September 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm #1954077
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!September 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm #1954110lam2848Participant
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?September 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm #1954173
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.September 2, 2018 at 11:24 pm #1954725AdamParticipant
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.September 3, 2018 at 6:19 am #1954839LittleTimmyParticipant
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.September 4, 2018 at 10:10 am #1956429MadhavParticipant
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.September 4, 2018 at 10:34 am #1956456ReckedParticipant
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!September 12, 2018 at 8:10 am #1970457cpa1234Participant
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!September 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm #1982480KSingh85Participant
Nate, how did it go?September 18, 2018 at 11:38 pm #1982534IcemanParticipant
“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.
SMHSeptember 19, 2018 at 2:00 am #1982582AnonymousInactive
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 wrongSeptember 19, 2018 at 5:43 am #1982732
Still waiting on REG… the suspense is killing me!!September 19, 2018 at 6:08 am #1982750Accounting_is_TaxingParticipant
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.September 19, 2018 at 7:14 am #1982921
95 on REG. I am through the roof right now!!September 19, 2018 at 7:19 am #1982951cpa1234Participant
so not only did you pass all of them but you're eligible for the Elijah Watt Sells award… this is amazing congrats nate!September 19, 2018 at 7:24 am #1983008jules1268Participant
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.September 19, 2018 at 7:26 am #1983014Pork Flavored BaconParticipant
Congratulations on your achievement. On to the next challenge!September 19, 2018 at 7:59 am #1983167PrekshaParticipant
@Nate Congratulations! I'm in the same boat as you were and I will definitely follow your study technique! Thank you! 🙂September 19, 2018 at 8:07 am #1983230AnonymousInactive
Dang man.. I wish I had your tenacity for studying. If i just actually buckled down I'd be done already. Best of luck!September 19, 2018 at 8:12 am #1983242AnonymousInactive
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.September 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm #1984220geeveeParticipant
Congrats Nate!September 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm #1984289ReckedParticipant
Nice scores!!September 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm #1984319AnonymousInactive
Wow-you should be in the CPA Guinness World of Records-that's amazing! Congrats on being done!September 19, 2018 at 6:28 pm #1984787
Thanks everyone!September 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm #1984802AnonymousInactive
so awesome! congrats!!September 19, 2018 at 8:01 pm #1984973Cheeks MaloneParticipant
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!September 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm #1984994AnonymousInactive
So Adam, eating some humble pie? Try not to be so rude next time…and congrats to you Nate!September 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm #1985027Cheeks MaloneParticipantSeptember 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm #1987808MadhavParticipant
@NATE is this real or Fake?October 1, 2018 at 12:24 am #2003963CPA2beParticipant
@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.
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