CPA exam studying - CPAExcel

Discussion in 'Accounting' started by Me, Aug 29, 2006.

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    Me Guest

    I'm looking to take the CPA exam but the first step is to study. I would
    like to order the CPAExcel material, I was impressed with the demo, but at
    $745 it is still too expensive. Not only that, but the it is another $755 to
    take the exam. I really hate the financial barriers used to keep people from
    improving their careers. Keep in mind I feel that way because I am poor.

    Anyway, CPAExcel also offers all 4 textbooks for only $150. They say the
    study text and proficiency questions match the computer material exactly. I
    was talking to my mom about CPAExcel and she called them up and they said
    the textbooks are just a supplement to the computer course, which I think is
    bullshit, because it says they match exactly.

    Do you think it is possible to pass the exam with just the textbooks, which
    I could afford to buy right now, or should I eat ramen for months and find a
    way, any way, to buy the computer course for 745? I've also been
    unsuccessful in finding a job in public accounting. I made it to the last
    round of interviews for an entry level auditing job, but was rejected. I
    have a box full of rejection letters. I have 8 months experience working as
    a staff accountant for a not for profit company, but finding a local
    position, or semi-local, has been extremely difficult. That's part of the
    reason I need to take and pass the CPA exam.

    Me, Aug 29, 2006
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    RaS Guest

    I managed to pass 2 parts of the exam just on text books alone, but that's
    the way I study. I prefer test books to classes or other forms of forced
    feeding. I am finishing up the final 2 parts of the exam in this testing window.
    If I should fail either or both of these final parts I will probably supplement my
    efforts with some type of targeted software. My first 2 parts I prepared for
    before I got a job, now with a job I find preparation time at a premium.

    Good luck with the job search.
    RaS, Aug 29, 2006
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    Steve Guest

    You don't have to spend a lot of $$ - I passed all parts of the CPA exam
    with just a "Gleim" prep book.


    Steve, Aug 30, 2006
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    Me Guest

    Which book did you use? I was on their website but there are many.
    Me, Aug 30, 2006
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    Ron Todd Guest

    Just for clarification for the benefit of the OP. Are you referring
    to the Wiley-Delaney-Gleim (now Wiley-Delaney_Worthington) or the
    Gleim (Gleim is now back into self publishing separate from Wiley) and

    FWIW, I passed on text only (Hartor Press, who are long gone) but it
    was when the only options were live class, text, and tape.
    Ron Todd, Aug 30, 2006
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    RaS Guest

    I passed one on Bisk and one on Wiley. So far I think I prefer Wiley.
    RaS, Aug 30, 2006
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