Best CPA Exam study methods

Discussion in 'Accounting' started by J Dix, Aug 4, 2004.

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    J Dix Guest


    I live in California and I am going to take the new CPA exam soon, 1
    part at a time. I was wondering which study methods are best? Should
    I take a class or just acquire materials and study myself?

    I graduated in 1999 with a bachelors in accounting, and I worked for
    around 3 years under CPA's including 1 year of auditing. I graduated
    #1 in my business school, but I have hardly touched any accounting
    type work in the last 2 years. I am currently working as an
    independent consultant and I am paid very well, and most of my work is
    more finance related than accounting. I honestly don't want to be a
    CPA, I think its a waste of time but my wife and mother in law won't
    stop bitching at me so I figure I will do it to shut them up. With
    that said my motivation and dedication will be minimal so I am just
    wondering what will be the bare minimum I can do to pass and get this
    over with. I understand accounting very well, but my attention span
    is extremely low as I find accounting to be arguably the most boring
    topic of study that exists.

    Any help is appreciated!!!!

    J Dix, Aug 4, 2004
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    Wayne Brasch Guest

    Don't bother yourself! With this attitude, you'll never pass the exam
    anyway. Tell your Wife and Mother-in-law that you don't want to be a CPA.
    The only thing a CPA can do that no one else can legally do is to perform a
    financial audit of a company checking to see whether or not that company has
    complied with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This is not
    for everybody. If you are making good money and are satisfied with your
    situation, stick with it. Of course, CPAs do other things rather than
    audits as well such as I do. I prefer tax planning and preparation for
    individuals and companies as opposed to audits.

    Wayne Brasch, CPA, M. S. Taxation
    Wayne Brasch, Aug 4, 2004
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    Ron Todd Guest

    I agree with Wayne, but you asked so here goes....

    None, there is no such thing as best, it is an individual thing. What
    is good for one is awful for another. Bisk, Micromash, Kaplan, Gleim,
    or something else.... just take the one you feel most comfortable
    Ron Todd, Aug 4, 2004
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    Mike Guest

    You shouldn't waste your time on the CPA exam if you really don't like
    accounting too much or find it boring.
    Mike, Aug 5, 2004
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