19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
February 10, 2011, from Mike C, Holmdel, NJ
I was extremely happy with my decision to purchase Fast Forward Academy's EA Study Guide with unlimited practice exams. I found the resources available from their website supplied the right amount of ammunition to successfully pass all three parts of the SEE Exam. I would strongly suggest using the study guide book and concentrating on one part of the exam at a time, and read one chapter at a time. Then go to the website and practice using the free exam questions. The free exam questions explain the rationale of the correct answer which makes it easy to understand the theory behind the answer.
Once you have completed one section of your studying and the free exam questions, you should start taking the practice exams. My score on the first practice exam was 53%. I reviewed my incorrect answers and concentrated on the parts I was weak in and kept taking the practice exam's until I was consistently getting over 80% correct. You might have to take 3 or 4 practice exams before achieving that goal. Once I reached that plateau I was confident & ready to pass the exam and felt that the real exam was easier than the practice exam from Fast Forward Academy.
Part 2 - Business was by far the most challenging. I would suggest taking that part last. Part 2 requires knowledge of many mathematical formula's used in business taxation. I used the study guide and created a replica formula on a spreadsheet in order for this to sink into my brain. The formulas will be confusing at first but as time goes on, you continue taking the unlimited practice exam until you build momentum to achieve over 79% correct. This will gain your confidence.
My strategy was to allocate one month of study for each part, Especially Part 1 & 2. Part 3 seemed to be the easiest. An example is, If I had to go the dentist, Part 1 & 2 would be equal to a root canal, part 3 is only a cavity.
Fast Forward Academy's help made a very difficult exam easy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2011
Dear Rain Hughes, I am so pleased with your study guide!!! I took Part 2 of the EA today and passed!!!!!! Thank you so much for writing this book! I can say that you are the reason(after the grace of god), that I have passed this test. I will be recommending your website and book to everyone. Just today, I mentioned your website, FastforwardAcademy.com to someone who is interested in taking the EA. I have passed all three parts! Thanks again for all your material!!! I recommend this book to everyone!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
Fastforwardacademy (FFA)delivered all they claim with this course. It is much less "wordy" than other courses, hitting the high points that pay off on the test. Adding unlimited exams allows you as many trial runs as you need. Taking one of these tests about fifteen times gives you a massive dose of confidence needed to stay focused for up to three hours. Mental toughness, if you will. Also FFA is MUCH less costly than the other courses. I recommend FFA without hesitation. And by the way, I passed the last test three days before my 77th birthday.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
I used this study guide and passed all three of the exams on first attempt. I found it clear and helpful, but sometimes did use the tax code and/or IRS publications to get more detail or clarifications. I think it is essential to have access to a good number of the practice exams. I chose the unlimited option and once I had studied for each part (I too studied one at a time), I drilled using the practice exams. I made a Word document of questions I got wrong and their answers and went over it on the train and the bus - once you consistently get over 80% I would say you are ready for the test. You will get questions that are not in the materials, but the aim is to know the core material well enough to get a passing score. I would definitely recommend this.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
As a lot of the other reviews here indicate this book (and the question bank on their website) was instrumental in my success on the exam. When I first received the book, I was somewhat anxious as it didn't seem to be as voluminous as I thought it should be (especially as I've studied for the CPA exam in the past) but it definitely was more than enough. The material was easy to read through, broken up well, and the questions were indicative of what is on the exam.
I would recommend this guide without hesitation. I think if there's anything to add to the other reviews I haven't seen so far and I would have liked to know, is that if you go to their website: [...] and purchase it directly from them, you may be able to get some practice exams included in the price. As a note, i didn't use any practice exams, the question bank was sufficient, but just a suggestion as I didn't figure that out until i got the book and went to the website :)
3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2011
I passed all parts on my first attempt to become an Enrolled Agent (EA). I have already completed all of the IRS paperwork and I am officially an Enrolled Agent. A million thanks to FastForward Academy. The condensed version of all the IRS materials, the test bank and immediate answers to my many questions made studying much easier. Prior to finding FastForward Academy I was overwhelmed. Thanks again for all your help.
Materials were exactly what I needed to pass all three parts on the first attempt. Thank you for an excellent study guide. I also found that you have the best price on the CE for the number of credits needed. Pleasure doing business with you.
Dear Rain Hughes, I am so pleased with your study guide. I took Part 2 of the EA today and passed!!!!!! Thank you for writing this book and putting the free test bank on your site. I can say that you are the reason ( after the grace of god), that I have passed this test. I will be recommending your website and book to everyone. Just today, I mentioned your website, [...] to someone who is interested in taking the EA. I have passed all three parts! Thanks again for all your material.
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Either course was great or test was easy. I completed each part within 1 hour.
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