Suggested Configuration

1. Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista, Windows 7
2. Intel/AMD (550 MHz+), 256MB RAM
3. Office XP, Office 2007
4. 1024×768 Resolution

MAC Users: You may run our software ONLY if you have Windows on your MAC. Many of our customers use our software on their MAC computer with Windows. There are many software titles available to do just this.
Frequently Asked Questions

1. When trying to register, an error message indicates that I cannot access the server.
2. I want to get additional codes to use on another computer.
3. I purchased a new computer and the codes I was assigned don’t work
4. I keep getting a message that the software has experienced an error and needs to close when I attempt to run it for the first time?
5. I get an error message that the software cannot connect to server when I attempt to register with my product key?
6. When I begin an exam, only the letters of the answer choices appear – e.g., A), B), C), et cetera.
7. When I run a test, the text is cut off or not visible on the screen.
8. I want to see all the questions in the test bank.

When trying to register, an error message indicates that I cannot access the server.

Make sure that you have an active direct connection to the Internet. If your connection is not active or you are working over a wireless connection, you may receive such an error message.

I want to get additional codes to use on another computer.

Unfortunately due to the high incidence of software piracy, we have to be strict with regard to our license agreement policy. Nevertheless, if he would like to obtain an additional key he can do so with the fifty percent discount we provide to returning customers.

I purchased a new computer and the codes I was assigned don’t work.

The product keys that you originally purchased were for a single computer. To remain fair to all of our customers and guard against unauthorized distribution of our software, we strictly abide by a rule of not providing additional keys. Nevertheless, problems with computers do arise and we now offer two options. Either you can purchase new licenses for the software with a 50% courtesy coupon or we will generate new keys for you if you can provide us with proof of purchase of a new computer. Please let us know which option will work best for you.

I keep getting a message that the software has experienced an error and needs to close when I attempt to run it for the first time?

Complete the installation process. Completely shut down your computer and restart before attempting to run the software.

I get an error message that the software cannot connect to server when I attempt to register with my product key?

Please be sure that you have an active internet connection and that all firewalls have been disabled (e.g., Norton Antivirus, EZ Firewall, etc.)

When I begin an exam, only the letters of the answer choices appear – e.g., A), B), C), et cetera.

This problem indicates that the antivirus software you are running has a “script-blocking feature enabled.” To resolve the problem, before running your PCAT software, open your anti-virus software management window (usually by double-clicking on the appropriate icon in the lower right hand corner of your desktop) and disable the script-blocking feature. Then run your PCAT software and the problem should be resolved.

When I run a test, the text is cut off or not visible on the screen.

Try adjusting the resolution of your screen to the suggested 1024 x 768.

I want to see all the questions in the test bank.

Disable the randomization feature of the software to take the exams in a static format.

A CPA Study Bonus

You will give yourself a huge study bonus if you do the following. So basically you should study really hard and get to the end of the content from something like Gleim’s great CPA guide as fast as you can, and then when you are done doing that, you will of course have lots of time left over before the exam comes along. So next what you should do is revise over the information from the guide. This way you will have a much better grasp of the content of the guide and therefore the information needed for the passing of the exam. See, the reason to do this is because you cannot expect yourself to learn absolutely everything that you read, watch or listen to on your first attempt of it. We humans have brains that do not absorb absolutely everything that we read so it will be totally crucial to look at the same information for a second time. And if you are worried just about money when it comes to these study resources then I would suggest that you use some CPA discounts for buying your study resources. These will save you significant money off of the resources you need.

Prep books that suck

Prep books that suck are a real problem for anyone who is unlucky enough to pick them up. And I feel sorry for the people who do pick them up because these people are non the wiser. Often these prep books have nice shiny book covers on them so they really look the part and some people can be fooled into buying them in the basis that if the cover is good then the content inside must be too. This can of course sometimes be the case and actually in a lot of cases I would say it is the case, but not always. Sometimes as I said you have a nice book cover but poor content inside. As the old saying goes, you cannot judge a book by its cover. Anyway some books that you can really trust to be good are most of the ACT books for preparation that are available now. Also there are GMAT books that rule around so that is a good thing for people who study a lot. Overall you just need to look at the books that you pick up and be sure to look inside. Check them out properly and then you will not get upset from choosing the wrong books.

Getting ahead of your CISSP studies

If you can get ahead of your CISSP studies then you will have a definite advantage for the exam. Let me just describe what I mean by getting ahead with your CISSP studies. Basically what this means is you study at a fast pace so that you get through all of the study material from your online training for CISSP very soon. The advantage in doing this comes from the fact that you will have lots of time left before the exam to use for revising over the material that you already learned. You may think that if you have already learned the material then there is no need to look at the same thing twice or even 3 or 4 times. But this is incorrect thinking because the more you look at the information the more familiar you get with it. Revising also helps you to fix up any weak points in your knowledge, because you certainly will not take in absolutely everything on the first attempt at learning the information, and the revision sessions using materials for CISM study can help to just sweep and tidy up what you did not learn properly on the first time. This is good of course.

Turning up for CIA study sessions

You need to turn up consistently for your CIA study sessions, regardless of what they may consist of. I know that all different people have lots of different ways of getting their studies done, and I understand that you will of course be no different so it will be crucial for you to just use your own way of doing things, but whatever that may include, be sure to be consistent. There is no place for random studying – you know, where you just study here and there when you feel like it. No, you gotta study all the time, and be sure to try as hard as you can in each session. Of course it really helps if you have got the FFA CIA guide/review, but even if you haven’t got access to that review, you can still pass this exam. I used my Gleim CIA review copy and I did just fine on this exam so it just goes to show that you can use more or less any study course you like but as long as you put solid effort in, you will still succeed. That is all I have for today’s article so until next time happy studies!

EA exam study statistics

Although I do not have the exact figures to hand right now, I did see some statistics about the EA exam recently and basically they revealed that the EA exam is an exam that causes problems for some people. Not a super high number of people pass the EA exam and this causes issues because people lose their confidence in their ability to pass, and this very lack of confidence can influence them into failing the exam as some kind of self fulfilling prophecy. So for that reason you need to just not put too much thought into whether you will or will not pass the exam. That will be decided on the big day. For now you just need to worry about finding total enrolled agent courses (ie the best courses) to use for studying, and focus fully on studying. Because studying obviously is the key to all success when we are talking about the EA exam. Some people think that raw intelligence matters and this can be a small factor but to make what I am trying to say easier to understand, even a person who is of average intelligence would pass the exam if they study hard from a good course. If you don’t have a lot of money you can get discounts on enrolled agent courses for sure.