Note – This post was written in October 2011. By February 2012, most major review course providers have their 2012 materials available for sale. Please check out each individual review for specifics on the review course you are interested in.
If you are in the market to purchase a CPA exam review course but are worried because the 2012 materials are not out yet, there are options you should be aware of. Many of the review course providers have options for you to ensure you don’t miss out on the 2012 update.
Yeager – The Yaeger option is called the “Now and Then Plan.” To qualify, you have to purchase all 4 parts. You have 2 choices – you can either elect to take delivery of 1 part or 2 parts now. The other 2 or 3 parts will be delivered in late December or early January when the 2012 update is released. You only pay for the parts when they are delivered to you. So, if you elect to take 1 part now, you only pay for 1 part. You pay for the other 3 when they are delivered in December or January.
If you want to get one more part of the exam in this year, this is a great option. Best of all, any discount codes still apply (the code scoresfull gets you $200 off).
Roger – Following Yaeger’s example, Roger is offering split shipments on its review materials. When you check out, you simply click on which part(s) you want to receive in 2011 and which parts you want to receive when the 2012 update is complete. Unlike Yaeger; however, it appears you need to pay for all 4 parts now rather than paying for the 2012 parts when you receive them.
Becker – Similar to Roger, Becker offers split shipments so you can order all 4 parts now to qualify for the 4 part discount, but you can choose which part(s) you want to receive for 2011. Like Roger, you have to pay the full amount now.
CPAExcel – CPAExcel is unique in that it offers free online updates of its materials to all of its students. If you have DVD’s, a USB or printed books, these updates are still delivered online – not through physical products.
Bisk – Bisk has no official program for updates. Many students report that Bisk sends free electronic updates via PDF file.
Lambers – Lambers offers free software and video updates for one year. Text books and flash cards do not qualify for free updates
Kaplan – Kaplan offers free content updates for 2 years, but these are PDF updates only, not updates to the videos.