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Professor: "I can take anyone off the street and they can pass the CPA"

SkoobySkooby Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
edited May 2010 in Business Major
He also basically said don't waste your time with the CMA unless you're working in manufactoring (I work with the federal government).

He said he knows people with a CPA that don't know anything about accounting lol. And that what we are learning in class(Advanced Accounting 1) doesn't even scratch the surface of what is on the exams.

He spoke very highly of Becker. According to him when studying for the exam, study on how to pass the test, not to learn accounting. How true is this?

He's a CPA btw, got his when you had to take all four parts in one day.
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Replies to: Professor: "I can take anyone off the street and they can pass the CPA"

  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    Skooby wrote:
    And that what we are learning in class(Advanced Accounting 1) doesn't even scratch the surface of what is on the exams.

    I can assure you this is true.

    As for taking a guy off the street, maybe if the guy has a strong GPA. I can't imagine anyone with a 2.0 GPA being able to come to terms with Santa not being real, let alone study for a big test.
  • TortfeasorTortfeasor Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    Santa's not real?!? D'oh!!!
  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    I can assure you this is true as well. He's wrong about studying to pass the test and not learn accounting, because they go hand and hand (Assuming you aren't a moron). I own your professor anyway.
  • jonahrubinjonahrubin Registered User Posts: 547 Member
    I think it's probably a good idea to not treat your university like a giant Becker course, if you are running an accounting program anyway.
  • SkoobySkooby Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Yeah he said the courses at our school doesn't even touch what will be on the exam.

    He said to study 40 hours a week for 4 months. That's a little unrealistic imo...but how long should you study for each section?
  • TortfeasorTortfeasor Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    You study till you know the material. You should stop taking people so literally. He's giving you guidelines about what he believes will work. He also trying to ease your concern by expressing that he could take anyone off the street and have them pass. That's how easy the test is in his opinion.

    No one but you knows how well you study. Self study is very different than being guided in class. It take a little more discipline. You also need to know when you've studied enough. It all on you.

    work out a study plan over 3 months how many hours a day do you have to spare? 1.5 - 3 hour blocks of study time are good depending on the day. less than and hour is worthless and more than 3 may be too much. Plan what sections you're going to do each day. Stick to your schedule religiously. If you are distracted go to the library. Take practice tests to gauge your progress by month 2 you should know where you're weak. You spend the last few weeks reviewing the stuff you're weak in. Make your own plan don't use mine it's just and example!

    Cake.
  • jonahrubinjonahrubin Registered User Posts: 547 Member
    If you are doing a joint program resulting in you having a MAcc or whatever your school calls it, you probably will have the chance to take a variety of courses. If you take classes which relate to the CPA in some way(like Advanced Auditing rather than Oil and Gas Accounting or "Sports Accounting") you should probably not have to study that much. If you are a moron, barely learn anything or forget everything you learn you'll have to study a lot. There's a lot of idiots passing the CPA out of bargain bin community colleges. I think more than half the people at my school pass each part on their first try...way more than half the people here are idiots so if I can't pass on my first try I'll probably have to jump in front of a bus.

    There's no Quantum Physics on the CPA. Lots of idiots pass it. You can be one of those idiots if you just take the right classes and study intelligently.
  • SkoobySkooby Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    @Tortfeasor - I won't go by your plan exactly but the study plan I was thinking of is similar to yours.

    @jonahrubin - I've been thinking about the Macc, but I already got 150 credits even though I'm still in undergrad. I got my associates in Computer Information Systems about 10 years ago, and according to my credit calculations, i'll be over the 150 when I complete my bachelors this December in Accounting.

    @Whistleblower1 - I'm glad I got a 3.6 right now lol. I've never really been good at tests though. School is different though cuz you can make up your average test grades with homework, papers, participation, etc.
  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    Skooby, don't you goto some community college or something?

    Tortfeasor, "cake" very funny. I could definitely see you failing multiple sections of the CPA.
  • SkoobySkooby Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    I went to a community college for my CIS degree.

    I go to Indiana Tech, which is a private college...it's unranked and non-aacsb, but it's not a community college. Their main campus is in Fort Wayne, IN...but they have a campus in Indianapolis where I am located.

    When I started I didn't plan on a CPA or anything. Their undergrad accounting program has 5 and 10 weeks courses that you can take at night. And there have been folks at my place of employment that have went to this school and gotten promoted afterwards. I don't know if those are good reasons to choose a school, but those are some of the reasons why I went there.

    But now I want a certification and I’m wondering if my school of choice will be a hindrance. They do have a graduate program you can enter that is specifically geared towards the Becker program and the CPA. But as mentioned, I'll have 150 by the end of the year and didn't want to spend an extra year and a half to two years of college when I can start studying for it in January. I'm not getting any younger (i'm 32).
  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    Dawgie wrote:
    Tortfeasor, "cake" very funny. I could definitely see you failing multiple sections of the CPA.

    Definitely.
  • TortfeasorTortfeasor Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    I'd probably fail the whole exam. I don't have an engineering background. ;)
  • DawgieDawgie Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    Tortfeasor, funny. Someone struggling to get a 3.0 in international business thinks he is beyond the CPA exam.
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