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


N

Nico

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
(e-mail address removed)

Have a great day !


Nico
 
P

Pascal

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

Bob

Nico said:
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
(e-mail address removed)

Have a great day !


Nico

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
 
D

Duane Bozarth

Bob said:
you have attended only a couple of accounting classes and already studying
for the CPA exam? What ambition!
More like naivete, I'd posit... :)
 
M

Manhattaner32

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
Accountancy.
 
H

Harry

Manhattaner32 said:
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
Accountancy.
In Florida you need a Masters for all practical purposes (30 credit hours of
accounting beyond a BA/BS)

H
 
W

William P. Brown

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

paradox

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
 
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Harry

William P. Brown said:
Harry wrote:
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.
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
requirement.

http://coba.usf.edu/departments/accounting/programs/cpa.html
 

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