REG – Exam Experience
November 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm #1310734
So I took REG for the second time yesterday. First time was in Sept and I scored a 74. I felt decent about the MCQ and terrible about the simulations, which ended up showing on my score report – almost all stronger on MCQ except for business law and property transactions, and weaker on simulations. The sims for that one were so hard to even understand let alone answer.
So I restudied for over a month and took some time off work leading up to my test and felt very prepared going into it yesterday. I started the test and all of the multiple choice were so random and seemed to be on topics that I hadn't even studied. I was so flustered throughout the MCQ and I felt like I was definitely failing. How could I do so well on them last time, and this time it felt they were all out of left field.
The only bright spot is that I feel like all my simulations were answerable and I felt like I was right on almost all of them except for one where the directions were not clear (which is annoying – like what are you even asking).
I see that some of the other commenters noticed the MCQ being much harder and different than Q3. I wish I could say that the testlets got harder as I went through, but I think it was all hard because the topics tested were not the main ones I studied in Becker. How could I feel so unprepared just two months after getting “stronger” on most multiple choice topics?
Anyways, I am hoping that the simulations can help carry me and that I did better on multiple choice than I initially thought during the exam. If I fail this again, I lose FAR which would be the worst.November 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm #1310741
@ryan33 wow, is that one of my posts? No seriously….I felt the EXACT same way about my Q3 Reg exam vs Q4 Reg retake…..Oh yea, I got a 74 on my first attempt too with “weaker” on the sims being the nail in my coffin. Eerie how similar our opinions are of the two exams and the fact that we both scored 74 the first time. I'm praying for a pass on Friday but I just don't see it given how random the MC was..November 2, 2016 at 1:58 pm #1310753
I always wonder if you do well on SIMS are you pretty much set if you also do okay on MCQ. But every question on this site is about doing awful on the sims. On my retake about a month ago I thought I nailed sims. Even looked some of them upNovember 2, 2016 at 4:02 pm #1310878
@needsa75 I am relieved that I am not the only one who felt this way. I wish someone would tell me that it's possible to pass with only doing well on sims. Maybe some of the really bad MCQs were pre-test, but I literally thought most of them were so tricky and hard. Even the ones that are normally easy with only a sentence in the question were obscure topics.
I either pass the entire exam or go back to 50% losing FAR, which took me 4 times to pass the first time. I got a 74 on that one too.November 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm #1310899
That's so shitty that you might lose FAR…That's what I am terrified about as well.
Anyways, I totally agree. The MC was tricky from start to finish. A lot of the short worded questions were completely out of left field. If I could have combined the MC from my Q3 exam with the sims from my Q4 exam I would pass with flying colors.
I still can't believe how different the exams were…November 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm #1310987
Same here – I honestly feel like I would have gotten a 90 if I had last quarter's multiple choice and this quarter's sims. I wonder if we could have had the same freaking test as it sounds like our experience was so similar.
Also, I can't tell what the difficulty of the testlets mean for REG. Like can a short question from an obscure topic be considered difficult if the topic is difficult? I think we both understand that our tests were “difficult” in the sense that the questions weren't a main topic we studied, but does that translate into it being a difficult question?
Last exam's questions had some long, wordy questions, but the topics themselves were often something Becker emphasized so I wouldn't consider them super difficult.November 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm #1311604
I just took Reg. The multiple choice questions were very reasonable and didn't include any questions that I hadn't covered while studying. There were a few questions that I wasn't sure about, but there was only one question where I flat out guessed because I had no clue. I can't tell if the testlets got harder or not. They all seemed the same to me. I took a bathroom break after testlet 3, and at that point, I was feeling pretty good about things. Then I got to the SIMS, and things started to go bad. I couldn't find the research question, and wasted about 20 minutes looking for the answer. I finally decided to skip it for the time being and move on.
The next three SIMS were a little tricky but I think I was able to work through them. By that time i was getting short on time, so I knew I would have to move quickly through the other 2 SIMS. That is when I had a freak out moment because the last 2 SIMS were DRS. One made no freaking sense, and I didn't have time to sort through all of the documents. I just entered a lot of zeros and guessed on the rest of the cells. The next DRS wasn't as detailed, so I was at least able to work through it a little. I just didn't have time to put a lot of thought into it. Lastly, I went back to the research question with about 2 minutes left and put in an answer that was at least related to the topic.
Overall, I know I didn't pass because of the SIMS, but I still came out of there feeling like I knew the material pretty well. My problem was terrible time management.November 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm #1311610
ROTFL….there really seem to be two totally different types of exams in Q4….ones with tricky/hard MC and reasonable sims….and another with reasonable MC and hard/tricky sims..November 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm #1311691
I thought my exam was weird in a sense that almost 50% of the MCQ are business law questions. Testlets were medium-medium-medium. I think the third testlet had longer questions but not necessary harder…. just hoping for a 75…November 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm #1311695
50% B-Law? I would have failed that for sure..
I definitely got a good chunk of b-law and a lot of it was out of left field…not the major concepts you would expect to see.
However, it wasn't anywhere near 50% of my exam..November 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm #1313708
Hi! I haven't taken REG before, but I am 9 days away from taking it! Any major advice? Slash, I know in Becker they say don't focus on thresholds/phaseouts, but are there any numbers/specific topics that involve numbers that you would recommend knowing/was that important? I know that while studying I noticed that one of the SIMS for Ch. 1 had you have to know that for calculating SE net earnings, you had to know that you multiply net profits*92.35%… which made me nervous.November 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm #1313764
You guys are so right. Just took Reg today. MCQ are harder than Q3, I flagged 6-7 question for each testlet, I don't feel difficulty level changes very much… They are just equally medium or maybe hard. the portion for Blaw def increased than Q3. Sims are tricky… I probably got 2-3 100% correct, and I was running out of time so i had to drop numbers at last minute. I am not very positive. Pray for 75 on 11/22…November 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm #1313776
@aspiringcpa I would not focus a lot on complex calculations. The exam is not calculation intensive at all. Like others have said, the exam is much more conceptual than you would expect. Be sure to manage your time wisely and leave around an hour and a half for the SIMS, if possible.November 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm #1313917
@needsa75 I see you killed REG, Congrats! Can I ask what your study method was for the retake? I have my REG retake of 72 (less painful than your 74) in Dec. I appreciate tips!November 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm #1313971
Someone at work got the same exact practice scores as me on the becker final exams and he got a 92. I hope the same applies to me :)…or even 17 points less will do.
I felt as if the MCQ's were very straight forward and not that difficult. Of course there were 3-5 per testlet I wasn't sure about, but I think that's normal. It's the sims that destroyed me. For instance I thought I understood how to calculate partnership/s-corp/c-corp basis and disposals fairly well, but when you get a sim that involves every single type of situation and all the answers are calculations with no drop downs any little thing can be wrong and throw your whole answer off. Even the research question was such an obscure topic, I'm not even sure how I ended up finding it after 20 mins. I had to fight/struggle for every single little point or correct answer. By the end I was so exhausted and frustrated I barely reviewed my work with 20 mins left on the clock and walked out defeated. Such a humbling experience.November 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm #1314767
@a1lessio i hear ya on the SIMS…def confident on 2 of them only. Oh well time to move onto AUDNovember 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm #1314796
@kiester thanks! I used Gleim the first time I took it and then my friend gave me access to his Becker account for my retake. So I did all the Becker MCQ and practice sims in addition to the Gleim questions. I think the biggest thing was rereading all the text and really solidifying the underlying concepts.
I'll be honest, I'm still surprised at how high I scored.November 7, 2016 at 7:33 pm #1315090
@needsa75 you freaking killed it! Wow… I really, really hope that I get just a passing score. I remember you had felt very similar to me in your testing experience. That gives me some hope that you did so well. All I need is a 75 and I'm done forever!
Do you think that doing well on the sims really helped your score?? You must have done better on MCQ than you originally thought to get that score.November 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm #1315559
On 11/4 I got my result on REG exam. PASSED! What means I’m DONE with my CPA exams! Hurray!
AUD – 90 (10/27/2015)
BEC – 81 (1/4/2016)
FAR – 84 (2/29/2016)
REG – 77 (73, 71) (10/20/2016)
I used Becker and Ninja materials.
My goal was to complete all 4 exams within 6 months, but for some reason got stuck with REG. Every time, I would get that I’m strong on MCQ and weak on SIMs part. With REG I felt like simulations were so much different from what we practice in our test bank and was already about to switch to different test bank when I found out that I PASSED it.
I’d like to mention that Ninja for $47 provides a great test bank (MCQs). In my opinion, most MCQs are similar to Becker but with latter you spend much more money.
Also, special thanks to Ninja forums (www.another71.com). They helped to stay motivated throughout the process. In my situation, when you have full time job at the public company, child, husband and being pregnant at the same time, made the process more challenging. But when you read through the forums that you are not alone, your peers are also struggling through the circumstances, helped to stay on track and complete the process!
What a relief and happiness at the end! Such a rewarding feeling!
On my behalf, I would like to congratulate everyone who also got great news with last Score release and to wish good luck to those who are in the process of studying and taking the exams!
NANovember 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm #1315609
Your post is so refreshing to read! I honestly have felt like giving up also, but when I read this blog, it makes me feel like I am not alone.
This is not an easy exam to take, hence the reason why the passing scores are less than 50% across the board and this is a worldwide exam.
Congrats!November 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm #1317367
My test sucked really bad, I probably did worst than my first time sitting. I swear they wrote brand new MCQs this quarter, the sims were definitely the highlight. A few of the questions I recognized, but I checked Gleim and I know I got them wrong. I had way too many problems like “The answer would be A if xxx wasn't there”. Such a waste of time and money.November 14, 2016 at 10:15 am #1318249
Well I see Im not the only one. Took Reg last Thursday. Barely any MCQs on the major topics, and a whole bunch on miscellaneous crap that I dont recall going over, or was just really tricky. Also was getting some of those tricky one liner type questions, that someone mentioned, on the second and third testlet which is worrisome.
Needless to say, I wasnt very happy. I legitimately studied A LOT for this, and those MCQ nearly make me feel like I studied for the wrong test.November 14, 2016 at 11:00 am #1318285
I took Regulation today, my first time sitting for any of the sections. I am not eeling confident at all. Is this what the other sections will feel like?! The multiple choice and the SIMS made me feel inadequate and like nothing I studied or reviewed could have prepared me. I am currently using Becker, and I think I may as well go the NINJA route.November 14, 2016 at 11:11 am #1318289
jeremy what materials did u use?November 14, 2016 at 11:18 am #1318303
@Jeremy and @ljohnsf …sucks we kind of all had the same experience. I legit spent 136 hours doing Ninja MCQs alone, this isn't even including the time spent hammering Gleim.. Finished with Ninja w/ 4909 MCQs, and still don't think I broke 60 on this test.November 14, 2016 at 11:29 am #1318306
I used some a combination of Becker and Ninja (plus some CPAreview for free, and some other app I found that has MCQ and is free). Did a little over 5,000 MCQ in Ninja alone, and was trending at 85+%.
I was pretty confident going in, but boy did that confidence quickly wane once I began the exam.November 14, 2016 at 11:45 am #1318313
damn,,,i actually had one of those types of tests for BEC,,,ppl were saying the same for AUD but it didnt get an odd one,,,hoping i dont for REG either,,,guess alot of these tests are just luck of the drawNovember 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm #1318321
I will just leave it up to the test graders, and for now, begin my study for BEC. Good luck, all, on your scores!November 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm #1318348
I cannot concentrate in AUD. I feel like I have this huge rock called REG hanging over my head threatening to kill me…November 14, 2016 at 5:08 pm #1318633
mtaylo24, I feel exactly the same way. I got through AUD and BEC on the first shot and felt pretty good after those exams…REG on the other hand just demonstrated that I was woefully unprepared despite over 3k of MCQs. If I were to bet I would say I got somewhere between a 50 and a 60.
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