REG Exam Experience + Taking BEC in May

Parth is a NINJA CPA Blogger.

Howdy NINJAs!

It’s been too long since I last wrote. I took REG today, and I have mixed feelings about how the exam went. The multiple choice questions came across as manageable; however, the SIMS threw me for a loop.

Looking back, I don’t think the SIMS covered excruciatingly difficult topics. Rather, I had difficulty remembering particular rules and wrapping my mind around what one of the SIMS wanted me to complete.

These types of experiences happen when taking the CPA Exam. Having to retake REG before I start my full-time job in September would not constitute the end of the world.

Based on popular demand, I’ve decided to include more study tips in this blog post and in future blog posts. Keep in mind that the techniques that have worked for me might not work for everyone. Different people have different learning styles, but I hope that other NINJAs find my insights helpful.

1. Rewrite your notes! I don’t recall the exact figures on this, but people tend to retain a significantly greater percentage of information that they write down as opposed to seeing or listening to the information.

2. Understand ALL the answer choices within the context of the question. I’d say this one is most relevant to Audit, but could also be helpful for the other exams. Many CPA Exam questions will contain answer choices that represent valid responses in a general sense, but are either impossible or cannot apply based on the scenario given to you in the question.

3. When going through NINJA MCQs, write down little notes when you get a question incorrect. Similar to #1, it can be easy to forget the insights you gained from your MCQ sessions if you don’t take the time to write down why a particular answer was correct/incorrect. Reminders to read questions carefully if you missed a question due to an inadequate reading of the question have also helped me.

I plan to take BEC at the end of May regardless of the results of my REG Exam. I’ve decided to continue with this plan because studying for and taking BEC represents a better way to not dwell on my REG exam experience.

That being said, I will also allocate plenty of time over these next couple weeks to enjoy my final days as a college student since I don’t know how often I’ll be able to visit once I graduate.

Stay motivated everyone!

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