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  1. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to pass the CPP the first time. It has only the relevant information that you need to focus on. The flash cards and practice exams were great too!

  2. Felt like saving $1,000 from not purchasing some of the other study guides that are out there. I studied for about 3-4 weeks, 2-7 hours a day (the hours greatly varied due to work or lifestyle) and passed on my first attempt. I ONLY used this material. I suggest becoming familiar with EVERY question within all of the quizzes, along with ALL of the flashcards. Read the book entirely at least once, understand garnishments, how to calculate a paycheck, pre-tax deductions and W2 boxes (among many other topics).

    Best of luck!

  3. I purchased this study guide to help me with the fall/spring 2020 FPC exam since there is not much study material out there besides what’s on the APA website. I took the FPC exam on April 16, 2021 and PASSED!!! I can honestly say that out of all the materials I was using this was the best by far. I was really slacking and then I really buckled down for about 3 weeks and study this material. The only thing I would have liked was for the quizzes to have explanations on why certain answers were wrong when I followed the steps. But I guess that also helped because I had to figure out on my own how to get to the correct answer.

    All in all I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND buying this study guide and book

  4. I purchased the Practical CPP Study Guide in 2019 & 2020, and I’m planning to purchase it every year to use as a desk reference going forward and to stay up to date on the new rules and regulations that occur every year in the payroll profession. The Guide was one of the tools I used to pass the CPP test on my first try on April 16th along with a great study group, the tests from The Payroll Source, and printouts of the IRS publications.

    I found Laurie’s guide to be concise and easier to understand than The Payroll Source but the tests she gives are much harder than the one’s found in the Source. And, that was a great help because the CPP test will pull questions from the most obscure area’s of the Source. The Flash Cards were a big help in this regard as well. They touch on subjects that you might not focus on and challenges you to research and learn things that you might overlook in the Source. I had the Flash Cards on my cell phone and I sent the pdf of Laurie’s guide to my Kindle Fire so I could study anywhere / anytime. I also took every one of Laurie’s tests, multiple times, during the final week before I took the CPP test.

    Thanks Laurie for all you do and Good Luck to everyone taking the test! It’s not easy but you can do it!!

  5. With this study guide and flash cards I was able to pass the FPC 2019 and the CPP 2021 exams. I studied for 2 months on both occasions as there is so much information. There were still things on the test I had never even seen but this guide helps with the more important aspects and gives a good base on the majority of content. Learn the calculations, I cannot stress that enough. I did not purchase any APA products or take any APA classes as I could not afford them.

  6. I am thankful that I purchased the Practical CPP Study Guide. This was what I needed to help me understand many of the concepts in the Payroll Source. Also figuring out problems. I passed the CPP exam on 4/6/2021. Without this study guide I don’t think I would’ve been able to pass the exam.

  7. The Practical CPP Study Guide by Laurie was an essential part of my preparation for the exam. Last week I took and passed the CPP exam. This exam covers every aspect of payroll and is based on the Payroll Source, which is a 2.5-inch desktop reference issued by the APA, and it seems to be getting bigger every year. What makes this exam so difficult is you don’t know what questions they would ask or how they would ask it. Laurie’s study guide measured less than 1 inch but manages to cover all the essential areas of the desktop reference in an easy to read format. Plus, the over 700 flash cards and over 300 questions, in my opinion, simulates the randomness that you might encounter on the exam. All of these materials at an affordable price is hard to find. I would highly recommend this study guide to anyone taking the CPP exam.

  8. Cristina Holtzinger

    I just passed my CPP exam today!!! If it wasn’t for these study guides I would not have passed. The other tools I was using just didn’t break it down like Laurie’s CPP study guide does. It is simply put and straight to the point. Well worth the money to purchase the guide and online study materials. The flash cards were great as well as the quizzes. If you are reading this review, you need to make this purchase! You won’t regret it. And thank you SO much Laurie for creating these materials!!

  9. I failed the exam the first 2 times I took it because I wasn’t able to condense the tons and tons of information from the IRS into something I could study. I wanted to purchase materials directly from the American Payroll Association but their prices were crazy expensive. I did some research and found this guide, I figured for the cheap price I would at least give it a try. The guide was absolutely perfect, it contains all the needed material, quizzes and flash cards. It has something for everyone and for a really low price. I am proud to say the 3rd time was the charm for me and with the help of this amazing guide I was able to pass. It’s ok to feel skeptical at first but I promise you this has everything you need and is updated with the most current information. Best of luck to all and congrats to those who have passed.

  10. I worked in non-profit and profit settings, and this guide was just enough for me to organize my previous knowledge and focus on things I was less familiar with. I only studied a week or two, and passed in October. I didn’t use anything from APA (so expensive!) and was thrilled to find such an affordable option. Thank you Laurie!

  11. I purchased the guide and used it to study along with an APA study program. The guide was an EXCELLENT compliment to the APA program and I am thrilled to report that I passed the exam in September 2019. I used both programs because I was paranoid about being prepared enough, but the guide and its resources definitely would stand alone quite well.

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