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  1. This is the guide you need! I studied for only 3 WEEKS and passed the CPP exam on April 18 2019! I primarily used the practice quizzes and flash cards, but referred to the study guide for help with calculations and more in depth reading. If I had more time, I would have read the entire study guide. Memorize the flash cards! This helped tremendously! I would look at them on my phone when watching tv, smoking a joint, drinking bourbon, laying in bed, I had to maximize the 3 weeks I had. The practice quizzes and flash cards are harder than the actual test. Learn the calculations, how to calculate tax withholding, what’s pre-tax/post-tax, and what’s subject to FIT vs. FICA.

  2. Initially I went through my APA Local Chapter weekly study sessions. I didn’t study on my own, missed several classes and didn’t attend their Boot Camp. Obviously I was not ready to sit for the exam. Years later I dusted off the Payroll Source, determined to get certified. Unfortunately that book was a little overwhelming and I had difficulties getting through some of the Chapters (like the Benefits section – Total snooze-fest!). So I researched and found Laurie’s guide. Studied it like crazy and passed the FPC last fall, by only focusing on items marked “FPC.” Then I kept on studying and passed the CPP this spring. I made my own flash cards to memorize the codes, terms and Forms. I used the Payroll Source to take a deeper dive, and to do practice questions. The Practical CPP Study Guide was my primary resource. I highly recommend it for the exam, and will even keep it at my desk for quick review, as daily items surface that need a quick primer.

  3. I originally got the Payroll Source book in June 2018 and intended to take the exam in October 2018, but that book is so huge and overwhelming I had no idea what information was relevant for the exam and what was just filler. I ended up pushing back my test to April 2019 and sought out other resources, this study guide and the flashcards and quizzes were a lifesaver! The guide is straight to the point and easy to read and the flashcards and quizzes will help get all that information to sink in. I recommend reading through the entire guide at least twice and repeat the quizzes until you can get 100% every time and look at those flashcards until you can quote them in your sleep. Do not skip over anything. If you have the Payroll Source book you’ll be able to answer all the quiz questions in there from reading this much shorter study guide as well. The more questions you expose yourself to the better. I studied for about an hour or two every day for 3 months and passed the CPP last week. Thank you so much for this fantastic resource!

  4. I just passed my CPP today with help from Laurie’s CPP Study Guide! I found the online flashcards and tests invaluable. I accessed the flashcards from my cell phone in all my spare time, watching my kids’ sports, doing laundry, just any chance I could get. I am a busy mom but decided to let my FPC expire and take the CPP. For me, repetition is how I learn and remember. Laurie’s guide, flashcards and tests along with the tests included in the Payroll Source, was what allowed me to pass. This condensed guide saved me so much time, as the Payroll Source is massive. My advice: take Laurie’s tests over and over until the calculations are second nature. Know all the flashcards by heart – know what is taxable, know the forms, know box 12(!), know how to calculate paychecks! Let the study guide show you what is most pertinent! Study hard! I studied for 2 and a half months and was a nervous wreck, but passed thanks to these resources. Thank you for the great, affordable resource, Laurie!

  5. The first time I took the CPP in 2016 I did not pass. I was devistated because I had taken a Saturday class for 8 weeks which did not prove to help. This was my second attempt at the CPP and I needed to brush up on the content so I purchased the bundle with flashcards, quizzes, and the study guide. The bundle is just what I needed to pass the exam! I am so happy to say I am now officially a CPP!

  6. I would highly recommend this study guide who is in the process of preparing for the payroll exams. The study guide along with the flashcards and practice tests were very helpful.

    Thank You Laurie.

  7. This study guide helped me pass by exam. I used this as my primary source to study. I purchased a new study guide each year because I just like having this resource at my desk.

  8. I purchased the Study Guide for the Fall 2018 exam along with the practice questions. All praises to God I PASSED on the first time as of October 7, 2017. The payroll source books makes you feel defeated so I recommend the study guide to get straight to the point.

    I also recommend buying the online practice test–those question are much harder than the exam questions so if you can pass those practice test you will breeze through the exam. My advise would be to study study study and know you calculations like the back of your hand along with the abbreviations. Don’t pass any part of the book up you will need to know if all.

  9. I purchased this study guide and the online flash cards/practice exams, studied for about 5 months, and passed the CPP exam on my first try in October 2017. I also used it in preparing for the FPC exam a few years ago. It really breaks down complex topics so you can understand and remember them. The calculation examples were especially helpful for me. I would recommend this study guide to anyone taking the CPP or FPC exam.

  10. The study guide was a great tool. It was easy to read and covered all the material needed to pass the test. I used the study guide along with some cpp practice test and passed the first time.

  11. The study guide has everything outlined perfectly and is a great value! Passed the CPP in October 2017, thank you Laurie!

  12. I purchased this study guide last year and read about 15% of the book, I used a few other tools but didn’t really apply myself. I failed. This year I purchased the product again and I read the whole book. I also focused and really tried. On Oct. 6th 2017 I took and past the exam. The material is great but the person is what it will make or break the exam.
    Try hard, read the material and trust the process.

  13. I was able to pass the CPP exam on my first try thanks to The Practical CPP Study Guide and the CPP Study Tools (flashcards). I also used the Payroll Source Book for studying, but the study guide was my guideline to follow. I highly recommend these products.

  14. Get this guide! Seriously, when the payroll source has completely overwhelmed you – this succinct guide will help narrow down what to study. I am the current Director of Education for the Orange County Chapter of the APA and teach our 18 week study group as well as 2 boot camps each year and I tell ALL my students to get this. It is money well spent! I found it to be invaluable when I passed my 1st time back in 2013. I purchase it every year to help me help the students concentrate their efforts as to what to study. I love it!

  15. This study guide was recommended to me by a co-worker that passed the CPP on her first try. I must say that it is worth every penny because I passed the CPP on my first try as well in October 2017! I am super thrilled about my accomplishment and glad that someone told me about this guide. I purchased the flash cards and studied them and the practice quizzes for about six weeks. This was my only resource for studying so this product comes highly recommended!

  16. I haven’t tested as planned but I do keep the guide on my desktop for quick reference. I peek into it often!! I love that I can search for key words without pulling out my huge book that is now collecting dust in a drawer. I plan on buying the updated guide and testing in the fall. Thanks, Laurie

  17. I passed the CPP exam on the first try in April of 2017 after purchasing the study guide and flash cards. I gave myself about 2 months to study and kept to my plan reading through the guide multiple times, practicing the calculations, and reviewing flash cards regularly. Although I admit I was nervous, I found myself more than prepared for the exam when the day came. If you are anxious about taking the exam and/or what study materials would be best to help you pass, look no further. Follow the Practical CPP Study guide and you will be ready to pass. Highly recommended.

  18. Worth every penny. I bought the book and the flashcards and I feel they were both beneficial to my passing of the exam. Thank you so much for these tools!

  19. This review…is AMAZING.. simply put. This is my first time taking the CPP and PASSED!!

    Prior to studying for the CPP, I was also taking the CPA and similar to the PayTrain provided by the APA, those study materials just give you everything under the sun for you to study so then when you go in for test day, you shoot an arrow in the dark and hope for the best. Not this review…this review hit the NAIL ON THE HEAD.. I literally felt like I was taking another practice test.

    THANK YOU AGAIN! I’m telling everyone about this 🙂

  20. I passed the FPC and now gearing up for the CPP. The Study Guide on here cuts out all the fluff and gets right to the point.It also helps with identifying when to include FIT,SS, Medicare for any calculations. The Payroll Source guide is huge and this study guide cuts it down tremendously. I would only use the Payroll Source Guide if I wanted a deeper understanding of the topic but this study guide is all you really need. The questions are helpful too.

  21. The study guide and the flash cards with the practice test very helpful. I recommend it .

  22. This study guide was very helpful. I use only this guide and one i got from adp to study. And i passed. I would definitely recommend purchasing this guide to anyone who needs to study for the CPP.

  23. I just passed my CPP Exam and this study guide is amazing! This product was recommended to me by my manager, and I have to stay without it I don’t think I would have passed the CPP Exam. The flashcards are great and having them online allowed me to study anytime, anywhere. I highly recommend the Practice Exams as well. They are a great way to measure yourself as you progress in your studying. I will recommend this product to anyone who is planning to take the CPP exam.

  24. This was a great study tool. The practice exams were really helpful in preparing for the exam. I just took the CPP exam and passed and was fortunate to have had someone suggest this website, I used it as my main study guide.

  25. I purchased the study guide and extra tests and used this as my primary resource for studying for the CPP test. This Study Guide is the BEST THING that’s out there. Reading this guide makes studying for the CPP exam so much easier. I would definitely recommend using this study guide for anyone preparing for the CPP in the future. Thank you!!

  26. I purchased the study guide and flashcards and passed the CPP test on the first time. I really liked being able to take the quizzes to reinforce information in the guide. Thank you for being so affordable.

  27. Thanks to The Practical CPP Study Guide, I was able to pass the CPP Exam on my first attempt. It was very helpful to take the practice exams multiple times to test my memory of what I learned in the book and flashcards. Thank you, Laurie!!

  28. Of all the study tools I used – this guide was (by far) the most helpful. It provides the information you need to pass – without a lot of extra information that tends to just be overwhelming. I passed the first time! Having said that – I would recommend allowing enough time to go through the guide more than once.

  29. I bought the CPP study guide Fall 2015/Spring 2016 and the practice calculations and flash cards about 2 weeks before I took the CPP. I was so nervous about taking the test. I’ve been studying since December 2015, with the APA payroll train program and Memotrix study guides, but I have to say if I had the CPP study guide first I would’ve saved myself alot of money and time. Her program was so simple and straight forward. I passed the test on my first try and I can’t say thank you enough. It really simplified the exam.

  30. I purchased the study guide and flash cards and was able to download them to my kindle. It was nice to be able to take advantage of unplanned downtime, enabling me to study whenever and wherever (needed wifi for the flashcards). I passed the (CPP) exam! Thank you for providing these tools.

  31. I bought both Study Guide and Flashcards a month before my exam, I love how the topics are arranged based on the CPP exam content outline. I passed the CPP on my 1st try.

  32. This is the best investment in assuring you will pass the CPP the first time. The flash cards, practice tests and study guide are all awesome! Thank you Laurie for helping me accomplish my goal of passing the CPP the first time today (4/23/2016).

  33. I would recommend to anyone preparing for the CPP exam.. I purchased Flashcard Month before my test.. it helped me focus to memorize and practice questions help me a lot.. Thank you Again!

  34. I took the CPP exam last week for the first time and passed! I can honestly say that I could not have done it without the CPP Study Guide. I have worked in Payroll for almost 15 years but there were so many things I’ve never been exposed to in my work and would have never thought to have studied on my own. And it wasn’t in the budget to spend the major money on the bigger study guides – and I now think those aren’t necessary. The CPP Study Guide was beyond easy to understand and very comprehensive. And the Study Tools – especially the practice calculations and quizzes – were priceless. Thank you for developing such an affordable study solution and for helping me to pass the CPP on the first try! I will recommend your products to everyone I know.

  35. I really recommend purchasing the flashcards if you plan on taking the CPP, they helped me immensely and I passed on my first try. Some of the questions on the exam were almost verbatim. The format is definitely very similar. If I had known about the study guide in advance I probably would not have purchased the Payroll Source.

  36. I purchased the study guide and the online flash cards/practice exams to prep for the FPC exam. The study guide was extremely helpful in breaking down complex topics and it had lots of examples covering many different scenarios. I plan on using this study guide again when I take the CPP exam in a year and a half. Highly recommend it!

  37. For the first time since becoming certified in 1999, I needed to sit for the exam again in order to recertify this year. I wanted something other than the Payroll Source (which I have) and spending time in chapter study group to prepare….I found what I needed with the Study Guide. I purchased it in August to prepare for the exam in October and found it to be very helpful in focusing on what I needed to know versus what is nice to know. I read it twice and have no doubt it helped me pass the exam. Thank you Laurie for providing an affordable alternative to use for exam preparation!

  38. I took the PayTrain Mastery course, which was very good. However, I still felt I needed supplemental material before I took the CPP exam. I came across this site with only 3-4 days to spare before my exam. I purchased this study guide, because I wanted to cover all my bases. And I am glad I did. The Study Guide takes all the most pertinent information from The Payroll Source to prepare you for the exam. It delivered all the information I learned in PayTrain in a way that was much closer to what you see on the CPP exam. It also explained concepts in a better manner overall. I passed the exam with ease.

  39. I feel that the Cpp Study Guide was a great tool to study for the exam. I did pass it in September 2015. I liked the sample questions.

    Good luck everyone!

  40. Excellent product. If you put in the time and go through the study guide, you will pass the test. I would recommend this to anyone taking the test.

  41. Well worth the investment. Great materials! The study guide, flashcard exercise and practice questions helped me pass the CPP first time! The CPP study guide was perfect for studying the items you need to know. Lots of examples to work the complex net pay questions. (lots of these on exam) Highly recommended as that study aids to pass the CPP exam the first time!

  42. I used the CPP Study Guide and IRS publications and passed the first time!
    I would recommend the study guide to anybody taking the CPP. Be sure to use the latest version as the limits change and it is difficult to think about what the actual limits are while studying. Also research other materials when you have questions. This guide was my primary studying tool. Thanks Laurie!

  43. I would recommend the study guide to anyone. I took the FPC and passed the exam. My study group informed me about the book and I purchased it right away.

  44. With 2 weeks remaining before my test and unsatisfactory KAC results, I purchased both the study guide and flash cards in preparation for CPP testing in Spring 2015 (2014 season). The investment was well worth it and resulted in a passing exam. The guide is helpful and informative will continue to be used as a reference. I would definitely recommend for anyone preparing for the FCP or CPP.

  45. I believe that the Study Guide was the key essential to my passing the test on first try, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!! I would recommend it to everyone.

  46. I purchased the study guide four days before my exam and completed. I also had previously studied the Pay Train. I passed the CPP on the first try. I think this study guide is definitely a great tool to have!

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