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We asked Joe Ben Hoyle, one of the co-founders of CPA Review for FREE, some of the most frequently asked questions about the CPA exam. As a result, Joe provides answers that I believe will help many readers know how to get started, prepare, and pass the CPA.
Obtaining the CPA credential is one of the most direct paths to developing a financial services practice. CPAs can, and do, help individual clients with their taxes--but the range of opportunities for CPAs within financial services continues to expand! Wealth managers (focused on managing the full spectrum of wealth-building and wealth-saving opportunities) remain in huge demand on the buy-side and sell-side of the markets.
Joe has worked as a college professor at the University of Richmond for the past 32 years. He was awarded the Virginia Professor of the Year (CASE) in 2007. From 1980 until 2003, Joe offered Hoyle CPA Success. The practice was so successful, that Kaplan uses the instructional materials as the basis for Kaplan CPA Review. CPA Review has millions of readers--because Joe and colleague Lynn Sheehan offer a cost-effective way for future CPAs to prepare for the CPA exam.
Joe is also the author of many finance and accounting textbooks, including Advanced Accounting (in its 11th edition) and Fundamentals of Advanced Accounting in its fourth edition. Joe authored Financial Accounting (in its first edition, published by FlatWorldKnowledge) and co-authored Managerial Accounting (to be published in 2012 by FlatWorldKnowledge).
I invited Joe to address some of the most pressing questions of future CPAs because, as Ronnie Eng showed future CFAs, knowing how to study and prepare for the important CPA exam is an important part of passing the exam. Confidence--that ephemeral and crucial element--is gained by putting in the time, and learning the material.
Coincidentally, Joe says his daughter wants to become a baking & pastry chef, and she's using some of our About.com resources to do just that!