Here are my CPA Exam scores/results predictions for the July and August 2009 Wave 1 and Wave 2 release:
(Exams taken July 1 – approx. August 7, 2009 are eligible)
- Predicted AICPA BEC release Thursday, August 13
- Actual BEC AICPA release (8534 scores): Thursday, August 13
- Predicted REG AICPA release – Saturday, August 15
- Actual REG AICPA release (9084 scores): Monday August 17
- Predicted AUD AICPA release – Monday, August 17
- Actual AUD AICPA release #1 (7157 scores): Friday August 21
- Actual AUD AICPA release #2 (676 scores): Monday August 24
- Predicted FAR AICPA release – Tuesday, August 18
- Actual FAR AICPA release #1 (7460 scores): Wednesday August 19
- Actual FAR AICPA release #2 (581 scores): Friday August 21
- Actual FAR AICPA release #3 (351 scores): Monday August 24
NASBA Release (posted between 9pm and midnight EDT):
- Predicted BEC NASBA release – Friday, August 14
- Actual BEC NASBA release: Friday, August 14 (Predictions: 1 for 1)
- Predicted REG NASBA release – Tuesday, August 18
- Actual REG NASBA release: Tuesday, August 18 (Predictions: 2 for 2)
- Predicted AUD NASBA release – Wednesday, August 19
- Actual AUD NASBA release #1: Monday, August 24 (Predictions: 2 for 3)
- Predicted FAR NASBA release – Thursday, August 20
- Actual FAR NASBA release #1: Friday, August 21 (Predictions: 2 for 4)
Wave 1 Prediction History (NASBA release):
- October/November 2008: 0/4
- January/February 2009 : 4/4
- April/May 2009: 2/4
- July/August 2009: 2/4
Jeff, To my understanding the CPA exam scores are not a %. Do you think that the scores, say a 75, are closely related to its % as in a 75%? Or do you think they would award a 75 even if one got a 70%?
Hello, I'm trying to understand you prediction better.. I took the REG exam on July 1st.. so you think I will be able to view my score on the NASBA site around August 18th? Thanks
Yes - your score should be there around the 18th *unless* you had a new simulation on your exam, which per my interview with the AICPA, would put you in Wave 2 automatically. -jeff
Is it possible to pass FAR if you finish almost nothing in one of the sims. I ran out of time today!
What exactly do you mean by "as well as those with new sims"??? I have not heard anything about this...what is this referencing?? Or anyone? I'm panicing now b/c I take mine after the 7th and wasn't prepared for new sims
It's referencing my AICPA interview...there aren't any new sim formats, just new sim problems...they do this every window....it doesn't affect your exam prep in the slightest.
Well, I received my exam score yesterday (taken 5/29) and I failed once again. This is one is really hard to deal with because I felt very prepared going in and I didn?t even really come close to passing (65). I?ve taken this same section (BEC) 5 windows in a row and haven?t even broke the 70?s yet. I have passed the other three and I have one more chance in August before my sections start expiring again. I don?t even want to think what that will feel like if that happens?.I want to get this over now. Last time I took it in May I did the Yaeger BEC Home Study and BEC Cram. Is there anyone else struggling as much as me? Any suggestions, advice, study tips?
If you're a Yaeger student - call Phil Yaeger...he'll put you in touch with
Cindy Simpson...she'll help you.
Calling Yaeger and talking to Cindy is step #1 I'd say.
So, I took REG on Thursday (my last part), and my score still isn't up! They've had the entire weekend to grade it. What gives?
This is going to be a long 6 weeks waiting for that score to come in. Oh well, at least I finally get to spend some time with my 5 month old daughter instead of studying, and who knows, maybe I'll even have some free time to work out and lose some of this CPA study weight I've put on!
Does anyone know anything about my first post? Just curious.
Here are my 2 cents take it if you like:
#1: You are not made for this exam (BEC at least to say). You will have hard time no matter which course you choose. So stop asking which course to choose. And forget about calling Yeager- it's not worth it. No one can help you but......... Only you can help yourself, no one else. Not Dr. Phil not Another71 or me. This is what you should do if you really want to try:
1. Identify your weakness: most likely cost accounting. When you use exam prep material it is fast paced and you might not be able to grasp it. See whick topic is hard for you and learn it from college textbook.
2. Then practice MQ's: a lot of them, over and over. Don't waste time on this website until the result time.
3. I used Becker. I found it very helpful, practice Q's were must. I think even Becker does not address Cost accounting in detail, that is why you might need text. however do not study any topic not in Becker.
4. Divide Becker course in two: Ch-1,2,4 and Ch-3,5. Review them over and over.
I took BEC last week and I don't have a very good feeling about it. If i didn't pass do I have to pay the section fee again if my NTS is still good?
...This exam is a rigorous beast, thanks though.
More likely than not, the percentage you earned is not close to your scaled score. Each question is weighted using pyschometrics and the "harder" questions are worth more, and the "easier" questions are worth less. Add in the fact that the multiple choice is worth 70%, the sims are worth 20% and the communication is worth 10%, it would be incredibly coincidental that your actual score approached the percentage of questions/tabs you answered correctly.
Yes, you'll have to pay again and receive a new NTS, and you can only take a section once per testing window - just an FYI.
I am about to start studying for FAR. If I sign up to take it August 26th, is that enough prep time? Some people say 3-4 weeks for BEC and AUD...how many weeks do you think I need for FAR? Thanks!!
Hey Jeff, Your wave one window includes July 1st through August 7th. How accurate do you think that is? I'm asking because I have scheduled REG on August 6th and I'm debating scheduling it earlier to make sure I'm in window one.
Yeah I heard on discovery channel study/stress takes a good 10 or 15 yrs off ones life.
I took BEC 3 times already: 67, 71 and ,,, 74
Just took Reg yesterday 7/7... I can not wait for August 15th already! My luck I probably had a new sim though and will be bumped to 2nd wave... but I guess that would mean my Audit score for the test I'm taking in Aug would come at the same time one after another at least! Good luck to everyone testing this wave! Remember... study study study! MCQ's till you're blue in the face!
Anita, read my comment on first page, this applies to you too.
I took FAR this morning and I am really worried. I finished it with a little less than an hour to complete the exam. I know I did not 'ace' it by any means but I have studied with Becker materials and I studied on average at least an hour and a half a day since February going through all the MCQ's three times and making flashcards each time I got a question wrong for review. I also practiced all the SIMS twice and took many progress tests. My question is this, is the whole exam determined before I start or does it load new testlets based on my performance after I finish one testlet. The reason I am asking is the exam did not get harder, (edit - you can't give out exam info that you encounter) and the sims seemed easier than I expected. I am afraid I was doing so poorly that it kept me at a low level. What do you think.
edit - no exam info allowed, please. You agree to this when you take the exam.
to whycantyoupasscpa? not sure if your intent is to belittle the 2 other posters who are having trouble with the BEC exam, but it comes across that way. helpful advise is great and welcome, and some of your advise is spot on, but your tone comes off as unkind...this site is intended to be informative but also supportive, so try and keep it cordial and cool. that's my 2 cents.
Hey I am sorry that I sounded unkind, but I just think that way. Getting CPA is a great deal, very respected. But when I hear people tried 5-6 times to pass the exam I get upset thinking that person who is really smart and passed the exam in one try will have same CPA status as person hardly passing. Now I know that this seems very rude but if you can't pass the exam that gives you message in a way. I am also aware that CPA exam is not that difficult. If you prepare enough I think everyone can pass the exam on the first try. Only motivation is missing in many people. One reason people do not prepare enough is because they know that if they can't pass they will have another shot at it! I am from a country where students get only one shot at most exam. I see students breaking their back studying for their exam, taking it very seriously. That country now produces more doctors, eng, scientists than any other country in world. But I still believe IF EVERYONE ON THIS BOARD PREPARES FOR THE EXAM AS IF THEY ONLY HAVE ONE SHOT AT IT, THERE IS NO REASON YOU CAN'T PASS THE EXAM. Let's go at it guys.
After an overly rude and mocking post this morning, whycan'tyoupass will not be visiting us any more. This isn't the place to belittle people and disguise it as "tough love". -Jeff
I tryed to focus on everything not just weak area, just can nt pass by BEC
Anyway , I wish goodluck all of you who taking exam this window.
Phil - Get to the point with your studying that before you walk into the test you can look yourself in the mirror and say "I did absolutely everything I could do and gave it all I had". If you can do that, you'll pass every section. This is more an exercise of committment/dedication than learning and knowledge. whycantyoupass is right, you don't need advice on how to do this. Make yourself accountable and you'll be successful.
I also got 74 on audit last window
To all of those who are struggling on BEC and other exam. Just thought i would share. i have been taking the exam now for 3 1/2 years close to 4, BEC i have taken 5 times. (passed on the 5th). what i have determined is if your study materials arent working for you it is time to switch. i wasnt bombing the test i was getting 70's, but couldnt get the over the hump to the 75. I have recently switched to Becker (gave up on Gleim) and have passed 3 in a row. everyone learns differently. what you are using may not be bad, but it may not be for you. switch it up and keep the faith. you will pass eventually. i think the statistic is 86% of people who apply to test eventually pass. Dont give up
My Becker software just expired. I think that I can manage studying with the Becker Book, but I really would like access to a decent bank of practice exam questions. Any suggestions?
Check out a website https://www.cpareviewforfree.com/ They have a decent amount of MC questions to supplement any studying you're doing. Plus, IT'S FREE!
Thanks to all of you for your input. I am going to study as hard as I can so that when I go into this exam I will know I have given it my all in preparation for it. Over the last 3 and 1/2 years I have taken a section of the exam 18 times, and in a weird way I am thankful for this because over those years I have become much closer to God and it has taught me that even during our hardest and darkest times He is always there with us no matter what.
I'm sitting 7/25 for FAR, and 8/22 for AUD. I've used Becker for the last year, and now using a mixture of Becker(material) and Gleim (MCQs).
Why do some people have problem with Becker material? I didn't try others. But Becker works just fine. I am a foreigner , english is not my language. I took Far on 4/28, got 91, took Bec on 5/27, got 88. Yesterday I took aud, waiting for score. Gonna take the last one next month, so i can finish whole exams within half a year, which is my target:)
You answered your question in your own question Mr. LA. If you didn't catch it read carefully... "I am a foreigner" This means you are smarter than us. Regardless what number language it is.
I absolutely agree with this comment! If you walk out knowing that you have done everything you can, you will pass.
I was actually about to type up the same question last night. Whenever I see someone complain about the Becker material I usually think to myself that people just don't study enough. That doesn't go for everyone, but I just feel that Becker does prepare you well.
I feel your pain. I'm struggling with AUD and FAR in the same way.
I think BEC is not covered enouph by becker, anyway I am going to use Wieley in addition.
I always miss these posts. Crud.
18 times. You have some serious patience....and cash. I'll buy everyone on here a beer when you and I pass!
I had the same problem John. I totally messed up the 2nd sim and if it wasn't for that I'm pretty confident that I would have passed.
Try Becker's BEC Self study program. It is expense, but I thought it was good.
Anita, Most of us here have experienced failure, multiple times. We all have our achillies heel so to speak. There is no shame in failure only in quitting. I have never met you but I KNOW that you CAN pass. You were smart enough to get a degree and to pass all of the required accounting classes so you ARE going to pass this test. You are the little engine that could! Keep telling yourself that "I know I can. I know I can." Don't be afraid to ask for help. That is what we are here for. I'm taking FAR Saturday Jul 11th for the second time and with the help of people that I have met on this board I know that I will eventually pass this beast. I'm going to start straight into BEC Sunday so I don't know when or if you are planning to take BEC again in July/August but if you do I would love someone to work with. Having someone to talk to or e-mail frustrations may be the trick to getting you past this. I would be more than happy to be that person. Just let me know. I'm sure Jeff can figure out how to get us each others e-mail addresses if you are game. Good Luck.
Marcus - That cracks me up, I was thinking the exact same thing when I read LA-cpa's question!!!
Are you serious? It does not matter where you are from only if you can learn; accounting is basically universal; so with that said you must be good at English comprehension , have a great business vocabulary, be well taught in the field of school book accounting, and dedicated to passing a test. That’s it; no people skills, no human error resolution, or anything dealing with personality. I think it is not wise to think just b/c of where you are born makes you any less or better then another; it has to do with other factors and location is just one of those factors. Success is an equation; figure it out and you will achieve your objective. The point is that statement is Becker works; what is the big deal everyone knows it works; everyone is different; and 9 times out of 10 what works for one person does not for the other. I will be proud once I become part of the AICPA.
Overall, I thought Becker was a successful enough program. My problem is that I couldn't stand Peter Olinto, to the point where I had to stop watching the DVD's. I passed with basically just the MCQ's and books. So I guess that really does mean good things for Becker students. I tried Wiley for REG. Wasn't into the way the information was presented. Too difficult to look at for me. I enjoy reading fiction not dense non-fiction. Anyway, I agree, if you put your mind to it, you can do it. Good luck! And I want that beer, so that best not be hogwash, Mark_in_KS.
I think Becker is a good program also. I passed BEC & REG the first time with Becker. However, I had taken them both before with another material. I failed FAR & AUD with Becker. I have purchased Yaeger's material for these two subjects. I will be taking FAR in a couple of weeks and AUD at the end of August. I feel that Yaeger is some really good info. Becker was ok, but it just wasn't enough for me. I know Jeff recommends Yaeger and hopefully that will be my saving grace to get past these last two sections. I agree with other posts that if the material you have isn't working, it's probably time to change to something else. Some material can work for some people and not for others. Good luck to everyone and don't give up. If you are determined you can get through it.
I am taking AUD on 7/18 for the second time. I failed the first time with a 67. Does anyone know how to gage the scores? I realize they aren't percentages and obviously a 74 means you just missed it, but what does a 67 mean?? Was I way off, just a little, etc??? I'm scheduled to take FAR on 8/29...I really want to pass these exams and be done with it. Good luck to everyone and congrats to those of you who are passing!!! :)
means you are more likely to be weak in one or two areas I reckin
A big white envelope arrived with yesterday's mail. The return address says "CPA Examination Services." Inside is a letter and a form. The letter begins: "All the members of the State Board join me in congratulating you on your success on passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. You have completed all four sections of the examination in accordance with the grading and passing standards as set forth in the State Board's Rules. Your passing grades were as follows:" So now it's official. I HAVE MY LIFE BACK! THE PAIN WAS WORTH IT! I wish for everyone here that you will see the same letter in your own mail soon.
Congrats Nan! ~ well done~
Thank you. Good luck to all who are committed to passing these exams.
when did you take your last section?
With regards to Becker, I have used this program for every section so far. I have passed the first 3 sections with Becker on my first try. But, I also had a part time job and gave my self approximately 45 days for each section. I think Becker is written well, but you need to have the time to go through everything. I would think if I had a full time job I would have not been able to pass the sections.
What did your score report say?
I bet it was a break down of the sections tested and the score they give you compared to those who passed with a grade of 75-80 if I am not mistaken. then a overall rating of weaker satisfactory or stronger for MC Written and SIM
Jeff, I will buy you a cup of coffee, heck even two if you stop messing with people and stop blocking me. Your goal is to make everyone think it is ok to fail. You failed many times that does not mean it is ok. Instead you should (I don't think you can but..) let people understand that there is no glory in failure and if one cannot pass exam, they are not made for it. That is the purpose of the exam, weed out the weak ones. Again I am not against people who fail but I think they should study harder, much harder instead of wasting time on this post. This post is good for estimating results. That is it, Jeff, you cannot provide inspiration to anyone. There is no glory in failure............... Jeff, earn your coffee if you can.
lol - have you even passed the exam?
There is no shame in failure. There is only shame in quitting. You obviously don't know what Jeff has done for a lot of us who post here. You don't know what is going on in our lives or our individual situations. You don't have a clue.
I passed Reg(91), Bec(96) and Aud(89) and I am busting my back for FAR on Aug 31. I passed Jeff......... I passed because I worked hard... simple... I am not smarter than anyone or I don't have luxury....Jeff I have a family and full-time job too..... My commute daily is 4 hrs.... Again I just prepared 120%. It not the time you put in for the exam... it is how you use your time wise. Jeff it looks like you will have to wait for your coffee. And for Iacpa: you are right no shame as long as you don't quit.. but friend why not prepare to pass in the first try? Nothing is better than that. Good luck... I do have clues.. I passed...My family is pissed though because I missed many family events.
show me where I say failure is a good thing...this site is about overcoming excuses and circumstances...not sure what you're so fired up about...
In the first place, I'm not your friend. I don't make friends with negative people who belittle others. My family is pissed as well not because I missed some family event but because there is a sink full of dirty dishes waiting for me. And as for passed ... well I don't see CPA behind your name yet. Why don't you just go back to doing whatever it is that is working for you and leave the rest of us alone. Posting here is only taking time away from your studying and frankly ticking a bunch of us off. Maybe you missed your meds this morning or something. I don't know but you need to get over yourself.
On a happier note. You saved my butt yesterday on one question. I had just read something before I went into the test center that you had sent me and it was question 3 on the first test. I OWE you big time!
Even though I ddidn't join club 74 but I salute jeff for all he is doing for us...it keeps us going, and yes, you deserve all the best Jeff, maybe I will join one day...Job well done!!...thank you :)
Yeah, I got a breakdown showing my score compared to the average... most parts I was only a few points under but for one of the sections I was quite a bit weaker... the written communications was comparable... I guess I was wondering though, exactly how bad is a 67??? I'm retaking it again this Saturday and so far I feel pretty good... been doing well on the mc and sims... so I guess I'll just have to wait and see
I agree with the above people... nocoffeeforyou... you are just don't right rude. I failed my first attempt at the cpa exam, does that mean I am weak and I should "be weeded out". I'll answer that myself, no it does not!! Everyone is made up of different strengths and different weaknesses, but with dedication, hard work, and encouragement, anything can be done!! That is what this site is for, encouraging one another not to give up!!! SO, I recommend that you go to a different blog... one for people with big egos and big heads... not this one!
all. Nocoffeeforyou is obviously whycantyoupasscpa. ignore him, as he's just a bitter guy with issues who has no ability to inspire or help, only the incredible talent to agitate. Jeff isn't glorifying failure. He just knows that for many people, failure is a reality and it's comforting and supportive to have friendly bloggers that can relate to help you deal with the failure, get over it, and keep going. everyone that aims to excel and accomplish is going to fail as they strive higher at whatever it is that they do: sports, academics, being a good human being, whatever. anyone that seriously attempts the CPA exam has guts because they're putting themselves in a position where failure is a very real possibilty, and is scary becaus it can make you doubt yourself and your capabilities. Choosing to face that risk of failure headon is a gutsy and admirable thing. All those that aren't passing! keep going...just either try harder, study smarter, or get different materials.
To NoCoffeeforyou: What is your problem? You are a very bitter person. You really need to get a life!!! Why do you even bother posting on this site when you have nothing nice to say? Why don't you quit wasting everyone's time and just go study! I really feel sorry for your family because I would not like being around someone who is so bitter! You must be some piece of work to be around. I feel sorry for everyone who knows you. If you can't post anything that will help anyone then don't waste our time! You really are pathetic!!!
Kudos to you! Great blog, well said! :)
Just took audit for the second time. The first attempt I used Wiley book and Wiley practice software and scored a 74. This time around I used becker self study course. I got rediculously hard sims but feel I nailed all three multiple choice testlets so I am pretty confident the result will be 75 or higher. Will post when I receive the score. Good luck to all.
Good luck Jamie! Stay positive.
Good luck! I'm sure you did great!!!
DOES NASBA OR AICPA SEND YOU THE SCORE IN THE MAIL OR DO WE HAVE TO LOG ON AND LOOK IT UP OURSELVES? HOW DOES IT WORK? I TOOK REG 7/11. I WASNT OVERWHELMED BY HARD QUESTIONS BUT VERY CONFUSED WITH SOME ANSWER CHOICES. I DONT HAVE A GUT FEEL OF HOW I DID.
Jeff, If i take my exam on aug 7th , will i still be eligible for wave 1?
Does anyone know if the FAR exam will still test FAS 141 or just 141(R)???
From what I've heard, 141(R) will be on there (and this topic is ripe for a sim), but you also should know FAS141 as well because sometimes a few old MCQs slip in. I believe this is what Cindy @ Yaeger says - Jeff, is that correct?
Yes - that is correct. You should be ready to answer some 141 questions until they can purge the test bank completely of the old questions per the Yaeger instructors.
In Alaska they mail me my score, but I have the benefit of looking it up on-line sooner. I would go check on the NASBA website to see if your state has online scoring.
Taking all 4 parts this months. Just finished a review "boot camp" as they call it. Did BEC the 3rd, FAR the 10th, now taking REG this Friday and AUD the 24th. I cant wait for this to be over.
That is just insane
I just had the same thing happen to me today (well, yesterday, technically).
The sims that the AICPA had released for 2005-2007 were cupcakes by comparison to what I saw today. Kind of disheartening. The only thing I didn't complete was a memo (ouch). The other memo I think I almost did too well. I mean, I would have been better off just doing an average job on it and moving on.
Do you think I have a chance of passing? I mean, I put something down, often something reasonable, for everything except for 1 memo (bad time management, I know).
I think I did awesome on the multiple choice, though. I got done with that fairly efficiently and can probably count on one hand questions that I really might have missed. Will that be enough to save me?
I studied so hard for this, and I would rather spend time with my baby daughter than power through another Becker review for FARE. I think I'm just going nuts waiting for my score.
AHHHH!!!! I just needed 5 more minutes!
Will that one missed memo break me?!!! Anyone out there have a similar experience and pass?
One of the guys at work ran out of time before doing the memo and research section of one of his parts (I think it was Reg) and still passed with a low 80's. I think the key for you with whether you lose points for it or not will be if that memo is the one that is graded. From reading here it seems one memo is a pre-test and they only read one. So if they read the one you completed, you'll get some (or all) points. If they "read" the one you ran out of time for, obviously you won't get those points.
How long have you been studying for the CPA exam? Combine all of your study time.
Thanks for the reply. Good to hear about someone passing in my same situation. I actually answered the research question. I didn't have much time for it, but I may have gotten it right in the time I had.
I didn't know about one memo not being graded. Are you positive they might not give credit for one? I guess I'll find out.
I guess the goal is to pass and not get a 90+. So, I'll be happy with just a 75. I'm just hoping my multiple choice was good enough to carry the day.
Hello everyone...I am just now starting accounting college courses. I have my bachelors in Business Adm., but I love doing accounting. After working for a CPA, doing his bookkeeping, I decided to "go for it" and get my CPA! I am asking for advice for everyone...what is the classes that I really need to concentrate on? Which is the hardest? And please give me any other advice as I am starting my study in accounting. How hard is this CPA exam to pass, and which section is the hardest. I am in Texas, and I believe there are only two sections here. A teacher told me that most of the test are mulitple choice questions. Is this true? Will there be any actually journal entries to make, financial statements to create, etc by hand??? I will appreciate anyones advice and direction. God bless!!
Laura, You need to start with Jeff's e-book. It will save you a lot of money in the long run if a CPA license is what you really want. It will clear up some misconceptions about the test. As for how hard is it to pass, you need to look in the telephone book yellow pages under Accountants - CPA, count them, then flip over to Attorney's and count them. That should give you some indication of the brutal intensity of this exam. Good Luck
I'm not 100% positive, because I'm just a candidate like yourself. Though I feel Jeff would only post things that come from a reasonable source so I would guess that it is true... https://www.another71.com/cpa-exam-simulations.html I tell ya though, on the recent Reg exam I took I had just enough time to do the 2nd written part at the end, but I sure hope they read my 1st one because I know that one was 100% right! I guess in my case if the one memo thing is true if I get a weaker written communication I'll know for sure which one they did read!
I hope things work out for ya!
Hi All... I have a question in regards to taking the exam that I think is acceptable for the blog. Does anyone know if there is any penalty for using the research tab within the simulation?? I found on a testlet before that you can actually find a few of the answers (if you're looking for reassurance) on different parts of the sim by using the research tab. Is this ok to do?? I'm assuming so because otherwise they would block out everything... just looking for feedback on what you all think about that! I do want to clarify that I do not plan on going into the exam with that as a reliable method, it's just if I feel stuck...
yes - this is ok to do...as long as you have the time to do it, of course. -Jeff
You would also have to account for the fact Attorney's make lot more than a CPA. This would be the major driver in the number of ads. Most CPAs also probably work in corporate accounting rather than being available to the public.
I have used the research tab a couple of times for my simulation. I think its a great idea, but like Jeff said, make sure you have enough time.
Jeff, what do you take into account when guessing on release dates? I know you have said that you go with your gut, but is there anything you look at?
I get out a calendar and plot them based on past data and days of the week and dates in the month. -Jeff
Has anyone received their score reports for Wave 2 of the April/May window? I took BEC on 5/28, & rec'd my prelim score 2 weeks later. It has been over 1 since prelim release and still no official score posted to my client account along with score report. I passed, but I like the comfort of knowing it is final.
I recently took the REG portion and I had so much trouble with the simulations. It seemed that what I studied was totally different from what they were asking me on those simulations. It is so disheartening to have studied close to 150 hours for an exam and be tested on something that wasnt in the material. Does anyone know if the new simulations are graded differently?
My BEC that I took on 05/14 finalized yesterday. I called the CA BOA and they said that they will all be in by end of July.
thanks Chris. Hopefully you did well on the BEC section.
I am thinking about about getting either the Becker Final Review or the Yeager....any suggestions?
got a 87, right now I am sweating on my REG score. i took the exam on 07/01
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TEST RESULTS??
forever it seems...predictions are at the top
Do they review all exams in Wave 1? I was planning on taking the exam at the end of July if I can get my score by August, but would hate to take the exam early and have to wait until September. I called Castleworldwide and they said plan on receiving the exam score in September. Any thoughts? thanks.
Good job I'm takin Reg on 8/17. I'm nervous about that one, as I've put in around 1/2 the study time that i did for FAR (rcv'd an 88) and BEC (got an 87 too...high5!) I tune in to see how you did on REG
it's all in my book :)
I have read about half the FAR book (I am using gliem) and it doesn't to bad yet. I thought REG was crazy. I am taking FAR on 08/27.
Laura, The tests are more than just multiple choice, as CPA's are required to be able to communicate well and think outside the box in a lot of situations. Also, CPA's must be able to research really well. It sounds like you are just now starting college courses for accounting. You asked about what classes to take, and here is my opinion: any and all of them! The more you learn and know the better prepared you will be for the CPA exam. I would really suggest taking a Governmental accounting course, because fund accounting is very different from "regular" business accounting. Luckily, I started with the Iowa State Auditor's Office right out of college and know governmental very well. However, I know a few friends who have not worked with it nor took the course/s in college and the material seemed foreign to them at first (its not difficult per se, just different!). Take business law classes as well, if you have not had those. Be sure to also take cost accounting. To this day I struggle with cost accounting, and I'm afraid it will be my worst score for the 4 parts (I just took my BEC part on July 7th). I believe upon looking at my Becker review material, you will have to make journal entries and know how to prepare statements. This was the same as it was on the paper exam when I took it between 2000-2002. Good luck! (PS: I've passed Auditing and Tax/Law thus far...if I can do it...you can do it too! :) )
Does anyone know what cumulative score you need to be considered for the Elijah Watt Sells award? I tried googling it but it didn't really help. The only thing I found was that one guy got it a couple years ago with scores of 89,98,99,99. Thanks
Does anyone know what cumulative score you need to be considered for the Elijah Watt Sells award? I tried googling it but it didn't really help. The only thing I found was that one guy got it a couple years ago with scores of 89,98,99,99. Thanks
I have the following question. My REG credit expires on 10/31/09. If I sit for my last exam on 10/30/09, and I pass it, does it mean I would lose my REG credit (since the results will be available sometime in November or December, which is after 10/31/09, the date of my REG credit expiration)? Thank you!
I answer this in my book and it's actually in the demo...
Hey man, you're right. The CPA exam scores are not raw percentages. Rather they are percentiles, like the normal curve. So if you score a 75, you did better than 74.9% of the population who's taken the exam. Rough cut answer, but pretty much how it is, hope that helps. For further explanation check out the AICPA website for the exam. They give a really detailed outline of how they do things, as vague as it is. :)
You will be fine. You have to sit for the exam by the date, not get your results. Good luck!
Chris, thank you very much!!! I greatly appreciate your response!
that makes no sense at all... if you scored a 75 and did better than 74.9% of the other candidates, that would mean that only 25% of the population would pass
We're looking at historical averages. Are you familiar with the normal distribution? I never claimed to know exactly how the examiners are computing the score, but to say it makes no sense at all is wrong. All I'm getting at is that the score to pass (75) is not a raw percentage. Rather it is based on a percentile basis similiar to other standardized testing metrics. Either way, it's a scaled score. No expert here. How is it scored, apparently you have the answer? :)
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So I just got home from taking AUD today (for the second time). I knew chapters 1-3 solid, shaky on 4 and had good handle on 5. Anyways, I worked through the mc pretty solid, got to the sims and struggled quite a bit. In addition, I noticed a lag time in the computer. So I continued through doing as best I could. Finally, I get to the last simulation with like 45 minutes left (plenty of time) and the lagging is getting worse. I click on things and it takes 5-10 seconds for the computer to follow. I get into the second to last tab (communication) and as I'm typing my response, the letters are taking forever to show up. I have to constantly stop typing to wait and see where its at. The computer has gone nuts and I have 8 minutes left all of sudden!!! I get the attention of the staff person (who was new and not very helpful) she comes over and says "oh, I've never seen this before" and just stares at it. I'm trying to make her realize that my clock is going to expire and everything is frozen!! Yeah, that's right.... tabs frozen, nothing will work, but wait, clock is still ticking!! Awesome!! She goes to get her "coworker" and tells me not to touch anything, she'll be right back. At this point there's less then 2 minutes left and of course by the time they come back my exam has ended without me being able to finish. It pops up your time has expired and tells me to take the assessment, which then freezes completely. Bla bla, they call the help line, get me set up on a new computer and I log back in to my already timed out exam.... what now??? I welcome ALL FEEDBACK, please!!! I left the testing center so bummed and stressed, I really don't want to fail audit again. They gave me a number to call, but I have to wait for Monday.... ugh :(
that sucks! I'm sorry you had to go thru that agony. You'd think that they'd have a system in place for dealing with malfunctioning computers and this nonsense 'cause it doesn't seam all that uncommon. don't stress over it...it happened and things often have a funny way of working themselves out for the best.
As much as you don't want to hear this...you will be sitting for AUD again. They will either grade your exam as is or let you sit for free after checking the log. The exam is hard enough with computer glitches to ruin everything. Sorry about your experience. -Jeff
No need to yell. :)
Do I have to choose one or the other??? I'm not sure if I passed or not.. the only thing I really didn't get to do was the research question (which I know I got right on the first sim). Other than that, I did pretty solid on the mc but have no idea how the sim went. Can they grade it and then if I fail take it again for free or do I have to decide which one I'm doing from the beginning?? I don't want to take it again if there's a chance I passed... I'll take a 75, I'm not shooting for high honors here, haha!
this is not cool, I would be pissed as hell. Man, I hope you pass this thing and may be the last sim was the experimental one. good luck.
Helga no need to worry and by the ebook. You are fine, make sure you prepare 125% for the last exam.
I've used both. I think Yeager might be better. I recently received Yaeger and it seems like really good stuff. They lecture but go through questions, etc. also. I passed REG & BEC with Becker, but not FAR or AUD. So I am taking FAR this Friday and I've been using Yaeger to study. I think it has been excellent and I really believe I am going to pass this time. I was so pleased with Yaeger for FAR that I decided to try it for AUD also. I plan on taking that at the end of August. I guess my suggestion would be Yaeger.
yay!!!! less than 8 hrs left of my yeager cram; 10min break yahoooooooo moral improving as I finish corporate tax review I have 2 more weekends of craming ahead and plan on doing 20hrs each weekend I haven't worked too many problems from wiley but I see many of the ones I practiced with my other review course; I am doing all 963 MC this week coming up. 14.0 is great no issues at all with vista; if you wanna save notes make sure to save a answer file and save it every time; if you pick new questions make sure it is with another file; label files good so you can select the right one you wanna work; do not select all b/c it will slow the system too much; just pick like 165-180 questions at a time max to avoid any lag/delays. Good luck everyone! I think I am going to avoid wasting time with the sims other than looking at the tax ones. Any suggestions......
I did it!!!!!!!!!!! I completed the whole REG Yeager cram in two days! It was a challenge but I did it I can't wait to put in another 25 hrs this week working 14.0 REG after work and another 22 hrs on the weekend and then another 25 hrs after work and a final once again tada you guessed it another 22 hrs on the last weekend before 8/5 my day of victory!!!!!
I would have probably said something about the computer being slugish sooner. Only because I would expect it to get worse (my bad luck). By the way, this waiting weeks for scores is horrible!
Also, I am in Texas so will I be able to see my score on NASBA website or will I have to wait until TSBPA website posts them?
Gotta wait until TSBPA posts them, unfortunately.
Hi Jeff, Can you take a section more than once in a testing window? So if I dont pass REG in July/August, do I have to wait until October?!?
No - you can't take a section more than once in a window. So, in your example, you would have to wait until October. -Jeff
I took the REG section in Ohio, but through the Delaware Board. Would I be able to view my results on the NASBA site on August 18th (approx) or do I have to go to another site? Great site by the way! Atleast you know that your not alone in the game!
If DE (not sure if it is or not) is a NASBA state, then NASBA will have your score - Jeff
So i took AUD today. My last section. I feel good about the MC (it helps that i am an auditor), but i am iffy on the simulations. Hopefully it was enough to get the 75. Now i just have to wait a month. This is just as stressful as studying for the exam.
what do you mean by the new sims in Reg. Im taking mine this week.
UNLESS NOTE THE STARS ...............READ; nobody knows when new ones will pop up or when .............well the ppl who make the test might have a clue.
Don't worry about that focus on cram you are on your final count down.
i took mine 2 moths ago. i felf exactly the same way. thot the sims were very hard, but passedd with 82 so dont worry. taking Reg this week. scared its lots of materials. when did you take yours?
TSBPA is fast at getting them on-line now of days they are like one day behind...... I am almost positive.
I took BEC 2/23, FAR 4/11 and REG 5/30. Good luck on REG.
TX lagged even behind NASBA last window for some reason.
I just took AUD and felt exactly the same. The MC went very well however I got to the sims and was only 50% sure in what I was doing... I'll be waiting with you!!
I am taking FAR this week and was wondering if anyone who took this exam recently could point out major items they saw, other than governmental and not-for-profit accounting.
Wouldn't this violate your agreement not to disclose info that you see on your exam?
I took REG two weeks ago and I feel like a did pretty well on the multiple choice questions, but I don't feel as confident about the simulations. The communication part was fine, but there is a tab that I know I completely messed up in one simulation. Additionally, I may have missed a couple things in another tab. I'm wondering how badly this will affect my score. The simulations minus the communication part are worth 20% so I am hoping I can still pass. What do you think Jeff and others?
I recently took FAR and I'm pretty sure I failed. My second testlet definately got harder but the third didn't seem too bad. The simulations were tough. The first one I think I did decent on but the second one I may have scratched out a few points at best. I did feel really confident about the communication portion though. Do you guys recommend beginning to restudy or waiting to receive my score? (Which most likely will be in wave 2)
no idea depends on topics you did well on and if it enough to meet the min standards for someone in public practice; good luck
ahh good to be back - passed AUD with an 81 last window! Trying to get into the "study mode" but an having some trouble getting motivated, so I'm back to see my old friend Jeff! Here we go REG!!!
Laesquiv, I am now preparing for the AUD exam. How much time did you spend preparing for it? Also, I am using the Becker. What about you?
Firstly, I wanted to say that I really have enjoyed your site. Thank you! I took the four parts of the CPA after I graduated with my Masters and took my school's CPA Review (using Wiley). My scores: 74s - ALL OF THEM! After a little pity party, I pulled myself up by my boot straps - yea yea I know I was close - well it still sucked. So, this past month I have taken three more and plan to take the next one next week. I tried to cram too much into too little of a time frame, especially considering I was so burnt out of school and studying at the time. This site has been a huge help to me - it's nice to hear that other people have felt similarily and that I will get through it. Crossing my fingers for this time around!
Jeff, could you kindly let me know: How can I know whether my AUD simulations have new type of questions or not? The reason that I am askign you is because that I was informed that if I have new sims, my test results will be released until the 2nd wave even later. I just took my AUD today and I don't knwo how to determine whether my sims are new ones or regular ones. I desparatly need NASBA to release my AUD score in the 1st wave:) I took my AUD back in April, they released my result until the end of June with not-passing score. I had to wait for more than two months to re-do it. That's really not pleasant experience for sure. Can you or anyone to let NASBA hear our voice???:-) Thank you so much for all your help!!!
Prayer, There is no way of knowing if your sim was new or not. People who get a 141R sim on FAR this window obviously are receiving a new sim because the material is just now available for testing. Yes - if you get a new sim, you're in Wave 2 per the AICPA. Also keep in mind that it's not NASBA holding you up from getting your score...it's the AICPA. Take care, Jeff
In my opinion, Becker takes a little bit longer to study with than other programs. I would think you need at least 3 weeks to get all of your studying in. You can do it quickier, its all about how much time you are going to put into studying per day.... Good luck
It all depends on how much time you have before your next section. I took my sections 6 weeks apart, so I would take 3-4 days off from studying and then get right back into studying. I got nervous about my scores everytime, but I wouldn't let that get in the way of my studying. Just make sure you dont burn yourself out.
I am taking my first part of the CPA exam soon. Does each simulation cover one topic (ie business consolidations) or can they test a different topic on each tab of the simulations?
The sim can cover one topic or many.
Jeff, I'm taking REG for the 4th time in August and I'm trying to decide if it's worth buying the Yaeger cram course for REG. I've used the Becker review for all my other exams and passed but I'm struggling with REG and got a 74 on my last exam! So close! Do you think the Yaeger cram is a good alternative and would help me get over this last one?! Or should I just stick with the Becker books and materials I currently have. Thanks
As Starla said, they can cover one topic or many and the written communication may be completely off-topic as well.
So close, You scored a 74, but that was in April/May and you probably started studying in March...and this is almost August. I scored a 74 (back to back 74s, actually) and REG and I went with the HomeStudy, not the cram just to be safe. How comfortable do you feel with the concepts. Are you "a few points away from passing" or do you feel like starting from scratch is in order? If it's the latter - get the HomeStudy - it's what I did. Does this help?
I feel that I'm a few points away and feel pretty comfortable with the material in the Becker books. Is the Yaeger cram just a live webcast or does it come with questions or practice exams? I do better with interactive things so I don't think sitting and listening to a 20 hour webcast will be beneficial. If I went with the HomeStudy, is it possible to get through it all in a month?!
If you're looking for active learning, then go with the HomeStudy. They work hundreds of questions with you on the video whereas they don't with the cram because there isn't enough time. If you study 25 hours a week, then one month should be enough time to get through it all, but you will need to be focused. -Jeff
Hey Jeff, Great Site. Question for you. I am currently studying to take BEC for the 3rd time, using Becker each time. I've scored a 70 and a 71. I have a decent ride to work every morning and was considering purchasing the Cram MP3 to listen to in the car in addition to studying Becker. Do you think this would be worth while to get me over the top? Thanks!
Michael, The MP3s are a nice supplement, but if you're looking for a solution to get you passing, your money would be better spent on the HomeStudy or the cram - and my recommendation would be the HomeStudy. Will you pick up some points with the audio? probably. Is it enough?...I would not bank on it. That's my honest take...
I had same problem while taking REG last session. I run out of time as well as had no glue about my last sim. I ended up with 95. No idea how. So keep hoping.
I just took REG 7/23 and I too think it was crazy. Much of the material on the test was not in the Becker review course. Kind of makes me mad. Studied for it non-stop and basically let my last summer before full-time employment slip by. Kind of discourages me because I just graduated top of my class in college - so I don't think I am stupid...but nevertheless I am not happy the test. Hopefully there is good news when the score comes. It was my first exam. Going to take Aud in Aug.
Just for fun... If NASBA offered a "rush" score release option for like $25 and you would get your scores two weeks earlier, would you take it? I just remember getting that option with the SATs and AP tests, and I took it every time.
biggest $$ maker ever... :)
On ya I am in too I need my passing score right away. I hate to wait. But I guess wait is good if someome didn't do to well on the exam. I would pay $50 for fast lane......
Greetings all - Has anyone learned from Bob Monette? He runs the Philadelphia CPA Review (PA/NJ area) and I believe he is the instructor on the Bisk material - he's knows his stuff very much so. But he says the Board of Examiners have specifically stated there are NO case based simulations on NFP/gov't accounting. I have also heard this else where and I believe I read it through some jargon on this site...Jeff, or whomever else for this matter, do you know if this holds true? I'm taking FAR on Monday and am in the middle of a wicked cram!
I used Bisk to study, and Monette was my favorite instructor on the video lectures. He definitely knows his stuff, and more importantly, he knows how to teach it to students. I'm pretty sure Gov't and NFP accounting aren't eligible to be tested on a sim, and if it does show up, it won't be more than a tab on a simulation. Regardless, if you know the material well enough to do multiple choice questions, sims should be no problem anyway.
the high quality of QA procedures have dampened this idea
Hi Guys of I take the exam Aug 7 and finish at 8. Will I be Wave 1 or Wave 2?
Hi Jeff if I take my exam on Aug 7 and finish at 8 PM will I fall in first wave or second wave?
It depends on several things...if you get a new sim, you're wave 2 automatically. If you take it Aug 7, you're eligible for Wave 1. I talk about it more extensively in my book. -jeff
Hi Jeff I am taking BEC, which has no simulations. So you think Aug 7 will be Wave, but I am currenlty scheduled for AUG 8, which is definitely Wave 2 right?
Hi Jeff I am taking BEC, which has no simulations. So you think Aug 7 will be Wave 1, but I am currenlty scheduled for AUG 8, which is definitely Wave 2 right?
Jeff, What Far topics do you recommend reviewing before taking the AUD exam. in case the exam has a FAR flavor. Thanks
I would review any FAR topics...you should trust your review package enough to go with what they teach you in their AUD course. Just my opinion, though.
Does anyone from Illinois know how long it takes the Department of Financial Regulation to acknowlege your scores after the IL BOE sends the scores to them? I have been trying to register for over a month and it keeps saying my scores are not on file. However, I got a letter from IL BOE saying that they sent my scores to them. Thanks!
Hey Jeff! It's Taney (lmb - latestmusicblog). It's definitely been a while since I've been here. I have spending a lot of time studying for AUD again. The last attempt really hurt! It was my 3rd and I received a 73. I just scheduled my exam this morning for Friday, July 31st. I'm excited to be back on the site and probably back to checking this site regular for your predictions.;) I check this site so much that I don't even have to RSS feed it. LOL! Thanks for contributing to a great community, Jeff! I really appreciate you sharing your inside update with us. How are you? It's been a while since I've really talked to you. I hope all is well! To everyone else taking it in this testing window, I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK! (=
Hey Jeff, I'm taking BEC for the 3rd time in about a month. The 2nd time I took it I felt like I was well prepared but then sat for the exam and it seemed like I studied the wrong subject! Any suggestions for studying? I have been and continue to use becker. Thanks
I would suggest doing more questions and reviewing why you got your questions wrong. I took BEC back in March and failed (68) because I didn't have time to study during busy season. I took it again this morning and feel like I passed with flying colors just because I had time to do the questions over and over. I used Becker 2005 materials. The questions from the exam mirror Becker simulated exams...I seem to find. If Becker isn't working, Jeff highly recommends the Yaeger cram...I haven't fallen back on that yet, but I may if my score surprises me this time around.
I took BEC back in Feb and used Becker. I loved the flashcards. Since BEC is mainly memorization, it helped me keep things straight. And it is easier to review with flash cards than opening a book and flipping pages. But practicing the questions over and over and over also helps. Do not underestimate the IT or the financial management sections.
Jeff, can you define what a new sim is? I sat for FAR this past weekend and had a weird sim that allowed me to copy and paste cells. I won't divulge the exam, but my 1st sim had this feature enabled a right click copy/paste in the fact pattern. It sped up my answering of the test.
A new sim is one that they have never used before on an exam, according to my understanding. -Jeff
Took REG and didnt finish the 2nd sim. Thot is was extremely hard. Any thoughts? please
I see. According to the recent cpa exam newsletter, this is in response to calls for better copy/paste features. My guess is that this sim relegates me to Wave 2. Thanks for all you do on this site. I've been an exam taker since February 2007. Since finding this site, dealing with 71s have been much easier thanks to you. Its a great blog, and although I likely won't join Club 75, you should be commended. There just isn't enough real talking CPA exam blogs on the internet. I've been reading this for way over a year. I'm 2 away, putting me in Wave 2 could be a good thing as I sit for AUD the 29th (I moved it from the 22nd). A wave 1 failing score could decimate me (although it pushed me to pass BEC after getting two failures back to back).
Took FAR this morning..... ugh. I felt good coming out of AUD and ifffy coming out of BEC. This time, I just don't know. I'll be a wishin' and a hopin' and a prayin' for the next three weeks!
I am on final chapter of Becker for REG, and am trying to figure out when to schedule the exam. do you think 2 weeks is adequate time for final review? I bought the becker REG final review. I work full time, and can probably commit to 2.5 hrs/day weekdays and 5-6 each weekend day. will this be adequate time? i heard the exam is a beast.
depends of your level of understanding it varies on how well you grasp it all I am doing 18 day cram b/c it wooped me before and I know what to expect and I know my level of understanding strengths and weakness etc I have the final review for becker 08 it is good lavatory reading material but I never got a cd just reading and I have found it to nicely summarize many topics.
I am an auditor (full time) and did my final review (with Becker) for 1 1/2 weeks. I have limited tax knowledge. But i think Becker is good about laying stuff out for you. if they say it is important make sure you know it inside and out. If you practice the mulitple choice questions over and over and review your notes you should be fine. I understand the limited time to study, but if you dont slack off and skip study days you will pass. Good luck.
I think REG is the hardest exam because of the extreme time crunch. Audit is too long and REG is too short.
I have passed all 4 sections,but i have 17 accounting experience in overseas,it is hard to find a job in public accounting firm currently,especially without public accounting experience,any suggests?
I would probably go back to the country where you have 17 years experience. US job market is terrible right now...even for CPA's.
thank you Robin and fsumarie for taking the time to provide me that feedback. I realize that it is kinda of dumb Q to ask, provided that it really depends on each individuals level of understanding the concepts. I just wanted to find out whether, under the circumstances of being employed, and having limited study time, 2 weeks is overly ambitious. I don't have all the materials mastered by any stretch, but I have already learned and grasped them once when i did the Becker MCQs. I just want to make sure that 2 weeks is enough time to get thru everything one more time (all Becker MCQs) plus use the Becker Final review. I've taken FAR and BEC and passed both first time, but I put in significantly more study hours for FAR, and about the same amount of time for BEC. I'm gonna go for it and schedule the REG exam for Aug 17...bright and early, monday morning. Regards.
If you aren't too pressed for time then if you aren't sure, give yourself an extra week, but make sure that you study that extra week. i am bad about only using part of my time to review that i gave myself, i tend to slack at the end. it just depends on how disciplined you are. if you think you need more time to review and you have the time, do it. you will get your score the same day if you take Aug 17 or Aug 31st. But i need the deadline to give me that push to power through the review, but that is just me.
Why does it seem like there are so many more people talking about failing BEC compared to the other 3 exams? Aren't the passing rates for all 4 exams roughly around 48 percent?
You overseas experience, do you mind me asking what country/company? I work for an accounting firm that specializes in foreign companies, and I imagine at least one of the offices might be hiring.
Not sure. I took BEC on Monday, and I felt confident I passed. Matter of fact, so confident that if I didn't, I would have no clue what to study because I felt confident on all but 7 questions or so.
BEC is incredibly hit or miss. Two equally capable candidates could sit at the same time but one passes while the other fails. Since its straight multiple choice, its essentially a roll of the dice for question content.
Ok, so I posted about a week back that I took AUD on 7/18 for the second time (scored a 67 first time, ouch I know) and towards the end of the exam the computer froze, exam timed out and I didn't finish. Well, Jeff correctly guessed what the outcome of my situation would be. NASBA contacted me today and told me that I could either retake the exam for free or choose to have my exam graded as is. You can't have your exam graded and then if you fail get to retake it for free (which I think is dumb, but oh well). Soooo, I'm looking for advice/opinions. I have FAR scheduled for Aug 31 and that is part of the reason why I don't want to retake AUD. The first time I took AUD I crammed all the lectures, studying, etc. into 9 days because of some family issues we were dealing with the two weeks prior. So, needless to say I knew I failed that time. This time there were about 15 mc that I wasn't positive on, the first sim there were pieces I knew and pieces I was unsure and the 2nd sim was very difficult (not to mention I didn't complete finish the communication or do the research tab) HELP! what should I do?????
Shan, I was sold on telling you to roll the dice and have it graded until I read that you didn't do the 2nd written communication, which would be curtains for you potentially if that was the one they graded. ON THE OTHER HAND...you could just let it ride and see what happens and focus on FAR. If you fail - you retake AUD. If you were to take the "free" exam option - you would still have to take the same amount of time and re-study for AUD. This comes down to a question of $$. If you can afford the extra NTS - let it ride and see what happens. If you don't really want to shell out the extra money and it's not worth the gamble, then re-take it. If you re-take AUD in the "free" option, FAR suffers. If you study for FAR and end up failing AUD - then you're out the money and you'll have to study for it again. I guess it boils down to Option A: study for FAR and roll the dice Option B: re-take AUD and put FAR on hold The only real benefit I see to taking the free option is to not incur the extra expenditure to re-take AUD, which may or may not be needed. So...if it were me...I would roll the dice. (but that's just me...)
2 options: A.) Have them grade it as is and hope for the best. The worst that happens with this option is that they grade it, you fail, and you retake it after FAR. B.) You can forego them grading your exam and sit for the exam again. Here you basically are excepting your fate as a fail and retaking the exam. If money is not an issue I would have them grade it and who knows, maybe you'll pass. You know that they only grade one written communication and the one you did could be the one they grade. And as far as the research tab, it is minuscule compared to the rest of the exam. When I took financial I didn't do one research tab because I was unable to find them (I did not practice sims before hand and searching became difficult) and still passed the exam. What is $200-$250 dollars forgone to have the chance to NOT have to stress or sit for the exam again? That is my take on the situation, do what you please but I hope for the best for you. Good luck!
Hahaha I was responding to this post as you posted that comment. We seem to have the same consensus about the situation. BTW this is my first time posting and have been reading for a month or so. You do an awesome job with this site and when I finish up my tests (AUD left - pending I pass REG taken on 7/24) I will be sure to hit you up with a few beers. Thanks
haha...I was reading your comments and I was like "I just wrote this...but it's different" :)
First of all, you guys are great... I never expected so many responses so quickly!! Haha, yeah money is not an issue... my dad said he'd even pay for me to retake it if I had too, haha... the perks of being an only child. I did finish the second communication too btw, it just wasn't as great as the first one because the computer was messing up... soo consensus is... I'm gonna roll the dice!! Will keep you all updated... thanks a bunch!!! Good luck to all!!
I had REG crap out on me and was offered the same thing last summer. I rolled the dice and got an 81.
Does anyone know if you get partial credit for getting the journal entries right (correct accounts) but the wrong numbers???
I'm pretty sure sims are based on a point system, where every "blank" you fill in is worth one point. So for journal entries, the account is worth one point and the amount is worth one point.
I took my last part of the exam yesterday. I took Reg in May and got a 92 and I took FAR 7/1, AUD 7/15, and BEC 7/29. I hope I didn't get any new sims so that I can get all my scores in August. And I really hope that I passed them all so I don't have to retake any.
I recently took the REG exam, and didn't really complete the Sims do to time restrictions...do i even have a shot at getting 75 ??
Yes they only grade one simulation. We mention it frequently. But Jeff wrote an article that has a lot of info in it. "50 things you must know about the CPA exam". if you are new to the test and the website i highly recommend you purchase it. It is very informative.
That's right, Chris - they only grade one *communication*; all the other tabs on both sims are graded. Not that it really matters since we don't know which one it is, haha! It still boils down to just doing your best.
true - both sims and one written communication are graded -Jeff
Jeff, you are so fast! LOL
I have an advantage - I get e-mailed every comment on here and can reply straight from my e-mail :)
yeah sorry. that is a typo. this is what i get for reading this while working. but you get the idea.
Yes, one girl in my review class barely started the second sim when she ran out of time and she still got an 85, so there is hope!
Everyone seems to agree, to some extent, that the order of difficulty is: Far, Reg, Bec, Aud-- right? If this is so, how come the pass rates for Auditing and BEC are virtually the same as FAR/REG and often times even lower? Also, why do we hear so many horror stories of people taking BEC 5X? I have passed FAR, waiting for my REG, and find studying for Auditing EXTREMELY tedious and difficult.... yet everyone says its so easy? What are your thoughts on this guys
the grading sys they "MIB" use is like the da vinci code maybe just maybe wanna throw that one out there Good luck folks
Excellent point James
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I recommend reading the NASBA website to understand how the exam is scored. I believe Jeff also has material on this site that does a good job explaining the system..
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Sweet! I just came back from sittin' for the AUD session. It's my last section. I believe I'm done with this CPA thing. Now, I'm just going to sit back and relax until August 17th. Thanks Jeff! You've been very support on my CPA journey. I totally appreciate it! To everyone else, GOOD LUCK! I'll let you guys know when I get my results. See yall later! (=
I just took BEC yesterday and the anticipation for my score to come out is absolutely killing me. I'm certain you all know what that feels like! I'll go with Jeff's prediction and expect my score to come out on 8/14. I studied with Roger Phillip materials. He writes his own lecture/book material, but uses the Wiley book questions and CD questions. This was my third time taking BEC so I'm praying this 3rd time is a charm. Luckily, I passed the 3 others so this will be my last test. Is the job market for public accounting still bleak? I am striving to obtain a job in auditing once I pass all 4 parts. My goal is to land a position somewhere in the top 20 public accounting firms in CA. Anyone have any ideas/tips of where I should start searching? Appears applying online and sending in my resume with thousands of other pools of resumes will not have a successful turnout rate especially in this economy. I've been reading all the posts and am really glad I found this site. Everybody is so supportive and it feels like we all share a connection from our experiences with this "hurdle". My heart goes out to those who get scores which are so close to passing. This test is not about how smart you are. It is really a test of discipline. I kept a full time job throughout this process and it is really tough to come home and get yourself to study after a full day's work. As long as you keep to it, you can DEFINITELY pass. If I can pass, anyone can pass!! I graduated college with a major completely unrelated to accounting/business. BEST OF LUCK to those who are still trekking through this! It will indubitably pay off once we are all finished!! Look towards the final outcome and it will help drive your ambition!! Like a lot of people advise, whatever you do, NEVER GIVE UP and you WILL BE SUCCESSFUL! Jeff is our role model =)
isn't it wild how one part can give you so much headache; I hope you pass it; I thought BEC was easy but REG is killing me; Roger is good I bet you will pass if you worked those problems over and over and over again till you turned blue in the face; atleast that is what I did in addition to a review course and Yeager cram!
Wow! Interesting! For me, it's AUD. I already took it 3x, this last attempt was my 4th. I never had any trouble with the other sections. I skinned through BEC with a 78 and REG with an 84. Good luck Robin! isant, what part of California are you from?
I'd like to add the 3rd attempt was devastatingly brutal! I received a 73. =(
well in case I forgot I received a Computer-based Exam Appointment Reminder today haha; not funny taney-Audit is a beast but I work with most topics covered with my company and all the time same goes basically for FAR topics .....so anyway it just is different for everyone and I think some time luck has a little to do with it and other factors such as maybe lets say a full-moon on your testing day........haha well maybe so I did a random pull of 100 wiley questions and got a 93! ya I think I am ready for Wednsday I am surprised at how well I am doing on the sims; I did not pay them much attention to the sims until 7/31 but all the ones I tried I did better the expected. I hope this is the last time I ever see a regulation exam for the rest of my life!
Good Luck Robin!
Off to take BEC (attempt 2 after a 73 last year). I really focused all my efforts this time to financial management and cost accounting, hopefully i remember all the crap about ownership structures and IT as well. Jeff, I know your release dates are jsut predictions but what about the August 7th cut-off date? Is that a prediction too or is that from a nasba/aicpa source.
USUALLY, for the most part, that's the cut off. However, there are unusual circumstances where exams taken before the 7th of the second month are in Wave 2 like the last testing window with AUD. I remember it being due to a new simulation being thrown in. Another thing that I would like to add is you probably shouldn't take it on the 7th, but before that! Just to be safe.
I just want to add that I'm a little upset over the BEC related written communication I received on my REG EXAM on Saturday. I surely hope that's not the one they grade, or I am going to have to cry foul. Ugh!
I had the same thing back in May, I passes with 84!!
I have AUD schedule for Aug 27th and I'll start studying today with Becker, that gives me just over 3 1/2 weeks. Have I given myself enough time to pass? I've passed (both on first try): BEC - 75 REG - 88
Really depends if you're familiar with it. I'm studying for AUD to take on the 29th, and the info seems straight forward, but I work in audit. If you're listening to the lectures, I would try to knock them out in 1 -1.5 weeks, so you have a lot of time to practice questions and memorize the lists and standards.
Thanks SwissBlissSC, I had listened to the first 2 lectures back in january but ended up taking REG instead. I work in tax so AUD is a little foreign to me, but I agree, it's seems pretty straight forward.
That's good!! But I felt like I didn't know enough about the topic to really put forth a great effort on the written communication. I guess I can only hope for the best at this point.
You know they don't explicitly grade the communications on the accuracy of the content. If your discussion is way off base, they won't grade it at all and you'll score a 0 but a well written communication is really what they are looking for.
Is it possible to pass FAR without doing any of the tabs of one of the sims? I ran out of time. I did finish both written communications, but really no other part of one of the sims. Also, I thought the test just kept getting harder. I am convinced that I failed (FAR) first attempt but am hoping for a miracle.
yes its possible, the MC are worth 70pts and the written comm is worth 10pts. you only need a 75 to pass. obviously you'd have to do pretty darn well on both of those parts but its certainly possible.
I've taken AUD twice with Becker and gotten 69 both times. I am also taking it again on Aug. 27th. I've bought the Yaeger material from this website. I have to say that I am very impressed with it! They go through a lot more questions in their lectures than Becker. I think Becker is good material, I also passed BEC & REG with it. I really wish you luck. You may be able to pass it, but I couldn't with just Becker. Good luck!!!
@AO: I feel you! I pass FAR, REG, BEC with Becker. I took AUD 3x and failed it. 3rd Attempt, I received a score of 73. I just took AUD again last Friday. I feel pretty good about it. I've been using Becker since day 1. We'll see what happens in 3 weeks. Good luck! (=
So I took BEC early July, the projected release date is the 13th of August. I'm getting married on the 14th of August. I feel like I'll be pretty close to the 75 mark. I'm not sure whether I should look at my score or not. I'll feel pretty upset if I didn't pass (not enough to ruin a wedding day of course but enough to have it be on my mind) however it is going to kill me not to look at the score if I know it's up. What would you guys do?
I'd say you should look. Like you said, although this test is meaningful in our lives, a wedding is on a whole different level. I'm waiting on REG and I will actually be in Vegas when the results roll out. I figured, either way (pass or fail), I'll be drinking to celebrate or sadly to kill the pain. So I guess it's a win win situation haha. kinda. Good Luck and Congrats on your future marriage!
Hey Jeff, I am taking BEC on Aug 7, do you think I will fall in WAVE 1. Thanks for all you rhelp and keep up the good work.
Thank you RobinTX! I somehow received an 83 in REG on my first try. Not really sure how I did that. Just make sure you watch the time. With REG and FAR, time is of the essence according to Roger. I have to say, Roger does work miracles. I never took tax and audit courses yet I somehow managed to pass both on the first try. Taney, I'm from the LA area. Very close to UCLA... Are you from CA?
How are you sitting for the CPA exam without taking audit or tax?
So I'm sitting for FAR on August 31st and so far I've completed the first two sections. I'm worried I've screwed myself on time, but can't move the date. Do you guys think I can pull it off??? I am working full time in tax right now as well.
marccus, please don't believe everything you read on the internet....it will drive you crazy anyways tomorrow it is a full moon and my exam woohoo; wish me luck
shan1123, you need to move past a slow pace review; work all the problems over 7 days and fly through all the other lectures you have not one minute to spare and take notes read all material then work all the problems two or three more times and hard topices even more; and work all sims and you will be fine that's about as good as it gets; or pay a fee and sit in OCT if you can work everyday as much as you can
its august... not late march whats working full time in tax have to do with it?
uh... this was in reply to shan1123's post
Actually, I work with high net worth individuals so we file extensions and our deadline ends up being oct 15; however we also have a sept 15 deadline for trusts. So, that's what working full time in tax has to do with it.
To sit for the CPA exam in CA, all you need is 24 semester units in accounting and 24 semester units in business related courses. As long as you satisfy that along with a BS/BA degree you are eligible to take the exam. CA Board of Accountancy does not require you to specifically have to take audit or tax courses. Just anything accounting related. GOOD LUCK RobinTX! KNOCK your test OUT!
Aaron, I feel the same. To me REG is what to some people is BEC -- hell on earth. I had so much trouble with REG, and mainly b/c of time crunch. I'd say my take on difficulty is this (from hardest to easiest) -- REG, AUD, BEC and FAR. I passed all three except REG, and now waiting for a score for REG.
Hey Phil, If you didnt yet take BEC, i would like to contact you. I failed it my first try, and just took it again on Aug.3. i can give you some tips on how to approach the exam. ben
@isant: I'm from the Pasadena area.
@ Shan1123 Yes, it's possible. I had 5 weeks to prepare (and passed), and I'm was working full-time as well on tax and benefit plan audits. And yes, April 15th isn't the only tax deadline (covered in REG) ;-) You can do it, but you have to be disciplined in the evevnings. If you're listening to lectures/reading materials, get it done with at least a week to focus on only M/C questions.
Hey Shan1123 - I do the same work as you. My suggestion would be to move it. For FAR i took 1.5 weeks of vacation and just crammed my butt off. Studying at nights is not enough for this exam - plus, we're at the office at night's now anyways. My suggestion would be to reschedule for mid-Nov. This will give you some downtime after the hellish 10/15 deadline, and then some time to study before year end planning work picks up. Good luck!
Johanna- I guess I forgot to mention that my NTS expires in September (which of course only gives me until the end of August). I take the bus in and out of the city of work (so that gives me an hour to study each way) and I get home around 8. I figured I could study from 8:30-10:30, then to bed at 11. Ugh, I just want to pass something!! I am waiting on my Aud scores.
Shan, in your case, I highly recommend the Yaeger audios...You can just sit on the bus and take notes while you listen...an easy way to study...They're less than $100 each too. -Jeff
A few months ago I was expecting be re-taking at least one section of the exam this month, and gnawing my fingernails with everyone else in late September. Instead I have my Congratulations letter and license application in hand, and have September reservations for Yellowstone. I'm going to be enjoying the geysers rather than frantically checking the NASBA website. I wish everyone here good luck, and encourage you push yourself just a little bit harder that you already think possible. Give your prep that last full measure of devotion, because there IS life after the CPA exam.
I took 2 sections in July. If I passed both parts...when would I get my congratulations letter? I'm pretty sure I only passed 1 of the 2 but I'm curious now.
If those were your last 2 parts and you are successful, and your state does not handle the Congratulations letters themselves, CPA Examination Services promises that your Congratulations letter will be mailed by the middle of the second month of the following quarter. For July/August, that would be November 15th.
However, many people report receiving their letters 4 to 6 weeks earlier than the date given by CPA Examination Services. Mine was like that.
Congratulations Nan!! I hope I'm next! (;
thanks for the info Nan. Congrats!
Can you tell me how I know if I got those new sim. on my exam or not? Thank you!!
You can't really tell until the scores come out. If yours doesn't come out then you got a new sim. Or if it was FAR, if you had the new consolidations that would be an indicator.
Thank you for your answer, SwissBlissSC!
I took FAR on Aug. 1 and am now anxiously waiting for my result.. I really hope that I'll receive one this month!! Thanks again.
You think I should purchase Yaeger even though I currently have becker??? I've been bringing my computer on the bus and listening to the lectures and working the mc??? I'm worried that if I get Yaeger I'll have too much material to study... what do you think?
The audios are a compliment to your current course. I think that getting Phil's perspective on your exam material would be very beneficial...you can load them on your mp3 player and study wherever you are. I used to study at my desk at work by listening to the commentary while I rocked spreadsheets.
Use Becker instead. I used it and haven't gotten my score but would guess I'm in the 95 area....it seemed WAY too easy after prepping with Becker....
hey CA folks...I took my Reg exam on 5/29 and my official score has not been posted on the website yet...just the advisory score. Is anyone else in the same situation? I am dying to see my score report!
I am in exactly the same boat as you right now. I am scheduled to take FAR Aug 30, and my window for testing expires in Sept. i have covered ch's 8&9 (I did worst on those when I got my 69 in April), and half of chapter 2. I have no idea if I can learn it well enough in time, but it costs the same whether I fail and reschedule, or chicken out and reschedule. So I say study your heart out, and give it your best shot.
No one has said that it gets harder your second time, so it sounds like you don't have any more to lose by keeping your appointment.
Does anyone know which state doesn't require one year experience for CPA licence. I am in CA and have passed all sections, but I couldn't find a job in a CPA firm. I am thinking to move to a state where one year experience is not required for CPA licence. Thanks
You do not need to work for a CPA firm, just under a CPA. I am a Sr Accountant and my Controller is a CPA so that qualifies. I believe all states have the experience requirement.
Has anybody ever studied for FAR for only about a week and still passed?? I'm not working right now, so I can devote all my time to studying. I studied about 5 days each for both BEC and Aud and passed both with an 89 and 92 respectively, but I just feel like FAR is in a whole different ball park. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I should focus my time on seeing as I'm so pressed for time? Thanks!!
I think it depends on how well you understand the material. You are correct that FAR is in a whole different ballpark because there is so much to study. I would focus on the material you struggled (if you did struggle) with in class (i.e. advanced- consolidations). I never took a government or n-f-p class so I focused on that. I would recommend leases, pensions, and consolidations. It's really a matter of how comfortable you are with the material. Browse over the general rules and exceptions to the rules. With your prior scores I don't see you having a problem. Good Luck!
Jeff- Are you selling your notes for FAR yet (with the updated material)?
Not yet...give me another month :)
SC just changed their rules a year ago July to only require one year of work experience. Although, I just re-read your note, and I'm not sure any state doesn't require experience....you may be able to find a state that will let you have your masters instead, but I'm not familiar with any. Good luck
Some states wave the work experience requirement if you have completed certain education requirements. https://www.nasbatools.com
Sounds like your boat might be a little farther ahead than mine!! I am just now finishing chapter 2 and am taking the exam on the 31st. It's hard because I just started a brand new job a month ago and have been focusing all my time there; when I get home I have no motivation to study. I have just about 3 weeks left now so it's time to kick it in to serious high gear. I've also never taking FAR yet so I don't know what is going to be my weak part... good luck to you!!! Keep me updated! :) You can do it!!
Currently the only state that does not require a one year experience for the original license is "COLORADO". You, however, will need to have 150 credit hours in total. Of that 150 hours, you need to have 6 hours in Auditing. You can visit the CO state board of accountancy for more information (Look for the educational rule 2.5 - Education in lieu of experience). The fee for persons who have passed 4 sections in other states but would like to be licensed in CO is $165.
Also... wishing everyone here Good Luck! I am waiting for my results too.
Here's a silly question. When ever I fail a test about two weeks prior to getting my results I get mailers for a bunch of study materials. I don't think this happened with sections I passed.
1. Have you ever received these mailers and then passed (it's my last one. please give my confidence a boost)?
2. How do they get my info and know that I am studying for the CPA?
I've never been mailed anything about materials...that's weird.
When I first read your reply my heart sank because I'm hoping for a passing Reg score next weekend and I had just checked my PO Box this afternoon and had CPA review ads in it! Thankfully I remembered though my license stuff is still going to my parents house. The only CPA related stuff signed up to the PO is an AICPA and CalCPA memberships that are "candidate memberships." Any chance you belong to the AICPA or a state run one as a "candidate"? If so, those are your likely sources of the ads.. in short don't let the paranoia eat you up!
I took BEC 7/1 and I am dying to know. I take Audit 8/24 and I can't wait any longer. This is so painful.
I feel your pain. I took it 7/2 and I'm done if I pass it. If not, I have to take BEC, AUD, and REG again. I pretty much have an anxiety attack everyday that the scores are not posted.
I know I have gotten mailers as well but not sure how if it corresponded with failing scores. There is a good chance it did though as I try and remember!
I've failed all four tests and I've never received fliers/junk mail/spam from a review company. Sounds like a coincidence to me. I wouldn't read too much into it.
Exactly my scenario...with a small variation on dates. I'm with you. ;-)
Hey Jeff, we still looking pretty for BEC on Thursday?
Dunno...I won't know until they are actually released by the AICPA...that's what gets the ball rolling. I still feel good about Thursday though...it's in line with past trends.
Was the reg simulation new if taken around August 1? I'm hoping to have my results before the weekend.
Hey Jeff, I was just wondering ifyou had a news lately that would lead you to beleive that your predictions are close, or if you've heard anything that may push those predictions back at all. I've passed AUD, BEC, and FAR, and took REG on 07/02, so needless to say, it's been a REALLY LONG 6 weeks! Thanks for everything.
nope...nothing yet - and I won't hear anything until they get released. I know how the waiting game feels :)
Hey Jeff, How do you think the website will hold up this time around?
If Jeff's predictions aren't exactly "on" this time around then at worst it will be +/- a couple days. He has always been within 2 days I believe (past data). Somtimes earlier and sometimes later, you should expect BEC to come out around Thursday as he posted. Good Luck!
That is if you are in Wave 1, I forgot to mention that. And if you aren't a NASBA state, otherwise it takes a little longer.
Hi Eric, Thanks for your reponse. I guess I should clarify my question. I was asking Jeff whether or not he thought the actual website will hold up with all the traffic of people looking at it. Last time, it was down a few times.
Might be a silly question (bear with me, I'm a first timer): How can I check whether my state is a NASBA state or an AICPA state for score release? Thank you!
CPA hopeful, You are either a NASBA state or a non-NASBA state. You will need to go to the www.NASBA.org website: https://www.nasba.org/nasbaweb/NASBAWeb.nsf/WPECUSM Click on your state and then click on score button. If you can put your section id number from NTS and date of birth, then you are a NASBA state if not then you are a non-NASBA state. There isn't a AICPA state. Hope this answers our question. I am waiting on FAR score this window. Good luck to you.
LEE_IN, Thank you so much! That answers my question. Good luck to you as well!
That is a legit question and the answer should be "yes"...I have switched to a java based system that can handle the load...
HI Jeff: I took BEC on July 30th, and since there is no simulations for BEC, is it still possible that my score will be released in wave 2?
If I remember correctly, usually 99% of BEC scores get released in Wave 1 that are Wave 1 eligible. So, barring some computer issue, you should get your score soon.
It IS VERY painful. It is hard to understand why anyone in any real business would tolerate this much of a delay. AHHHHHH!
Any chance of AICPA releasing BEC today
sure...there's always a chance...
my exam was on 1st july... tensed..
I'm about to sit for this part for my third time pretty soon and would love to hear your advice on how to approach it. I want to start passing some parts and get a confidence boost to tackle the others.
I took the exam on the 10th of July and I have passed already passed 3 sections. This is my last section and I cannot wait for these scores to come out...
Good luck to everybody.... i hope its a good day for me tom...
I am in CA. Just now I checked the Board of Accountancy for my BEC score, the following message showed up: " The California Board of Accountancy's CBT Examination Application, Practice Privilege Holder Search and Practice Privilege Notification Form are currently offline for maintenance. This Web site should return to operation by 10:00PM PDT on 08/12/2009." I remembered that my friend told me that the night before his score came out he could not log on to his account. Would this message mean the the score will be out tomorrow?
man please I just want a 75!!!!!!!!!! good luck everyone!.....ah it took till 8/12 before I got my notice that my state board recevied a notice on 8/10 that I took REG on 8/5.........sinking feeling they will toss me in wave2 huh..... maybe since the number of test takers is up 10% this would explain pass rate increases and also indicate the potential for delays in score releases.........
So today's the day for BEC people. Is anyone else excited, stressed, paranoid, etc.? Good luck to all, and try to wait at least a minute before refreshing the site so we don't kill it again. ha ha.
Remember - today is the "predicted" AICPA release...CA/IL/etc and NASBA will follow after that...hopefully Friday *if* the AICPA releases today. I just don't want hate mail again this window :) The site should be fine this time...the new comments system seems to have alleviated the problem. I'll let everyone know the second I hear anything...
Ah, no hate mail from me. I know the drill. ;-) Today is the day...meaning it will tell all of us NASBA people it's close. Thanks for all you do!!! I will be happy when I don't have to visit your site any more (that's a compliment by the way).
Any other VA takers have issues with the website? According to the board, they will start releasing score information online (as opposed to the Jan and Apr windows over the phone only) with this window. I'm waiting on FAR this time around.
I'm sitting for the exam in VA, too. I haven't had any problems with the website but I seem to be the only one - almost everyone else I know is having big problems. Their scores don't usually show up at all (even months later) so they've all been calling in to find out if they passed. I took FAR and AUD during the April/May window and both of my scores showed up online as soon as the VBOA released them. I didn't even have to call in to find out. I'm not really sure why the website is working for me but I'm not going to argue. Are you sure you're going to the right place on the site to look for your score? I'll be the first to say that I've never seen a more complicated, non-intuitive way to find something online. Truth be told, I actually found my FAR score by accident...
VA site is working fine for me as well. I agree. It is complicated to find! Too many steps are needed to look it up. My score from the January/Feb window is not on the site, but my other scores are. It should be working by now
Hi I was wondering if I took BEC on Aug 7th, would that qualify me for Wave 1? Thanks!
yep - you *should* be Wave 1
Hi Jeff (or anyone who would like to respond)! I took AUD on August 3rd and am curious as to your thoughts on how my results may play out. It took me 50 minutes to do the first testlet of MC, I didn't take a break before the second testlet, completed the second testlet in about 1 hour and 15 minutes (questions got a lot harder), did take a break before the third testlet, and then took 20 minutes for the third testlet (I wizzed through the questions because they were easier!). It is to my understanding that the test is adaptive and it worries me that the third testlet was so easy. I'm curious that if I didn't do well on the second testlet, but got all/majority of the questions correct on the third testlet, is there a chance I could still pass? Thanks!
I wouldn't worry about it...AUD is the one exam that people typically fly through...they may have seemed "easy" because you knew your stuff, right? Of course you can still pass! Jeff
I guess no one has received a score today. Bummer!! Looks like I'll have to wait until next week to get mine.
That WAS my initial reaction - "It was easy because I knew that stuff". But then anxiety sets in!! Thanks for the vote of confidence!
They haven't been released yet by the AICPA...still waiting on that.
It could be. I am also a CA candidate. I didn't take BEC this window (I'm hoping for AUD and FAR scores) and I was not given that error message. Keep me updated.
Jeff, I thought it was just major rumor that it was adaptive. Has there been any confirmation on that? Just curious.
Oh - it's a fact that AUD, REG, and FAR are adaptive...the MCQs, anyway. The sims are not adaptive. There's been several official releases that confirm this.
I took AUD in May and my first testlet seemed easy. . . second hard . . . third easy and I finished early . . I passed with an 89
Prediction says .. scrores will be out tom- friday... not today...
I took AUD in May, too. All three of my testlets seemed way too easy and I ended up passing with a 90. I remember the questions getting slightly more complex, but there was no drastic difference. That made me really uneasy - when I sat for both FAR and REG, the difference in difficulty between testlets one and two was huge. I think it's harder to determine the difficulty level on AUD because the questions are mostly theory (as opposed to calculations for the other two).
the wait is killing me...
Jeff-- Could I recommend an enhancement to the site? If there was a way you could put a breaking news line (like MSNBC does) at the top of your site (say for instance when BEC gets released), it would really help out so people would see it as soon as they clicked on another71.com, instead of having to open up this thread. Just a suggestion. Thanks for the site, Brandon
I have a question regarding "new sims". I'm almost confident I had a new one, based on the material tested, does this mean that this sim was a pre-test and therefore will not be the graded sim?
I'm so ready for this wait to be over and praying that my FAR test is released with the Wave 1 scores; I took my exam July 11th so its been a long wait. This is my last exam and I'm eager to get my results.
Jeff, If scores don't come out between Friday and Saturday is it possible that scores can be released on a Sunday? Thanks!
I took BEC on Aug. 8th. Any chance I might be in wave 1?
I took AUD on 7/16 and left with 1:45 on the clock still. I keep thinking I should be nervous, but I really, honestly felt good about it...of course, you know what they say. When you feel good, it's a bad sign. :( Dying for next Weds!
Let's go AICPA, LETS GO!
Hurry UP! This is affecting my AUD studying. I need a JOB!
Good suggestion...I'll put it up by the score release banner in red when it happens. Thanks Brandon
Jeff, How do you know when the AICPA has released scores for a section?
I am waiting for AUD too. i just hope it comes out as predicted. it has been late in the past and i really can not handle that kind of stress. this is my last one.
I get an e-mail from someone who likes my site...
Question for VA candidates: On the boa website, there is a checklist which includes passing each section of the CPA exam. I just found this area and noticed that the two exams i took this window, REG and AUD, have a name next to "processed by" but remain as "unchecked" vs. "complete." (The ones i have not taken have no name under "processed by") Does this mean I did not pass or is there still hope?
The name appeared on mine a few days after I sat for the exam so I think it just means that they received confirmation that you sat for an exam. I definitely don't think it means you failed because they have not received any scores from the AICPA (according to my friend who called in this morning to ask).
I had the same issue when I sat for AUD in MAY. I think that the person responsible to update the system automatically includes their name next to the section after you sat for the exam. Once the results are released, you will be able to see both your scores (included in a different section of the website) and the date VA BOA obtains your results for the exam will be included in the checklist. I called VA BOA today and they have not obtained any results from NASBA. So there is still hope out there.
Any news on the AICPA release of BEC? I'm dying!
all is quiet...I've seen the AICPA release BEC at 9pm EDT before though...
Yes I am embracing that.
***The AICPA just released BEC***
If the AICPA just released BEC, will Illinois have them on their site today yet, or not until tomorrow?
I took BEC on 07/25 in CA but I haven't received my score yet. what does it mean?
Jeff - Does this mean we have a hope to get a score tomorrow night for NASBA states?
jeff when do u think NASBA will release it now?
IL could come out tomorrow (doubt highly that it's tonight)...not sure about CA...they're closed tomorrow right?
Still bet it's tomorrow night...9pm EDT
what about bec in texas?
Jeff, Does regulation always come before Aud or could it be the other way around?
they tend to alternate...
TX is not a NASBA state, although I know that the TX board posts these. For these "non-NASBA" states, would they be more likely to come tomorrow?
Hey Jeff, Great site! Yes, the California Board is closed tomorrow :( Does this mean there's no chance of receiving BEC scores until next week?
So here's what I'm wondering: what is the deal with the AICPA release date? Is that just the day they mail out the letters, or is that when they tell NASBA, or is there some way that I can see my score a few days earlier online, or what? Also, awesome site, this is like crack for me around exam release time. I've passed AUD and FAR, waiting on REG (Saturday or Tuesday?), and I'm taking BEC on Saturday, and I've been glued to this site every month or two. You do a great job, Jeff, and congrats on passing.
Here we go ....... weeeeeeeeeee. Good Luck Everybody!!!!
Lauren, My understanding (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) is that a new sim means you will automatically be placed into wave two. This reason being that it is new and takes longer to grade while they need to compile a large enough number of people who had the new sim to grade it. It doesn't indicate that it is pre-test info... the tabs of the sim will definitely be graded, however they may be more likely to choose your communication from the other sim. Hope that helps!!
Yes - good explanation...
How do you guys deal with the nervousness?
Can you say "refresh"!
I'm wondering the same thing regarding FAR (took it Aug 8). I haven't heard on that, but let me know if you get your score in wave 1...it will give me hope. My logic is maybe Jeff put approx. Aug 7 as the cutoff because not all test centers are open on Saturday. Of course, I'm really trying to convince myself more than anything.
I know Illinois will not release until tomorrow but I will still log in every five minutes. I hope they do it tomorrow morning because I will be at the water park all day with the family and no internet.
Has anyone received their scores?
the 7th is the cutoff for just about every window...fyi...
The only way I get by without checking the website every 5 minutes, is drink some beer and hanging out with my family. This only works because I am waiting on my last seciton. Usually I just study twice as hard so I forget about the up and coming score releases
looks like a no on illinois...
Hi Jeff: Somebody said that CA will be closed tomorrow. Does this mean that we won't be able to see our scores tomorrow if they are not released tonight?
That's a great question. I could see CA releasing them early in the AM after processing or I could see them lagging until Monday...
wow looks like some ppl will get grades this weekend after all.....go BEC ppl good luck!!! on another note......I read a very wise CPA argue about the pretest questions that they toss us during the exam......it is in the invitation to comments 2007 that was released last summer: page 70 is good and page74. overall a must read!.. https://www.cpa-exam.org/download/ITC07_Report_Public.pdf 1. Why do candidates now have only 18 months to complete the CPA exam when we (i.e., almost everyone involved in the CBT decision-making at any level) had three years? 2. The demeaning and condescending comments about candidates strikes me as, at best, unproductive and, at worst, as an indication of the low regard that certain regulators have for candidates. Another recent example from your October 2007 document Improving the Uniform CPA Examination: "Candidates often do not take seriously their responsibility to review program materials, tutorials and practice tests." (page 8.) Do you have any evidence to back up this assertion? In the same document you admit that problems with the simulations were also attributed to the technology. Your document also implies that there is something wrong with candidates' behavior when they wait until the end of the period to schedule the exam. See my comment 3., below. I have listened to representatives of State Boards, NASBA, and the AICPA regarding this point and I find it offensive to me personally and to the thousands of hard-working students I have worked with in my 28 years as an educator at one of the leading Accounting Departments in the nation. It is simply an over-generalization of the population you are attempting to "serve." When we (the faculty) reported the results of anecdotal evidence from a large number of our former students who were then CPA exam candidates, we were dismissed by one NASBA official that these were "whiny" people who complain a lot. 3. The logic of your comment on page 6 concerning deadlines escapes me. You state: "If there is no end (to each test window), volume could well decline." How does that follow? Further, you state that people tend to schedule tests at the end of each window, implying that there is some aberrant behavior in this approach. Not only do I once again not see the logic as to why this should be a factor in not allowing the exam to be open for 12 months, but why would we expect exam takers' behavior to be any different than that of tax return filers? Of holiday shoppers? Of respondents to invitation to comments? 4. Why has NASBA taken nearly 11 months to compile the results of the 2006 CPA ...."
Jeff - Per your historical data. Has NASBA been taking "one day" to release scores to candidates after AICPA released it?
NASBA used to take 2-3 days, but they have really done a good job of expediting the turnaround process...I won't be surprised if they have results out tomorrow night.
jeff, Hows looking at the release date and time?
Jeff, Hows the Illinois release date and time looking? Linda
i hate this wait.. good nite guys... am off to bed.. cya tom..
Jeff, Hows the Illinois release date and time looking? Linda
Jeff, Hows the Illinois release date and time looking? Linda
you posting the same thing over and over isn't going to get a response any quicker
Dunno :) :)
easy there killer. it didnt show my wall post so i did it again.
I was just joking, btw. Illinois is always good about getting scores out...I bet you have them mid-afternoon tomorrow.
NO SCORES YET....In Ireland checking...waiting for BEC!! BLAME IT ON THE A,A,A,A,A,A,A, ALCOHOL WIT IT
If I don't get my BEC score soon, I'm going to lightsaber or "force choke" one of my commanding officers
How good is Missouri with releasing scores?? You think it will be sometime today? Please, let it be!
May the force be with you
any word from any of those ealier released states?
VA candidates: I called this morning but VA BoA has not received scores yet.
If it makes anyone feel any better, the SC NASBA site won't load when they are "uploading their scores," and I can't check my score right now because it's not loading. So hopefully. looks like you were right on the money Jeff. Jamie in response to your question, I don't think any of the "earlier" released states have received scores due to the later release yesterday. Jeff mentioned earlier yesterday that he didn't think their scores would come out until this morning sometime and to look for NASBA tonight. Good luck!
any michiganders in here, looking like scores will be up tonight?
CA BEC score out. I passed~~
Congratulations! I am studying for that part right now. Any helpful tips??
Is there any other site where i can check my result than my account on https://www.cba.ca.gov/cbt_private/status_info i am registered in CALIFORNIA , i took AUD, FARE exams on July 6, 10 . Thanks
Jeff, First, thank you for your site. I have been taking this test since last August and have followed your site since December. I am waiting on BEC results, which hopefully, this is the last time I ever have to check my scores. My question to you is this - do you think you will be post on twitter when NASBA scores are released? I do not have internet at my house other than on my cell phone, and the only page I seem to be able to pull up is your twitter site.
VA candidates: BoA has BEC scores. My friend called in this morning and initially was told if her score wasn't on the online site, they didn't have it. She asked them to check because she had heard that NASBA released scores and lo and behold, they found her score and she passed. Just wanted to pass on that info. I am waiting, impatiently, for AUD and FAR scores.
ILLINOIS SCORES RELEASED!!!! i PASSED!!!!
Illinois scores are available. I passed BEC. Got an 87
Any Illinois scores out yet?
Mohamed, That's the site for California... it will show up on the bottom of the "status" tab.
I haven't seen anyone from VA with a score posted on the website yet... I hope they are posted soon.
Yes - BEC is now available
Just got my Illinois BEC score (the first part of the exam I ever sat for) and I passed! Thanks for your great site, Jeff—makes me feel good to know I'm not alone in this. :-)
Any news on New Hampshire BEC scores?
I use Becker, but Becker does not cover all of the material. I suggest you buy the Wiley's book as a supplemental to whatever you are using. Wiley's problems are helpful.
If you are waiting for a BEC score, I would call the Board and ask. The VA site has had problems in the past (I know of people who passed a section earlier this year and still do not have a score reflected on the website, even though they received scores in the mail). I have heard they are working on fixing it, but I think it is worth a phone call so you don't have to prolong your misery.
Aud and Far for CA is probably not out yet. I got my BEC score this morning, usually Aud and Far are a couple of days later than BEC
Any NJ candidates on here?
BEC 82!!!!! FAR 76 AUD 82 NOW COME ON, RELEASE REG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG thanks!!!! I was told that they didn't have a score when I called in the morning, and I called again after reading this post, told the lady I knew someone who received the score, and then finally she looked it up and told me I passed!!! Thank you!!!!
MD BEC IS OUT.....I FINALLY AM DONE!
Glad I could help. We Virginians need to stick together!
Waiting on TN. I think all NASBA states will be released at the same time tonight.
Hopefully NASBA will release at 9pm as Jeff has predicted.
Just saw my score posted on the Virginia site. 75!
I am waiting for my scores for BEC from NY. Does anyone know anything about NY?
Checked the VA site again and it was posted. Passed! Good luck on AUD and FAR.
is Colorado out?
Anyone get scores in TX....
Probably not until next week Kirk.
BEC scores in CA is out. I passed. Thanks, Jeff!
I am a NASBA State. I'm about to call the state board and tell them that if they don't release scores soon, I will be forced to utilize the full powers of the Death Star on Earth.
The Dark Side needs people like you. Give me a call and we can discuss joining our accounting department
I think that they update the website at 3 - 4 am, and we should have our scores in the am.
Anything from NY?
Why do they post scores from 8 pm to 12 pm.. EST... Dont they want to have a nice friday night and let others have it too.....?
YES! I passed BEC with an 80! Wow it is so scary looking up your score when you know it is posted. Thanks Jeff for all the support. Two down: AUD 81, BEC 80. Waiting for REG to come out.
My guess for NASBA posting at night would be: NASBA processes score for most states and so processing during the day could cause a disruption to their system. I, agree, however that if they are staying late anyway, they should have done it last night when the AICPA released BEC score to them.
that likely means that the other sections will be reported via telephone only.
Anyone want to guess when the AICPA will release REG?
I'm a NJ candidate, but waiting on AUD.
It's at the top of this page under predictions.
Its an IT process that runs - starting at 8pm EDT
BEC Colorado...............any results yet...?
yay... only like 2 more weeks until wisconsin releases scores
Can you check your score on a blackberry???? I am going to be out tonight and I dont klnow how to access the website on my blackberry..I tried typing the entire link on my BB but it doesnt work..Im from NY...
Yes. Type in the entire link including your birthday etc. Check your results on a computer, then use the link that's up on top that includes your info. It'll work. Near the bottom of the screen it'll say Error... and it'll say your score when it shows up
make sure you have the latest browser installed on your BB. start on nasba's home page and just click through the links to get to correct page instead of typing in the entire url.
BEC - 74. What does this mean other than I failed? Was the 74 a matter of 1 question? Has anyone ever appealed a score on BEC?
Im trying that...I cant even click on all the links..and I dont see the entire page..Only limited stuff... Even if i go on naba.org and try fro mthere I dont see everything..How do i get the latest browser??
I think I have to pay with the browser settings..But thanks for responses...And Good Luck!!! :)
NAME: Most likely it was not a matter of 1 question.
I know someone that appealed their AUD score of a 74 and paid a decent amount of money to do it and it didn't do any good. Apparantly when you are that close more than one person scores your test (at least the ones with sims). I'm not sure there would be much room for an appeal on BEC since there aren't any sims
NASBA people can expect BEC **tonight**
Received 74 on BEC and have retook again and waiting. Not sure what I will do if I get 74 again??
Do you get any notification from NASBA when your score is posted?
nope...you just have to look at their site
Thank God!!! I passed BEC with an 84. It's not a high score but I'm happy. I thought that I failed miserably when I walked out from the testing site. Two down two more to go.
Another 82!!!! Off to LA to celebrate!!! AUD - 82 BEC - 82
Thanks all. I'm just devastated with my 74!
From the information I read on this site, it's only a score verification. They only ensure that the correct key was used. They don't regrade the test. It also indicated that no one passed by appealing. It was a Q&A article about myths of the CPA exam on this site. It was pretty interesting, but I know it addressed appeals. Sorry about the 74. Just hang in there.
In this game, a 76 is a high score. :-)
Jeff, Nice moves putting the score release updates in the banner!
Haha that's so true. It's like torture hearing all your friends in other states getting their scores when you're still waiting to hear!
Did you take audit in the current testing period?
Name, Hang in there. The first time I took BEC I got a 74 also, it almost hurt worse than the high 60's I got on the rest of the exams the first time. I crammed cost accounting and worked a zillion MCQs and took it the beginning of the next window and passed. You can do it, you are so close!
I just called the Texas Board and they haven't received the scores from NASBA. He said they would probably not be posted on Monday because, "they need to verify them first." Don't shoot the messenger, I am just letting you know what he said.
Yea Jeff....like the updates in the banner.
Just saw my score for BEC and I passed. Finally done with all 4 parts! THANK YOU Jeff for making a dead on prediction! Going to Vegas this weekend and was really hoping I would find out prior to my departure. Now I'm off to celebrate after 13 months of tedious studying. Good luck everyone and I hope you all pass!
Agreed Joe!!! Hell, I'll be happy to get 75's... passing is passing and the end of this dreaded torture!! Good luck everyone!! BTW- I'm in MA waiting for AUD.... I know, I still have a few more days :(
NAME: I got a 72 last time around on BEC. I just took it again a week and a half ago. It hurts-I know.Better luck to all of us the second time!
So far so good on the predictions - looks like I'll be hoping to expect a couple scores mid next week (took AUD/REG on 7/1 and 7/20).
Texas doesn't receive their scores from NASBA. TX receives them directly from AICPA. If you call the TX Board 5 times, you'll get 5 different answers. I've taken/received 2 scores so far and both times the advisory score was posted 2 business days after the AICPA released the scores. So, we're looking at Monday....
My heart is pounding. I just want it already.
Has anyone received their BEC score from NASBA yet? I just tried and it wasn't there, but I'm not positive I have my right Section ID#
no, i am also waiting. it keeps saying error.
they arent out yet....no worries...
500th comment... i m waiting too..")
Counting down too.
Yeppi. GA out. 87 in BEC. 2 done 2 to go.
BEC:TN - 90 ... Woo Hoo
BEC ohio yet??????
CO 78 - That was a hard test. So happy it is over. 2 done, 2 to go.
BEC, CO 83
BEC TN 89. BALLIN!
Jeff, Do you think there is a chance AUD could show up before REG. cuz it did in previous windows.
77 co state
BEC TN 82!!!
Colorado,BEC 80, second try ,first best.I am happy.Thanks guys for the support.I love you all.
Jeff, I finally overcame BEC with a 75. I want to thank-you for your great suggestions and studying techniques. Your suggestion of using Yaeger Self Study was what got me those 7 points (with Becker I previously scored a 68) I needed to pass. It has been such a long road for me, since accounting was not my original career. I had to take the 24 credits in accounting to actually sit for the exam. BEC was the most difficult since I never took a cost accounting or financial management classes . It has been a long two years! Now, I can get on with my life, with this behind me! Thanks again!
yes - it's very possible
All respect to Jeff and the forum members,you are awesome guys.
Do all states release their scores at exactly 9pm or do they come out throughout the night? I'm waiting for BEC, but don't know if I should just check back tomorrow :)
It's a batch process...they're done for the night. I'm really sorry about your score...waiting sucks beyond belief...I've been there many times.
Thanks for the info!
SLR- congrats! All that hard work paid off!
SC is out thankfully....77. One left two weeks from tomorrow. I see the light.....
BEC came today 8/14, as predicted...took on 7/20 passed 90
I got mine @ 9 Central. I checked @ 6 but it wasn't there at that time.
Anyone else checking for their scores for AUD, FAR or REG even though since Jeff hasn't said it you know they aren't out?! I just can't help myself from looking for my REG score as if its gunna be there!!
Checked FAR, which I took 7/13, but no score yet...I'm guessing it will be next Thursday as the man predicts.
BEC ME 83, 3 down, 1 to go !!! This was my 3rd try and was much harder than the first 2 tries! (BEC questions are so out there...) Thanks, Jeff. And good luck to you all!
BEC 76, I'll take it REG 79 2 down, 2 to go
CO 89 BEC......this is my first attempt... happy :)
PA BEC - 89, first exam ever taken....what a great feeling
im waiting for REG. Is Cali not a NASBA state? if so the result will be came out tomorrow on Saturday?? Im studying FAR and it is so painful........
great prediction! I got my BEC score at 11PM August 14th...I don't know if I was more happy to pass than impressed by your prediction or viceversa! LOL
Jeff, REG is predicted to come out today, but it's Saturday. Do they ever come out on the weekend or do we have to wait for Monday? I am in NC where they mail the scores, so if they release it on the day you predict is that the day they would mail it, if your prediction is correct?
Today would be the day that the AICPA releases the score. They would have to be formated into letters and printed, that would not happen today.
The AICPA does release scores over the weekend...they have in the past
Does anyone know anything about BEC scores for NY? Still waiting for my BEC scores to come out.
has all four parts passed first time now!!!!! got an 83 on bec and is so so so so so so happy! congrats everyone else!! : )
Jeff- How long are the Yaeger Audio cram lectures? and would it be worth it to purchase a week before my test? Thanks
Some are close to 8 hours or so...yes, if they are going to be the only Yaeger product you buy (the cram would be ideal, but you're short on time), then I think it would be a smart purchase. -Jeff
Jeff, Great prediction and great site...76 (whew) in BEC and just have FAR left Oct 1st. Good to know that there are others out there who share my pain/struggles/anxieties/frustrations. Thanks for sharing your story and creating a forum to have others share as well. Congrats to all those who passed!!!
Jeff, I gave REG on 7th August.. so i can hope to be in wave 1 right...??
Thanks for the prediction. Passed BEC, my first section. I am studying for FAR now, and not feeling overly confident. Have exam on Aug 26. Anyone know if it'd be possible to take Audit and Reg within 5 days of one another after a total of one month of studying? Good luck to all and congratulation to the succesful candidates
Any word on Reg scores in VA? I just checked and it isn't up yet.
BEC is out in Indiana - was out last night around 9pm. 87 and I am done with this damn exam.
Jeff, Do you plan on putting an alert at the top of the page upon AICPA score release? We found it very helpful for BEC. Thanks!
I just passed BEC. That was my last part. What are the next steps to actually get the licensce
Yes - as soon as I'm at my computer...I post from my phone a lot and the banner requires adjusting HTML, which I can't do from my phone...I will post it here and Twitter until I can get to my computer. Someone recommended that...It was a great idea! Jeff
Congrats! Your state BOA site should have the info.
please...please... have REG come out today... I am spending the day studying for FAR and checking the CA BOA website... lol
what is the difference between getting the aicpa scores and nasba scores? i know the nasba scores are online but if aicpa scores come out today does that mean i can find out my score?
The AICPA grades the tests but does not know who you are. Only the states and the NASBA does.
Here's the simplified process: You sit for exam at Prometric --> Prometric sends scores to AICPA for grading --> AICPA releases scores to NASBA and State Boards of Accountancy that don't use NASBA for verification --> NASBA and State Boards post scores online at their own timetable.
wow thank you that makes a whole lot sense! Waiting for my Reg score...i keep having dreams it's a 68 lol
Check out the preview PDF to my book....the answer to this is included in the preview. Jeff
Hopefully you are dyslexic in your dreams and your score is really an 86 ;-)
I read that AICPA does not release scores for VA. Does that mean I have to wait till tuesay for the state board to relase Reg scores on the website? ugghhh Tuesday is a long wait!
I think you will survive this way... I would recommend taking audit 5 days after REG because the Audit test is a lot of memorization of lists (Becker has a ton of mnemonics to use for this). Whereas I found that REG was more application based and deserves more attention in your available study time....practice tests for REG are a must, but Audit seems to be more about parroting the study aids.
AICPA releases scores for every state including VA. For a reference, AICPA released BEC to the states on Thursday and people in VA called in Friday morning and could get their scores. They were posted (at least for some people) on the VA website later Friday, When Jeff posts that the AICPA released scores, VA should have the score the next business day.
I'm from NY and one of my friends received his BEC score last night.
Gotcha Thank you lolo!
Sounds like I'm the only one who failed BEC this window. Completely disappointed. 71, again! I don't understand it, I really thought I knew this stuff. When I was studying the second time around my thoughts were "I know all of this, how did I fail the first time?" Hopefully next window I can pass it
You are definitely not the only one who failed! The fail rate exceeds the pass rate. You are just one of the few who decides to post that they fail, while everyone who passes jumps for joy and posts it for everyone to see ;) Good luck on your next test
Anyone have any suggestions for how to memorize the budget variance formulas for BEC? Taking my exam this week and just can't get it.
Any word on the release of reg or audit today?
understand it , it is the best way to memorize
Don't worry Jen, I failed it twice, both 74's.... Lets see if the third time is the charm ; )
Thanks Mike, it's tough. What review company are you using? I think I'm going to try and buy Yaegar's BEC review
Thanks James! Haha, I know I'm not the only one who failed, does seem like it sometimes. It did take me a couple days to come back to the this thread and read through it. I was so disappointed. Thanks!
Hi All. Waiting for Reg here in Texas. Any chance that if AICPA releases scores tonight that I will have my scores on line at the Texas State Board Site? I know that Jeff predicts Tuesday. I know for BEC, Texas updated right after the ACIPA release. I am just hoping that Reg will come out before Tuesday. Any thoughts? I am stressing!
Tell me about it lol... I am using Yeager CPA review and I think its pretty good... I think my weak points are IT and the Cost/Managerial accounting ... I plan to retake it immediately... Good Luck!! - Mike
Hi Mike. I took BEC twice and had issues on the first test (73) with those stupid cost accounting formulas. (but I am not bitter - ha ha ha) What I did was to prepare my own very simple example of how a typical formula would work, use small rounded numbers (i.e 10, 20 etc) and then try to memorize what business issue the formula is trying to explain (i.e. the risk of a given choice or the variance associated with an increased cost over budget.). At exam time, I could actually see my own practice problem formulas in my head and could relate how the test question was similiar to the examples that I made for myself. I only scored an 82 the second time, but probably would have done better had I actually studied for the legal entity stuff again. I aced it the first time and ignored it on the second because I was so worried about passing the financial and cost accounting stuff. I scored below average on the legal entity structures for the second exam. Funny too, although I took BEC back in April, I still remember quite a few of the formulas. Hope this helps! Good luck to everyone :) I hope this suggestion helps. I used Becker and the flash cards, which were generally useful, but not stand alone. I had to make my own write-up to cement the formulas in my memory.
Thank you for sharing! It is easy to share the good stuff, but when I failed FAR it was really supportive to see others going through the same thing. Although (thank goodness) I am done with BEC I am waiting on REG and it can go either way. So if it does not go my way I will be looking for my support! So keep working and before you know it, you will be Jen, CPA!
Mike, I have to agree with Mohamed. I used Becker and their table didn't help me very much. What worked for me was to really understand what they were trying to attribute the variance do and then identify the differing variables between the two. Once I understood what the variance is attempting to identify rather than just memorizing, it clicked for me.
Nope, I failed also. I know it hurts as well but I'm gonna whatever it takes to get back in the game and pass it next time.
This reply is for hypnochick. Are you saying that you already received your score for BEC in Texas? I am also in Texas and my score was not there? This will make two windows in a row that I will wait the entire window before I receive my score when I have taken a section in the first wave timeframe. 75 last time. Hopefully same luck this time. Jeff--if you are seeing this, is it the usual case that if you take a section in the first wave and don't get it until the end when all scores are posted, that your score will be passing? Thanks. Hypnchick--thanks for that note, I would have guessed the scores just weren't posted yet.
Anyone here from NC who has taken a part already? Just wondering what the lag time was between when the AICPA releases the scores and when the state board actually mails them out. We're like dinosaurs over here, we can't even look up our scores on line.
Whodini. My apologies. I didn't mean to be confusing. I took BEC for the second time in April. I am waiting for my REG scores now.
The second wave has nothing to do with passing/not passing. Your score will automatically be released in the second wave if your exam had a new simulation on it or if you took the exam after a specific date. Since you say you took the exam in the first window, you most likely had a new simulation on your exam.
I am now waiting for my AUD score. How do I know if I had new sims or not?
77 BEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo
this is for mike. if you're studying with becker, take a look at the definitions in the back of the book. I found them much easier to understand than the way it was explained in the chapter. GL!
Josh or any other fellow Becker student that took BEC already... I'm studying to take BEC on thurs. After reading all the negative reviews on Becker, I'm scared that no matter how hard I study my Becker materials, I won't pass. Is it necessary for me to push my Becker material to the side and start all over with a different study program? I can't believe I spent all this time and money with a deficient product!!!!!!
heck no, becker is completely fine for BEC. put the time in with the materials and the passmaster and there's no reason you can't get a passing score. i used becker and passed.
Thanks Brandon, you seriously did not use anything other than Becker? I'm 41 with two kids under 10 that have not had a daddy for the past three years since I went back to school and am now studying for the exam. I just want this nightmare to be over. JJ
... did I mention working full time, serving as a board member for two comapnies and managing a partnership. I hate this, there's no nice way to say how I feel otherwise.
No. I passed BEC the first time with Becker. I would just get a real good grasp on chapter 3 and chapter 5.
Thx again Brandon
I just got my score tonight for BEC and passed. I have previously passed FAR and REG, each time I used only becker. I would just give it your best shot. Good Luck!!
BEC rant regarding the IT component... Censored, censored, and then censored some more.
Thanks all of you for your input.
I guess they the AICPA never released REG today as predicted?...anyone hear anything?
Thanks Cpacrazy. I just saw your helpful comments. Congrats as well on your success to date. I admire everyone on this board. This exam can break a person's spirit and this board is full of hope, courage, and will.
No scores for BEC in Texas yet this time around, that is not right? I talked to a few people at the board last friday and they had not received anything yet and my score has not been posted yet. Texas lags a little bit for some reason?
nope...didnt happen...usually a Thursday release is followed by a Saturday release...
so, not possible for REG to be released tomorrow? This is so depressing!
Any hope of a Sunday release?
So REG probably won't be released until Thursday?
if the AICPA releases Monday...then Tuesday probably
becker is great for bec~~~ I didn't even try every question in the database because there were too many Qs!! But I passed first time with a 81~~ not bad =) However I would say just ignore L2, all the econ questions on the exam are so common sense simple and the portion is so small... don't need to waste your time on L2. I don't think becker covers Reg well. I am a tax minor grad student, yet I still felt that REG exam was extremely hard!! waiting for me score............=(
you may have answered this question before, but i haven't been able to find the answer yet: is the august 7th date for the 1st/2nd wave cutoff a prediction as well? or is that confirmed with AICPA/NASBA or just common knowledge? i guess we can test it... anyone on here take BEC on august 8th or later and get their score already?
also, just curious about certain prep courses... it seems most people on here are recommending using becker or yaeger. my classmates and i have been using wiley. anyone else use that? or is it widely considered awful and nobody uses it?
Becker is fine... I used Becker and got an 80. Just memorize the PURE DADS pnemonic for variances and focus mostly on finance and managerial acct. The econ and business organization stuff is easy. The IT stuff just tends to be random and poorly worded, so i don't think it really matters what review software you use. You'll be fine! Just know those variances and finance stuff (NPV, CAPM, IRR, etc...)
Hi, I'm about your age & have a kid. I feel your pain. ^^ I used nothing but Becker & passed BEC & REG. You'll be just fine.
Wiley is a great cpa review book. Yaeger teaches out of the Wiley book.
I used Becker 2005 materials and passed with a 77. I second the comments below regarding focus on chapters 3 & 5, do as many of the passmaster questions as you can, memorize PURE DADS. It's very doable, and it's very passable, but the key is doing the questions and understanding why you missed a question, you can't just go through questions, you have to understand why you missed it. You can do it!!! Just focus really hard for a few more days, and you'll have BEC behind you!!!
Does anyone know how to know if you got the new sims for AUD. I took AUD a couple weeks ago, but if I got new sims I won't get my score till Sept, right? How do I know?
Thank you so much everyone. I have some renewed energy and belief that I can conquer this obnoxious monster. Take care and God bless!!!!!!
I got the dreaded nuts and bolts sim first which took me over an hour to finish. By the time I got to the second sim, I had less than ten minutes, panicked, and absolutely blew the second memo. So I will be able to tell you if it is true that only one writing is graded since I did well on the first and bombed the second (I aced the MCs except for the third testlet in which I counted six that I was unsure of). My rationale is that there's no way the nuts and bolts sim could possibly be pretest as it has been destroying test takers for almost a year now from what I can tell. Did anyone else out there have a similar experience with good ole nuts and bolts and still passed? I'm really afraid to see my score.
I just took BEC three weeks ago and used becker study materials. They covered the test material very well and I scored an 88 on BEC. (Just found out Friday). Just make sure you have gone through the lectures and problems enough so you know know the concepts very well and can work all the math problems from the book examples. Then you will be more than prepared and do not need to start over with a different study program.
I believe for the most part it depends on how much time you put into it. I used Gleim, and passed the first 3 parts the first time. Waiting on the results of the last exam. However I did notice a couple of times when I didn't understand something I would refer to my friends Becker book and it would help clear up some of the things I had a hard time understanding.
I have used Becker for every section of the CPA exam. I think Becker did a good job with BEC, AUD and FAR. REG however, I think Becker could have prepared me a little better, but we will see when I get my score back. GOOD LUCK
I used Gleim and have had no problems yet. I am more of a self studier so it works for me. The books and MC CD for all four parts was only $350.
I had the same experience with the simulations, the first one was redic and caused me to bomb the 2nd simulation due to lack of time..Although a person at my firm told me they passed Reg without completing 3/4ths of a simulation. Fingers crossed.
Does the aicpa ever release on Sunday?
I took BEC on August 7th, no score for me yet :(
I can't recall a Sunday release....lots of Saturdays...but no Sundays. Even Still...If AUD or REG come out on Monday...Tuesday Nasba release is still a safe bet.
Jeff, How do I unsubscribe to this thread?
I did the same thing! The first sim was similiar and I spent too much time on it. All I was able to do was the essay on the second simulation!
hey Jeff, Is your estimate of August 7th on the long end or shorter. I took AUD on the 9th, and was wondering if I should even be hoping for my score on Monday the 17th, or just try and forget about the exam until next month. Im about to start studying for REG and don't want to waste time looking for a score that probably won't be there. Thanks, Matty
In your email...there should be an unsubscribe button...
I've seen a few 8th scores in the past, but the 7th is a pretty firm cutoff.
Jeff, What are the odds Texas BEC scores will be relseased tomorrow?
BEC 80!!!! I got a 73 last october and thought i did worse on this one. I was in DC this weekend visiting some friends and got on my laptop saturday morning to the best news ive ever received, 80 on BEC. I spent 300 dollars that day on lunch dinner and drinks I was so happy. Waiting for Audit now, gotta 74 last time but am pretty confident i passed. I cant wait till this whole thing is over.
I have three days to cram for Audit and am using Becker... any advice as to what chapters to focus on?? How to best utilize my time?? Thanks!!
know your reports inside and out
NAME: I agree with Jamie- know the reports and the wording of the reports (compilation vs. reviews). Also, how to plan the audit and what effects audit risk...(relationships of sample size etc)
Anybody (who knows for sure and isn't guessing).... Completely disregarding the pretest questions, is it possible to get all 70 points possible in the MC testlets WITHOUT answering every question correctly? This is a complex question for which I cannot find a definitive answer. For example, one of us poor souls gets every MC correct except one of the "moderately difficult" ones. Will the higher weight questions in testlets 2 and/or 3 compensate for the lesser weighted MC missed in testlet 1 and therefore result in the maximum 70 points for the MCs? Obviously, this question pertains to any part of the exam which has simulations but can be applied to BEC using the 99 point maximum as the basis of the question. Thanks! JJ
In theory, yes but because the exact procedures for weighting/scoring the exam are only briefly discussed, it is impossible to know.
I passed BEC with Becker. So if you know what you're doing, you will be fine!
Congratulations and Good Luck! Awesome news!!!
I think so too because there have been people on this and other cpa exam blogs that are honestly mystified when getting a 99 based on their less than perfect performance on the MCs. Enough so that it cannot be explained away by good guesses or pretest questions. If true, it could be the difference in my passing audit since I screwed up the sims so bad but feel really good about the MCs. Every point matters and I'm sweating it out!
Stephanie TX-I'm expecting my score tomorrow based on timing of last two exams I've taken here in TX....
All, I am curious to what is the minimum time spent on studying for FAR and passing? I know this seems like a stupid question, but I have exactly two weeks until the exam and am on chapter 3. I planned on studying a lot this weekend, however became very sick on Friday and have been in bed all weekend not even able to think straight, let alone study. Are my chances of passing totally shot or has anyone out there done it before? Any help would be great.... I'm not giving up, would just be nice to know I'm not alone! Good luck to everyone waiting on scores. I'm waiting on audit.
I just passed BEC with a 75 and Audit with a 77. I am taking Reg next and was wondering if anyone had an opinion on how long I need to study for Reg?
It is possible. I got a 99 in Audit and know I missed 1 MC question (I looked it up after the exam, and got it wrong). Absolutely can get all 70 points w/ 1 MC wrong.
Nice score! Hopefully I'll find out my FAR and AUD scores this week, unless i'm in the dreaded wave 2, of course.
study well: Basic theaory, cash flows, equity, non for profit , and governmental accounting,
Texas BEC is Up!!! Passed BEC (2nd time taking it) with a 79! Praise the Lord! I am half way there! Now onto FAR.
anyone heard anything about scores in Oklahoma?
As much as humanely possible.
The AICPA claims that there isn't a curve and that your score isn't a percentage. I'm thinking that every test taker is ranked by performance and then based on statistical calculations and such they choose a passing cutoff around 45-55% and the distribute the scores around that median (75).
When is REG gonna post, taking AUD this Friday, really wanna know that I passed REG before going into the exam
You should try your very best to finsih the rest of the chapters in a week so that you can have a week to just practice multiple choice. At this point you would need to study after you get off till you go to sleep and then all day on your off days. I did the same thing on regulation and managed to pass; tax is not my speciality. Practicing the multiple choice really helped me.
Did you just receive audit or is this from a previous window?
The FAR wait is the worst. Plus, I may have taken one with a new sim. AUD on the 29th...
I agree, it is worst for me because I took it early in July, its my last exam, and its the last to be released. The other exams I took on the last day of the month so it wasn't as bad. Its been 5 weeks :(. I'm hoping that none of my sims were a new one.
From what I heard, the earliest REG. would be posted would be tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Honestly.....I took about a month of SERIOUS studying (almost every day) and 2 weeks before that of skimming and light reading. 7 weeks of dedicated study time is probably more than adequate.....My only downfall was I felt really ready for REG and came out feeling devastated. Half choke job/half the exam was brutal. I did quite well on AUD and FAR, came out feeling ok on those, but this one was a whole other story. Hoping to see some good news here this week when they release the scores, but I'm not bettin on it.
Why would they release BEC and not release REG as predicted? Since they didn't release the scores on Saturday, should we expect it today. This is so agonizing. I'm not sure the AICPA truly understands the stress that we endure waiting for our scores. The wait is worse than taking the exam itself.
I was waiting all weekend for it...finally passed the 2nd time...took the first time back in Nov and got a 74 and never touch the book again until recently...that sure did a lot damage to my motivation =(
Remember Jeff is just predicting what is going to happen. He honestly does not know what the AICPA is going to do and when. Only the AICPA knows that. But, I would believe the AICPA will release some scores today.
oohh and congrats to you for passing with a 79 =)
I am pretty sure I got a new simulation on FAR... so it will be a long waiting period ever!
Jeff, Has the AICPA ever released scores, and within the same day NASBA releases the scores? Could NASBA turnover the scores that quick?
Nope - you're looking at a 24 hours lag time...NASBA is doing a good job of expediting the process...they have made it a priority
Hey Jeff, will you pls go back a few posts and read my question about MC weighted scoring, posted as CPArrgghh? I would really like your input. Posted it within the past couple of days. Thanks! JJ
It really is agonizing. The biggest problem I have with the system isn't the long wait, although that does suck a lot. I'm more annoyed by the inconsistency of the release dates across different windows. Yeah, usually all four sections are released between the same two weeks each time and you can usually count on BEC first and FAR last, but that's about it. Considering how much we pay in exam fees, I would like to think the whole process would be a little more fine-tuned than that. From the AICPA's perspective, though, I can definitely see why they don't give any advanced notice about when to expect upcoming score releases. Aside from the varying number of test-takers between windows and the constant introduction of new sims and questions that require more analysis, I'm sure the AICPA doesn't want to commit to a specific date for fear of a riot. If people freak out about Jeff's predictions being wrong, I can't even imagine the potential uproar that would result from the AICPA releasing scores later than promised. I know I'm not the first to say this, but thanks so much, Jeff, for giving us an idea of when to expect our results. I'd be much worse off if I had no idea when to expect my score, and I'm certainly not the only one. I've been wondering about this for a while - do any of the other professional exams have such a stressful and unpredictable waiting period for test results? Sometimes it feels like we're the only ones dealing with this.
SwissBlissSC is right—memorize PURE DADS. I found that gem in the Becker materials (not sure how I missed it before) the night before the exam, and it made remembering all of the variance formulas MUCH easier.
Has anyone in WI heard BEC scores yet? Just curious if the state is going to be as ridiculously slow as they have been in the past.
JJ - In theory, if you miss one question in testlet one and get every question correct in testlet 2 and 3 - the higher weighted questions that you would get b/c you were doing so well should compensate for that missed question. This is just based on my personal take...nothing official. This doesn't work for BEC because BEC is not adaptive like AUD/REG/FAR -Jeff
Just found this amazing resource last week when I freaked out because friends in other states got scores and I didn't! haha :) Anyway, question on the Aug 7th deadline. I took REG Aug 7. It was terrible for me and if I would had to bet, I'd say a failed. So I'm really ready to just schedule it again and start studying. Should I really expect (if I didn't get a new sim) to get my score tomorrow? Or is Aug 7 not a definite but approx date? Thanks!
The 7th seems to be the consistent cutoff. Here's to hoping you get your REG score tomorrow...I know that the wait sucks
For those of you who have used Becker to study for Reg...How well do you think it prepared you? I've heard good things and bad. I would appreciate responses from people who passed and failed. Thanks!
Yep, you were right, they were there first thing this morning. I went from a 74 to an 80, so now I can concentrate on FAR for a couple of weeks.
any idea if FAR scores will be pushed back?
It's not that Wisconsin is slow....they just wait until they have the scores for all 4 sections and post them all at the same time. So, you will not receive your BEC score on the NASBA website until a couple days after the AICPA has released it's last section (which is usually FAR). That might not make you happy...but that's how it works here. : (
I took Becker for REG and passed with the material they covered. Just remember that most of the learning and knowledge is gained from the time that you put into the material. Becker, along with all other review courses will just guide you in the right direction.
So consensus is for REG tomorrow? Also, does anyone know what VA uses, ie. NASBA or AICPA? They seem to be in their own little world.
any word on aud from the early posting states?
VA does not go through the NASBA website. This means VA gets its scores from AICPA and then theoretically posts them within the next business day. They don't have a great history of prompt posting, however, so calling in to the Board is generally a good idea if Jeff has indicated that AICPA has released and your score is not posted to the Board website. Also, be aware that it is difficult to find exactly where they post scores on the VA website. It takes at least 3 or 4 links. Try to follow the convoluted directions on the page. Also, you have to be using internet explorer, rather than Firefox, safari, etc., for the site to work.
Thanks for the quick response!
The AICPA releases directly to VA...as does CA/IL/TX/etc
I changed the comments per page to 10 so that you don't have to scroll down so much...this comment software isn't perfect, but at least my server hasn't crashed lol
This question might've been posted somewhere else, but I haven't seen anything as of yet: how can you tell that you got a new simulation? Hands down my M/C were raising in difficulty as I was going through the testlets, however I felt very comfortable and even took a 10-minute break before the simulations (very unwise). Both simulations were absolutely ridiculous: 1. they were very briefly (or not even) covered by Becker; 2. I haven't had a chance to work with these situations after 2 years of practice with a Big 4. Now I am waiting for tomorrow to see if my score is posted.
VA is released earlier along with IL and CA. Go with the AICPA release. The website has been screwy, so it would be better to call the Board.
I don't think you can tell if you got a new sim. I got a sim where the fact pattern had cells that I could copy and paste (likely in response to calls for better copy/paste features), so I think I'm in the 2nd wave. You just don't know I suppose.
Thanks for the response. I read another comment section on this website where people complained about studying 100+ hours using Becker and then claiming Becker missed numerous topics. I agree with you that it's a matter of how much time you put into studying. Additionally, the effectiveness and efficiency of the time you put in is a huge factor. I appreciate your response.
Are you talking about sims for AUD, because I have been looking for the same answer. I felt my simulations were more FAR oriented, though some tabs were clearly AUD. Does anyone else know anything? How much can we say about simulations to figure out if we had old or new?
At least one of my sims had a copy/paste function. Not sure about the second, it was a nightmare that I tried to block out of my memory. I guess I will have to wait till September. I took REG, and have 3 more to go, but I bet this question could apply to all exams with sims.
BEC is the only exam released by AICAP so far????
so far...we'll see what happens today
On one of my FAR sims, the fact pattern called had actual cells that you can highlight the cell (not just the text) and copy/paste. On the other, I could select the text (like numbers), and copy and paste that. Its the former that has me worried that its a new sim, not the latter.
Great Site......Very Informative...excellent Job...Waiting on Audit in CA....Audit expired for me back in Feb 09....oh well....If I pass Aud only FARE left until BEC Expires in Nov 09....Good luck all
Nothing yet in CA...I took Audit July 1....and waiting.....
Oh I'm glad you said that. I took AUD in July and I had the same thing. I haven't taken FAR yet, but it was obvious that it was financial questions in the Simulation. I was devestated. I'm an auditor. I've done this for over 2 1/2 yrs and I do NOT do what was on the simulation. Glad I'm not the only one :)
Do scores ever show up in the middle of the day? I live in Missouri and am waiting on AUD? The was I understand it is that the scores are released sometime between 7:00 p.m. and midnight. I that correct or do scores ever post up in the middle of the day?
Jeff Can you reschedule a section when you still have another section to take? There is a glitch on the site. Once I sit for it in (10 days) can I get a new NTS?
I would call their customer service reps...hope you're not running into the same problem I did when I was trying to schedule a re-take when I had a valid NTS for another section
I read you blog on that. I think I am having the same problem. I wonder if once you sit though you can reschedule. I will call real quickly.
Same here too.. I took AUD in July.. I blew out the multiple choice questions and took a ten minute break as well.. One section of a simulation was straight up Financial Accounting and another was Regulation... Lets see... Hopefully they aren't considered "new simulations", but based on my history i'm keeping it glass half-empty... BEC (5/09) 74 BEC (7/09) 74 AUD (7/09) ?
Site is down. So they did fix it then.
Jeff - Should we expect the remaining BEC scores tonight?
Is that how it works for Oklahoma too? Does anyone know?
Question - you say CA is an AICPA site, but on the CA site it says "update from the NASBA", which makes it appear to be an "NASBA site". Which date does CA (typically/historically) release - AICPA or NASBA, anyone know?
CA is a aicpa state
So Audit scores could be out today??
Yes. Being an AICPA state means that while scores through NASBA, CA, like VA, IL, and others, report scores directly to you sooner. NASBA takes a little while longer to report them.
Great, thanks. I don't see anyone reporting CA audit scores yet, but now at least I know to expect it any time, or realize I am in wave #2.
That will work for me. Thanks
My wife called (I'm too nervous, and its good luck for her to call) VA, and only BEC is available.
A girl I am in training with at work received her REG score today on Ohio's NASBA site. She took the exam in early July. I took the exam on Aug. 1 and mine is not there, but maybe soon. Guess we'll see.
Add 2-3 days to the predicted date since NC mails theirs out to test taker. I got BEC in MAY two days after the posting date, but I live pretty close to Raleigh so they did not have to mail very far.
Good to know. I really hope they get REG tomorrow!
Who did your wife call? BOA or NASBA in VA?
Jeff can you change it back? Having only 10 comments per page makes is really hard to read b/c you constantly have to click to the next page. I feel like 20 would be a good number. Does anyone else feel the same way?
That would mean that the scores would have been released? Jeff, is it possible that you were not noitified of the REG release? Would the AICPA release Ohio and not the other states?
The thing is that the AICPA reports to NASBA. I just think her getting her score was a fluke, because last time the process worked just like Jeff said, and my score was posted AFTER the AICPA states had posted theirs. So, I'm not going to get too worked up about it. I just think maybe a handful got through or something like that.
If REG is released today, can anyone speculate when TX will post scores? I understand it's not a NASBA state....so would TX post tomorrow morning or Wednesday morning. Thanks
Can you confirm again... she might be kidding...
My REG score (Ohio, NASBA) is not up, but I could also be in the second wave, who knows.
we are always one day behind, I would say Wed. morn.
Hope she's not kidding....that's cruel! I'm currently waiting on REG also. Doubt I'll be sleeping all that well until I know for sure how I did. :-/
Sure thing...I appreciate the input! I'll try 20.
k...I changed the # of comments per page to 20...it was 25...dropped to 10...back to 20. Trying to make it reader-friendly while reducing the amount of scrolling. I haven't heard any thing about scores so far. Sorry everyone!
*if Reg is posted today... nothing yet... and I am waiting in CA... I am glad there is a place where I can vent a little... waiting for scores is so frustrating, and it is so hard to concentrate at work. I check at least once an hour... and it has been on the back of my mind since Fri, when I found out BEC was released! Today is one of my parnter's b-day... and i was really hoping to tell him that I passed for his birthday...lol
Will FAR score be released by tomorrow, 18th???? I can't wait any longer!!
Doubt it. Since they're late on Regulation scores, it'll push all other scores back. Sorry cat.
Nothing is comming today.. i will go with the predictions...
It's not to late, BEC wasn't released til 4:30 EDT. There's still hope!
***REG was just released by the AICPA***
It's not to late, BEC wasn't released til 4:30 EDT. There's still hope!
Hooray, looking to get it tomorrow.
WOW, THATS AMAZING. HOPEFULLY WE CAN SEE THE RESULT 2MORROW IN NASBA SITE THANKS JEFF FOR THE UPDATED INFO BAIJU
I took REG July 2, but in Louisiana. We are a NASBA state, so that's why it caught my interest. I just figured the AICPA may have released the scores to NASBA if she received her score and Jeff just wasn't notified. By now, I would have thought that he would have heard something if they were released. This waiting stuff sucks, especially when it's my last section. Well...good luck and I hope that you passed.
I am from CA.. and my score is not posted! Has CA not posted yet... or does that mean I am in wave 2?
Sweet! Although I think I failed REG :( I'm looking for AUD!!!!!!
Does this push Audit to tomorrow or Wednesday? (Most likely scenario)
Jeff, I'm in CA and I've just checked exam result but nothing came up. It means I have to wait for wave 2?
When the scores are released, are they automatically online or does it take a bit for them to show up? I'm worried I'm in wave 2.
Does anyone else notice that the red on top of this page is covered over? Or is it just my screen? The part where it announces what was released, when.
There is a lag between when AICPA releases and when states release. It should be up by tomorrow morning.
Yes, Does anyone know, when AUD will be released?
There is a lag. If you are in a non-NASBA state, it usually takes them a while to post. It should probably be up by tomorrow morning depending on your state. If you are in a NASBA state, it won't be posted until tomorrow evening.
Several people here with the same question??? What about audit?
so... you are saying I should stop hitting "refresh"... and maybe focus on getting this 990 finished? lol
Jeff, Thanks for the update!! I really appreciate this site and all that you do!
lol. They don't pay taxes anyway. Keep hitting refresh... it feels GREAT!
Anyone got REG result from CA??
Thanks for the heads-up! It was a coding issue...it was fine in Firefox but I forget that people still use internet explorer :)
Looks like AUD will be next...sometime in the next 48 hours...
Thank you, Jeff. This site is awesome. Just curious...how do you have the inside track on release dates?
No not yet, still patiently waiting...
I get an e-mail from someone who likes my site...they know candidates are wondering about scores, so they share it with me.
Come on, Illinois Board of Examiners—make my day. Actually, it will probably ruin it, but I'm still waiting impatiently for that REG score...
Patience, some of us are still waiting for our BEC score.
If anyone that took REG the first week of this window (July 1 - July 7) gets their score online tomorrow or the next day, please let me know. I am in a snail mail state, and curious to see if any of us will get scores or if our Sims were newly tested material, putting us in Wave 2. Also does anyone know if EVERYONE taking a section in the first week of a window either gets newly tested Sims or doesn't? Or could one person get a newly tested Sim and another not get it, and therefor two people taking the same section the first week of a window ending up in different waves?
Yes, unfortunately we are!!!
The way I understand it, you could have sat next to someone in the same testing site taking REG and both had different tests (since theoretically every exam is different, pulled from a bank of questions), potentially giving you a simulation that have not been tested, thereby delaying your score while the person next to you might have received all old simulations, which puts them in wave 1 (assuming testing date prior to wave 1 cutoff).
yes - this same exact scenario happened to me once.
When it says the AICPA released reg today when does that mean it will be on the nasba site - from NY. Thanks!
i sort of wish that I did not know that the AICPA released the scores... that is all I have been able to think about for the past 2 hours... *refresh>>>refresh>>> refresh>>>>>*
I cried already...... because I believe I failed REG (I ran out of time and left most of the tabs blank in the 2nd simulation). It made me feel even worse when my friend told me how easy they felt about REG exam. It's the opposite to me. The first testlet was tough to me already. I truly believe I failed REG, but I am still waiting impatiently for the REG score. I am having another exam this weekend. I am not sure if I can handle the depression and frustration and continue studying for the exam this weekend after getting my failing REG score tomorrow....
All i've thought about for the last few days...
They usually have a business day or two delay - so I'd start looking tomorrow night.
Ugh!!!! This wait is so stressful!!!! Refresh refresh!!! I doubt I'm gonna be able to sleep tonight.. Anyone know if Delaware is a NASBA state?
Do you think FAR in Texas will be out on thursday?
You never know.. you may have passed. I didn't even finish my 2nd simulation on FAR and passed inspite of it. No matter what your Reg scores are tomorrow just keep pushing forward!
She's definitely not kidding. She got a 74.
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and thanks for the encouragement! I didn't finish FAR as well. I will know my FAR score in Sep. It's good to know there is still possibility to pass without finishing the whole exam. Thanks! I will try not to "kill" myself and be strong if I fail REG. I kind of regret taking the fastpass course and taking all 4 parts this August, because the course went really fast and I forgot most of them by the time I start reviewing for each part. I wish I have done the self-study and spread out each part more.
Turtle, I know how you feel. I am waiting on FAR and the more I think about it the more I think I failed. I kinda feel like I did after I took AUD which I failed with a 73. I have AUD scheduled for next Wednesday and I am torn on whether I should look at my FAR score before I take AUD. My gut tells me not to look until after I take AUD. Maybe our scores will be in wave two and this will all be a mute point not that that is better. Went through that last window with my AUD exam took over 70 days to get score which was pure torture, must of had new sim. Regardless of what you decide there is hope that you passed despite not finishing, I have read many stories. Either way continue to give it your best effort.
Fate, Yes Delaware is a NASBA state. If you are waiting on REG, look for tomorrow evening around 9PM EST.
yes I was looking for Reg.. Thanks Lee :)
LEE_IN, Thank you!!! Good luck with FAR! Although our scores may be in wave 2, I still hope to see it ASAP instead of waiting. Waiting is a torture. Although I have made some wrong decisions along the way, I have tried my best and given all my effort studying for the CPA exams. I will face the result and try to refocus on my study for AUD no matter if I pass REG or not. Thanks!
i'm in the same boat! unfortunately i'm waiting on my FAR score and taking AUD on friday! im really hoping for a pass on Thursday night to send me into AUD confident... does PA grade quickly?
Riddle me this another71. Your blog states that the CPA exam is not curved. However, results of tests with new simulations are delayed until a sufficient number of responses are received to apply psychometric analysis. That sounds like AICPA pscho babble for the test is curved. Here is how I believe they do it. They analyze new simulations and assign a difficulty weighting, which results in the median candidate receiving a 75. They do the same thing with the 4 or 5 ungraded multiple choice questions. If the sample is sufficiently large, smapling risk will be negligible and the pass rate will continue to be 50% with a sandard deviation of around 1%, which should result in passing rates of 50% +/- 3% approximately 95% of the windows.
Your assessment sounds feasible to me.
somthing I have stated before but oh well it is up to us to overcome it......BUT it is a real pain in the ,,,,,,
I too am waiting on my FAR (tested 7/2) score from TX and my REG (tested 8/7) score. Jeff, since REG was released today, when will I see it in TX? And since FAR has not been released will we not see it till next week. Thank you.
TX is anyone's guess, but I bet you have it by Thursday...push FAR back a day probably
I have heard a few people say they thought it was "easy," but I've heard way more people say they struggled. I cried too, I felt so good going in, and left feeling pretty crappy. I'm hoping to see a score tomorrow, because I can't wait another month. That and I have BEC two weeks from today and I need this suspense to be over before I can concentrate on my final review.
I got my Audit score (first wave april/may) on the 18th. The same date that NASBA and the AICPA released it. My buddy already has his BEC score from TX. Why did NASBA and AICPA release it on the same day? And i am assuming that since i got that one so promptly that I may get REG score when NASBA releases it (which you are saying wed?). Thanks.
I'm really not sure about the rhyme or reason of TX's score releases b/c they're independent.
You should get a email from the TSBPA when it becomes avail. I know I do. But I agree with Wed. not Tuesday; but I will more then likely wake up and check anyway.......I do know for a fact it takes them some time to ratify your score so if they got it today tomorrow it will be ratified and then Wednsday you will have your score available for online viewing.
Same here. I'm having audit this weekend and BEC on the 30th. I also want to get rid of this question mark so that i can concentrate on my study. I just feel very bad about myself since my friends are spending less time and effort, yet they do much better on the exams.... It makes me wonder if I am stupid. It makes me wonder if I deserve all my As in college. Good luck! I hope you pass!
If only you could brown nose on the cpa and if only the cpa had "extra credit"...we would all get a's and jeff wouldn't have this site! Really try to understand the concepts they are teaching rather than memorizing large amounts of data. If you understand the concepts inside and out, the memorization of mneumonics will supplement that understanding. Don't worry about your friends or anyone else. The only person you have to worry about is you. Take a deep breath, build some confidence, forget about everything else, and just kick some a*s! You got it!
same here, nothing.
well, whether it's curved or not shouldn't affect how people study. obviously, it is important to keep in mind how questions are graded and weighted (for allocating time and effort). but i don't think i would change a single thing about how i study if i knew the test was curved. is that just me? or would anyone else? and why?
if anything it makes it harder.......b/c the more we study the harder the test becomes....via higher grades
Anyone got REG result from CA ? What time they usually post the result ?
That is a good point, but this does not mean the exam is curved. The fact of the matter the ACTUAL RESULTS of the exam are not curved. The test is just designed to have a certain number of passers and failers. A true curve would analyze the actual scores once they were all computed, than decide on the correct amount of passers and failures. In that situation, your stoned friend taking the test next to you doing horrible, would boost everyone elses scores. That is not the case here, and that is why they claim the grades are not curved.
Give us Reg or give us death!!! Give us Reg or give us death!! Who here has been developing ulcers & anxiety disorders due to CPA exam stress and results suspense? *raises hand* -- jk--- kind of.
Hey turtle, You could be lucky and the simulation they graded might be the one they don't grade! I was almost possible I failed my FAR exam and I got an 83, and my friend thought they did horrible on their REG and failed for sure (ran out of time just like you and didnt do most of a sim) and passed with a 78. Hang in there, and stop crying until you get your score! Than you can cry...
not yet~~ I am still waiting too.... so nervous!
*Hand raises slowly* I have been waiting on this score since 7/10. I literally cannot stop thinking about my score. This is my last section, and I want to be done with this already.
in my personal experience i have always received my scores (3 so far) in the morning - i've checked before bed as late as 1am with nothing posted, but by 7am they were up. hopefully you'll have a passing score waiting for you when you wake up :)
I am studying my last section FAR with Yaeger. I notice that my Audit section last day of credit period is on 10/28/09. Do I need to have my last passing score posted before that date? Or can I take my last exam on that date and then wait for my score in three weeks and my audit section will not expire?
I think the latest date you can take the exam is 10/27/09 ,just to be safe.
Yes, if it makes you feel any better, the wait for the Bar exam results is a bit longer. People who took it in mid/end of July and won't be getting the results back until November 20th. Ouch!
lol, thanks James,
Reg passed with an 83. ALL DONE. HELL YEAH!
Num83rs, Thank you!!!
i definitely have anxiety from all this waiting. waiting...studying...waiting.... studying, its a vicious cycle!!!
Here's my understanding of the delay. Since questions are ranked by difficulty they need the entire two months of answers to assess the difficulty of questions in the stimulation in order to assign point value.
congrats! what state?
REG is up in Illinois.... PASSSED!!! 2 down 2 to go. I take FAR on 8/29....wish me luck.
Nice job Jeff! 2 for 2. FAR could be really be out by Thursday.
I don't see my REG score up yet. I took it through the Delaware Board :( Are you guys looking at the NASBA link below where you enter your Section ID and Date of Birth? https://www.nasba.org/nasbaweb/NASBAWeb.nsf/wpes?openform§ionid=3888550&dob=12/11/1985&stateAbbrev=DE
REG is out in CA. I passed. It was my last one waiting. Thanks for all your help, Jeff!! :)
FYI- ppl can see your section ID and DOB using that link....
Any idea when would CO release REG??
anyone get their score for reg in ny?
YEP!!!! In CA...just woke up and checked REG... I am now 3/4 of a CPA!!!! and taking FAR with confidence in 2 weeks! Thanks Jeff!
CA-Passed REG with an 88, 2 down 2 more to go... BEC on 8/26
Thanks twinpohb... Jeff can you please help me delet that post of mine? I cant see a delete button since I posted as a guest
thats amazing! im waitin on reg...ne1 get theirs from NJ?
Anyone from NH got their REG Scores today? i'm waiting too.
nope :( not yet--i keep refreshingggg
Has anyone gotten their REG score for FL?
Im still waiting in NH. I think we should get it later today