I took BEC on Friday afternoon. It wasnt really what I expected, but I must say it was the most comfortable of the 3 tests Ive taken to date (FAR, AUD & BEC).
The allotted time was adequate in my opinion. I was able to comfortably go back to review questions that I thought warranted a second look and get my thoughts straight to structure the essays. I took 40 minutes per section on the MCQs and left almost a full hour for the SIMS. I was certainly surprised by the content breakdown on the MCQs, it wasnt heavily weighted in areas that I expected. As a matter of fact some of the sections were barely touched.
The calculation based MCQs werent as long and painful as the Becker and Wiley practice questions, so that was a relief. I definitely didnt know everything, but thought I was able to make a good educated guess and eliminate at least one answer in most of the ones that I wasnt sure about.
I am not saying I definitely passed, because Ive learned the CPA exam can lull you into a false sense of security, but I feel like I did alright.
I spent this whole weekend with my wife and little girls. It was so great. I guess this is what normal people do on the weekends. It feels so foreign to us, but we are so appreciative of the family time together after the last year of studying. My wife and I are going to a Yankee game this week and we are planning a low key Memorial Day Weekend, opening the pool, cleaning the backyard and other chores that have been neglected.
I just ordered my REG self-study guide from Becker on Friday, so expect theyll it will arrive one day this week. I may do a little lecture listening over Memorial Day weekend, just to get started, but nothing meaningful.
I plan to begin the real hardcore work after Memorial Day and schedule the exam for late August.
Ive just done a little reading up earlier today on the REG forum of Another71.com and Club 75 and I am afraid, very afraid. I thought FAR was supposed to be the worst section of the CPA exam, but it appears pretty consistent among the posters that everyone whos taken REG in 2011 has gotten slammed.
Thats also consistent with the pass/fail percentage for REG in Q111. Anyway, I didnt think REG would be a cake walk, but I certainly wasnt expecting it to be more difficult than FAR. Would appreciate feedback from anyone thats taken REG in 2011 and doesnt think it was a beast or has any words of wisdom on how to prepare.
I wont be posting next week, itll be my week off, but will be back first week of June to tell you about my first encounters with REG. Safe and Happy Memorial Day Holiday to all and good luck to last test takers of this cycle.