I just found out that I passed all 4 parts of the CPA exams! Thank you for all of your help!
Please, pass on to your future students that if a 40 year old woman, who has been out of college for almost 20 years can do it, anyone can!! I had been studying and taking the exam for three years and then I took one year off. Then due to your courses, I was able to pass all 4 in less than a year!
Thanks again! Mary Ann, May 6, 2013
I passed with a 80 on audit. Thank you so much for your seminar all of your tips helped tremendously I am very grateful! I have REG left I will see you in Houston!
Hayden, May 6, 2013
I'm a little late in informing you, but I finally passed the last section I needed for the CPA exam thanks to you! I really do think your class contributed to my success in passing and I can't thank you enough.
Your class showed me how to think more critically and helped me out a lot for the simulations because there were areas you reviewed that I otherwise would not have known how to do.
Once again, thank you so much. This time, the third time really was a charm. :)
Sincerely, Stephanie, April 29, 2013
I just wanted to let yÕall know I really enjoyed the review course and reading over the materials in the binder after the class. I believe it really helped me zone in on the main topics/ideas of the test than get bogged down in the details.
I took Audit for the first time in February and passed with an 82! So I just wanted to say thank you!
Alexandria, March 12, 2013
I took the FAR seminar in Nashville on February 16 & 17 and took the test on the 24th. I am excited to say thanks to your seminar I was able to pass with an 83. My score increased 11 points. I just wanted to say thank you so much and I hope to be able to take your seminars for my last two parts I need to pass.
Thanks Megan, March 11, 2013
I think these are great news!!! I passed my FAR exam with 82....I got 64 before your seminar. I am really happy and I want to share this with you and thank Ken very much for the great class.
Please, share this on your website because people need to know that your seminar is great!
Thanks, Nadina February 22, 2013
I took the FAR seminar in Houston November 17th and 18th. I took the exam on November 20th. I just wanted to let you know I got the one point I needed. I passed FAR with an 80! The seminar was exactly what I needed. It focused on the difficult topics and provided me with plenty of practical examples that really helped with the exam. I am so happy and couldn't recommend the seminar more strongly! Thank you!
Kevin, December 18, 2012
I passed my exam! It was a low score (76), but a passing grade nonetheless. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! As I mentioned on my way out of class, my journey began with you and ended with you. God bless you and your team!!
Sincerely, Jose, Dec. 11, 2012
Just wanted to let you know I received the results from my last two sections of the CPA exam.
Prior to taking the AIS AUD portion I had received a score of 71. After taking the AIS review course I received a score of 80.
I hadn't tried taking the FAR portion prior to taking the AIS course. Yesterday I received the news that I passed this section with a score of 81.
I have now passed all portions of the exam. Thanks again for offering organized and helpful review courses.
Andrew, December 8, 2012
Hello Al -
I took the AUD course on November 2nd in Nashville (I am the one who stuck around and chatted with you for a while). I took the AUD exam on November 9th and I am happy to report I passed with a 88!! That is a 18 pt jump and I am certain your course accounted for at least half of the % increase.
I am planning on taking FAR in late February and would love it if you guys could come back to Nashville in mid to late February.
Thanks for all your help; you are a great teacher!
Philip, Nov. 27, 2012
I love you guys!
Thanks to a large degree, I am now a CPA. I took seminars from both professors - they were relevant and concise.
I cannot thank you enough!
Carol, November 27, 2012
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your study materials. I would not have completed the CPA exam without them!!
I appreciate you answering all my questions - even the ones that weren't intelligent!
Thanks again, Kendra, November 9, 2012
I wanted to let you know that after taking your class in May, I was able to finally pass the Reg portion of the Exam. I had taken Becker and received a 73, 71, and a 72. I took your course in Houston and somehow jumped my score to an 82 which was the highest of all my test scores for all parts. I will be unsubscribing from this mailing list because I no longer need the service, but I wanted to let you know your service paid off for me.
Thank you for your help. Matt, October 30, 2012
Good Afternoon Mr. Francisco
I took your FAR CPA class in Dallas on July 14 -15. I am excited to inform you that I passed the exam. Thank you for the great class and awesome study materials. I have one part left, and will sit this Saturday.
Thanks again, Constance (Future CPA) October 16, 2012
Hi Mr. Francisco,
I just wanted to say and update you on my CPA progress. I AM OFFICIALLY DONE WITH THE CPA EXAMS! I received my last score of an 85 on FAR. I took your class for FAR in Dallas on July 2012. I have taken all of the review courses for each of my exams. I would like to also say that Ken Smith and you are the BEST!!! Thanks for all that you do to help us CPA Candidates pass this BEAST of exams.
Also I would like to say how nice Yvette is. Every time I have called her she has been really nice and courteous. I want to tell her THANK YOU for all your help!
Hopefully I can officially call myself a CPA in about a month.
Thanks, Jeff, September 14, 2012
After taking your FAR/AUD review course in May, I have passed two exams! I took the review course, in Houston, in the beginning of May. I took Auditing exam in May and passed with a 77, and I took FAR at the end of May also, but I failed with a 65. I had poor time management in FAR and left 3 simulations blank. I sat for the FAR exam on August 1st, and just found out I passed with an 81!
I also took your review course on August 9th in Dallas for BEC and REG. I am waiting for the BEC score, since I took the exam on August 20th, and I will be taking the REG exam on August 31st. Never would I have been able to take 3 exams in 1 month if it weren't for your course!
Thanks for your help and Ken's help! Hopefully, I will be done soon!!!
Thanks, Mary Ann, August 29, 2012
I'm very much pleased to inform you that I finally passed REG which completed my 4 credits! Thanks to you! I'm working now on the requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy prior to the issuance of my license as a CPA.
With much gratitude, Zeny, June 18, 2012
Thank you also for the very informative seminar. I really learned a lot about the REG section of the exam. You really did a good job! This is my last section to pass to get my CPA license. I'm praying to pass REG this time thru your help. I will definitely keep you posted about my score and I'll definitely recommend you to my other friends who are planning to sit for the CPA exam.
Thanks! Zeny, April 23, 2012
I want to let you both know that I passed all four parts of the CPA in the 18 month window. I have been to all of your classes multiply times in Dallas our the past four years. (I took REG with Dr. Ken in January in Dallas, and I took FAR with Dr. Ken in Dallas in February.) I made a 91 on REG and a 81 on FAR…just by taking out the dumb errors and building up my confidence a bit on everything I already knew…
The classes are great!!!! (Especially for a full time career woman with two small children.)
Thanks, Kaleen, March 28, 2012
Just received my score for FAR - 78!!!! I was reviewing AIS material up until test time. I am positive it is what helped me to pass this test!
Any suggestions on the next section I should focus on BEC or REG?
Dave, March 8, 2012
I passed FAR with flying colors using the material from your class. I appreciate the cost efficiency and the succinctness of material that your program provides and I will be signing up for the AUD class in May as it is my last to pass. I have recommended the class to many including a few in NYC.
Thank you much,
Chris, Feb. 23, 2012
Good morning Al,
I took the test for FAR in Novemeber and attended your review. I made an 80 on the test, which was a great improvement from my previous 55. I was wanting to take your review again but I don't see any in Houston for Feb. Can you let me know when you will have another review for either BEC or AUD?
Thanks, Curt, Jan. 30, 2012
Thanks to your company I passed the CPA exam November 2011. The score came Dec. 9th after I had taken the Auditing Seminar(my last part to pass) on the 11th of Nov. and the exam on Nov. 16th. I had taken the FAR seminar from Dr. Smith earlier in the year and passed that part.
I must be the oldest candidate in Tennessee! Thanks again, Carol, January 3, 2012
I took your review class in Dallas and wanted to let you know that I passed FAR with an 85 - a 14 point improvement from my first score! I took the exam on 11/28 and my score was posted on the Oklahoma Board website on 12/9, by far the fastest I have ever received a score. FAR was my final part so it is such a relief to have it behind me. I cannot thank you enough, I definitely think the review course is what pushed me to a passing score!
Happy Holidays! Megan Dec. 20, 2011
I just wanted to let you know that I passed REG, and that was my last section! I want to thank you for all your help. I enjoyed your review class, and I feel like it was an asset to have going into the exam.
Thanks again, Alec, December 8, 2011
Al / Ken:
Thanks for all your help preparing for the CPA exams. I had to put in some extra effort to get past Audit, but I finally made it.
I used your seminars and self study books for each section of the CPA Exam and passed all but Audit on my first attempt. On my first attempt, I scored 82, 77, 69, and 92 on BEC, REG, AUD, and FAR, respectively. To pass Audit, I worked ALL of the MC questions in the Audit self study book, used the results to focus on my weakest areas, retook the Audit seminar, and scored an 85.
I highly recommend your seminars and study materials. Good luck to all your future students!
Best Regards, Colin, Dec. 9, 2011
Good morning! Just received my BEC score of a 77!!!!!! Thanks so much Ken. I have now passed both sections we reviewed in October. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Al, lets keep our fingers crossed for Financial and Auditing.
Also, my BEC score improved 8 points over my previous attempt and my Reg score improved 10 points.
Thanks again, Justin, Nov. 28, 2011
I took your FAR review course in Houston the weekend of October 22-23. I sat for the exam October 26th and just received my final passing score of 86! My previous score on FAR was 69, so I would like to thank you incredibly for helping me raise my score by 17 points. I'm now completely done with the exam! I would also like to say that the extra Governmental/Not-for-profit questions you gave to us really helped me gain a better understanding of those topics.
Thanks again! Jordan Nov. 22, 2011
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I took the October Seminar with Ken, sat for BEC on the 24th of October and REG on the 31st. I have since received my score of 80 on REG. Thanks so much. This was an increase of 10 points from my self study last year.
I am very impatiently awaiting my BEC score. Justin, Nov. 22, 2011
I just wanted to let y'all know that I got my results back on the regulation (my last part) and I passed with an 87.
Before your class in Dallas I had scored a 65.... the class raised my score 22 points! Wow!!!!!! What y'all are doing is awesome!!!! Thanks!!
-Leslie, October 20, 2011
I have wonderful news to share, I just found out that I passed the fourth part of the CPA Exam, FAR.
Thank you for all the study materials and support provided through AIS. I used AIS materials while studying for each part over the last year. Each of the course materials helped me solidify the concepts to earn the points to pass the exams beginning with REG in August, 2010.
I really appreciate the guidance and encouragement from you and Dr. Smith while I've pursued this goal. It's a great feeling to have reached this milestone and I thank you for helping me make the goal become real.
Best regards,Pam, September 24, 2011
Al & Ken,
I attended all of your Houston seminars for the past 4 windows, Far, BEC, REG, AUD. ( Missed BEC bc of the ice storm but used all the materials!)
I just wanted to thank both of you, Tuesday a.m. I received my last passing score, an 80 in AUD. I went 4-4……… 75, 82, 80, 80. I can truly say that attending your seminars helped me pass the exams. Yall tied the info together so well and gave me a better approach towards the exams. I never filled out an evaluation sheet so I wanted to take the time to personally thank you both and I will recommend your seminar to all candidates I run into in the future.
Thanks, Cory, Sept 23, 2011
Your partner, Dr. Ken, helped me receive the highest score yet on the FInancial and Reporting portion of the exam - a whoping 83!!!!! Boy, was I happy!
Carol, August 2, 2011
Just wanted to let you know that I passed audit with a 78. I took the AUD course in May and I it gave me the extra points I needed to go from a 74 to a 78. Will be joining you again in July for FAR in Houston. I have passed 3 exams, this is my last one!
Thanks, Deanna, July 5, 2011
Thanks! The classes definitely gave me the edge and moved my BEC score from a 70 to a 76 and I passed the REG on the first round without any study material other than the class and your text. Looking forward to the Dallas classes for AUD/FAR in July.
Thank You, Chris, June 28, 2011
I just wanted to email and say thank you for the FAR class in Houston. While I haven’t gotten my scores back yet, I feel like the review with Dr. Francisco helped me tremendously when I took the test. Thank you! I’m hoping to be able to take the seminar for REG as well before my exam (scheduled for mid-July). Do you know when the schedule for this new window will be up?
Thanks! Rabia May 24, 2011
I attended the FAR seminar in Houston on May 14th and 15th and was so relieved on how much I've learned in the 2 day seminar. I've been self-studying FAR for one year but never felt the confidence to take it because of all the material being covered. Al made FAR really easy to understand, the summaries helped a lot, summaries that did not leave out the details and key points & the concepts were presented in simple terms. I am a foreign graduate from the Philippines and I was worried that the seminar would be intimidating because it's a 2-day crash course - but it wasn't like that I was able to understand and follow the flow of the discussions in the seminar.
I'm interested in registering for the seminars in BEC and AUD, when will the next seminars for these in Houston be scheduled? Thank you so much,
Maria, May 16, 2011
After three years of hard work and diligence, it has finally paid off. I passed the exam!!! I made the following scores, BEC 77, FAR 77, REG 78 and AUD 77. I am so glad this is finally behind me. I appreciate all your help at the seminars. Also, want to thank AIS for offering its services during this difficult time. The material is the best ever. I started the self-study with Kaplan during February 2008. My scores keep going down. I switched to AIS during October/November 2009. From then on, my scores went up. Thank you again for all your help and encouragement in this!
Sincerely, Jesse, April 24, 2011
I no longer need notification of seminars. Thanks to your course, I passed audit and FAR. I have also passed the other two sections. Great course! Well worth the time and money.
Craig, April 22, 2011
I would like to thank you for preparing me for FARE. I passed all sections of the exam by dec 2010. Now I got my license so I am officially a CPA now:)
Tatyana, April 6, 2011
First, I would like to let you know that I passed the BEC exam. After taking your class my score improved by 12 points.
Second, is there still room for the Auditing review in Dallas?
Bart, April 4, 2011
I took your classes in Oct 2010 and Jan 2011 and passed both sections and am now a CPA, thanks!!!
Katherine, March 31, 2011
I am finally finished! I just got my score for FAR and increased from 61 to 76. I also passed AUD. I took the FAR seminar back in January 2011. I would have never passed BEC without taking your seminar. You and Ken are great and so much help. I really think you do a very rewarding service to candidates all over the United States.
Sincerely, Jenneth, March 28, 2011
I thought I’d let you know that I finally received my score this morning from the FAR section I took in early February. Passed with an 82, big thanks to you guys for helping me knock this out.
Chris, March 24, 2011
Thanks...your material looks very good! I REALLY like the electronic E-Books...VERY helpful.
I've already passed REG & BEC...take FAR tomorrow. I wish I would have found your material a long time ago. You explain the concepts VERY well...easy to understand.
Thanks again! David, Feb. 27, 2011
Good evening. I just wanted to let you know that, with the help of AIS, my Texas State license was issued today.
Thank you Jayne Feb. 9, 2011
I just wanted to say thank you! I took the REG seminar in Dallas in November and I have received my score of 82!
I wish I could take the BEC and AUDIT seminars in Houston, but I can't make the dates. I did order the self-study material and I am hoping the workbook is as good as the one from the seminar. The homework questions were awesome and really helped me prepare.
I was very happy with the course material and study tips provided during the seminar.
Thanks again, Kelly, Dec. 29, 2010
Just wanted to let y'all know that I got my score back on REG last week, and I passed with a 95! I attended your REG seminar in Dallas in November.
Thanks for offering the seminars. I attended the seminars for each part of the exam, and the seminars plus your study materials were invaluable in helping me get passing grades.
Hope you gentlemen have a happy new year. I know I will! :)
Thanks again, Rachel, Dec. 27, 2010
I wanted to let you know my Christmas wish came yesterday. I passed BEC after taking your review course and studying the materials. I am so pleased. Two credits now, and I will be planning on taking the course in January or February for Auditing. Thank you so much for the preparation you gave in the course. Using the materials and consistent review of the concepts and multiple choice questions were the key factors for me to achieve passing. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to 2011 and the next 2 courses from AIS.
Warm regards, Pam, December 18, 2010
I passed FAR with an 85…although walking out I felt horrible. Thanks for your help in passing all 4 sections!
David, December 17, 2010
This is Katie from Seattle, I met you when I flew to Nashville for your FAR review seminar. I just wanted to say thank you for your help! I just found out I passed my last section!
Katie, December 16, 2010
I got my Regulation score back and PASSED!!! Thank you so much! I am very happy that I attended your class. I had struggled with Regulation for a long long time! I had used Becker and Gleim, but your class is what worked for me.
Katherine, Nov 30, 2010
AL & Ken,
Many thanks to both of you guys. I received my last test score on Tuesday....AUD (80). I have atteneded atleast one AIS course for all four sections of the exam, over the past year. Each time i took one of your coures, I passed, with the exception to FAR. The first time I took the FAR course my grade increased by 16 points to a 73 and the next time to an 86.
I have and will continue to recomend your course to others. Keep up the great work and Happy Holidays.
Jeremy, Nov 26, 2010
Hi Dr. Francisco -
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving day. I want to let you know that I passed FAR (87). I took the exam on 11/11/10 and received the score earlier this week. Taking your class helped me a lot. I think that by applying the techniques taught in the class and working the extra problems - in addition to redoing all the problems that were covered in class - had helped get me the extra points. I used the Wiley 2010 FAR book to study in addition to taking your class.
FAR was my last part of the exam and I'm now all done. What a relief it was to received the passing score and to receive it earlier than expected. I didn't think I would see the result until beyond mid-December.
Regards, Lynn, Nov 26, 2010
Just wanted to say I enjoyed the auditing seminar, and I passed with an 86. I have now passed them all. Your seminar really helped.
Phil, Nov 23, 2010
I attended the BEC review course in Houston on Oct. 8 that you presented and received your e-mail below afterwards. Just wanted to respond to let you know I took the BEC exam this morning, here in Houston. And this evening, I'm pleased with my effort and feel that the AIS BEC study materials really helped me prepare. I'm hopeful for my score result in about a month, and will let you know the outcome.
Thank you for the information and material that you covered in the BEC course. The intensity of the questions in the AIS course material and all of the content did a very good job of covering the topics tested. The supplemental questions you gave as hand-outs during the course were extremely helpful.
Best regards and hope you enjoy Thanksgiving,
Pam, Nov. 20, 2010
Hello good Doctors,
I took your BEC course in Houston last month and sat for the exam on Nov. 7. Just wanted to let you know that I received my passing grade of an 83 today! Yeehaw!!!!!
One test left - REG, and after attending your Dallas seminar last weekend I've got a feeling I'm gonna ace that one too.
I'm very thankful I found your courses. They have helped me focus my studies, and it gave me a good excuse to get out of Lufkin. :)
Thanks, and keep up the good work!!
Rachel, Nov. 19, 2010
I passed REG with an 83!!!! I'm finally done! It took passing the whole thing twice but I'm done!! Thanks so much for getting me through it!!! :)
Megan, Sept. 30, 2010
I had ken as my teacher back in August when he was in Houston. I made the trip from midland to Houston as I only had one section of the exam left and I wanted to be as prepared as possible. Your review course is the only cram course that I have ever taken, (my study materials were becker). It was for the FAR section of the exam and I learned some valuable facts and received helpful insight regarding simulations that I had never known even though I had already passed three parts of the exam before taking the cram course. The grade I received was an 81 on the FAR section. I just wanted to take the time and thank you guys for all that you do and to let you know the time and money spent on your class were worth it.
Casey, Sept. 27, 2010 Hi Al,
Wanted to share my happy news with you tonight, I'm so pleased to let you know I passed Regulation. I just found out this evening when I got home from work, and my husband and I are really thankful it's positive news.
I took the exam on August 19 after taking the AIS review course on July 17 & 18 here in Houston. And I'm scheduled to attend your BEC review in a couple weeks also here in Houston.
Al, thank you so much for your encouragement and words of wisdom. It helped me push through my anxiety just before exam day and kept me focused on the job I needed to do. The simulations were tough, but I remembered your advice from class, "FINISH it! do not leave anything blank" and that is what really helped me get through that last testlet. Since August, I felt that if I had not passed Regulation it would have been because of the sims, but it's graded and I made an 80 ! I am so happy Reg. is behind me, and now it's on to preparing for BEC in the next window. Thanks again, Al and I look forward to seeing you on October 8th.
Best regards, Pam, Sept. 24, 2010
Just wanted to let you know that I passed the FAR with a 78!!! Thank you so much, your course really made the difference.
-Lance, Sept 24, 2010
I just wanted to email you all to let you know that I just got my score from the FAR section...I was 100% confident that I had failed...but I got a 78!!! This was my first time to take the exam and my first experience with a simulation! I even got a strong performance in written communication. I am 100% convinced that the pointers in written communication gave me the points I needed to pass the exam! Please feel free to post this on your website. If you could also please provide me the next date you all will be in Texas for Audit and Regulation I would appreciate it!
-Bentsen, August 27, 2010
Good afternoon! I wanted to let you know that I have FINALLY PASSED the FINAL part of the CPA exam!!!!! I scored an 81 in BEC!!!!
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS!!!! I could have not done it without you!!!!
Have a great week!!!!!
Daniel, August 22, 2010
Hi Al, I took your BEC class in Nashville, 7/23/10. Just so you know, I just received my BEC score - passed 81.
Thanks again for your help!
Abdi, August 19, 2010
I wanted to let you know that I passed regulation after your recent Philly seminar with a 91. I did two pass throughs with the review software that I had, and then for the last day or so just worked the questions provided in the AIS materials. It is my opinion that the AIS seminar and material was the key.
Going into the exam there were a few areas that I was not feeling confident about. But the AIS questions, especially the matching, really helped me nail down those areas. I felt much more confident after doing those questions. Further, your advice on how to handle the simulations was invaluable and made me feel very confident about my time management.
Thank you again for your help. I’m going to be taking BEC in about two weeks and I’ll let you know how I do. Just get a seminar together for Philly for October for Financial so I can pass that one with your help too!
Sincerely, Dan, June 24, 2010
Got FAR score last night.....80!!!! Thanks SOO much for spending extra time helping me via email after the seminar and for putting me at ease when I thought I BOMBED the test!!
I'll see you (or Ken) at the REG seminar in July and that's my last section!!!!! There is an end in sight! Thanks again,
Megan, June 23, 2010
I got my Audit score back and with your course and my Becker questions and text, I was able to pass, finally. I made an 89 this time around when I had made in the low 70's my two previous attempts. I think it has a lot to do with more focus and effort being made this time.
I am sitting for Reg next week but am sure I can pass that one again as I have passed it with 90's twice already. I will be signing up for the BEC class on July 23 but would like to also take your FAR class in Nashville if you offer it there this fall. Will that be a possibility for August or September? I really need to get this test done by the end of the year or I do not think I will ever get time to get back to it.
Thanks. Jay June 23, 2010
I increased my BEC scores from a 60 to a 76 which is 16 points! Thanks to your class and materials.
Jenneth, June 21, 2010
Al, I just wanted to tell you that I took your BEC class in May in Cherry Hill and just received my results, passed with a 78. I passed FAR last October with an 81 and will be taking REG on July 9th. I ordered your Self-Study for this. Finally, I will be taking your AUD class in Cherry Hill in August and I just signed up for that a few minutes ago. Thank you for all of your help so far.
Dave, June 21, 2010
Just to let you guys know…I passed BEC (86). Next up REG in July. See you in Houston in August.
David, June 18, 2010
Thanks!!! I have successfully passed all 4 sections of the CPA and it was largely due to the seminars I took with AIS. They were of great help and definitely gave me the right tools to help me pass. Thanks Israel, May 27, 2010
I took your FAR course on April 24 - 25 in Nashville and took the FAR exam on April 30. My previous highest score on FAR had been 73. Just wanted to let you know I passed with an 88 this time. Thank you so much. I will recommend your course to anyone I can.
Gratefully, Diane, May 27, 2010
Thanks for the information. I took your intensive course in Dallas November 1982. Passed all 4 parts in one sitting after failing all 4 parts on my previous 2 attempts. Now my son is taking the exam and is having trouble getting BEC passed. I am recommending your course to him based on my experience of 25+ years ago. Keep me on the list and I will pass that info on to him. Kris February 22, 2010
Wow Kris, thanks for the update on your success - not so many years ago now! We'll do our best to find 75 points for your son on BEC - and I'll be sure to e-mail as soon as we have firm dates. Regards, Al
Al, He took the course in Dallas and just found out that he passed (79)! Now done with all 4 parts. Thanks! Kris May 26, 2010
Thanks! Now if only all bond questions were worded the same way..... :)
You are a really great teacher! Thanks for helping me understand the concept!
Megan, May 13, 2010
You can take me off your mailing list because I passed all four parts because of your seminar. Thank you so much,
Jason, April 19, 2010
I passed BEC! I attended your seminar in Tampa, FL. Thank you so much for your help.
Lizette, March 22, 2010
Hi Al, You can take me off the list. I have am a CPA now thanks for the great classes; I recommend them to everyone sitting for exams! Thank you,
Sheena, Feb 26, 2010
I would like to take your seminar in Nashville, Tennessee for the FAR Section of the CPA exam. I would like to take it in April or May 2010 so I can schedule my test during that testing window. I took the BEC review from you in November and increased my score by 14 points! Jenneth, January 22, 2010
I just wanted to drop a little email to say THANK YOU. I attended the November 2009 seminar for FAR in TAMPA. Going into the course I failed this section three times using different materials (Gleim, Bisk, and CPA Excel). My scores were 64, 66, and 66. I passed the other three sections, but lost credit in one and would lose credit in the other two after the next testing window. This course was my last resort. The seminar was very intense and fast paced. I felt like I was run over with a truck on Sunday afternoon. I then went home and worked the “homework” problems and studied the material. 10 days later I sat for the exam. I just received my score 45 minutes ago and I passed with an 80. Thanks again. Mario, Dec. 22, 2009
Hi Dr. Francisco, I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks to you for helping me pass the FAR section. I had struggled mightily with this section, but I finally passed thanks to your review seminar. Thanks again. Mark, November 24, 2009
Hi Al I just want to say thank you for your help... At last I already passed all 4 sections of the CPA exam. regards, John, November 23, 2009
Thanks! Now if only all bond questions were worded the same way..... :) You are a really great teacher! Thanks for helping me understand the concept! Megan, May 13, 2010
Hi Al and Ken, Wanted to email and let you know that I am a CPA! I took the BEC and FAR review course with Al in Houston and I took the REG Review course with Ken in Dallas. These courses taught me some new ways of working problems, reinforced the important concepts and gave me the extra points I needed to pass. Thank you! BEC - 82, REG - 86, FAR - 77 Karen, Sept 24, 2009
AUD Score: I passed with an 81! Thanks so much for the seminar....hope to see you in Nashville SOON for another seminar. Thanks, Megan, June 24, 2009
Al, Good evening! I wanted to let you know that I just pulled my score down for Auditing an hour ago and I scored an 81!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!! I am in the process of preparing a final listing of questions for Regulation and I will be sitting for that exam I believe on July 18, 2009. Again, thank you for everything and you certainly will be hearing & most likely seeing more of me! Are you teaching the class on July 11 & 12 in Dallas?? Thanks! Daniel, June 22, 2009
I PASSED! I'm done with all 4 now. AIS, really helped me get through FAR and REG. Thanks so much and keep up the great work! Richard, June 18, 2009
Hey Al I just wanted to say thanks for your help. I passed the FAR exam. I got my results last week. I made a 78. I am so excited. I took AUD yesterday. So I am praying I passed it and I will be done. Thanks, April, May 29, 2009
Dr. Francisco and Dr. Smith,
I wanted to send you a quick message to thank you for your help over the last year in attaining my goal to become a CPA. I have passed my final exam and now I am well on my way to completing my goal. Your course has made the difference for me between a continuous struggle with the exam and now being able to say that not only did I pass, but all 4 scores were higher than 80. I have done several types of reviews in this process, but I am convinced that your help was the thing that put me over the top. I will be recommending your course to my friends and co-workers who are now beginning this process. Thank you again.
Justin, March 25, 2009
Hi Al, I've taken your courses before for AUD & REG (and passed after taking them). Do you have a BEC review course coming up for sometime in Apr/May for BEC? Thank you! Sandra, March 25, 2009
Al, I would like to report that with your help and materials I have now passed the CPA exam! This is a huge milestone for me and I thank you very much for your time and effort. In addition to your materials, you have written several positive and helpful emails to give me direction regarding study material/topics. Over the course of approx. 1.5 years, I purchased ebooks from AIS for REG, AUD and BEC. Additionally, last summer/fall I attended both AUD and FAR classes in Nashville, TN. Thank you very much for your time and energy. Prior to your courses I had taken Becker CPA review and was completely overwhelmed and therefore unprepared to pass any sections. Their approach to studying is impossible, as they cover every potential item that could be on the exam. I have all your information and will certainly refer your services to potential candidates seriously interested in passing. In the mean time, please unsubscribe me from you email list, as I thankfully no longer require your excellent service. Sincerely, Brian, February 5, 2009
Dear Al and Ken, I'm very pleased to announce that I passed BEC with a 79, the last section of the CPA exam. Thank you for offering the seminars. They helped me a lot with Audit and BEC since my study time was limited. For your records: AUD 77 and BEC 79 after taking your course in 2008; FAR 77 and REG 75. Thank you very much! Eva, January 7, 2009
Dear Mr. Kenneth Smith, I was one of the participants of the CPA- AUD review course at Dallas, TX on 10/10/2008, I take this opportunity to thank you very much for your valuable guidance and happy to tell you that I passed with a score of 82. With this I finished all four parts and looking forward to get my license. This was the best investment of money possible for my career. I started my preparations for CPA about 3 years ago after getting laid of from an accounting job. Even though I pass BEC and REG on first appearances, and later on all subsequent appearances due to loss of credit. FAR was little harder and it took me three chances to pass FAR. All my attempts on AUD end with scores of 71 to 74 only. I was so desperate at this time due to the fact that I was going to lose credit for FAR if I did not pass AUD. I was getting your brochures all the time, but this time I made a serious decision for a try and I got it. This was the best money I ever spent. I will definitely recommend your review course to my friends. I follow your notes and instructions, especially on the timing. I spend exactly 1.5 minutes for each objective type questions. As instructed by your good selves, with this timing, I recheck the answer and was able to correct about 8 answers which was answered wrong initially. Also for simulation, I write only eight sentences on communication which gives enough time for concentrating on other questions. With many thanks and best wishes for a very prosperous new year, Sincerely, Benedict, December 30, 2008
Hi Al & Ken!! Thanks to your prep course I passed BEC the first time!! Hopefully I will be able to say the same about the other 3 parts. I should know before the end of the year and you will hear the "happy dances" break out all over as friends and family help me celebrate THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Nanette, December 8, 2008
I would really like to attend your Regulation course in late January or February in Nashville, TN. I took your BEC class in August and it was very helpful. I passed with an 80. Yippee! Please let me know when you will be releasing your schedule for the REG classes for January and February. I would like to take the class about 2 weeks before the exam. Thanks, Kristina, October 29, 2008
Mr. Francisco, I attended the Reg section seminar in Fort Worth last month. I had taken this section after studying material from another review course and made a 70. I am very happy to report that I passed with an 84. I will definately be back for all 3 of the remaining sections!! I know that your class made all the difference! Kelley, Sept 16, 2008
Hello Al, I wanted to let you know that I got an 80 on the Audit section! That's an increase of 15 points! ( I got a 65 the first time I sat for it). Once again your class gave me the edge I needed to pass. Thanks! Kenshia, Sept. 5, 2008
Hi Ken, I have very good news! I passed BEC. I am so very excited. I want to thank you so very much for your support and guidance. I truly believe it was your class that gave me the few extra points I needed. My score went from a 69 to 77. I didn’t pass by much but as you said we are not looking for a record score. I am just trilled that this is behind me. This 10 year long journey is finally over and I can say with confidence that I am a CPA and you played a big part in my success so thank you! Have you heard from anyone else in the class? I was hoping some of the others had the same success. Thank you again Ken, I would recommend your class to anyone. Kim, August 19, 2008
I wanted to thank you for your very effective seminar. I took your FAR review in Nashville, TN in May 2008. This was the last section that I needed. I took the exam about two week after the course and I am happy to report that I passed!!! I am officially done, so you can take me off the mailing and email distribution. The seminar focused on what I needed to know to pass. I followed your methods and it worked!! Thank you. Doris, June 24, 2008
Finally got my AUD score. Passed with an 80. Scored well on the simulations. I think your approach to the exam is right on target. I've used your class on all 3 exams so far and my scores have been 77-86-80. My mindset has been solely to get a passing grade. Not an A, just a passing grade. In some ways, I think that is harder than going all out and trying to ace the exam. It adds a different kind of stress. Anyway, will be looking to close this out with REG in late August. Will be taking your REG class in mid August. Rich, June 23, 2008
I am very interested in taking BEC and AUD in Nashville in July. I know BEC is July 11th which I will sign up for, but if there is enough interest and you can, I would love for there to be an AUD class on the 12th or 13th. That would be GREAT! Keep me posted. I would take an AUD class in Nashville anytime in July or Aug though. Thanks! I can't remember which teacher I had, but I took FAR in Nashville in May and I PASSED!! THANK YOU THANK YOU! (I think I had Ken, now that I think about it) Please forward to him. Megan, June 20, 2008
Al, I took the Regulation course in May in Dallas and took that portion of the test a week later. I got an 84. Thanks so much for your help and for offering these courses. I took away a lot of useful information, it was definitely worth the time and expense. Hopefully I will see you in August for Auditing. Thank you! Jennifer, June 20, 2008
Al- I took your seminars from Ken in Boise, and passed 3 sections. I retook the seminar from Ken in Dallas, and passed AUD with an 80. Just thought I’d let you know, I’m not sure how your seminars work, but they definitely do. Thanks! And please forward this to Ken as well. Pete, June 11, 2008
Al, I just wanted to let you and Ken know that I finally passed the CPA exam after taking your AUD & FIN courses in January. It has been a long 2 1/2 years, but I am finally done. How do I go about taking the ethics exam? Thank you so much for offering the seminar. If I had not taken it, I would probably still be at it. Thank you, Steph, May 27, 2008
Thanks for your help, in most of the exams I could visuslize how you explain the concepts and I was able to apply them. I believe taking the seminars a couple of weeks before the exams was the key to my success.
Frankly, I found the seminars very useful - my scores were BEG 78, AUD 81, REG 87, and 77 for FAR (I had to take FAR twice, the first one was 73). I went through both the seminar and self-study materials twice, for each course and that was all I needed. This shows that your course is straight to the point, with no need for additional resources.
I taught I was gonns go crazy when I pass the exam, but when I got the results for FAR, I just smiled and put it away.
Joe, March 29, 2008
Dear AIS Staff,
Just wanted to let everyone know that I passed the Auditing portion with a 90! I have taken Auditing twice before and made a 70 and then a 68. I took the seminar in Dallas in February and took the exam just 6 days later. Before I took the seminar I was almost intimidated by the Auditing portion. But this time I felt so much more confident and knowledgeable going into the exam; I knew when I left that I passed. I just wanted to thank you so much. The best news is that I am done! I have passed all of the exams and have applied for my license. So I don’t need anymore help, but I would definitely recommend your services to all of my other friends looking to pass the exam.
Elizabeth, March 26,2008
I sat for the AUD section for the second time and made a score of 77. I previously made a score of 72. Thanks for the cram session I attended. It increased my score by five points, allowing me to pass.
Gloria March 25, 2008
I have great news I wanted to share with you, I just received my scores back for Reg and passed with a 86!!! The course was exactly the edge I need to get over the hump. I cant thank you enough for your help at the seminar. I look forward to seeing you in April for AUD and FAR.
Colin March 22, 2008
I just received my Audit score; 75. I know that I didn't get to take the Audit class as anticipated, but I am so thankful that I took your FAR course. The advice that I got in that session really helped pull me through BEC and Audit too. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Lisa March 20, 2008
I'm so excited to tell you that your audit seminar on Feb. 1 paid off tremendously. I improved my score from a 74 to an 87. Thank you so much for your help, I hope to see similar results from the recent tax seminar you offered a couple of weeks ago as well. I took tax yesterday, so I hope to hear something in about a month.
Thanks again, Robert February 29, 2008
Al, I just wanted to let you and your staff know for record keeping purposes that I passed Regulation after taking your course in Dallas on Nov. 10 & 11th. My previous scores were 66, 62, 74, 67 and Finally an 81! Thanks to your course for helping me pass! Kami, Jan 2, 2008
Dear AIS Staff, Recently I sat for the Regulation part of the CPA exam. This was my last section. I am delighted to report that I received my score today and I passed. I got a score of 86. With the end of my journey so clearly in sight, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all your help in me achieving this goal. The information I received from your seminars proved to be quite valuable and helped pave the way to success. In particular, I would like to thank Al for his patient, continued, and timely responses to my many questions. Again, thanks to you all for my very Merry Christmas present! Have a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2007. Maribel December 20, 2007
Hi Al, Thanks to your seminar in Nashville, I was able to pass my last part of the exam! Best regards, Kelli November 27, 2007
Al, I just wanted to thank you again for your course. I got my score on Wednesday, and I passed with an 81. This was my last section, and it is so nice to have it behind me. Thanks again Mary November 26, 2007
Ken, I took the AIS CPA review course in early August 2007 in Houston that you taught. I wanted to let you know that I passed both sections, AUD and FAR, with scores 78 and 81, respectively. I think the most helpful thing you shared was the test taking strategy. The class was great using lectures and problems to reinforce the lectures, but I know the best thing for me was the strategy. In both simulations, I wrote the essays first using the skills taught by AIS, and I am convinced this made a major difference in my score. I am taking the review course in Houston for the other two sections from October 19th-21st. Thanks for your teaching in the course. Nathan October 9, 2007
I just wanted to say thanks for a great seminar back in August in Nashville. It helped me pass the exam. Thank-you Kelly October 8, 2007
Hello Al, I just wanted to thank you for the work that you do. I attended your most recent FAR seminar in Nashville. I took the test the following Saturday. I must say that your class was exactly what I needed. I went from a 65 on my first attempt to a 76. I think that I wouldn't be any more satisfied had I gotten a 96!! I will see you in November for Audit. I need just about the same amount of improvement and am confident that you will help me achieve my goals. By the way, I think that FAT PIE may have done it!! Thanks again, Lisa, Sept. 29, 2007
Ken and Al, I would like to thank you as I have passed my final section of the CPA exam. I took the AIS class for REG, BEC and FAR and passed each section immediately following each of the classes. My scores increase from 67 to 78 in REG, 73 to 82 in BEC, and 63 to 76 in FAR. I completed the FAR class, studied the materials and answered the questions in both the class work and homework until I answered each of them correctly twice and understood why the answer was correct. It was just enough, and I am very thankful to you for the materials, strategies and teaching that was enough to get me over the hump. Thank you. Kevin, Sept. 28, 2007
Dr. Francisco, I attended your FAR class in Nashville on August 18 and 19. I just received word today that I passed FAR with a 79! I had been studying using another company's review material. I was not feeling very confident as the date approached for me to take the exam. That is when I received your brochure in the mail. It just so happened that your class ended the day before I was scheduled to take the exam. Your class was great... just what I needed to refresh my memory on all the possible topics in FAR. As I shared with you that day, a number of topics I was struggling with became much clearer. The exam covered a lot of material we talked about in class; in fact, the simulations were similar to problems we worked in class. Without your class, I know I would not have passed. The strategy you talked about worked great. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Kris, Sept. 27, 2007
Dr. Francisco, I just found out I passed FAR, my last section, with 83%. I'm officially done with the exam forever. Thanks for helping me accomplish this major career goal! David, Sept. 25, 2007
Al: The last time I sat for FAR, I missed it by a point. So I only needed one point from attending your seminar. It gave me ten! It really helped me to cover this material over two days. The last time I took an exam cram course, I spent three times the money for half the time. In the end, I didn't feel like it helped me on the section. The class format also worked for me, as I was able to recall many of the strategies and teaching points during the exam. Lastly, I would support the comment in your material to schedule the exam section within a week of attending the seminar. Thank you again for devoting the time to teach future CPA's how to prepare for and successfully pass this beast of an exam. These results are a major confidence booster going into my last section. Ben Sept. 21, 2007
Hi Al, I'm very excited to report that I passed BEC after attending the Nashville conference. This was my third attempt so I greatly appreciate the help of AIS!! I wish I would have discovered AIS sooner....I probably could have saved a lot of time studying! Travis, August 26, 2007
I just got the result back for the regulation section. Got 96. I took the regulation review course with Dr. Smith in Nashville. Thanks for all your support. Saleh, August 22, 2007
Good morning Yvette, I wanted to thank you and let you know that I passed BEC my final section! I was very fortunate to be in Nashville during the time you were offering the BEC study session on June 30. Your class was just what I needed to get me over the hump and finally pass this section. Thank you for being a valuable resource in this hectic CPA exam process. Also, I wanted to let you know that I was promoted within a few hours of receiving my test results. Thank you, Eddie, August 21, 2007
Al: I took both REG and BEC about 10 days after the seminar and passed them both!!! This was my first time taking both of these. My scores were as follows: REG – 84 BEC – 75. Thank you so much!!! Kari, July 30, 2007
Hi Yvette, Ken and Al I wanted to let you all know that I passed FAR! It was the last section of the CPA exam for me! I have the ethics exam and a few more credits to get as MT has the 150 hour credit rule, but this was the big one! I’m happy to say I have no more books to order from AIS, and no more seminars to take. However, I am extremely grateful for all of you! You’ve all been helpful and the idea behind AIS really does work. I especially want to thank Yvette for such great customer care. She really understands what it is all about. She spent hours with me on the phone through my struggle of this exam and helping me in choosing Excel Learning Systems. I really needed that extra amount of knowledge to pass. Thanks to all of you! Heather, July 2, 2007
Mr. Francisco, I am one of the happiest people in the world right now. I finally did it. I passed BEC. It feels great. I know that I would not have been able to do it without your class. My last grade was a 71. Your staff promised that your seminar would provide the skills to get the remaining 4 pts and it worked. I got a 78. Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your seminars are wonderful. I think I've convinced my husband to take them for all four parts. He will start taking the test in the beginning of next year. Again, I couldn't be happier. Amy, June 18, 2007
Yvetth, I have an audit exam tomorrow, and I was looking up an audit term using google when your web page came up. I was blown away at the detail the web page had. Did you write this? How long did it take to compile and understand the information well enough to be able to write the material in such a concise form? Seriously, Wow! I also like the (at sign) idea a lot. I know this email is a little weird, but I was That impressed with the web page. Thanks, Mike, June 12, 2007
Hello, I just wanted to share the good news with you and Dr. Smith that I passed the FAR section of the CPA exam with a grade of 85. I like to thank you both for all the hard work that you put together to make it possible for us to have a chance to pass the CPA exam. I'm planning on taking the REG section exam in July, so hope to see you in Nashville or (Houston if possible). Thank you. Saleh, May 31, 2007
Al, I just completed taking the BEC section of the CPA exam. I just wanted to say Wow!!! I couldn't believe how the simnar and course workbook was so accurate with the exam. The other CPA exam courses do not come close to what I learned from you and I didn't have to study for months to do it. I can't wait to take the next simnar. Thank you, Fred, May 21, 2007
Hi Al, Just wanted to let you know that I passed my final sections of the CPA exam in June of 2006. Your course was extremely helpful to me- not only for the in depth teaching on test topics but also for the information on how the test is set up and strategies to pass. In our class you told us how many points were given to the simulation section as a whole and how those points are distributed, but unfortunately I cannot find those notes. If you have a minute could you send me a quick email on that? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks again for all of your help! Lisa, May 4, 2007
Hi Al, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I appreciate all of your help! Keep up the good work, we need people like you to help us that terrible test! Have a great weekend! Thanks Again, Lisa, May 4, 2007
Thanks for the email and the guidance on passing the CPA exam. I took your FAR class in Dallas in Feb. and passed that section. I will be signing up to take the BEC class on May 11th. Thanks again for your help, Rusty, April 19, 2007
Hi Al, I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone at Accounting Institute Seminar. I attended your BEC Seminar in January and I finally passed BEC after 3 attempts. Your Seminar was money well spent. I am officially DONE! Thanks so much to all your staff! Jacqueline, March 29, 2007
Al, I just received my grade for the REG Exam. I made an 81. I am now finished with the CPA Exam. Thank you so much for your courses and your help related to my questions outside of the course. Your courses helped me greatly in preparing for each section of the exam, and I am so happy to obtain this goal. Thanks again, John, March 22, 2007
Al - You can take me off the list - I passed! I passed each section the first time I sat. The results were as follows: AUD - 91, REG - 86, FAR - 82, BEC - 77. As you know, I felt that I needed extra help with FAR, so I flew from Seattle to Baltimore to attend your seminar. Obviously, it was money well spent. I will continue to recommend your seminars to anyone who is interested in passing the CPA exam. Sincerely, Jack, February 27, 2007
Dear Al and AIS staff, I just wanted to share my good news with you. I passed the FAR section of the CPA exam. I am so happy!!!! I am 50% done. This is such a relief. I am now getting ready to take the BEC part in April. I truly believe the review course helped me a lot and probably would have not been able to pass without it. Thanks a lot. Maribel, February 26, 2007
Hi Al, I am so excited to be able to tell you that I I passed my last two sections after taking your review courses! Thank you! Now that I'm finished, can you please remove me from your mailing list? I have referred everyone I know who's taking the CPA exam to you as well. Thanks! Mary, January 10, 2007
I attended your FAR seminar at BWI in October 2007 and just received my score for that section– 82! The seminar served as a very effective wrap up and supplement to my home study materials and program. I actually documented how many points I thought I would pick up from the seminar based on how many pointers I picked up from you. After taking the test, it came to about five points – enough to get me over the hurdle with a few left over for bragging rights. Jack, November 29, 2006
I took the REG seminar in July, sat for the exam in August, and passed with 79%! The seminar was extremely informative. The summary and homework problems were helpful in reinforcing the concepts and were not voluminous. Thank you for the effective course! David, September 27, 2006
Al: Just got my results for the FAR section and I scored a 79. I couldn't have done it without your course. I started my quest to pass the CPA in Oct 05 and finished my final part in Aug 06. Thanks for everything. Respectfully, Sparky September 27, 2006
I received my score today for the REG exam that I took in August and I passed with an 81. This was the last exam that I needed, so I am done! I passed all 4 parts over the last few months by using your self-study books plus I attended your seminar for AUD/FAR in NJ last October. I would strongly recommend your program to anyone trying to pass the CPA exam. Thank you Phyllis September 21, 2006
Al, I took your audit review class in Houston last testing section and just found out today that I passed with a 76%! Yeah! Thank you for all your help! Mary August 30, 2006
Hi Yvette! Great news, I finally got my results on Friday from the REG section that I sat for on April 1st. I passed! Yippee! That is 2 down and 2 more to go. I can’t remember if I told you, I’m sure I must have, but I’m getting married in August, so I’m not taking/doing anything with the exam until after the wedding, but I’d like to purchase excel learning systems for FAR and Audit and take a course for the Oct/Nov window as soon as they know when/where they will be. I will probably wait to buy it until beginning of September so I can study the books and then be ready for the course in Oct/Nov. I’ll probably take my tests end of November. I sat for Audit and FAR in April as well, and I got a 70 on Audit, so I know I just need some touching up on that section. I should probably sit for Audit first in the testing window and FAR last since I know Audit the best. That is the section I’ve taken so many times and just haven’t gotten over the hump. I passed Audit under the old rules, but didn’t pass another section, so I didn’t get to keep it! Anyways! I just wanted to let you know my results and how much I appreciate everything that you’ve done for me. You’ve spent lots of time with me over the phone and email and I’m just one student! Thanks Yvette! Heather June 5, 2006
FAR - Passed with an 81! The final part, AUD, is Wednesday morning. Trey May 30, 2006
Passed BEC, 86. Look forward to seeing you again at FAR/AUD in April.
Trey March 30, 2006
I attended your seminar in Dallas this January and just got the results of BEC. I increased my score by 6% and enough to finally pass. Ken Smith gives a great review course. I put a lot less time into studying everything and focused on the course lecture and materials.
Thanks, Jeffrey March 2, 2006
Dear Dr. Francisco,
I am a Japanese who attended your AUD seminar at Cherry Hill in October last year.
In November I took REG and AUD exams. On the last day of 2005, I received the result which said PASS for both. In fact, together with BEC and FAR I passed in last February and August respectively, the letter from NASBA showed four CREDITs. My AUD result was 82. I finally overcame the high wall of 75.
November exam was my fourth try on REG and AUD. Your advice about Communication "include keywords" and "check spelling" changed my writing style and I am sure that gave me extra points which I had not been able to obtain before. Also, your tables explaining different kinds of letters and attestations helped me a lot in sorting out my knowledge.
Thank you for your seminar. I owe you my success. I am going back to Japan this week. In job hunting, I will be proud to write US CPA in my carriculum vitae.
I hope that many candidates will attend your seminar and discover the key to success.
Naoko February 28, 2006
thanks to the excellent strategies learned from the AIS philosophy, I passed my final section of the exam last fall and have received my license number and am awaiting issuance of the license itself. I have passed along the name of AIS to many of my peers in our profession and encourage them to seek AIS. Thanks for the great program that helped me over this hurdle and please pass on this info to my instructor, Ken Smith. Good luck in your endeavors and this revolutionary system. I must say that AIS is the only CPA prep program that is effective, while being cost friendly and time friendly.
February 11, 2006
I attended the October FAR session in NJ. It must have worked b/c I passed. This was the last section that I required. I just wanted tp say thanks. I will be sure to recommend your program in the future.
Brian January 11, 2006
I still cannot believe it. I PASSED my last and final exam section!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took your FAR seminar in Cherry Hill, NJ in October and it made the difference. Thanks for all the wonderful tips and tricks. The review was superb.
Alys December 28, 2005
I wanted to thank you for the FAR review course I took in Cherry Hill, NJ. I just got back my score and got a 91, and I know that your course was a substantial part of my success.
I have passed your information on to our HR department that monitors the CPA exam, and have strongly recommended the course to future candidates so hopefully you will see more of our associates in your classes.
Sincerely, Alex December 22, 2005
I received my FAR scores yesterday and PASSED. I took the exam a few weeks after attending your Boise seminar this past October. I increased my score by 12 points...thank you!
Jaclyn December 21, 2005
I wanted to write and thank AIS for helping me pass my final part of the CPA exam. I took FAR in August and made a 71. I went to the Houston Seminar in October with Ken and just received my passing score of 78!!!!! I would highly reccommend the AIS course to anyone needing that "extra edge" to pass. I appreciate all the time and effort that you put into the seminars.
Misti December 21, 2005
Hi. I am taking AUD and REG in January (I ran out of time in my 6 month window) and would love to take a course for either of those. My preference is in Nashville but will consider Tampa or Chicago. Also, I will be looking for a course for FAR after January. I took the course for BEC in Nashville and just found out today that I got an 80. YEAH! The class was a great help! It was my first try and the class was really beneficial. Thanks.
Jennifer November 25, 2005
Subject: CPA exam... Conquered!
Thanks for everything and your continued correspondence. I recently passed Regulation, my 4th and final section, on the day before my credits expired for 2 other sections! Talk about a buzzer beater. I wish you continued success with the best CPA review course available, thanks for showing me such an ingenious, common-sense, confidence-inspiring approach to beating this challenge.
Jeremy October 19, 2005
Hi Al -
I’M SO EXCITED !!!!!
I just got my score in the mail today from the last CPA exam section (FAR) …. And YIPPPPEEEE … YAHHOOOO…… HIP, HIP, HURRAY !!!........ I PASSED !!!! I’ve probably told you this before … but I was able to pass 3 of the 4 sections on the first try, and was within 3 points on the first try for FAR. And now, after a little extra review …. I have tackled that one too. Thanks so much for all of your help along the way. Your study materials and seminars were a great tool for me. I’m sure I couldn’t have done it without them !!
Thanks again for your excellent study plan & helpful exam tips !!!
Lori September 30, 2005
I just wanted to let you know I just received my scores from the Audit section I took in August and I PASSED!!!!
I only have one section left, financial and am planning on taking your review course for that too. Please let me know if there is one near me after Christmas. I live in Knoxville. Please tell Ken thanks too as he is the one that taught my review course in Nashville in July.
I'm looking forward to the financial class and getting this thing over with!!!!
Tara September 28, 2005
Great news! I received my scores today and passed both REG (83) and BEC (84). Thanks again for all of your help in assisting me prepare this summer. I will definitely refer anybody I know who is taking the exam to your course. Feel free to use me as a reference anytime.
Thanks again for all of your help. I'm glad that everything worked out.
Stephen August 24, 2005
Hey Al!! I got my results from the april/may window and I passed FAR (83) the last part I had…. So I’m a CPA!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is after 5 years of trying and taking your seminar on and off. I could not have done as well if I had not taken your seminar. It took me several times, but that’s just the way I am with test taking. I wanted to thank you guys soooooo much for your dedication to the seminar. I admire and hold you accountable for the reason I kept going in taking it and not giving up. So, thank you very much and if there is ever anything I can do in the future to assist you in anyway please ask (besides spreading the word, because I already do that!).
Erica July 17, 2005
I wanted a live class – not an internet course. I did not want to travel several times a week for a long course. I compared your seminars to Becker-Conviser’s exam cram and discovered their cram courses are not stand alone seminars. They are designed to complement either the online course or the regular classes.
Mary Ann July 11, 2005
After taking the AIS courses I received scores of 88 and 92 on AUD and BEC respectively.
Lori July 11, 2005
Hi! I took your BEC seminar in February (Clearwater, FL). I just got the results back and I'm happy to report that I PASSED! Since this was my first try, I was thrilled! I wanted to say "thanks," because I know your course made a big difference. The course did a great job of "bringing it all together" so that I didn't waste a lot of time going over material that was irrelevant. It's easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of material that could be tested, but the course did a nice job of focusing on the important topics.
Thanks again, and I'd be happy to take more seminars in the future (don't let those hurricanes scare you away!).
-Melody July 7, 2005
Thank you for the updates on the courses offered. However, I finally passed the last section of the exam I needed in May, so I no longer need to receive your updates. Please remove me from further email updates.
I did purchase and use the AIS self-study book. I found it to be very well put together and easy to follow. I recommend your books to those who ask me.
Tammy, July 5, 2005
I attended both your Tampa Bay REG seminar and Nashville FAR seminar. I want to let you know that I passed both sections in April and May 2005. Your course was just what I needed in terms of approach and focus.Thank you for making the difference.
Scott, July 4, 2005
Just wanted to let you know that I got my BEC scores back today and I passed! I scored a 76, but only studied for 2 weeks and with your seminar. Thanks so much!!!
Brandy, June 14, 2005
Dr. Smith & Dr. Francisco,
I took you BEC seminar taught by Dr. Smith on May 13th and took the BEC exam on May 26th. My wife just called with the good news - I passed the BEC with an 81! So now I'm 1/4 of the way done. I'm looking forward to the AUD seminar next week in Dallas.
In Christ, David, June 13, 2005
I am excited to inform you that my FAR score (last section) for the exam I took on 25th Feb was 83.
Thanks a lot for all your useful, professional and last minute ‘fast track’ system of learning.
Your seminars truly helped me to get at least 5 to 10 extra points, and that is all I wanted to pass CPA. (Especially on Concepts and Typical items in conformity with GAPP)
JK March 31, 2005
Although I was not expecting to see the results of the exam until mid-April, the post person brought them to the mailbox on Saturday. Remember, my last score on Regulation was a 73, and before that was a 74. I came to Tampa hoping to pick up a few points only. It appears that I should have only stayed for one day as I received more points than I needed. The score I received was an 82, an average gain of 8.5 points. Thanks Al, and good luck to the rest of you.
Rick, March 31, 2005
Just wanted to let you know that I received my results from the BEC section and I PASSED!!!! Yahoo! I took this section on February 24, only to learn the next day that the section that I had taken had not been “released”. They gave me the option of retaking the test within a two week period, or waiting until June to receive my scores. I chose to retake the test and did so on March 10th. I just received my passing scores last night and was very relieved and excited to realize I had passed. I’m looking forward to the FAR review seminar in Nashville at the end of April. Thanks for all your help!
Leslie, March 16, 2005
Yeaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! I finally passed one of the two parts remaining and right in time before loosing my credits I already had!!! I passed Audit with a 81!!!!!!
Erica, January 18, 2005
I got my results back Christmas Eve. I made a 75 on the BEC, my last section of the exam. So I have finally passed all parts. Thank you for keeping me posted on the locations on the east coast.
Michael, Jan. 12, 2005
Al, I was in your course in Manassas on the BEC material in November. I also was in the AUD course in Charlotte in November. Just thought I’d let you guys know that I received my scores back on Dec 23 & 24. (They were delayed a few days due to a transcript I had to submit.) I passed AUD with a 92 and BEC with an 89. Thanks for all your help. I also am taking the ****, but your courses helped me with test-taking strategy and, in the case of BEC, with narrowing down the material to what was important.
Deborah January 8, 2004
Sorry I couldn't find another email address.....Just wanted to let you know that I took the REG Seminar in Dallas this fall and PASSED with a score of 81...Thanks sooo much to Dr. Smith.
Anyway really sorry that there are no AUD seminars on the west coast comming up would have loved to take it.......wish me luck
Toni October 15, 2004
I hope all is well with you. I wanted to let you know that I received my FAR & AUD scores and was thrilled to learn that I had passed with scores of 90 and 82 respectively. I truly appreciate all of your help and encouragement throughout my preparation this summer. I guess all of the hard work paid off.
However, I still have 2 more sections to go. Thus, I will most likely be contacting you at the beginning of next year to inquire about the locations in which you are offering the REG & BEC seminars. I am currently in my 1st year of law school and the TX State Board is only giving me 18 months to pass the other 2 sections before my current credits expire. Therefore, I will most likely be preparing for those sections this summer.
Anyway, thanks again to you and Ken for your great strategies and preparation tools--they sure paid off!
Best regards, Stephen, October 7, 2004
just wanted to update you on the BEC results I received over the weekend. I PASSED! I got a 79! The first time I took it in May I got a 68. I will now wait for the Audit results coming later this week. Cross your fingers, as this is the last part to pass for me.
Chris Sept. 27, 2004
I wanted to let you know that I passed the Regulation section with your help and am now done with the exam. Thanks for your help
Jason August 3, 2004
Hello Al ….
I was just wondering if you all have scheduled any additional CPA seminars for the BEC or REG section in the Washington, DC area (Manassas) during July or August ?? I just got my score back from the AUDIT section & am happy to report that I PASSED !!! J I’m sure your study materials had something to do with that !! THANKS !! Please let me know about the BEC or REG sections at your earliest convenience.
Lori, July 15, 2004
Good Morning Al
I am glad to inform the following scores:
LAW 80,, ARE 81,, AUDIT 81,,
and Oh my Gosh,, FARE fell short at 73!!!!
Truly I was happy with my last minute decision to attend your intensive seminar in DC,, and indeed got that FINAL PUSH. I am very confident that I would get it this time in the 1st CBT exam . Thanks a lot for your support and I found it very useful.
If I could do this after almost 25 years after my graduation back in India,, your seminar would truly worth every dollor spent on it.
J ***** February 12, 2004
I just wanted to say THANKS!!! for a wonderful seminar - I passed all four parts of the exam this past November! I would not have been able to do it without you and your course!! My studying for the November exam was not going well and then I saw the ad for your course - it sounded like my last hope and I signed up.
In May my scores were 69, 71, 72 and 85 (FARE). This November my scores were 77 (AUD), 81 (LAW) and 89 in both FARE & ARE!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your tips and teaching were definitely the difference between my passing and not passing - especially in Auditing, which I thought for sure I did not pass. Well, 77 works for me!! Thanks again from the bottom of my heart!
Best wishes to you and your team with the new format! Fortunately, I won't be worrying about it!!
Many thanks again!! I have my life back! :-)
Francine Feb. 11, 2004
I just wanted to let you know that I passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam. I am so excited and I think the reason I passed was due to your tips on answering the essay questions. This was my 5th time taking the exam and I have always made grades in the high 60's and low 70's. I followed your tips on the essay questions and I think that is what got me the extra points to pass. I will recommend this class to any CPA candidates that I know.
Thank you, Chastity Feb. 11, 2004
Good Morning Ken,
I want to thank you for the great course and tips you offered for the November 2003 CPA exam. I had passed audit and law sections and needed some help with FARE and ARE. I found your accelerate to "75" brochures to be interesting, so I gave the course a try. I participted in the FARE course you offered in Chicago in September 2003. I fell out of my chair when I saw a long problem on *** on the CPA exam. That was the first item we covered in your course.
I felt so much more prepared for this exam after taking your course. You offer a great service to aspiring CPA's. I only wish I had taken your course sooner! I have referred your course to several co-workers. Previously, I took the ARE course in Chicago with Al. I passed ARE in May, thanks to Al. You guys offered an excellent course with non-stop learning. Thus, the exam has been a total success. Thanks again for all the help.
- Joe ****** CPA Feb. 9, 2004
just wanted to let you know....
I PASSED! The last part FARE!
Just wanted to say how much I appreciated your seminar; with my lifestyle as a single mom 2 kids–I am convinced I could have never done this without AIS. If you ever need a reference…I will happily attest for your seminar!
I got my grades today and I passed my last part FARE with a 79. I couldn't have done it without you and Ken. Thanks to both of you.
Marilyn Feb. 5, 2004
I was in your law class last November and that was the only part of the exam I had to go. As of today I have no sections left. I passed law with an 81. It is all over and now I can apply for my certification. Thank you for a great class and all your help.
Jo-anne Feb. 5, 2004
It's me again. Found out Monday i had past ARE - so it's over. Thanks to you and AIS i never have to go through that again!! Got my actual score yesterday - i increased my score from 64 in May 03 to a 84 November 03. After your class i finshed in two sittings!!! The results don't lie..... Now the only thing i'm waiting on is that piece of paper that allows me to sign "Certified Public Accountant." Thanks again and be looking for the people i'm sending your way!!!!
Brad Feb. 4, 2004
I took the seminar in two parts - half in Nashville/half in Dallas. After the exam my head really hurt - I just knew that i had wasted my time and yours. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!! Got my results last week and passed three parts!!! My score Increased in Audit by 7 points, FARE by 26 and Legal stayed the same. Went down in ARE - gp figure - but I'm sold on your class. I will be in the Seminar in October to concentrate on TAX.
See you Dallas and thanks a million.
Brad August 19, 2003
Don't know if you remember me or not (I'm sure you see a few hundred students each year). I was in your May class in Charlotte, NC.
I PASSED MY LAST TWO PARTS!!!
I passed audit and law with your help a year ago. This year, I passed ARE and FARE. Your 10-12 point claim is dead on accurate. I needed about 10 points or less and your classes have helped me get those points on all 4 parts.
I can't thank you enough.
Bruce August 20, 2003
Thanks for the excellent CPA review seminar! I took your seminar at the New Jersey location this past April. Your seminar, combined with additional self-study, enabled me to score a 91 on FARE and an 89 on ARE on the May 2003 CPA exam. Those were the last two parts that I had to take for the CPA exam, and your techniques proved to be extremely beneficial. Thanks again -
John August 14, 2003
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how I did on the May exam. I attended your ARE class in Charlotte because I wasn't able to get much studyting done during tax season. I went from a 69 in November to and 89 in May! That completes all 4 sections so I will not be coming to anymore of your classes. I will however gladly give your name and my recommendation to all of the future candidates that I know. Thank you very much for such a great class!
Richard August 12, 2003
Thanks to AIS I was able to pass the CPA. I do not know my scores but Maryland publishes the names of those who pass on the internet. After the exam I was confident I had passed and AIS was part of that confidence. Thanks again.
Dean August 4, 2003
Just to let you know. I passed two parts of the CPA exam. This was my second time taking the entire exam, and I raised my scores on three parts, tremendously. I passed Audit (raised my score 16 points) and ARE (raised my score 16 points). I did not pass FARE or Law. However, I raised my score on FARE by 13 points and Law by 4 points.
I owe passing the two parts to you guys. Your course was great, and I will be seeing you in Atlanta in October to take Law and FARE.
Jaime August 6, 2003
Al and Ken:
How do you spell relief?
I spell it: P-A-S-S-W-I-T-H-A-I-S !
Thank you….I feel so relieved…My FARE score went from 71 to 84 with AIS, and I’m into the passing Zone!
Dave August 6, 2003
I just wantd to let you know that I passed the exam! I had two parts left - ARE and FARE. I studied for ARE - I was close last time and I just took your class for FARE. I went from a 62 to an 81!! I really just paid really close attention in your class, did the homework problems the first night and then read over all of the notes that I made before the exam. I did do the practice questions that you distributed. I just wanted to let you know!
I am thrilled. I was so intimidated by FARE but I learned so much in your class. I am definitely recommending it to everyone that did not pass.
Thanks for all of your hard work!
Amy August 8, 2003
AL, I just wanted to thank you for helping me get over the top. I received my results yesterday and I am happy to say that i passed Fare(my only remaining part). I took the Fare seminar in Manassas in April based on your brochure and website stating that you could help people like myself stuck with high 60's low 70 grades. Your material was excellent. Thanks for your expertise.
Ray August 8, 2003
I just wanted to let you know how I did on the past two exams after taking your class in October of 2002.
When I took the November 2002 Exam I was focusing on just passing ARE due to time constraints. I had ARE and FARE to complete. My best score in ARE was a 74. After I took your class, I scored an 86 and got credit for the section.
On the May 2003 exam all I had left was FARE. My best score there was a 66. I received my grades yesterday and scored the highest grade I had on all sections an 89. Now all my sections are complete.
There is no doubt it had to do with your class and the materials you provided. I just wanted to say thank you.
Craig August 8, 2003
Al and Ken -
I received my notification on Wednesday and got the great news that I passed the last section (LPR) with a score of 92! As you may recall, I first took the exam in November 2002, after participating in your review course in Pleasanton in October, and passed three of the four sections (AUD 75, ARE 75, FARE 80, LPR 70). I retook the LPR portion of your review class in March 2003 in Dublin, and the review and your exam tips (plus the advantage of only having to concentrate on one section!) certainly were instrumental in my passing this time around.
Thank you for an excellent course. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a concentrated way to prepare for the CPA exam.
Sue August 8, 2003
IT IS OVER!!!
I received the good news just last Friday. I passed the last part I needed, so I'm done. What a relief! When I finished the test I kind of had a good feeling about it, but I didn't want to believe or accept it. ... As I was leaving the test site, however, secretly I was hopeful (but of course did not say it out loud and certainly did not mention to anybody). I am glad that I took your seminar. The ideas, hints you gave us really helped you are an excellent teacher. I remembered many points you mentioned during the classes. I will certainly recommend your classes to everybody. Worth the effort and time.
Sincerely, Gabriella August 12, 2003
I just want to let you know I just received my test scores for the November 2002 exam and passed all parts. My scores were: Auditing 82 Law 81 FAR 81 ARE 76. I took the course in Atlanta with Al as the instructor. It is true,your course will give you the extra points you need to pass the exam.
Thank you very much.
Herschel March 10, 2003
I had taken the Law review course in Atlanta. That was the only part I had remaining. I received my results and have passed. I wanted to thank you for the course. I did feel the the approach and the material was well structured and did facilitate quick and easy learning. Specially the learning and the structure of how one should attempt the essay questions was very helpful.
Once again thanks and best wishes.
Vikram February 15, 2003
I learned last Monday that I passed the exam!! I was down to a single section - Acct & Reporting, and enrolled in your Nashville class. Your class, coupled with another review course provider's study materials, got me over the hump. I earned an 84 - the highest score of any section! This was actually my final opportunity to attempt a pass (per State Board guidelines, a conditioned candidate has 6 subsequent tries). Embarrassing to admit, but true. Now I'll be so much more marketable being official and the like. It is such a major relief to get this beast behind me, considering all the time, money in registration fees and mental sweat equity involved.
Kevin February 10, 2003
I attended the FARE portion of your CPA review course in Nashville, TN in October. I had struggled with that final section of the exam for two years. Last week, I found out that I had FINALLY passed FARE with a 78 and completed the exam. This score was up from a 70 in May 2002. When I studied for the exam last fall, I concentrated heavily on all the areas that were covered in your review course. I benefited greatly from your study course - especially the FASB updates. I think it eliminated hours of wasted study time by streamlining the review to cover only the essential testing areas. I sat for the exam a total of 10 times - 9 times before attending your review course. I feel like a huge burden has been lifted!
Thanks so much!
Shelley February 10, 2003
You might remember me. I am the guy who asked a lot of questions in the front seat in Nashville, TN, the German CPA student. I have good news and bad news. I passed Audit with 81 and Financial Reporting with 78. In the other two parts the examiner rated me with 73. I passed the once which were more difficult I thought. I am very, very happy that I passed two parts. So far my plan is to pass both exams in May 2003. Thanks again for your support.
Ralf February 9, 2003
I just wanted to say a great big thank-you for helping me pass the ARE section. This is the fourth time I have taken it (and I also took another class) and all other times I got low 70's or high 60's. I just couldn't seem to get those few extra points I needed. When I read on your site that this course was for people with my type of grades, it sounded like just what I needed. Apparently, it was! I got my results today and I passed! A 78!!! I am so ecstatic! Three down and one to go. Now, I just have to pass FARE. I'll dig in and see what I can do. At least I have some new motivation now. Thanks again!!
Your course was great!
Michelle February 6, 2003
Hi Dr. Francisco,
I want to personally thank you for your helping me pass my final part (FARE) of the CPA exam. I attended the Charlotte, NC seminar this past October at which you were the instructor. I found your method of review to be most comprehensive. Obviously, you were "right on" with the coverage of materials that would be tested. I felt that this was my last realistic chance at passing the exam since I'm 51, (52 soon). Had I not passed, I would have had only one more chance to take the exam and pass before losing all credit? I have an accounting and tax practice and would not have had the time (tax season) to adequately prepare for the next exam. I probably would not want to go through the necessary preparation for all four parts again, especially considering the change to the computerized exam. Again, I am sincerely grateful for your part in my achieving a favorable life changing event.
Michael February 4, 2003
I took your course last October (2001). I passed three sections in Nov, and passed Financial this May. I believe your course really helped!!!!
Just wanted to let you know. Thanks,
Scott, August 20, 2002
I took your review course this spring. I took all four parts of the class. I just wanted to let you know that the class worked for me because I have now passed three of the four parts of the exam. I went from a 67 in FARE to a 80, a 68 in ARE to a 75, a 55 in audit to a 76 and a 50 in law to a 57. So all I have left is law. I credit you class for my success in this exam and would just like to say thanks!
Meghann, August 19, 2002
Dear Mr. Francisco,
I was going through some papers today and found your business card from the CPA Review course back in April.
I was the older woman who sat right in front of you and told you I had passed three sections of the exam the first time I took it and only needed to pass the auditing section for the May exam (my second try). Well, I passed with an 80 in auditing. I really appreciated the tools you had gave us for organizing during the exam. I did just as you said ...
Another very useful tool was the grid for "departures from the standard opinion". That got me through an entire set of questions on the exam.
I'm very glad I took your review course. It was well worth the time and money spent. Thank you.
Annette, August 15, 2002
Just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the great class I attended in Dallas. I conditioned 3 out of 4 on the May exam and only have Law left to pass. Thanks for your help.
Dan, August 15, 2002
The following are my grades on the CPA exam:
Section Score Score
(this exam) (prior exam)
Law N/A 78
Auditing 82 72
ARE N/A 83
FARE N/A 77
Thank you so much for the classes. It was well worth the expense. I can tell you from my experience that I actually studied less and was more prepared than with any other study method I chose. Before I took you classes I tried to us the Wiley Books and CDROM's to no avail.
I am convienced that your study methods/techniques are the best way to study, especially, if one really wants to pass. It is probably even more essential now that there are only 3 more tests under the old method.
At a recent CPA meeting, a University of Tennessee Professor who is working on the conversion of the CPA exam, explained, that the new test will be harder and much more expensive. He believed that classes such as yours will even be more important as the demands of the new testing will cause more to seek extra help to pass.
By the way, I am passing the information about your classes on to everyone that I run into that is considering sitting for the exam.
Ben, August 11, 2002
I passed!!!!!! Thank you so much! You guys do a wonderful job at presenting the course. I have friends who went to other review courses and none of them even conditioned. Needless to say, I have a few referals for you. With your course, I passed 3 parts the first time and increased my score on the law section from 64 to 83. WOW! Thank you again! Keep up the good work!
Carrie, August 12, 2002
I took your Charlotte NC course twice and took the exam 3 times.
After taking your course for the November 01 exam I got the following scores and passed 3 parts!
I just received my May 02 results last week and see I passed my final part after taking your course one more time. I didn't spend any time studying for FARE when I took your course for the first time.
Thanks for the help. Your course gave me the tricks, strategies and pointers to pass the exam.
-Jeff- August 12, 2002
I am writing to say that I have passed in the last 2 parts and I am a new CPA. I took the LAw seminar in Dallas last May 2, and I am from Brazil. I went to the US specially for the seminar and for the examination, and I am very pleased to give this notice.
Thank you very much. August 9, 2002
Al and Ken, Your course works!!! No doubt about it. I passed AUDIT, LAW, and ARE in Nov-01, and just found out yesterday I passed FARE. What a blessing your course has been. I feel your essay strategy really put me over the top. I tried other "Study Courses" and they don't come close to your study strategies. You teach what it takes to make a 75, and my scores indicate that exact philosophy. After all, a 75 and a 95 are both passing scores !!!!
Doug, August 8, 2002
Subject: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
My grades arrived today and I passed the last two parts of the exam (Law and ARE). I took your course last fall with Al in Atlanta and passed FARE and Audit and then took Law and ARE this spring (also in Atlanta) with Ken and passed those two parts. I don't think I could have done it without your course. I have been out of school 24 years and had never taken the exam until May 2001. I have to admit I took another course for that exam, but was not successful. Too much information, it was too overwhelming. Your course was to the point and consisted of only what was needed to pass. It was also beneficial that it was held so close to the time of the exam.
I would highly recommend your course to anyone, please feel free to use me as a reference if you so choose. Once again, thanks and I wish you both continued success.
Sincerely, Vandy, August 8, 2002
I am swamped at work today but wanted to stop & thank you for your help.
As I told you in previous e-mails, I had made three 71's, one 72, and one 73 (plus a couple in the high 60's) on Auditing. But the last few exams, I had come within 2,3 or 4 points without passing Auditing.
And the last 2 exams before May, 2002, I made a 71 and a 70 in law.
I am 47 years old. I have not been "back to school" since I graduated from college in 1977. I stayed home for 12 years with our children before re-entering the workforce almost 10 years ago. I did not take the CPA Exam the spring that I graduated. I was advised by a professor to wait and study first. I later found out that he never sat for the CPA exam at all! I took his advice and waited (I can't remember if I waited 6 months or a year?) I fooled around the first 2 tries, just seeing if I thought I could ever pass it. Then I studied some & passed Practice. It took a review course offered by a local college on Saturdays for 6 weeks to help me pass Auditing over 20 years ago! I was 7 months pregnant with our first child at that time. I later passed Theory but lost my condition before passing law. I made a couple of 67's & a 68 on law, but never even did well enough to get 'regraded.'
When I started trying again (I think Nov, 1998), I passed Tax immediately because that's been my specialty--especially when I started back to work in 1993. But I did not pass anything else. It took a couple of exams for me to pass Tax and Financial together. On that exam, I made a 73 on Auditing, so I felt confident that I would pass it soon. Four exams later, I was getting really worried!
After coming so close so often, I felt that I had pretty good comprehension of the material and finally figured out that I needed help on the essay questions.
Your course was Exactly what I needed! My grades were not great--a 76 on Law and a 78 on Auditing, but I passed (Without being regraded!) and that's all that matters!
What my grades confirmed for me is that I would NEVER have passed without your course!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Charlotte, August 7, 2002
Al, I passed FARE (my last section) with an 84 - a 13 point improvement over my last test!
Your course is what made the difference!
Liz February 5, 2002
Just a note to let you know that I passed the last two parts of the exam I had to take.
I attended your seminar in Charlotte NC in late October, I had law and fare to go.
Thank you so much, Susan February 5, 2002
I just had to let you be the first person I shared my exam results with.
Here they are:
Can you believe I only missed the whole thing by one point? Al, LPR was my strongest suit. I knew it backwards and forwards, or so I thought.
Man, am I glad I decided to sit in spite of not being as prepared I had wanted to be. Al, I can't thank you enough. Without your patience and understanding I could never have gotten this far.
You know I will be sticking with you the rest of the way.
Turk February 6, 2002
I would be proud to have you use my email on your site, it is the least that I could do. Please use any name you want, you have my permission.
Al, I can't say enough about AIS and its effectiveness. If you will recall, I had not taken an accounting course in thirty years, but the AIS study materials and your prompt replies and explanations to my questions were all I needed.
Anyone seeking to become a CPA should have the benefit of AIS's superior approach; it delivers!
Turk February 12, 2002
Dr. Francisco, My name is Doug *****. I attended the AIS course in Atlanta before the Nov-01 exam. I also used Excel study materials. Well, I received my grades yesterday and I passed 3 of 4 parts, and came within a few points on the fourth part! Wow! What a surprise and what a relief! I really can't believe it yet. I just wanted to formally thank you for your course and how you've helped me! AIS was an answer to prayer!
I am thinking of appealing for a regrade on my fourth part, but will see you again in May for the FARE section if I don't get credit for that part! Again, thank you so much. I really believe it was the essay strategy that put me over the top. You're course is brilliant.
Here are my comparative May-01 and Nov-01 scores to show you my dramatic improvements. Let me know if I can be a "testomonial" person or write a "blurb" in a brochure !
Nov-01 (May-01) Scores
AUD - 79 (65) 14 Points !!!
LAW - 75 (77)
ARE - 77 (64) 13 Points !!!
FARE - 71 (65)
Doug February 7, 2002
I Passed, I Passed, I Passed!!!! I just got my results today.
Thanks so much for your course, it really made the difference. I took it in the fall of 2001.
Sorry I won’t be meeting you again anytime soon ( as I won’t have to take your course again) but I did enjoy you and your class.
Law 86 last time 69, Auditing 75 both times, ARE 80, last time 71 and FARE 79, last time 67.
Dan February 7, 2002
Just figured that I'd follow up and let you know that I have passed the last part (ARE) of the CPA exam.
I scored an 84 !!! (up from a 73) Thank you for an awesome review course!!!
I have recommended your course to others here at ****, Inc. Thank you again!!
Jeff February 11, 2002
I was enrolled in your Atlanta Class.
Here you go!
This my second time taking the exam I improved
17 points in audit
11 points in law
1 points in financial
13 points in tax
I took the (Brand X) 5 week cram course for the first exam (did all the work!) and was not impressed with my results. They tried to teach material and didn't focus enough on how to pass the exam. I have to friends enrolled in your Charlotte NC class for the may exam due to me telling them not to waist their time with (Brand X). I didn't have time to look at tax or financial before the exam. Your tip to pick the amount that least favors the tax payer or business worked!(you can quote me on that!)
Your class is the only class I am going to recommend to anyone trying to pass the CPA exam.
If you need a testimonial let me know.
Rad February 11, 2002
My name is Ernie ****. I'm an accountant from NJ who took your review class in Baltimore for Audit and FARE. I'm writing to let you know that as of February 4th I have passed all sections of the Uniform CPA Examination!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My score in Audit was an 88 and my score in FARE was a 91!!.
I owe you and AIS a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you. If you're ever in need of a testimonial I'm your man.
Ernie ****, CPA February 22, 2002
Ken and I carry laptops on the road when we travel to teach the seminars.
We invite people in our courses to use e-mail to ask questions (telling us the page they are looking at in our book).
We respond quickly to those and it saves a lot of "telephone tag".
As you can see from the messages above, people like to use e-mail to let us know their results.
Good luck with your studies!
Accounting Institute Seminars® (AIS) provides intensive review courses for people taking the United States CPA examination. These seminars are taught in person by one of the two authors of the course and are offered in a number of cities in the U.S. each year.
For information on the seminars, return to the CPA Exam Home Page at AIS-CPA.COM.
We also offer self study CPA exam books written by the same authors. Most are available on-line, for download to your computer. The electronic version is less expensive than paper books. You can magnify pages on your screen, fill the screen (view - full screen), search for terms, and print pages. Best of all, you can start studying it now instead of waiting days for it to arrive!
Here is the list of our currently available E-BOOKS CPA REVIEW.
For more information on e-books or for paper copies, refer to CPA REVIEW SELF STUDY BOOKS.
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