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SO my eyeball changed to No Credit for REG.. Does this really mean I failed? I should have lost AUD which expired 8/28 but that still said Credit..
I took REG today too.. It was my second attempt.. This time I only had 24 hours (two days in total) to re-study the material.. I think I did OK on the MCQ, but OMG the SIMS were insane.. I'm just praying for a pass since it's my last exam and if I fail, I lose AUD.
Oh and I only had 12 minutes left over which I spent on double checking my answers against the authoritative lit. But, I always use up all the time on all my exams, thats just me! Everyone tests differently so don't worry about it!
@nshah1824 I just passed FAR on the third try. This is how I got through it..
During the actual exam, I know when I'm being asked a question that I don't really know… I write that topic down on the scratch paper… Once I'm completely done with the test but before I leave the test computer, I look at that paper and I memorize all the topics I was asked about but didn't fully know (things I made a guess on, etc). When I get into my car, I write those down in my phone note pad.. Those are the topics I KNOW I need to go back and master.
I then go back and re-do all the areas but really focus on those weak areas that I was tested on and master those..
This is how I went from a 65 to a 70 to a 79 for FAR. We need to master our weak areas as best we can, but there is also an element of gamble because you never know what they'll test you on, you might get questions on your strong topics and you might get a lot on your weaker topics.
finally passed with a 79!!!
@iceman I did 1800+ and was trending 92. My average was 66 however. I was going thru section by second on ninja. After I went thru a section I’d immediately go back and re do the wrong ones and read thru the answer to ensure I understood it. I probably should have gone over those wrong ones again. How did you do your MCQ?
@L.J. I'm sorry to hear the bad news.. I'm right there with you… Got a 65 on FAR in June and now a 70 on FAR today. I'm planning on retaking in 3 weeks and then moving on to another test also for Q4. I used Wiley and then on my retake only NINJA MCQ. I did about 1800 but I guess it still wasnt enough to pass. I know I was weak in pension/tax and maybe goofed up on a few other topics.. all of which I'm planning on mastering plus doing more SIMS. I only did a cash flow sim previous to the test., plus the AICPA ones.. Anyway I'm interested to see what others suggest too.
I'm waiting on FAR. I took it 9/7.. When I log into NASBA Central, I dont see the FAR NTS listed there.. It doesn't show up or even say attendance like it normally would.. I hope I get my score on the 19th! Anyone else have that issue?
Ugh yes!! I struggle with Pensions & Deferred taxes. I'm taking FAR tomorrow (second attempt from a 65 back in May). I've done all of the NINJA MCQ's (except the income tax, retirement benefits and stock comp). I'm trending at 89% and I've gotten 76% correct (not in the review stage yet). Today I'm just working the AICPA released and then light note reviewing. I will read the book on tax/pension but I'm just praying I can get by without mastering those topics for FAR.
I failed FAR with a 65… I'm planning on re taking it end of Aug/beg of Sept…
My plan is to start studying this weekend on areas I know that I could improve on (the areas I didnt quite get to the 1st go round). Once I get that notice of what I was weak in, I'll go from there, but honestly I'll prob review everything. I didnt get to do all the NINJA MCQ's. I did all of them for AUD and kept doing them for about 2 weeks prior to the test and passed.. I think doing that for FAR might help..
What does everyone suggest?
@cbl i used wiley for AUD and FAR. I also used NINJA for both. For Audit I did all of the NINJA MCQ and felt well prepared. For FAR, it def took longer to go through the MCQs so i did around 1200 i think but didnt do all of the NINJA questions for FAR. I def could have spent more time on certain topics, however i felt like i did well on the SIMS. I'm really curious to get my report of weak areas.. anyone know how long that takes to get??
I hope another month of review will be enough time…..
@hopefulfor75 i failed with a 65… i'm going to re take it and i'm thinking sometime early august. i noticed youre retaking july 23.. i'm wondering if a month is enough time! what does everyone think?
I work full time…
@pablo I took FAR on Monday and feel the exact same way. I thought I did well on the SIMS but a little shaky on the MCQ's. I only have AUD passed so I'm taking a break this weekend and then the next two just lightly studying items in FAR that I feel weak in. I'm not moving on to another part since we'll know our FAR scores soon.
For you, if you have BEC and REG done, I would keep working on FAR until you get the scores.
@rustyshackleford_75 thanks for the insights. much appreciated! I bet you did well since your 2nd testlet got harder and you recently studied this information. Good luck!
Does cost to cost mean percentage of completion?
@RustyShackleford_75 any FAR topics you recommend reviewing days prior to the test aside from NFP/Gov?
@DeMo I guess I should disclose that I did study for AUD using becker in 2010 (got a 74) and then again in 2015 (got a 73). I've been out of public accounting for 5 years and had spent 5 years in public.
In Jan of 2018 I decided to study again and this time used Wiley. I went through the book and did the MCQ's after each lesson. I did skip the pre test questions but sometimes did those after the lessons. I then had 3 weeks to review and thats when I bought NINJA. Since I felt really comfortable with the material, I just did as many random MCQs to get into the adaptive learning phase. Once there, I drilled into my detailed progress report and any topic that I was low in, I would go directly to those problems and did them until I got them right (and understood the answer was the answer). I did this for all the categories in NINJA and then I just continued to do random MCQ's in NINJA until test day.
I'm doing this same method for FAR, but rather than doing a bunch of MCQs in NINJA to get into adaptive learning, I'm going category by category in NINJA. I think I feel more comfortable tackling each area because I'm not as comfortable with FAR as I was for AUD since 1) I had gone through the material before and 2) I worked in audit for 5 years.
Hope that helps!
Has anyone else gone through all of the NINJA FAR MCQ's and managed to pass FAR? My plan is to go section by section and going back to the ones I got wrong/reading the Wiley book in areas that I'm not understanding. I want to make sure I understand all the NINJA MCQ's and as many of the SIMS as possible before the test. Seem like a good plan?
When I studied for AUD, I did the entire Wiley program and then I bought Ninja MCQ. Since I had gone through all the material and Wiley's MCQ, I just did random MCQ's in Ninja until I got into the adaptive learning section. Once I was in that section, I started to look at my detailed progress report and went directly to the sections I was lower in. Once I brought all sections up above a 75, I went back to doing all new MCQ's. From there I did new ones until exam day. I passed AUD and I think all the MCQs helped.
Its funny because now I'm studying for FAR and when I finish a topic in Wiley, I go into Ninja and do those MCQs. I think its best to do what I did for AUD since its probably better to go back to the topics and test yourself with Ninja to see if you retained the info or not.
Avg Score 79
Trending Average 92%
Actual Score 79
Total Questions Attempted 2126
Not Seen 150
Lower than I thought but I'll take it!
Does anyones score say available until 3/25/18? Why does it say that on the new system?
@CPAISA Me too! I passed with a 79 and I'm 1/4 a CPA 🙂
I took AUD today too. I felt like I did well on the MCQ but there were a few that threw me off, perhaps pre test questions. The SIMS were pretty tough. I think I messed up the research question.. Hope that isnt a deal breaker..
This was my first time taking the test under the new method. The SIMs were long and I was worried I wouldnt have enough time, but ended with 15 mins left over.
Anyone else feel like they did bad on the SIMs under the new grading and still passed? Specifically knowing the messed up the 1 research question they got?
Absolutely you should sit for it since A) you already paid and B) you can get a sense of the questions asked and C) you might pass!
@RE2PECT I'm in the same boat with a 72. I did all the HW on becker and was trending 80-90%. I also was an auditor for 5 years. I'm also studying for BEC now, but I'm most likely pushing my BEC test out to late August and spending the rest of June restudying for Audit to take again in July. I'm going to buy the Ninja notes and do all the mqc's there as well. My state provides the breakout of the area you did better / weaker on so i'm curious to see which areas they say im weaker in. I'll focus extra hard in those areas.
Anyone else have any suggestions to nail audit after a 72?
@Jess774 Thanks, I wasn't necessarily going to skip it, since I'm half way through the HW, but maybe not trying to stress out over it as much as other areas. But you're right, you never know what could come up!
Hey! I'm new to this forum. Does anyone think becker chap 2 is a waste of time? I know its a lot of calculations, etc. but i noticed it doesnt seem to have a heavy % when i look at the test outline becker provides in the book. it looks like only 10-14%.
ive watched all the lecture for this chapter and done about half of the HW. I typically like to do all the HW and score in the 90s overall before moving on, but im thinking i may be wasting time. does anyone else feel this way too? if we know most of the formulas around contribution margin, should that be enough? seems like chap 3 is a must since its 19-23% (financial management)
Chap 2 is strategic planning, forecasting, budget, variance and marginal analysis FYI for those who arent using becker.
Thanks! I'll keep going with my plan. I was able to do the same thing for audit and felt comfortable for test day (I'll find out tuesday how i really did). BEC is just a lot harder to study for. I'm trying to get through all of the becker HW for chap2 between today and this sunday. Sounds like it will be a rough weekend for me though since chap 2 is a lot of formulas 🙁