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Top 9 CPA Exam Review Programs

Top 9 CPA Exam Review Programs


January 27, 2010

To become a CPA you’ll probably need five years of college, an affinity for numbers and some work experience in the field of accounting.

You’ll also need to pass the four-part CPA Exam, which means you’ll have to study. And study. And study.

Preparing for the CPA Exam isn’t something you do alone, either. It might not seem like the most difficult task to pass all four sections (Auditing and Attestation, Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Regulation) of the test within an 18 month period. However, when taking into account that the CPA Exam pass rates for the first three quarters of 2009 ranged from only 45.5% to 52.4% for any of those sections, clearly it makes little sense to attack the CPA Exam without some help.

But which one? The best CPA review program is in the eyes, ears and mind of the beholder/test-taker, so it’s impossible to state definitively which test prep program reigns supreme for everyone. What we have done here is listed what we have deemed the top nine CPA review programs so you can make an “educated” decision, if you know what we mean.

So in alphabetical order, here’s the programs that have helped many successful CPAs get the certification they so desire, and their respective claims, guarantees and prices:

1. Becker CPA Exam Review

Claim: “As advocates and educators for the accounting profession, Becker Professional Education is committed to supporting the advancement of ”" target="_blank">accounting professionals in every way possible, especially in challenging economic times. That’s why we strive to make our industry-leading program accessible to all. We not only deliver a great return on investment in our CPA Exam Review, we also offer creative ways to help make that investment easier."

Guarantee: “If you utilize Becker but do not pass the CPA Exam, you may repeat our course tuition-free if you satisfy our requirements.”

Pricing: $2,890 for the full CPA Review Course (Check website for other options, including “Final Review” and flashcards).

2. Bisk Education CPA Review

Claim: “Bisk CPA Review has a remarkable record of helping CPA candidates pass the Uniform CPA Exam. Since its introduction almost four decades ago, more than 140,000 candidates have relied on Bisk CPA Review to pass the CPA exam, including numerous Elijah Watt Sells Award Gold Medal winners.”

Guarantee: “Pass-the-Exam Guarantee: If you do not pass the CPA Exam after studying with and successfully completing one of our exam preparation packages … we will refund your full product purchase price, or update your materials free of charge (certain restrictions and preparation requirements apply).”

Pricing: $1,980 for the full CPA Review Course (Check website for other options, including DVD’s, software and textbooks).

3. CPAexcel

Claim: “Since 1998, CPAexcel has delivered the knowledge and instructional expertise of the world’s top team of CPA review professors to CPA Exam candidates worldwide. CPAexcel students pass the CPA Exam at exceptionally high rates and pay half the price of other leading courses.”

Guarantee: Your CPAexcel course has no expiration date. Use it until two years after you pass. Course retakes, online content updates, and software upgrades are free.

Pricing: $2,320 for the “Video Gold Medal” course (Check website for other options, including non-video courses).

4. Gleim Publications CPA Review

Claim: “Dr. Gleim has been helping candidates pass the CPA exam since 1966. Throughout his 40 years of CPA coaching experience, Dr. Gleim has seen and been involved with numerous changes to the CPA exam and the accounting profession. We are confident that our superior materials that utilize our Knowledge Transfer Systems will help you PASS the first time.”

Guarantee: “We GUARANTEE you will PASS the CPA exam on your first sitting using CPA Gleim Online. If you do not pass the CPA exam section(s) that you have purchased, you will receive your choice of either a cash refund for CPA Gleim Online or unlimited continued use and appropriate tutoring until you pass.”

Pricing: $989.95 for full review set (Check website for other options)

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