Who’s Using Gleim CPA Review? Is it Legit?

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  • #1526823
    Anonymous
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    I am considering Gleim CPA Review… is it legit? Do you think it can help me pass the CPA Exam?

     
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    #1526857
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Based on the reviews, Gleim is a bloodbath but prepares you well.

    I used Le Becker and did alright.

    #1526890
    gigabyte2001
    Participant

    I used Gleim and passed REG first try with a 93. In the interest of full disclosure – I have a Master's in Tax from 10+ years ago and worked in public accounting doing tax for 5 yrs before I left public for industry 11 years ago.

    That said, I have passed both parts of the CMA and all 4 parts of the CPA all on the first try and all using Gleim. It works well for me.

    AUD - 87
    BEC - 78
    FAR - 82
    REG - 93
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    #1526908
    mtaylo24
    Participant

    Super thorough and detailed. So thorough that you will be thrown off by a basic question on the actual exam that you probably overlooked…enter ninja mcq. I believe in the combination of both.

    CPA (2017)

    REG:  75

    BEC:  76

    FAR:  77

    AUD: 78

     

    CMA (2019)

    P1: 380

    P2: 360

    #1527144
    Clockwork
    Participant

    I've used only Gleim for all of my portions so far. I think I only failed Audit the first time because I took it too early for me in the day, I didn't run enough MC questions, and I underestimated the questions (finished with 45 minutes left in the test). In other words, it wasn't Gleim's fault that I failed that one the first time.

    I had originally been looking at Wiley but really didn't want to spend that much on a review course and Gleim was more inexpensive. I also don't really require a lot of supplemental material for studying since all I really use are the book and questions. Overall, it's been very positive and never felt like there was something on the test that I hadn't at least seen once either in a Gleim question or in the book.

    FAR - 76 (lost credit, then 79)

    AUD - 71, 78

    BEC - 78

    REG - 62, 74, 73, 82! whoo!

    #1527204
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Mtaylo24 you are on point with your assessment of Gleim. You spend so much time in the details that you forget the simple stuff. The actual questions on the exam are far more simpler than Gleim. If you know the basics you will be fine chynablue.

    #1527318
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I have Roger, but also own Gleim's books. I'd say that Gleim has an unusual set-up that does work. The set-up is that if you can get through the readings and MCQ and SIMs they offer, you will probably find the actual exams way easier. That would've worked well for me for FAR, which I did not pass with Roger. I'm going to use Gleim for BEC and REG.

    #1527348
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I'm taking FAR on Thursday after using Gleim. I hope the SIMS on the actual exam are easier than Gleim's.

    #1527850
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I used Gleim for all four parts. I did not use anything else. Gleim is very detailed and very thorough. All of the MCQs are difficult and the readings are intense but focused. Personally, it worked out really good for me. The videos are horrendous, but I didn't want to spend a bunch of time watching videos. If you are able to focus and absorb material on your own through reading, then I think Gleim is by far the best bang for the buck. The only test I didn't feel super prepared for was BEC, and I think that is just the nature of that exam. If you think that the helpful memory tools and the videos will help, then I'd totally go with Roger.

    Gleim is very much a self study program in my opinion. You're pretty much on your own. If you can bury your head in the book, and deal with getting your ass kicked by the MCQ's all the time, then Gleim is great.

    I think what was most helpful for me was that when you do the MCQs, it gives you full explanations why the correct answer is correct and why the other answers are incorrect. That was pivotal for me and really helped me understand the info.

    Best of luck!!

    #1528051
    Matt
    Participant

    I've found that it's a rougher longer more draining process, that rewards you if you take the time.

    Gleim/NINJA

    FAR 74,81 Pass November 2016
    AUD 71,74,84 Pass January 2017
    BEC 79 Pass March 2017
    REG 71,80 Pass November 2017

    #1528510
    CPWAT
    Participant

    For those of you who are using Gleim, is the PDF outline for each unit the same as the text book? It seems like the text book is a lot thicker.

    For example, for FAR it's like 800 pages for the old book, but the outline is about 20 pages for each unit x20 and that's only 400 pages.

    #1528539
    mtaylo24
    Participant

    ^^^Its the same. The book also includes questions and sims.

    CPA (2017)

    REG:  75

    BEC:  76

    FAR:  77

    AUD: 78

     

    CMA (2019)

    P1: 380

    P2: 360

    #1528650
    CPWAT
    Participant

    ty!

    #1550262
    NattySD
    Participant

    If you're looking for a self-study program, I can definitely recommend Gleim. Reg is the first and only exam I've taken so far, and I passed it using Gleim exclusively. Their materials are very thorough (and technical), and it sounds like their questions are more difficult compared to other courses, which I think prepares you better for the exam. 3 days before my exam I took a full Gleim practice exam and scored 74.45, did their MCQs and SIMs for the next 3 days and scored 93 on the actual exam (I also have the advantage of working in tax though). For the majority of my practice quizzes I was scoring well below that.

    AUD - 59
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 69
    REG - 93
    BEC - 81 (expired), Dec 2019

    AUD - 59, Apr 2020

    REG - 93 (expired), Jan 2020

    FAR - 69, Feb 2020

    #1550280
    mtaylo24
    Participant

    ^^ @NattySD, Are you working in the Smart CPA or the Test Prep? My counselor called me yesterday and pretty much told me to give the Smart CPA a chance, because I was working exclusively out of test prep. You just follow the light bulb around, it isn't too bad…

    CPA (2017)

    REG:  75

    BEC:  76

    FAR:  77

    AUD: 78

     

    CMA (2019)

    P1: 380

    P2: 360

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