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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2009|10:23 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I want to take a review class for the CPA because studying on my own isn't working. I looked at Becker and they are very expensive. I was wondering, for those who have taken a review course, which do you think are the best. Are there any tips you can pass along on how to use such courses wisely? 
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California CPA [Mar. 17th, 2009|12:47 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring
Hi Everyone!

I'm soo glad I found this community - looks to be a helpful resource other than professors.

Anyone from California who understand the CPA requirements? I am one class short to meet the 24 unit requirement for the CA CPA and was wondering if the 24 units HAD to be an upper-division accounting course from a four-year university, or if an accounting course at a community college for, say, tax will qualify for those units? (I hear conflicting things about this..) I am finished with my degree in Corporate Financial Management (Accounting/Finance hybrid), so I just need to fulfill a few more units.

Also, I am looking at different CPA reviews - Becker, Wiley, Roger (I think Roger might be local) - so any input on those will help..

Any information will be greatly appreciated! I look forward to hearing from you!
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passing rates? [Mar. 4th, 2009|07:17 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Where can I find a list of CPA exam passing rates by school? All I ever seem to find when I search Yahoo is those "GUARANTEED TO PASS!!!" programs...

I'm planning on going to UW-Whitewater this fall specifically for the accounting program. I've been told that they're always in the top three in passing rates of first-time takers, but I can't find any statistics.

What other schools consistently perform well on the exam? (I also considered ASU but UWW is probably better.)
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2 more sections to go! [Feb. 5th, 2009|10:04 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Hi everyone! Just a couple of questions. I've already passed AUD and BEC. Currently studying FAR. For those who reviewed with Becker, how essential were the supplemental questions in your success with passing this section? Also, I'm using a 2007 book. I got it for a really good price. Is this too old?

Also, my CD for REG already expired but fortunately I did all the highlighting and note taking beforehand. I'm eyeing an auction on ebay for the final review book and CD. What's the difference between this set and the regular set? I just need enough questions to practice with. My book is from 2007 as well. Will I be able to get by?

Thanks in advance!
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Audit vs Tax? [Sep. 2nd, 2008|05:25 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

[mood |curiouscurious]

OK, I was always interested in tax but my friend works for KMPG and she said 12 hour days including weekends were the standard during the tax season. I would like to have a life and not be stressed out 4 months in a year....is audit better? Anyone knows how many hours typical auditor works?  I'll be graduating in 2010 and would certainly like to get a job with the Big 4.

Thanks for sharing :-)
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I passed!! [Aug. 21st, 2008|05:43 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Yesterday I got my score for the first section of the exam (REG) that I took 7/7 and I passed with a 90! I'm in disbelief. I will be taking BEC this coming up Tuesday - any last minute tips?
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Becker CPA [Aug. 2nd, 2008|06:23 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Hello everyone.

I was wondering if anyone knows how much Becker charges for their CPA materials?  I went to their website but did not find any prices.

Do they charge the same amount for each of the parts or are different parts cost different amounts?

Also, if anyone has Becker study materials that have not expired and they still have one of their 3 installations left, would you be interested in selling it?

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CPE/Research [Jul. 26th, 2008|08:21 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

Does anyone have any recommendations for quality CPE and accounting/tax research? I'm having a hard time finding courses that offer the level of detail that I need; many seem to just restate what is in my college textbooks.

I am looking for some really in-depth courses on the following topics: AMT, fixed assets/deoreciation (book and tax), dividends received deduction, bankruptcy (corporate), franchise tax, Texas franchise tax, FAS 109, purchase accounting, FIN 48, stock based comp, revenue recognition (particularly software), and IFRS.

CPE: I prefer to get it on an audio CD because I will remember it better if I hear it. But an online course where I could print the material would work.

For research I would love a searchable database that I could afford (I am only staff level and cannot spend thousands on a research library/database). I have discovered cheap 2007/2008 CCH paperback guides on ebay and amazon but any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Help? [Jul. 25th, 2008|04:12 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Hi everyone!.  I'm entering my third year in college, and I'm planning to get an Accounting BSBA.  I've only taken two of the required accounting classes so far, and my college is not known for its accounting program or anything.  I'm sort of scared that I won't be prepared enough to look for internships.  What I'd like to ask is: 

* When should one start studying for the CPA exam?  Can I find any cheap alternatives to review courses that I can work on studying from now? 

* When should I look into an internship?  Should I search for one this year, or should I wait until next semester when I'll have had more accounting classes under my belt?  What were your experiences with finding internships?  What kind of qualities to recruiters look for in an intern, and aside from a college placement program, how did you find internship opportunities?  What skills should I emphasize? 

* Any other tips or suggestions?  I'm really rather green, and feeling a bit anxious about the rate at which I'm progressing towards my career. 
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Becker CPA review [Jul. 8th, 2008|01:00 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a solution for me out there that doesn't require an additional $1,000 bucks:

I ordered my 4 CDs of Becker CPA review in May 2007.  I started the CDs in July 27, 2007, which means it gave me a one year license from July 27th to finish my CDs.  I have run a little behind schedule and all I need is like an additional two weeks to be able to watch all my FAR CDs and do the simulations/practice exam. 

Does anyone know if there is an extension for the license? A way to get around this?? I am so annoyed right now. 
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