Yaeger CPA review has been around for more than 30 years. The owner, Phil Yaeger, started teaching his CPA review course in the late 1970’s. He started teaching live classes in the Washington D.C. area. For the last several years, he has offered an online and DVD course that CPA exam candidates can use to study on their own.
Yaeger has three instructors. They are Phil Yaeger, Cindy Simpson, and Gary Bulmash. Phil teaches some of Financial Accounting and Reporting (“FAR”), Business Environment and Concepts (“BEC”) and Regulation (“REG”). Cindy teaches parts of FAR and BEC. Gary teaches Auditing and Attestation (“AUD”). All three instructors subscribe to a teaching philosophy where understanding the material is more important than memorizing it.
One major advantage Yaeger has over the other CPA exam review courses is that it is a teaching course. If you have a learning style suited to understanding concepts and learning why answers are correct or incorrect, Yaeger is the only course dedicated to that style. The other review courses focus on memorization and tricks to help you remember.
The other major advantage Yaeger has over the other self-study review courses is that CPA exam candidates can call the Yaeger instructors and talk to them on the phone. This is an extremely valuable service when you run into an area where you need some extra help and explanation. The other review courses either do not offer options to contact the instructors or allow you to do so only through email or on an internet message board. Those modes of communication are much less effective than being able to talk directly with an instructor in real-time over the phone.
The third major advantage is that Yaeger has a higher passing rate among its students than any other review course. All of the top review courses are fairly close on their passing rates, but Yaeger is slightly higher than all of the rest. The one thing most students are looking for in a study course is getting the best chance to pass.
If you are looking for memory tricks and mnemonics, Yaeger does not have as many of those as the other review courses. In addition, they are a small business and not a professional film company, so you will find some imperfections on the study videos. There are instances where instructors drop their pens and talk to people off camera. These are minor annoyances that give the videos a somewhat unpolished feel.