really helpful for the SIMS? i.e., were you able to answer some SIMS questions using the AL?August 28, 2016 at 10:56 am #823438
I found it useful for the research and one of the DRS sims. I treated the other 4 as extended multiple choice problems, and didn't really feel it necessary to use the AL…August 28, 2016 at 10:59 am #823441
@mtaylo 24 Hello, I have my exam September 1st. Really panicking right now. What would you say would be the must-know topics right now I should review?August 28, 2016 at 11:12 am #823453
I'm not allowed to tell you specifically, but with 4 years of sitting for these exams its best to know everything (even the small stuff). There were plenty of times where I would sit for one prepping for one thing, and then be bombarded with something completely different. Once you make it through your review program once or twice, keep your final review as random as possible, that way you can keep everything fresh. Best of luck!August 28, 2016 at 11:14 am #823456August 28, 2016 at 11:17 am #823462
@mtaylo24 Thanks for your response.
Since you have taken this exam previously, what did you do differently this time that you think helped you the most?August 28, 2016 at 11:26 am #823474
^^^I prepped using Gleim the first two times, but that beast of a testbank is way harder than the actual exam, and it was harder for me to grasp the test bank. They make up their own questions, use enrolled agent questions, as well as AICPA release questions. I've been on Ninja MCQ hard for the last week and 1/2 and had a goal of making it to the review phase, which I did on Friday. The questions on Ninja were shorter, and faster for me to get through, but they were still tough. Hopefully, I get over the hump.August 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm #823813
Just got home from my REG exam:
Testlet 1 was medium, Testlets 2 & 3 felt medium/ hard. A little less computational stuff than I'd anticipated but boy do you need to know the details and how things are computed to still get the answers to the non-computational items! (Captain Obvious, I know)
SIMS – I had 70 minutes remaining and used up every bit. As I just mentioned in another post, I had the pleasure(?) of experiencing 2 of the new DRS. They didn't feel “hard”, however in both of them I struggled to understand what exactly I needed to calculate with regard to the said tax topic. Also, I wish the exam had zoom in/out capabilities for the documents provided. Its more of a hindrance than anything when I have to scroll up and down to recap the whole document and add amounts up, versus being able to zoom out and look at it straight on and compute that way.
Ok, I'm off my DRS soapbox. I'll be curious to hear if anyone else felt the same though.
Nonetheless, I can't say I'm coming out out of this feeling super confident – and I feel like if the test got me anywhere, it was with the SIMS. Fingers still crossed and praying that on Sept 9th I'll get the news that I can move on to my LAST section (FAR)!!!!August 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm #823828
anddd I'm over here dying trying to master every computation possible… exam Oct 3rd…. just gonna lay on the floor for a minute….August 28, 2016 at 11:07 pm #823945
Ha! @skibum thats plenty of time. You'll get em down. Just keep doing the NINJA MCQs!August 30, 2016 at 9:49 am #825406
I took REG yesterday and felt pretty good about the MCQ's and pretty bad about the SIM's. I just plain blew it on one of the SIM's. I guess mental fatigue set in because I used book value instead of tax basis for a number, and several calculations were based on that number. Dumb dumb dumb. I might have passed. It will likely be within 5 points one way or the other.August 30, 2016 at 10:44 am #825487
Took test last Saturday (8/27)
MCQs were fairly doable, I do not feel so bad about it but looking back I know I missed 2 questions.
Simulations on the other hand were all blurr…
With fatigue and dumb mistakes I felt really horrible about them.
I was little iffy on research as it was little vague and confident that I misread DRS sim (100% sure). As for other 4 2 were crap shot (including filling 0s and random guesses) and other 2 maybe 50% if lucky.
I sense a retake.. overall angry at myself for dumb mistakes. Going to study little every day so I can retain the information..
Need CPA God to pass with lucky 75 else retake in October.. 🙁
All the bigger items were not tested and they gave me rather small topics. I do not think I have any anything like in ninja sims (I reviewed explanation for most sims in ninja reg)August 31, 2016 at 2:55 am #826495
Took Reg today. Felt like the rest of the exam sections. Got a few wrong. Got a few right. Felt like I got pounded by a few Sims and knocked a few out of the park. If I have learned anything from taking this exam. There is absolutely no way of guessing at results… Just gonna chill and probably forget a ton of tax rules over the next 10 days!August 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm #826939
I had a nightmare experience on Sunday. Seemed like the usual with MCQ but with a few things I hadn't seen before…no big deal with an educated guess. However, the SIMS were a different story. I'm confident on the research problem but that's about it. I'm sure I'll be doing a retake but at least I know what to expect.September 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm #829530
Took REG on Sat the 3rd. Nothing was over the top. I knew going into the test that I didn't have all the tax rules as locked down as I would of liked. Assuming I'll come up just short and retake early Oct.September 5, 2016 at 8:32 am #829677
Took REG on Sat.. Felt like I was knocking it out of the park on MCQ but spent the better half of the evening afterwards looking up concepts I felt iffy on.. Turns out I got 7 wrong and those were just the ones I remembered. The MCQ didn't go as deep as I had studied so I slipped on many higher level questions which were so easy it was like always the first line in the Notes, for example.
Exam was worded so very vaguely, for example cash was exchanged in a transaction but there was no way of knowing which direction the cash went so we just assume what we normally see in studying. Also in the SIMs it was unclear how it was to be filled in one, but then in another they were nice enough to say “make all numbers positive”
SIMS were a nightmare, besides the research thankfully. No DRS for me.
I was trending at 96, 100% completion in MCQ and CPAexcel and used the notes and audio like crazy.. But personally think I just got really bad luck of the draw on my SIMs and blanked on easy questions because I was burned out and over-studied. Fully prepared for a retake, but I felt like this after FAR and got an 82. All lies in the SIMs scoring curve..September 7, 2016 at 9:53 am #830297
I just came out from Prometric. First testlet was hard, second was a lot harder then third testlet was not as hard as the second testlet. My simulations were a lot of doable as compared with my two previous attempts. Or maybe because I studied so much this time including the small details. I don't know but I felt confident with this retake because of the simulations given to me.
I am praying for a passing score on September 20, 2016, 9am UAE time.September 7, 2016 at 10:50 am #830325
@melody_pinaycpa What was your score on last two attempts? And what was the change this time in your study plan?September 7, 2016 at 11:04 am #830327
Gosh… I'm not looking forward to this exam… sigh. Praying for manageable SIMS
any general advice? @melody_pinaycpaSeptember 7, 2016 at 11:49 am #830338
@IB – 73 & 70 – i was using Ninja on both attempts. This time I switched to Gleim test prep + simulations. My approach was to really go back to the book before attempting the mcqs. Then I strive to reach 75 average for each study unit before proceeding with the next study unit. I knew I understand the concepts when I had a lot of AHA moments. I also made sure that I know the small details. I printed the tax forms, studied them and quickly went through them before going in. Lastly, I intentionally scheduled this retake on the last few days before the window closes so it gives me a lot of time to study. On previous attempts, I always wanted to be part of the first wave of score release. lol
@Ski – Came across with a lot of advice here in this forum and I applied it to myself. Some of those are – print the tax forms, study them, you will learn a lot from them. Print AICPA release questions and go over them. Go over the AICPA sample test. Print and study AICPA Statements on Tax Services. Familiarize https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26 for the research sim. Know the small details, those items that you've seen one or two questions only in the entire test bank. They will give you a sim or two on those small details.September 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm #830345
Thanks so much! I keep hearing the “devil is in the details” for REG especially and its not as computation heavy as one would think..more detailed focused.
I appreciate your feedback! Hope all goes well you for on release day.September 12, 2016 at 10:40 am #833995
new to forum, What is AL which members are frequently referring to?September 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm #834349
@Nath Authoritative Literature that you use when completing SIMsSeptember 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm #834406October 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm #854697
So this is my second round (this CPA try anyway…another story). my first round had me feeling literally like i studied for the wrong exam; testlet 1: wtf. testlet 2: wtf. testlet 3: oh, just so you know, you haven't been doing well, as evidenced by these absurdly easy questions peppered with more WTF is this…? SIMs: HAHAH WTF BRO. i knew i failed. most times you walk out thinking i just don't know how i did…. but didddd i know. scored in the 60's.
ANYWAY. i retook it today. i was definitely more confident going in this time but can't say i studied new or different material, or that i ironed out the issues i knew i encountered last time. in fact i spent almost an entire day devoted to a couple topics on my first exam i'm still stumped about…which goes to show you how different these exams can be.
Today my testlets got harder, and SIMs weren't ridiculous but i recognized jusssst about every question. it's sad but, that to me, was a mini-win! ha. i flagged maybe 4, 6, 10(!) questions in MCQ testlets respectively but still so many tricks, i just don't know how i did. even if i did fail…i know with the questions i got, i was as “prepared”. some of it wasn't fair at all but i'm not sure how i would approach it differently if i have to retake again.
i DO know that after that last exam, i'm glad i didn't feel left in the dark this time and i DO know that people who tell you not to ‘worry about x, y or z topic because you'll mostly see A, B, and C…just breeze through the rest…' hasn't been dealt one of the god awful random exams you can get. there IS a bit of luck in what's served to you but you have to be prepared for it all..October 8, 2016 at 12:36 am #854710
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