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  • #1711247
    Recked
    Recked
    Participant

    The Gleim TB really excels at breaking down your weak areas.
    Each of the 4 exam sections is broken down into 20 chapters, and each chapter is broken down into subunits, it can be from 2 to 10 subunits per chapter.
    The test bank gives you numbers or graphs for each practice section, as well as cumulative totals.
    I'm working on COSO right now for example, which has 2 subunits, COSO framework, and ERM. I can see from the graphs/performances reports that I am strong in the COSO framework, but weaker in the ERM, so I can either re-read the ERM framework subunit, or focus solely on ERM questions.
    If you have the full online version you can go directly from the performance report to the outline for that subunit. I chose the paper versions of the books instead of the online version, so I don't have that option, but it was very convenient when I used Gleim for the EA exam.

    Roger's IPQ does provide score feedback, but its based on the whole chapter, and there are 7 chapters in BEC for Roger's course.
    I like the way Gleim helps me to identify and then focus in on the weaker areas.

    I am not sure if Ninja offers this level of breakdown or not.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)

    #1711457

    hydro94
    Spectator

    You can surely pass with this approach, but do you think it's quite inefficient? Unless you want to win the Elijah Sells Award, of course…

    #1711459

    Anonymous

    @hydro94-no offense, but I feel that the refrain of “if you got over 75 you studied too hard” is a moot point. If you study to get a 75, you will surely fail. Passing on the first try is worth every effort. Wish I studied harder for FAR so I wouldn't have to re-take it.

    #1711462

    Bourne
    Participant

    I don't know why you wouldn't try to get a 100%. I guess people have different thought processes and work ethics. I have very very similar study tactics as Recked, it's only inefficient if you spend the time doing the studying then fail.

    AUD- 82
    REG- 86
    FAR- 86
    BEC- 88
    #1711474

    Tncincy
    Participant

    I just want to pass, I can't blame or be jealous of anyone that got greater than 75. There is no reason to put them down or try to insult. Let's keep studying so we can pass. Those that take the time to give us study points are only suggestions. If it worked for them the suggestions just might work for us. I can't tell what the intention is about studied too hard or inefficient, but the Elijah Sells award is for those who can pass with high scores. Most of us won't get that award, but we can get a 75. I know I'm coming in on the end.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1711546

    hydro94
    Spectator

    @anyatver: No I'm not saying you should only aim for 75. My point is that studying over 100 hours something just for one section is way too much and can be inefficient.

    #1711567

    turo9992000
    Participant

    How many hours should we study to get a 75?

    AUD - 64, 80 Passed on 10/09/17

    BEC - 75 Passed on 12/09/17

    FAR - 69, 71, 73, 83 Passed on 06/10/18

    REG - 81 Passed on 09/10/17

    #1711630

    Sophie
    Participant

    Working through FAR pension section right now.
    Trying to figure out all the related JE.
    I didn't take notes when preparing BEC exam.
    However, I took handwritten notes while preparing REG exam. ( finding it helpful)
    I did the same thing while preparing FAR exam.

    I believe trying our best to get highest score as possible.
    If you are studying with the attitude of “75”, you probably wouldn't try to understand the concepts and basics and try to figure out why MCQs/ SIMs were answered wrong.
    And you probably would wonder why you couldn't pass the exams while others can.

    AUD - 95
    BEC - 95
    FAR - 99
    REG - 95
    A thankful heart is a happy heart
    #1711750
    Recked
    Recked
    Participant

    Inefficient use of time would be having to take one of these tests more than once.
    One time is more than enough for me. If I knew the numbers of hours to guarantee me a 75 I would do exactly that.
    With my equity position on the line, I'm hedging my bets.

    Both the Wiley and Gleim courses recommend over 150 hours per part. I think 180 for FAR from Wiley. And 160 for Gleim.
    FAR was my first and I had no idea what to expect, other than the horror stories I had heard, so I went above and beyond.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)

    #1711789

    Tncincy
    Participant

    I don't think I clocked my hours but my mistake was being too random. I wasn't sure if I should start at the first page of the book or start with mcq's and work backward. I feel more backward with less security about passing. So, how do I make myself read the book! I have wiley book and ninja. I have a little more than 20 days and I still feel like I'm missing something.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1711859
    J King
    J King
    Participant

    Thanks @reckedracing, I just jotted down your MCQ tips. So to clarify things, only do 1-2 practice exams during final review week/s? then do small blocks of MCQ as you review a chapter? I just got started doing Gleim TB yesterday. I'd say I'm impressed with how clean its interface looks.

    @tncincy, start a chapter, skim through pages to get an idea how bulky the chapter is, then read first and last sentences of each paragraph. More tips here.

    FAR - 65 (Planned rematch on Apr/May 2018 'cuz CalBOA is turtle slow)
    AUD - 2/10/18 (Roger MCQ/TBS, 5 weeks prep) - Pending...
    REG - TBD
    BEC - TBD

    Joshua 1:9

    #1711942
    Recked
    Recked
    Participant

    I only did full length practice exams for FAR. I did one exam with Roger, and then I did a couple practice MCQs block sessions in Gleim to gauge my time.
    I did NOT do any practice exams for REG or AUD, and will not do one for BEC. The practice exams are a waste of time. If you do poorly it shakes your confidence.
    No review course I have tried comes close to the actual SIMs, so why bother wasting time with them on the practice exams.

    In the review stage you should be doing MCQs with immediate answers, or do 10 question blocks so you can review/learn asap.
    If you have Gleim use the Test Prep with show answers immediately. If you get one wrong, read why it was wrong, then try to pick the right one.
    I can usually limit my options to 2 choices. If I get it wrong its usually the second option. Rarely I will select 3 wrong answer before getting the right one. 3 wrongs = 3 learning chances.
    Selecting the correct answer does not alter your score for that session, so the data analytics are still accurate.

    That's what works best for me, your learning style may be different.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)

    #1712221

    Anonymous

    @Tncincy-Here is what I did for all mine, perhaps it would work? I would listen to Becker lectures on the way to work, then I would jump into MCQ for a particular module, then I would go back through the book and take notes (sometimes I would listen to explanations if something wasn't clear), then redo the MCQ and move on. If you feel like you have already been exposed to the material enough-jump into MCQ and go from there. On my re-take I did all of Ninja questions, then went back to Becker and my notes, to re-write my own notes and skim through the book to see what else was worth writing down. Then I re-did all of the Ninja questions I got wrong. Then I went to Becker SIMS, and did random sets of MCQ in Becker and Ninja while doing more SIMS. SIMS and journal entries is where I lived the last couple of days and I really think it made a difference. Once you understand the mechanics of a journal entry, you feel like you know the material so much better. We will see if this technique translates into a pass. I feel nothing at all after this test-maybe that's a good sign?

    #1712246

    Tncincy
    Participant

    I appreciate the help gang. I can follow this. I don't have becker I have ninja plus, I have gone through the most important ones like bonds, investments, governmental, and a few others. I do have the ninja book and the wiley book. so I can skim through the chapters before starting mcq's. What I was surprised about after yesterdays study, I knew more about governmental and not for profit than I though. according to ninja I need a little more work on cash flows and bonds and financial statements (mostly calculations). I have printed off the suggestions of anyatver, jking reckedracing. I really appreciate you all and your patience. keep those fingers crossed, I'm not giving up. Thanks again Ninja's.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1712249

    Tncincy
    Participant

    I'll take advantage of power weekend, and far retake posts as much as possible. I'm not going down with out a fight. (that's for me). I might feel like i'm talking to myself in these posts, but hey what are we here for if we can't encourage one another to pass.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1712252

    Anonymous

    @Tncincy-talk away! No one understands you better than us (I know a bunch of faceless strangers) but we have all been through the same hell! 🙂 keep it going!

    #1713509

    Tncincy
    Participant

    Oh no! My anniversary is Saturday :-). 28 years :-). I have to study :-(. Has anyone had to cut the evening short to study? Or able to get work done in spite of the celebration.

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1713512
    Recked
    Recked
    Participant

    Study early, celebrate later.
    I've found that trying to study after 7pm is just a waste of time for me, but I'm usually up around ~6am.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)

    #1713526

    Tncincy
    Participant

    I'm on mega study anyway, so I'll add a little extra today thru Friday, and early Sat morning. Thanks for the idea . I think I'm at 20 days and counting down 🙁

    It begins with a 75
    Been here too long as a cheerleader.....time to pass
    #1778559

    BORN TO WIN
    Participant

    It's been awhile, but who's in for a power weekend? I'm not sure if I have a magic number as much as I prefer to master these AUD concepts via MCQ & notes. Wish me luck! Some of these questions are so ambiguous.

    Do NOT quit! There's more in you and if you quit you'll never see it. Show you that you can do it.

    AUD Passed  78
    BEC Passed  79
    FAR Passed  77
    REG 7/7/2019

    #1779624

    Julia
    Participant

    I'm in for next weekend! I have burned LOTS of bridges ignoring everyone & had ground to make up. But I'm buckling down.
    May 5 & 6: 600 MCQ!

    B- 74, 84

    A- 75

    R- 74, 81

    F- 09-07-18

    #1779800

    PDiddy2000
    Participant

    like @julia, my power weekend starts next weekend, May 4-6. I take AUD on May 8. I'm currently working on my last subsection of the last section of AUD in Wiley.

    AUD - NINJA in Training
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - 77
    AUD-test date 6/7/19
    REG-did 2000 MCQs,35 TBSs on Wiley, over 72 hours study time
    #1783850

    Julia
    Participant

    @famh110 I hope u join us here.

    B- 74, 84

    A- 75

    R- 74, 81

    F- 09-07-18

    #1784018

    famh110
    Participant

    @julia, working hard to reach the finish line. hoping to join you all this weekend!

    AUD - 75
    BEC - 77
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today". (H Jackson Brown, Jr.)
    #1784683

    turo9992000
    Participant

    I'm going to try and get a real understanding of Governmental accounting.

    AUD - 64, 80 Passed on 10/09/17

    BEC - 75 Passed on 12/09/17

    FAR - 69, 71, 73, 83 Passed on 06/10/18

    REG - 81 Passed on 09/10/17

    #1785567

    Julia
    Participant

    Friday: Day 1
    Starting with 569 attempted up to today (over a period of 1 month) @ 69.67%.

    B- 74, 84

    A- 75

    R- 74, 81

    F- 09-07-18

    #1785861

    Julia
    Participant

    Day 1 Recap: I did 100 MCQ in 2.5 hours. I did review the questions I was not sure about and compared them to my notes. I wrote the issues I had and why I got it wrong. I averaged 30 min for 20 questions.
    The remaining 500 questions should take 12.5 hours over 2 days,very doable.

    B- 74, 84

    A- 75

    R- 74, 81

    F- 09-07-18

    #1785873

    famh110
    Participant

    @julia, wow! you are on a roll girl!! i bet you will be done by the end of the weekend. i am not quite done with becker chapter 6 as of yet. i had to take care of car issues yesterday and devoted the evening for the family so here i am behind with my plan (nothing new lol). anyhow, i am going to get that done first and then check in with you. i also need to renew my ninja access. i think i had done about 260 mcq approx.

    AUD - 75
    BEC - 77
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today". (H Jackson Brown, Jr.)
    #1785958

    Julia
    Participant

    Famh110: Hey lady, you are crazy for doing this with a family. Lol. I'm lucky my husband is a pain lately b/c he is stressed from work. BUT, he is low maintenance and takes care of lots of stuff for me. So his (temporary) butt head attitude is very much forgiven. Lol. Good luck lady, I know you will do great!
    In my office with no phone access – I have a fridge full of lunchables, chips, emery drinks, and Coke zero and will kill it this weekend.

    B- 74, 84

    A- 75

    R- 74, 81

    F- 09-07-18

    #1786008

    famh110
    Participant

    @julia: Haha! Thanks so much! All the best to you! You are loaded with goodies so no reason to get out, just hammer those MCQs. I am at a Library till 5 as it closes early on Saturdays then will head to a local coffee shop. I already feel i need coffee though..lol

    AUD - 75
    BEC - 77
    FAR - NINJA in Training
    REG - NINJA in Training
    "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today". (H Jackson Brown, Jr.)
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