January 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm #1702158
Haven't seen one of these posts in awhile so I thought I'd start one. Took a sick day and headed to the library to buckle down for my upcoming 2/3/18 exam.
I have but 1 study goal for this weekend. MASTER CORP TAX AND SIMS!
Good luck to all those studying for exams next weekJanuary 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm #1702159
I'll master Pensions.January 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm #1702540
Finishing taking notes-government accounting and finishing working through “missed since last time seen” questions in Ninja before I dive into SIMS and do random sets of MCQ all the way until test day on 2/12! Happy studying to all!February 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #1706544
Feeling like I need this power weekend. Yes I am doing taxes today, but I have my coffee, my notes and my mcq's ready to go ALL DAY. Who's in?February 3, 2018 at 11:22 am #1706547
I'll use this weekend to master pensions.February 3, 2018 at 11:32 am #1706551
You said that last weekend…February 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm #1706571
Because pensions are GREAT…. LOL
Who can do 500 MCQs THIS WEEKEND?February 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm #1706574
Never managed more than 120-140 max in a day. Usually about 100 has my brain a bit wonky.
13 days until BEC, but staying focused.February 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm #1706575
@reckedracing, Pensions are great! Last weekend didn't go as planned. NFP and Pensions are holding me back right now.February 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm #1706578
Understood. Both of those areas I had to circle back and rewatch all the lectures as it just was not working out the first time.February 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm #1706581
BourneParticipantFebruary 3, 2018 at 1:23 pm #1706596
AnonymousFebruary 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm #1706620
500+ MCQ is my goal this weekend before I sit for AUD in 7 days..
So is really drilling MCQ the trick for AUD? Looking at @reckedracing ‘s sig, looks like it is.February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm #1706631
@j King, I've worked in tax for my whole career and what got me through AUD was non stop MCQs for the last 2 weeks before the exam. It all kind of came together near the end, because I was able to walk my way through the questions.February 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm #1706634
@anyatver when are you taking FAR? I have about 300 Ninja MCQs in FAR and I'm taking it on February 28th. You are way ahead of me. I don't know how many Becker MCQs I have though.February 3, 2018 at 2:13 pm #1706637
@turo9992000-I am sitting for my re-take on February 12th. I started studying on January 1 and gave myself exactly 6 weeks for the re-take. I have used Ninja for MCQ and Becker for book and SIMS. I have done them all, then re-did all the “missed since last time seen” and now I am doing sets of random ones in both Ninja and Becker by focusing on the SIMS in both review courses this weekend to work all the kinks out. I hate the MCQ at this point, my average for the last 5 sessions is 84 and about 79% for the last 10…But I don't trust it or believe it, lol!February 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm #1706670
I thought today was going to be a slow tax day. I guessed wrong. My clients get to listen to ninja audio until I get to do my mcq's. I am still going to put in the time even if it's after work. 🙁 Sounds like you guys are pushing.February 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm #1706674
This is the first weekend in I don't know how many years that I haven't worked Sat & Sun in Feb.
Focused on this last exam. The clients will wait.February 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm #1710943
This weekend i'm going to master Governmental accounting, maybe throw in some pensions if I have time.February 10, 2018 at 3:41 pm #1710955
Last weekend before FAR on Monday! Going through everything right now, making short hand notes with my own descriptions and most importantly JEs….I was fine-tuning acquisitions yesterday before I succumbed to the Opening Ceremonies. There are also two Pensions SIMS I want to finish today-had a moment of clarity on Friday on those, will see if I can actually do the SIMS. Tomorrow my husband is going snowboarding with the kids so all day long it will be a mix of MCQ, notes, SIMS, etc. Just an all out effort to get everything under control!February 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm #1710956
Gotta love the final push!February 10, 2018 at 3:45 pm #1710959
LOL! Thanks @ReckedRacing-you are potentially done come 2/16!February 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm #1710973
Hope you do well @anyatver.February 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm #1710980
I certainly hope so. Approval came through August 28th. It's been one hell of a ride.February 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm #1710985
Thanks guys-@ReckedRacing, if you got a 93 and 95 on FAR and REG, I don't think BEC will be an issue. Seems like your methods are working.February 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm #1711004
@reckedracing have you posted your study techniques? I am panicking again, thinking maybe I need another review course or something. (It don't matter because I don't have the money to invest.)February 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm #1711030
My power weekend will start tomorrow and might probably follow @turo9992000 – I'll master pensions..
Same here, would love to find out more about how people study. I am still in a process of changing mine's for FAR re-take.February 11, 2018 at 7:49 am #1711172
I'll post more in depth write up after I sit for BEC.
Using Roger as primary resource. I also purchased the Gleim TB with books as many people said Roger MCQs were not enough.
I don't really regret dropping the $500 on the Gleim books and TB, but I don't think it was necessary.
I used Gleim to do 600 additional questions for FAR, and I use the books if I am having trouble with a topic with Roger.
The Gleim books also offer an index, where as Roger books do not, so that's super helpful if you want to look for the page a specific term is on.
FAR I did the normal approach, videos, questions, next chapter. Held off on SIMs until the end.
AUD REG and BEC new approach is cram all the videos as fast as possible, then just straight into the MCQs.
Skim a chapter in the book and then do all the MCQs for that chapter, move on to the next chapter.
If there are more than 100 MCQs and I am polling well, I only do 100, or 80 if polling over 90%, then leave the rest for the end.
For REG I did 100 in each and left the rest of tax for the end, wanted it fresh in my mind after I finished the law questions.
I would advise cramming all the videos for AUD and BEC. I have 15 years experience in tax, and did the EA exam, so REG video cram will probably not work for most. AUD is more conceptual, so you really need to see the whole picture soup to nuts, before the individual stages start to make sense.
FAR is a beast. If I had to do FAR again I would dedicate Sundays to doing comprehensive MCQs to keep the earlier topics fresh in my mind. I had to relearn so much in that last review week.
I'm not much of a note taken. Sometimes I regret that, most times I don't. I'd stick to writing down the mnemonics or formulas.
I cannot stand to read a book, not sure if reading comprehension due to age, or wandering mind or what my problem is.
I have learned through this process that I am an audio visual learner. I can recall quite vividly the things that were written on the whiteboard during the video lectures. That ability to recall what I saw has helped me tremendously.
For REG I took notes on the MCQs. If I got a question wrong, or guessed correctly, I would write down on one line in a notebook the item or thought I did not know. The day before my REG exam I read through the 6ish pages of one liners.
I truly believe that it does not matter what review course you use. Any of them will help you pass. Just comes down to dedication, hours and MCQs. If you understand the topics, and what they are asking for, you will be able to work through any problem they throw at you.
I am sure my 15 years of experience in a small tax practice have helped me under the new exam format. When you work in a small practice you do everything. I handle everything from my firms server/IT/computer issues to advising clients on tax and business decisions. Critical/out of the box thinking is a must.
Test taking skills, eliminating 2 of the answers, trying to pick the best of the remaining 2, and not questioning your instincts are also very helpful, and a big old helping of LUCK. Tell me what exam you are working on and I can tell you what I did for that exam.February 11, 2018 at 7:57 am #1711175
Also, don't do big blocks of MCQs.
The MCQs are there to learn from. If you do 30 you forget the questions by the end, and it takes longer to relearn the questions and then read why you did it right or wrong.
I do 10 question MCQs in Roger with no answers/explanations.
I do 20 question MCQs in Gleim in Study Mode so I can see the answer immediately.
Doing large blocks is great for time management practice, but horrible for learning.
The sooner you can see if you got it right or wrong, and why you got it right or wrong, the more efficient your study time will become.February 11, 2018 at 10:55 am #1711228
@reckedracing I like you approach with the mcq's . I think its a better idea to do small batches of mcq's. That's where I was getting discouraged because I was trying to do so many at a time and getting a lot wrong and really not knowing where to read or use the videos to tighten up my studies. Every little bit helps. I'm in and ready to get started on extensive study.
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