Case Study – Philip Cook

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Meet Philip. This is his story.

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Name : Philip Cook

Location : Austin, Texas

Exam sections passed : AUD, BEC, REG, FAR

Education: Texas State University

Work: Staff Accountant at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Philip Cook, a staff accountant at Baker Tilly, was on roll.
Having passed the FAR, AUD and BEC sections of the CPA Exam on his first try over a period of 5 months, he had set pretty high bar for himself. However the REG section was upon him just in time for busy season.
Read on to learn how our patent-pending SmartPath Predictive Technology™ helped Philip maximize his time to finish strong on his final exam section.

Philip's CPA Exam experience

Testing Attempts

Exam Part Testing Date Score
FAR 8/12/2017 88
AUD 12/09/2017 84
BEC 01/06/2018 89
REG 03/10/2018 82

Philip's Original — Exhaustive Approach

For the first three sections of the exam Philip took the exhaustive approach that many students take while preparing -- he did everything.

"I worked through just about every single question to make sure I was getting the coverage that I needed"

While this approach can be effective (as shown in Philip's case, having passed all sections on the first try), it may not be the most efficient.

How SmartPath Technology™ helped Philip

Using SmartPath for the remainder of his CPA Exam journey

Studying Smarter, Not Harder

The release of SmartPath Predictive Technology came just in time for Philip to prepare for the REG Exam — which he was bravely attempting during busy season. As full-time staff accountant during most intense time of the year at a CPA firm, Philip needed to study for this section as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“It worked out really well, because I was on a time crunch, big time. It was busy season, so my time was short.”

SmartPath provides students with targets that, when reached, indicates readiness to take the exam. The goal metrics used to set these targets are based on the behavior of previous students that passed the CPA Exam with Roger CPA Review.

Having a series of targets to aim for helped Philip work more efficiently through the REG content than his previous CPA Exam sections.He no longer felt the need to work through every multiple choice question and task-based simulation.
“It lessened the amount of questions that I had to go through for each section before I felt comfortable. Generally, when SmartPath told me that I was in the clear, I would move on. That was the biggest change.”
Philip went on to pass the REG Exam, this time with a more streamlined study approach.
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