Sep 2015: Bisk / Checkpoint Learning CPA Review is no longer in business.
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The following evaluation is based on the original Bisk CPA Review.
The company was founded by Nathan Bisk in 1971. Mr. Bisk is both an attorney and a CPA with public accounting experience from Ernst & Young and Arthur Anderson. He has been publishing and teaching CPA review for more than 30 years.
Bisk CPA Review has been partnering with several universities (e.g. University of South Florida and CUNY-Medgar-Evers) where you can take on-campus courses based on Bisk’s program.
There is a money-back program from Bisk CPA’s online and multimedia software products, but the criteria is very restrictive. I was told from a reader that you have to complete AND spend over 1 minute for each question to get qualified. I will call and find out one day, but in the meantime, you can check with Bisk at 800-404-7231 for details.
Bisk CPA is available in the following format:
The pricing varies with different products, but the all-in-one classic package is $1,899, considerably more affordable than Becker but in line with other review course providers.
Well Established. Bisk CPA review has almost 40 years of history.
Endorsed By 2 of the Big 4. Both E&Y and KPMG have chosen Bisk as their preferred online CPA review courses. (not sure if this is still valid after the sale) One “Magical” Lecturer. One of the main lectureres, Robert “Bob” Monette, is a nationally recognized CPA expert and a favorite among many students. He seems to have the magic to transform complicated accounting into simple concepts.
Cool Features. The Multimedia software (the CD) has some interesting features. For example, you can use “Create A Custom Exam” to pick the chapters and questions that you want to focus on. The CD also tracks your progress and statistically shows your strength and weakness in each chapter.
Overall Mixed Review. The text books have really mixed review. Some find them good enough, while other believes it underprepares them to the extent that they have to buy an extra review course as supplement. This is especially the case for Bisk’s “classic” review course.
Duplication. The text book exactly the same as the CD, so don’t buy both.
The Other Lecturers aren’t as good. Note from a few readers: the lecturers other than Bob Monette tend to talk too fast and rush through the materials.
Very Restrictive Money-Back Guarantee. If my reader’s information is right, I honestly think most of you can’t qualify.
Limitation On CD Features. The Create a Custom Exam feature, while helpful, does not randomize the questions for you. This defeats the purpose if you want to use it as a tool to retake the questions in different formats.
I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites
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