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  1. I came across this study guide and used it as my #1 resource for my October CPP exam. I heard others talking about some of the other resources that were available and I purchased a few of them that were affordable. There were others that were VERY expensive that some of the message boards recommended. Seriously, this guide was exactly what I needed!! I purchased the guide and the study tools and used them every day. I had the flash cards on my cell phone and instead of surfing the web, I was reading flash cards. 🙂 I made sure that I knew the study guide backwards and forwards and knew where to find every single answer. When I sat down for the test, I found that I was more prepared than I thought. Laurie, thank you so much for such a valuable resource. I know that there are several changes in store for 2020, so please let me know when the next book will be ready. I plan to use it as my desk reference. Thank you again!!!

  2. I passed the CPP exam last week. I am so happy to have found such a powerful learning source which provides everything a person need to prepare for the exam. People told me the exam was very hard to pass, but actually it was super easy for me after preparing with this study resource and the on-line tool with flashcards and quizzes. I will definitely use it in 5 years when I need to recertify. Keeping up with RCH’s might be more pain than just go to the exam again. Thank you to the Author for putting together a quality product and caring for all of us in need to study the right things.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Kris Armstrong, CPP

    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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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.

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