I had a question on which section to take first and wanted to address it. You'll find different opinions on this subject and here is mine: Take the hardest section first. The reasoning for this is very simple. Once you pass a section, your 18 month window begins (from the date you sat for the exam, not the date that you received your results). You don't want to pass the easiest section (Auditing) and then struggle with FARE 5x and lose AUD. I say that Auditing is the easiest section, but “easiest” is a relative term. Each section of the exam is very hard, I just think AUD is the less-hard section of the CPA Exam. If you think Auditing is the hardest section because you've passed the others but have failed Auditing 3x, then I understand. I'm just speaking in general terms. Ranking of CPA Exam sections from hardest
I've been running the numbers trying to devise a battle plan for REG and BEC. I did the math and I have 4,706 REG multiple choice questions and 2,790 BEC questions at my disposal. By the way, that's 7,496 questions – all on software. I've never done all of the questions in preparing for an exam (or even came close) and that may be my downfall. I have one chance to get it right on each or I have to re-take the dreaded FAR exam. In order to complete all of the MCQs once in the next 30 days, I have to average 250 questions a day. Granted, Saturday and Sunday naturally lend themselves to more study time, but it is going to be a grind doing that many questions in study mode for the next 30 days with work and family on top of it all. It will be
Maybe it is just my imagination, but I thought the numbers were green when I passed FAR? Green…Gray…Burnt Umber…I'll take anything 75 or above. I really needed this one. I seriously may have taken a looonnngggg hiatus I hadn't passed. Thank you GOD/JESUS!
According to the AICPA, the third quarter of 2007 by far had the highest candidate passing rate. BEC was the only exception and it was lower than the 2nd quarter by less than 1%. The worst time to take the exam? January/February. The difference between the third quarter passing % and that of the 1st quarter is staggering. AUD: 6.82% higher BEC: 3.29% higher FAR: 8.73% higher REG: 8.27% higher Combining this little nugget with a previous post, statistically, you are more likely to find success on the exam if you take two sections during the window of July/August. This shouldn't tangibly affect anyone's exam prep or test scheduling, but it is somewhat interesting.