Taking 4 Sections in 6 Days

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  • #1954077
    Nate
    Participant

    Hello all,

    I've spent a lot of time lurking on the forums while avoiding studying and figured it was time for me to contribute. Here is some of my preparation experience and a few study tips.

    I have been studying full-time over the summer. I did an internship during the busy season, saved all of my money, and have generous parents that let me stay at home for free. If you have the opportunity to study this way I definitely recommend it! I can't imagine doing this on top of a full-time job.

    I applied for my NTS and it took 11 weeks and one day to get it back. I called and emailed twice. Every time I got a prompt response but it did nothing to speed up the process. Make sure to apply as early as possible! Because of this, I am now having to take four sections in six days in order to fit the exams into Q3.

    Becker is all I have used to study. Overall, I feel the material is very good. Specifically, I find the explanations to the MCQ's (including the see lecture function) and the Skill Master videos for the TBS's to be very helpful. I don't find the lectures very beneficial. To me, it seems they just read what the book says. If you decide to watch the lectures, I recommend watching them on 1.5 or 1.75 speed. It saves a lot of time and it is still easy to keep up if you pay full attention.

    Here are the details of my approach to each section so far:

    FAR – Watched all of the lectures, did all of the skills practice, did all of the MCQ's, TBS's and practice tests, watched all of the skill master videos. Then did progress tests in sets of 30 to review/keep the material fresh. Did 6,626 MCQ's total with progress tests trending at 87% correct. Practice test scores: 1 – 71%, 2 – 77%, 3 – 87%. Areas that make me nervous are non-monetary transactions and deferred income taxes.

    AUD – Read the textbook, did all of the MCQ's, TBS's and practice tests. Then did progress tests in sets of 30. Did 4,816 MCQ's total with progress tests trending at 91%. Practice test scores: 1 – 87%, 2- 78%, 3 – 92%. Sampling is the area that makes me nervous.

    BEC – Read the textbook, did all of the MCQ's, TBS's and one practice test. Then did progress tests in sets of 30. Did 3,965 MCQ's total with progress tests trending at 90%. Practice test score: 1 – 85%. IT is the section I am worried about.

    REG – Did all of the MCQ's and TBS's twice. Then did progress tests in sets of 32. Did 4,757 MCQ's total with progress tests trending at 90%. Worried about non-monetary transactions and AMT.

    Overall, I find hammering MCQ's and reading the explanations the best way to study. I cut out more and more of the other stuff as I went along. For REG, I only read the textbook when I used the “See Lecture” function in the MCQ's. I also stopped taking practice tests because I feel the results either stressed me out or made me overconfident. When it comes down to it, you don't know what material you will see on test day and you have to prepare for it all.

    I will keep hammering progress tests and then go over my weak sections in detail as my final review. I am nervous to sit for all sections so close together but feel I am well prepared–just ready to take them finally!

    Hope this helps and best of luck to everyone on their exams!

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 97
    REG - 95
    😁
    #1954110
    lam2848
    Participant

    Wow! You are much braver than me! I think since you have put in the time you should be fine! One thing I would recommend, if you haven't done already, is take the AICPA practice tests. Is there one second you feel confident about?

    FAR - 78

    AUD - 75

    BEC - 83

    REG - 82

    #1954173
    Nate
    Participant

    Thanks for the tip! I forgot to mention it, but I did take the AICPA practice tests for each section and they were very helpful. To answer your question, I'm feeling the most confident about AUD. That's what my internship was in and having real life experience to connect back to the material made it easy to understand.

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 97
    REG - 95
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    #1954725
    Adam
    Participant

    lol way to waste your money..sorry but youll fail probably all 4 sections..I find it hard to believe anyone is getting 90 percent on tests with minimal study..

    The test is designed for people like you to fail it..good luck.

    #1954839
    LittleTimmy
    Participant

    This guy is the real deal, that is pure dedication. You could start your own CPA review course, how to “Pass the CPA Exam in 1 Week”.

    Doing 4 sections in 6 MONTHS would be unbearable pressure for me, let alone doing 4 sections in 6 DAYS.
    I am taking REG this week and just started the 2nd half of the book this morning, I now have to study 70 hours this week (5 days of 14 hours), I've only done 75 MCQs so far for REG.

    BEC- passed 16 months ago

    AUD- passed 12 months ago

    FAR- passed 3 months ago

    REG- 69 , 63, 81

    #1956429
    MadhavMadhav
    Participant

    You’re never as smart as you think you are when you are winning and never as dumb as you feel when you are losing.

    AUD - 76
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 76
    REG - 77
    FINISHED.    "If I can do it, so can you".- ME.

    LEO MESSI:GOAT

     

    Ethics: WA: 93, AICPA: 93

    #1956456
    ReckedRecked
    Participant

    Based on the amount of MCQs you have done, I think you will be fine.
    Just make sure you give you brain a break in between the exams. You need to be fresh and sharp before tackling a 4 hour test.
    Take the break, have a snack and hydrate. Best of luck to you!!!
    Let us know how you made out.
    I feel like most of the people that replied to this thread did not read past the thread title. I was going to write you are wasting your money, but once I read your exam prep… I honestly think you have a shot. EPIC!

    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)

    #1970457
    cpa1234
    Participant

    just posting so I have this in my replies and can check in when scores come on the 19th to see if this was a success!

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 76
    REG - 79
    Licensed in PA

     

    #1982480
    KSingh85KSingh85
    Participant

    Nate, how did it go?

    I just want to say BAE BAE to Becker!
    #1982534
    Iceman
    Participant

    “lol way to waste your money..sorry but youll fail probably all 4 sections..I find it hard to believe anyone is getting 90 percent on tests with minimal study..

    The test is designed for people like you to fail it..good luck.”

    Did you even read the OP??? He just spent the entire summer studying full time, not 6 days. The title meant he is cramming the exams into 6 days.

    SMH

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 90
    FAR - 90
    REG - 92
    CFA charterholder (2009)
    #1982582
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    i think it is highly admirable you did this.. i usually would disagree with people like @adam but this time i agree as this is exactly how NASBA makes their money because people rush into it. you shouldn't have taken all 4 in a week because you need to recallibrate your brain and switch gears each section.. Each exam format tests difference things and different material. I would find it very hard to push through due to the sheer exhaustion of just taking 1 exam and then sitting for another 3 in the same week..i tried doing the same thing with 2 exams FAR and AUD when i first started. guess what? i failed both. i'd like to hear the results after though if you can prove me wrong

    #1982732
    Nate
    Participant

    AUD: 99
    FAR: 97
    BEC: 93

    Still waiting on REG… the suspense is killing me!!

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 97
    REG - 95
    😁
    #1982750

    That is awesome. I have been waiting to hear how you did since you posted this. I feel like half the people in this thread didn't bother reading anything you wrote.

    AUD - 75
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 77
    REG - 76
    Licensed in VA
    #1982921
    Nate
    Participant

    95 on REG. I am through the roof right now!!

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 97
    REG - 95
    😁
    #1982951
    cpa1234
    Participant

    so not only did you pass all of them but you're eligible for the Elijah Watt Sells award… this is amazing congrats nate!

    AUD - 83
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 76
    REG - 79
    Licensed in PA

     

    #1983008
    jules1268jules1268
    Participant

    Major props to you! I can't imagine knowing the entire CPA material at one time to pass all 4 exams in the same week. And with high 90s too. I don't think anyone can top that.

    AUD - 76
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 78
    REG - 80
    12 years in the making
    #1983014
    Pork Flavored Bacon
    Participant

    Congratulations on your achievement. On to the next challenge!

    #1983167
    PrekshaPreksha
    Participant

    @Nate Congratulations! I'm in the same boat as you were and I will definitely follow your study technique! Thank you! 🙂

    AUD - 77
    BEC - 85
    FAR - 90
    REG - 88
    " All you need is the plan, the road map and the courage to press on to your destination"  - Earl Nightingale
    #1983230
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Dang man.. I wish I had your tenacity for studying. If i just actually buckled down I'd be done already. Best of luck!

    #1983242
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Congrats on achieving the all-illusive EWS, much less in 6 days. You definitely put in the work, but you are a very gifted person. Whoever you are going to work for is lucky to have you.

    #1984220
    geeveegeevee
    Participant

    Congrats Nate!

     

    AUD - Passed, 2018-June
    BEC - Passed, 2018-August
    FAR - Passed, 2018-September
    REG - Passed, 2018-September

     

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

    #1984289
    ReckedRecked
    Participant

    Well done!!!
    Nice scores!!

    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)

    #1984319
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Wow-you should be in the CPA Guinness World of Records-that's amazing! Congrats on being done!

    #1984787
    Nate
    Participant

    Thanks everyone!

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 93
    FAR - 97
    REG - 95
    😁
    #1984802
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    so awesome! congrats!!

    #1984973
    Cheeks MaloneCheeks Malone
    Participant

    This is pretty damn impressive. Being able to not work and purely study is a huge key to passing all these exams on the first try.
    However, 4 exams in 6 days is insanely impressive. How you kept that amount of knowledge in your brain for all four sections at once is awesome.
    Great job my dude!

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 86
    REG - 82
    Ethics - 100

     

    "We lib a play anutha day."

    -Farmer Fran

    #1984994
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    So Adam, eating some humble pie? Try not to be so rude next time…and congrats to you Nate!

    #1985027
    Cheeks MaloneCheeks Malone
    Participant

    I just added up all of my study time – approx. 1,100 hours spent on Wiley. That's approx. 45 days. While the task seems crazy big, if you're not working and you can just study all summer, this is possible…not advisable 🙂 but possible.
    Again, great job OP!

    AUD - 86
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 86
    REG - 82
    Ethics - 100

     

    "We lib a play anutha day."

    -Farmer Fran

    #1987808
    MadhavMadhav
    Participant

    @NATE is this real or Fake?

    AUD - 76
    BEC - 75
    FAR - 76
    REG - 77
    FINISHED.    "If I can do it, so can you".- ME.

    LEO MESSI:GOAT

     

    Ethics: WA: 93, AICPA: 93

    #2003963
    CPA2be
    Participant

    @Nate, your scores are impressive. Congratulations!
    The fact that you attempted all 4 sections in such a short period and scoring all above 90s is admirable. Even if you retain all the information, one still feels pressure of the exams (and you had 4 to deal with), but you managed to pull it off with confidence and how!
    Your study plan and confidence showed that you had put in all effort and dedication that was required for such great scores.
    Congratulations again!

    AUD - NINJA in Training
    BEC - NINJA in Training
    FAR - 92
    REG - 91
    Consistency is the key!
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