FAR in the Books: First CPA Exam Behind Me

Parth is a NINJA CPA Blogger.


It’s official: My first attempt at slaying the FAR beast has reached the history books. Because this attempt also marks my first time sitting for any part of the CPA Exam, I wanted to share some thoughts on my testing experience.

Having a Prometric Testing Center on my college campus made travel quite simple. As I was walking from my campus apartment to the testing center, I did my best to focus on positive thoughts in relation to my chances of doing well on the exam.

I reached the testing center about an hour before my scheduled appointment time. I had read about the numerous procedures that take place when checking in for a CPA Exam Appointment, but I don’t feel that the reality of these procedures sunk in until I performed them today. I would almost liken the procedures to the ones I experience when going through airport security, but that’s probably an exaggeration.

Soon after getting seated at my testing station, the multiple choice questions started flowing. I don’t think I found large amounts of trouble with most of the questions; however, I did run into a number of situations where I second-guessed my answer choices.

Additionally, I don’t feel that the MCQs captured much of the areas I dreaded the most during my FAR review. I managed to finish the three testlets with a good amount of time to spare.

The Task Based Simulations presented a different challenge. Each of the simulations I received came across as straightforward at first glance. This impression made me believe that perhaps I was missing one or more tricks within each question. I did my best to identify any tricks and to utilize almost the entire time I had left over.

It feels good to say that I’ve completed one exam, regardless of the fact that I won’t know my score until late February. Continuing to dwell upon the mistakes I might’ve made during my FAR exam would most likely serve as a distraction to studying for my next part (AUD).

I’m excited to move forward with AUD because I really enjoyed [and learned a lot from] the audit class I took last semester.

Study hard everyone!

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Roy 9 years ago

How many hours and how long did you study for FAR? Was there an approach that you suggest or recommend ?

Parth 9 years ago

I spent about 6 weeks studying for FAR, converting that into hours I'd estimate about 216 hours [6 weeks * 6 days/week * 6 hours/day]. The approach that I used was a hybrid of the NINJA method and the method included with my review course. I described my methodology in an old blog post: https://www.another71.com/ninja-cpa-blogger-parth-2/. I personally believe that re-writing my notes helped the information stick in my head the most. I hope that answers your questions!