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I'm using Lamber's to study BEC and have failed it twice!  I read how everyone states BEC is the easy one of the four, but I have to beg to differ.  Part of the issue is that I waited to take CPA exam after raising kids, 18 years later, here we are.  Not a very good start!  Finding time to study is difficult.  Still have a 13 year old at home and an 18 year off to A&M in the fall.  After spending so much money on this program, not sure what to do at this point!  I will have to pay to update the program or spend more on a different program.  Money is tight with the expensive tuition that is looming in the near future.  Anyone have any ideas? 

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Comment by Niusha H on May 12, 2013 at 12:01am

I know it's easy to get frustrated, especially as a parent myself.  I think studying for the exam uses many opposite skills when compared to parenting... you need long-term memory and solid time to focus uninterrupted instead of short spurts of focus that involve memories from yesterday or 5 years ago.  :P

Money is tight, but so is time... so, it's a trade off to either continue on the path you're on with Lamber's or give another program a shot.  I think the cheapest option is to get the BEC Wiley book and see if that's enough to help get you through this section and then look at another program for the other 3 exams.  I use New Generation Course and really like it.  Good luck!  You can pass this!

I love the "fruitcake" analogy for BEC; so true, Rob!  Thank you for the links, Charlene!

Comment by Virginia A Bugai on May 6, 2013 at 6:08am

Thanks Ashley, it's nice to hear from someone else.

Comment by Ashley Leonce on May 5, 2013 at 11:15am

I have used Lamber's in the past and its too overwhelming so I just use the questions to help me as I go along for extra practice.  I use Roger now and what a relief! He is friendly and not so blahhhhh...I know its expensive by maybe try another course.  Roger is good, you could try his course.  It is more affordable than the other review courses with good quality information.  Its a struggle but a good one and never give up.

Comment by Virginia A Bugai on April 24, 2013 at 1:38pm

Good analogy!  I believe it's the theoretical questions that throw me off.

Comment by Rob @ Pederson CPA Review on April 24, 2013 at 1:36pm

BEC is the fruitcake of the CPA exam.  When you make a fruitcake, you just take any leftover crumbs and random things you find in your kitchen and make a "cake" out of it.  It's the same with BEC.  The AICPA had a bunch of random topics it didn't know what to do with and decided to make an exam out of them. 

Comment by Virginia A Bugai on April 24, 2013 at 6:00am

Thanks for the links!  I will check them out.  Now that the dust has settled on tax season, I can get back to studying.  Thanks again!

Comment by Charlene L. Main on April 24, 2013 at 5:12am

BEC is difficult because of the plethora of topics it covers, and I really don't believe that any of the CPA exam review materials cover it sufficiently.  I relied heavily on free youtube videos and Gleim test bank and book (I think the cost for that was $87) for my study program.  While this wouldn't work for the other parts of the CPA I believe it is helpful for BEC.  There are two free video series that I used heavily (I have included the links below). Studying for BEC requires that you really develop a strong understanding of the concepts.  Good Luck, you will pass this!




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