Preparing for the CPA, or certified public accountant, examination, is one of the toughest tasks an aspiring accountant will likely undertake in the course of their career. The CPA exam is long and difficult, and is required in order to get your license as a certified public accountant and be able to set up shop to do people's taxes and handle other client tax issues. The CPA exam itself is administered in four parts, and you must pass each of the four parts in order to apply for your license. So after five years of higher education, you are then faced with this final test of your knowledge and ability before you can begin your career in earnest. The importance of this test is why so many test takers opt for a review course prior to registering for the CPA exam. A review course acts like a refresher to help hone your knowledge towards the questions you are likely to be asked on the CPA Exam. Here are the best CPA exam preparation courses for your review.
The CPAExcel CPA exam review program is moderately priced, offers study in sound bytes with mini-lectures that are easy to digest and take in, and has no financial penalties or extra fees if you need to take a break and come back to your course work at a later date. This exam review program does not have live support, which can be a downside for some since everything is offered in DVD format, but is great for students who are studying "on the road" and want to travel light. There is also a comprehensive statistical analysis model to help students chart their exam taking progress, with an 87 percent pass rate at actual test time.
The Yaeger CPA exam review is one of the time-tested favorites, with an 88 percent student pass rate when exam time comes around. The Yaeger CPA review class also has live support and online support, traditional teaching methods including board lectures by the owner, Phil Yaeger, and lots of hands on homework review to help you practice.
The Lambers CPA review course features streaming lectures to iPod where you can use all of your down time to study as you commute or stand in line. More than 200,000 students have used Lambers since 1966 when the course was first developed, and it features audio and video lectures, a book format, and of course the popular iPod streaming reviews.
Founded by Roger Philipp, the Roger CPA review course is taught by Roger himself and students find it to be an easy to listen to and attention grabbing review course. Unfortunately students are only allowed access to the program for nine months without having to pay additional fees, and there is no live phone help, but the quality of the course material is very good and there is some support via the online message boards. This course is great for self directed learners who have other sources of exam review support as well.