March 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm #1514013SONGSKIEEParticipant
Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I'm currently in the process of picking a CPA review course to use.
I've been working at private companies since I graduated from college six years ago and have now decided to begin studying for the exam. Would using only the 10 Point Combo package be enough for me to pass having been out of school for so long? Or is it better suited for people that already have a pretty good foundation in accounting?
Any opinions and input are much appreciated! Thank you!March 16, 2017 at 8:04 am #1514050RE2PECTParticipant
I think the first thing you need to do is figure out how you learn best. Some people are visual learners and prefer watching lectures, while others would rather read the text and hammer thousands of mcq's. You could save yourself a lot of time by figuring out which method is most effective for you and stick with that.
Next thing I would do is sign up for a free trial to whatever review courses you're considering. Each course gives you everything you need to pass, but certain ones may not cater to your learning style. If you prefer watching lectures, then Gleim or Wiley may not be the right fit because most people say they're really boring and won't keep you engaged. Roger, on the other hand, has the best lectures and does a great job at explaining difficult topics. If you're more of a self learner and prefer to be hands on, then a course like Gleim might fit you best. I only used it for one exam, but their book is very thorough and they have the toughest practice questions and sims.
I used Roger and supplemented with Ninja. I think it's a great combo and should give you everything you need to pass. I've seen people on here say that they've passed using only the 10 point combo so it's definitely doable. It includes video lectures now, which it didn't have when I started studying, and the feedback from them has been pretty positive. If I had to do it all over again, I think I would have went with Gleim because I learn best from mcq's and they have the hardest ones. They also have the best sims and I think practicing sims is even more important now that they're worth 50% of your grade for FAR, AUD and REG. Their course price is pretty reasonable and had I only used Gleim, I would have saved a lot of money between purchasing Roger and a bunch of Ninja products.
I think the reason I initially went with Roger, was because I felt like I needed someone to teach me the material, since I never learned a lot of it in school. He did a great job laying down the foundation and his books are easier to read than most accounting books, but I wasn't a fan of his test bank and that's why I supplemented with Ninja. I have no regrets since I passed all of them while having zero accounting experience.March 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm #1514202rlarivee01Participant
I agree with what he said about learning style, but the function of almost all the CPA prep courses is the same unless you do in-class review.
I used it exclusively for BEC, and while I did not pass, the three points I failed by were 100% my fault. If I spent more time with the material, I would have probably got 85+.March 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm #1514365
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