Post # 1
I am going to be taking the first part of the CPA exam in May and I am wondering how other people studied for it. My boss seems to think I will not pass unless I take a review course but I simply cannot afford to spend the $3,000 for it. I am a contractor so unfortunately my work cannot pay for it. I do have a friend that just completed the exam and passed all four sections and he studied on his own. I figured if he can do it, I can too.
So ladies, my question is thise: did you use a review course, study on your own, or something else? If you studied on your own, what was your method?
Post # 3
I am not a CPA but of course you can study on your own and still pass! People became CPAs before there were review courses, right? What a preposterous idea that you have to shell out thousands of dollars for a review course. Can you get old review books to go through and make yourself a schedule roughly like that of a review course? If you put in the time and effort then you will do great.
Post # 4
ditto to what Chelsea said!
Post # 5
I am a CPA!! I did however take a review course and everyone I know that has ever taken it has as well….I took Becker. Its really a shame your work can’t pay for it. Have you studied at all yet? If you really think you can go it alone without a course I would try that method for one section of the exam and see how it goes. I hate to be a downer but I have many friends/co-workers/former co-workers that have taken the exam mutliple times with a review course and still not passed. The CPA is verrrry hard and definitely not something to enter into lightly. In additional to the review course adding up, just signing up to take each part of the exam is very expensive. Then paying to renew your CPE credits every year (40 credits a year in most states), conferences to get CPEs are expensive etc. Do you have a lot of time to devot to studying on your own? I would say if you do that would be best. If you want more info feel free to PM me or post again!