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verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 09/11/2019, 11:58 pm

Wooohooo. Man, oh man, I am certainly glad to be here.

My name is Rob, the new CPA Review for Free CPA EXAM Instructor!

Here is what I know: I know that for each of you coming onto this forum, you're seeking help! I get it!!! The stress, the lack of time, the planning, the sacrifice. All of you who are feeling that stress...I GET IT! This stuff is hard! Let me show you (just like the many others) how I can help you!

But first, let me do an introduction....

Here is what I am: one word - "accountant." I am an accountant. No other way around it. From my early childhood ambitions of being 'a business person' (whatever that meant), to my college education, my career ambitions, and my actual career accomplishments, I am an accountant. I think like one, act like one, talk, work, and even eat like one!! haha. I dig this stuff. Now many do, but I do. Why? Who knows. But, I do.

Here is my 30- second elevator speech (just so we get it out of the way): My career has taken me through the big4 as an auditor (KPMG), working on major Fortune 100 clients, such as Mercedes-Benz, Pfizer, Panasonic, and many others. I spent 7 years at KPMG. That is where I really started to dig this stuff (I couldn't believe it myself, either). After that, my career took me across the world performing internal audits for Merck & Co. During that time, I began tutoring CPA exam students. I loved educating peers and co-workers on the proper accounting treatment of the effective portion of cash flow foreign exchange forwards (I know you know that portion sits in AOCI and does NOT go to the P&L, right?). Sooo, I started tutoring some students on my off-time. And today, I manage a large book of small to medium-sized business clients, while also continuing to operate my CPA EXAM TUTORING PRACTICE! The name is Quest CPA Review (check it on Instagram!)

Here is what I do: Like I mentioned just before, I currently have two jobs. By day, I am a a tax accountant and auditor. And by night (and weekend), I help students cross the CPA EXAM FINISH LINE!!!

Here is what I know: I know that you are stressed (even maybe just a little?). You have 1 to 4 more exams to go. To pass these exams, you have these big massive books (with mostly single spaced typing). They also come with videos of some very experienced accounting professional trying to explain this stuff. The bundle also comes with some questions to practice with, and some simulations, and maybe even a practice exam or two. And with all this material you have, even seeing most of it in school, you for some reason don't understand it all!!! Well, your not alone. This exam is not testing your smarts, wits, or personality. It is testing your ability to study 'the right way.'

How can I help you: By helping you study 'the right wayyyy.' The quick answer is - I tutor students one-on-one. If you are interested in setting up an initial session, please let me know by going to my profile or responding below.

What to do next: Introduce yourself to me and everyone else in here. If you're not sure what to talk about, how about this -
if so, doing what? for how long?
any exams passed?
what are your career goals? It's OK to say "I DON'T KNOW!"
why are you going for the cpa exam? It's OK to say "I DON'T KNOW!"
what are your biggest worries and stresses in passing the exam?

Let's get the convo going.

Like I opened up with, I am so glad to be here. WOOOHOOOO!!!!

user-17569 - 10/15/2019, 11:38 pm

Hello Rob,

Donnette here, have about 25 years of accounting experience, done with working for others. Career change is the name of the game and getting my CPA is the natural progression of what I do.

Graduated Cum Laude with 3.94 GPA from Colorado Technical University with my Bachelor's of Science with a concentration in accounting in 2012. Life threw me curve and now I am back at the study and ready to get the next deal done! My CPA.

I sit for my Auditing & Attestation part of the exam on Friday (10/18) and feel fairly confident about the multiple choice. Having a really tough time with simulations, specifically where we need to go to the AU C or AR C or .....blah, blah, blah....

I am missing the component in the study questions under the heading "Subsequent Events" in Audit Reports. It's just not there for me to even access....any clue where to activate this at?
Also find that when I do ask a question, I get the question "Do you have a CPA Review Program?" Frustrating as heck! Yes, I am unbelievably "in the red" for paying for all of the study materials and testing and application fees and student loans to achieve this goal.

Glad to see that there is some support in the forum. Thanks for introducing yourself!


verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 10/17/2019, 4:10 pm

Hey Donnette,
Thanks for sharing. I know you are not alone in this. I can't really comment on specific technical navigation through your study program. Perhaps, give googling a try to find your answer. In terms of the amount of money you're spending on studying...I will compare it to paying for a gym membership. I know people will say "you pay $100 per month for a gym membership? that's so expensive! It's not worth it!" Here's my thought - it doesn't matter what you pay per month; as long as you use what you're paying for, then it is worth it!

verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 10/17/2019, 4:12 pm

To continue...

The same thing goes with purchasing CPA review materials. If you're spending any amount of money, but it's helping you pass, then it's worth it!! On the flip, if you're spending minimal amounts, but it's not working, THEN it's you who is wasting their money. Keep it going. Stay focused. Keep studying strong.

If you ever would like to chat one-on-one, let me know. We can find a time to chat.


user-17569 - 10/18/2019, 2:27 am

Thinking about the statement of "gym membership" I have definitely gotten my money's worth. I will continue to use the study programs. I would really like to get back to my gym more than three times a week too! I used to get my money's worth there too! Auditing & Attestation tomorrow, Wish me Luck!

I did find that when I looked for reference material at the AICPA website "test simulator" I was able to access what I was looking for more freely. I think I am over-thinking this entire process. I have studied my tail off...I am ready.


verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 10/18/2019, 3:23 pm

Go get 'em! Wishing you plenty of luck! And, let me know how it goes!

Jummy-52608 - 10/21/2019, 12:33 am

Hi Rob, I need to prepare for CPA exams, but I need help with creating a study plan. Can you please help me?



verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 10/21/2019, 2:45 pm

Hi Jimmy,
I'd be glad to. This is what I do for my students (now more than 150 students). But, like a doctor, I have a few questions to 'prescribe' the right study plan for you. I need some more info from you.

  • School - where? when did you graduate? degree? WHY did you go for your degree?
  • Work - what do you do? for how long? do you have busy season(s)?
  • History with the Exams - have you taken any parts? when? your scores?

Two more questions...

verified_user RobPremCPA (Instructor) - 10/21/2019, 2:46 pm
  • Study Materials - do you have study materials yet?  If so, which ones? Do you like them?
  • Why are you going for the CPA?  I'd like to get an understanding from you why you're going for the CPA.  Have you always wanted to be a CPA? Or maybe you just know it's a 'good' certification, but aren't sure exactly. That's ok! It's ok to be unsure!
Jummy-52608 - 10/23/2019, 12:24 am

I graduated from University of the District of Columbia with Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2012. I studied accounting because it can track finances different ways. I love the check and balances in accounting. I am going for CPA because I need to move up in my career.
I have 6 years of accounting experience working as a Junior Staff Accountant. I don't have busy season.
I have not taken any part of the exam. I don't have study materials yet.