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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
I have been reviewing the CPA review books and software for 3 years and here is my general comments on the latest Wiley CPA Exam Review.

PROS

1. Well-Written. The book is generally well organized covering all the hottest topics. I find that, for this 2012 version, some sections of the books are now more user-friendly than before.

2. Great Value-For-Money. This is one of the most affordable CPA review materials you can find anywhere. The book is also updated on an annual basis -- no wonder it is the best-selling CPA review books on Amazon (by the way, get this here instead of bookstore or Wiley's website -- cheaper here)

3. Competitors Are Using Wiley As Supplements. A few CPA exam review courses such as Roger CPA Review and Yaeger CPA Review use Wiley's books and CDs to complement their lectures. In fact, Yaeger's DVD course spend a lot of time going through Wiley's MC questions as a way to clarify the accounting concepts.

CONS

1. It Over-Prepares You. While I have to say this Wiley book is now shorter than the previous versions, it is still too comprehensive. For some candidates it could be overwhelming when you have to go through the entire book by yourself. Other study guides or lecture notes are more concise and present only the materials you need to know for the CPA exam.

2. Layout Not User Friendly. Since you may be buying the book without physically flipping through it, I think it will be helpful to describe the overall feel and layout of the book. Well, despite the colorful cover, the book is actually printed in thin newspaper print. The questions and answers are often straddle between pages so it is very annoying to flip back and forth to read the answers. It might not sound like a big deal, but many readers of my site have joined in the complaints in this particular aspect (note: there has been an improvement from before but still an issue in my opinion)

3. Not An Integrated Approach. If you like this Wiley CPA review book, I strongly encourage you to get the Wiley CPA Exam Review 2012 Test Bank 1 Year Access, Complete Set (i.e. the test prep CD) for the practice questions in computerized format. However, the Wiley book + software combo is still far from the "guided review course" with lectures and a channel for you to ask a question or clarify a concept.

CONCLUSION

Many candidates manage to pass the CPA exam with Wiley product alone, so it is a good set of review guides. What you need to do now is to determine whether you are disciplined enough to study without a guided review course, that you have the time and energy to read through the entire book, and that you won't be bothered by the relatively condensed layout and format. Good luck to your exam!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
We have been using Wiley books and test bank CD since 2002 as course materials for CPA review program. Recent revision and presentation in 2012 edition make it more user friendly. Contents are nicely structured and knowledge based. I strongly recommend the materials for preparing for the exam.
Course Director - Professional Accounting Programs
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on July 30, 2012
I have purchased this book for my husband who wants to finish his CPA. This book has everything what he needed for his CPA exam. I have also got this book from Amazon in really good price. Book was packed really nice and it was very easy for me to send him out of country. I wish they offer international shipping too.
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on June 14, 2012
The book is good condition and it is useful for reviewing CPA Exam especially the practice question. I recommend these books for everyone who want to sit for CPA Exam
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on August 8, 2012
Have been using with Yaeger review course. Working out well so far but the truth will be seen if I can pass the exam when I take it.
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on May 7, 2014
As well for my nephew to study for the CPA exam, this set was necessary in order to complete his studies.
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on September 19, 2013
Does what it should. You need to want to study or you will fail. The book doesn't do it for you.
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on December 13, 2014
good
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
Great service! It came on time and no difficulty! I appreciate the business and will continue to do business with one another in the future!!!
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