Which NON-commercial/NON-review books for CPA self-study ?

Discussion in 'Accounting' started by Nico, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Nico

    Nico Guest

    Hi everybody !

    I would like to earn the CPA exam sometime next year and need your
    advice !

    I am unable to pay for are all these expensive, commercial self-study
    materials and review courses. I would like to purchase some
    college-style second hand books instead and study on my own. I also
    consider using available resources in libraries and on the Internet
    for up-to-date information. I only had a couple of accounting classes
    at college so far.

    I hear from many people who are accounting majors or take a lot of
    accounting courses at the graduate level, that they are well prepared
    to take the CPA. Since most college professors almost exactly follow
    college-style books as teaching material in their courses, I figure
    that I could base my self-study on these kinds of books. But which
    books are right taking into consideration the new style of the
    computerized exam starting in 2004 ?

    Did you use non-commercial review materials when you studied for your
    CPA ? Waht did you use ? Any suggestions on what materials to use or
    other ways to go ?

    I tried Google, but with all these commercial guys trying to sell
    their stuff I can't really find much useful advice.

    Any suggestions and comments are welcome. Please CC my email

    Have a great day !

    Nico, Sep 15, 2003
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    Pascal Guest

    Just a suggestion.
    When searching the internet for "free" training or at least overview of a
    new topic, a good tip is to select only the powerpoint presentation in
    advanced search. For example a search like "accounting cpa filetype:ppt" on
    google would filter out most of the crap and leave some gems, such as
    scholar work.

    It works with most technical fields with particular keywords: ex "Sarbanes
    Oxley"... Change the keywords as appropriate.

    Hope it helps

    Pascal, Sep 15, 2003
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  3. Nico

    Bob Guest

    you have attended only a couple of accounting classes and already studying
    for the CPA exam? What ambition!

    Try http://www.ebay.com if you want cheap cpa study materials
    Bob, Sep 15, 2003
  4. More like naivete, I'd posit... :)
    Duane Bozarth, Sep 15, 2003
  5. I don't know of any state that will even allow someone with only a couple of
    accounting classes to sit for the exam. Check with you state Board of
    Manhattaner32, Sep 17, 2003
  6. Nico

    Harry Guest

    In Florida you need a Masters for all practical purposes (30 credit hours of
    accounting beyond a BA/BS)

    Harry, Sep 17, 2003
  7. Without looking it up I'm fairly certain that Florida does not require
    30 semester hours of accounting beyond that required in a BA/BS major in
    accounting. What Florida does require is 150 total semester hours of
    college credit including an undergraduate degree and a specified number
    of accounting and general business courses.
    William P. Brown, Sep 17, 2003
  8. Nico

    paradox Guest

    I would suggest that you contact the state Certified Public Accounting
    organization. You can find your state at www.aicpa.org. In addition you
    will need to review the requirements of you state board of accountancy.
    That organization can provide you with the legal requirements for becoming
    a CPA.

    good luck
    paradox, Sep 19, 2003
  9. Nico

    Harry Guest

    My point was that you cannot sit for the exam with just a " few" accounting
    courses. As you stated you need 150 credit hours, 36 of which must be "upper
    level" accounting, which means from a practical standpoint you would most
    likely attain a BA/BS or MAcc in accountancy in order to meet the

    Harry, Sep 19, 2003
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