Bisk CPA Review / Checkpoint Learning: No Longer in Business?

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.

Bisk CPA Overview

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:

  • Guided review: online access, audio CDs, DVDs, live review
  • Self-study: software CDs and textbooks

How Much Does Bisk CPA Review Cost vs Competitors?

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.

Bisk CPA Review: Pros and Cons

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

About the Author Stephanie Ng

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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  • Takia says:

    Well I decided to give Bisk a try since I received a discount through my school. I paid $500 for the self study program. However, it’s the campus pro edition and does not come with the lectures…it’s simply the text books and the software that allows you to view chapters online and access questions pertaining to that particular section…I’m afraid that this won’t be enough to prepare me. Do you think pairing this with the Wiley test bank software or Wiley focus notes will be sufficient? Or should I try to get some lecture dvds from somewhere? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks for your help!

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Takia,

    I would think that if you want the lectures, then you shouldn’t get Wiley because it’s another publisher that doesn’t provide the lecture. I generally recommend Yaeger CPA and you can take a look. Otherwise, please check out my Top 10 CPA review course comparison for the pros and cons. Good luck!

  • Brigit says:

    Try calling philadelphia CPA review. They use the Bisk CPA review and that’s how you can get in contact with Bob Monette.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Brigit,
    Great idea — I didn’t know Bob Monette is still teaching there! You have to live close by Philadelphia though… they do seem to have classes held in adjacent cities. Stephanie

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