3 Things to Look for in a Good CPA Exam Preparation Course

When you set out on your journey to becoming a CPA, you know one thing from the very beginning. It won’t be an easy trip. There will be hours upon hours of study time, more numbers crunched in your head than you ever thought about imagining in kindergarten while watching Sesame Street, and the dreaded frustration of an unbalanced account. (It happens to everyone at least once.)

This doesn’t even include the daily responsibilities of life. Passing the CPA Exam could easily provide material for a rebooted Blood, Sweat and Tears video as you will probably encounter all three along the way. With that said, there are some programs that can make your trek less difficult. Below are three things you should consider when shopping for the perfect prep course for the CPA Exam.  

Pre Assessments

When preparing to take the CPA Exam, it’s common knowledge that you won’t get to see the actual test until the day you sit down to take it. Knowing that has been a great source of anxiety since the entrance of the exam.

With that in mind, it makes sense to look for a preparation course that will teach what you need to know for the exam in such a way that when you see the questions for the first time, and hopefully last, you are not left wondering what the question has to do with anything you were taught.

A good way to begin the process is to see what you already know and cater the rest of the experience to the subject matter you are less familiar with. The only way to do that is to have a pre-assessment at the start of each lesson.

Time Savings

Maybe you are a student who is fresh out of high school and ready to start your career as a CPA. Perhaps you are single parent returning to school. Either way, time is something very few of us have an overabundance of. The majority of us value time as much as we might water in a desert. However, it eludes most.

So, when you are in the process of preparing to take the exam that may determine the rest of your life, you need to have a preparation program that not only teaches you everything you need to know in order to pass but also does it in a timely manner. After all, you do have a life outside of your future career and the groundwork you are completing to get to it. Look for a study program that will get straight to the nitty gritty and save you hours of run around work.


Life is hard to keep up with sometimes. It gets chaotic, frustrating, and downright unpredictable. There will be days when you are on your game and others where you just can’t seem to solve the simplest of situations. It is for that reason that you need to find a CPA review with a little flexibility. A good one will adapt to your rate of progress.

Are you flying through certain concepts? Your program should adapt by moving you along to more difficult concepts. Having trouble? A good review will slow things down until you catch up. The goal is to make sure you are more than sufficiently ready to take on the career of a CPA. A flexible program will do just that.  

Want to conquer the world of accounting? Use these criteria to seek a CPA review that genuinely cares about your positive progress in the field.

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Jack Cunningham

I may be young, but I know what I'm doing! Born and raised in the South of the UK, I like cars, money and holidays. Spend most of my time petting my cat and eating bagels.