Things are moving along nicely. A couple things happened since my last blog entry.
First of all, I’ve been doing some research on cpa review courses. The most popular ones I could find were Yaeger, Becker, Bisk, Roger, and Gleim. I spent a couple days just doing straight reading online to see what people’s experiences have been with these cpa review courses. I was using cpa Becker Review before and didn’t find it too helpful so Becker was out. People’s opinions on both Gleim and Bisk were mixed – some liked them some didn’t. For the next couple days I debated between Roger and Yaeger. They both got good reviews and people that have used them seemed to have gotten good results in terms of exam scores, which is all that really matters to me.
In the end I decided on the Yaeger cpa review course because more people have used it (people talk about it more than they do other review courses) so to me it seems that they’d be more reliable. A bonus is that it’s cheaper. Not that I really care because at this point I’d gladly pay more to pass the cpa exam and put it behind me in as short a time as possible, but I didn’t mind not having to pay more than I had to.
I actually called the number on the Yaeger website and talked to Phil Yaeger himself! That was a complete surprise. I thought I’d get one of his “people”, but instead I got to talk to the guy himself. He gave me some pointers on how to prepare for the cpa exam. For example, he suggested that I spend at least 3 months studying each of REG and FAR and 2 months on BEC, since I’d be working full-time. We must have spent a good half hour on the phone and in the end he said to call back anytime I had a question. I was quite impressed – yet another reason for me to choose Yaeger. After our phone call I went ahead and purchased the Yaeger Complete Homestudy Course.
Also, I sent a mass email to my co-workers asking if they or anybody they knew were also trying to pass the cpa exam and whether they wanted to study together. I found 2 people who lived within a 15 minute drive from me and we’ve set up a tentative study schedule. Although we’re all studying different sections (I’m starting with REG, and they’re studying AUD and FAR respectively), we should still able to figure out things together and give each other encouragement when the going gets tough, which is what I need more than anything at this point.
Lastly, I received my NTS some time ago and had the 3 cpa exams scheduled (keeping in mind the study timeline from Mr. Yaeger). Here are the dates:
I know I’m not devoting a whole 3 months to REG like Dr. Yaeger I should, but I want to do the REG ASAP because that was the last section I took and I want to re-sit that exam before I forget everything.
The course is set – I just need to keep my head down, stay focused, and pass all three cpa exams in time for Christmas.
That would make this Christmas the best EVER!
Wish me lots of luck!