Adopters and reviewers praise Intermediate Accounting, 4e, by Spiceland/Sepe/Tomassini for its superior readability, strong supplements package/learning system, good EOC, real-world flavor, consistent quality; and high student engagement. The authors have created a flexible text with a student friendly writing style that focuses on explaining not only how to apply a procedure, but why it's applied. SST 4e is built around a "Learning System" designed to prepare students for the new CPA exam and the business world, by emphasizing decision making. Kaplan CPA exam simulations are tied to appropriate chapters in the book, and available on the OLC.New brief exercises.Thoroughly revised EOC material, now including more application and analysis problemsConceptual Emphasis ż Spiceland is more conceptual in how it successfully explains not just how to account for something, but why you account for it in a particular manner.Decision-Making Perspective ż These sections appear in almost every chapter, and are presented to reinforce how concepts are applied in the real world. This text addresses the issues of how creditors use information about accounts receivables and inventories, determine which information is useful to investors, and why managers choose a particular accounting method over an allowable alternative. By the end of this course, students will be able to use accounting information to make decisions, understand financial reporting issues, and most importantly, critically evaluate reporting alternatives.Flexibility ż The author team has organized the chapters modularly so basic concepts are covered early in the chapter, while more difficult concepts can be studied later, or skipped completely. With other encyclopedic texts, this can be very difficult for instructors to accomplish.Chapter opening Financial Reporting Cases ż Each chapter opens with a Financial Reporting Case that places the students in the role of the decision-maker. These cases will help students understand why and how the material covered in a given chapter is applied in business. Questions relating to these cases are placed appropriately throughout the chapter where the learned concepts can be applied. Solutions to these questions are located in the End-of-Chapter material.Ethical Dilemmas ż Ethical boxes are integrated throughout the text and are intended to create an awareness of accounting issues with ethical ramifications. These are great for classroom discussions and ask students to consider situations dealing with fraud, accounting for contingencies, and post-retirement pension plans.Global Perspectives - International boxes integrated throughout the text to give students a sense of how accounting is use in other countries. Students will get some insight into how income tax regulations are handled in other countries, how investments are reported, and uniformity of accounting standards in a global marketplace.Additional Consideration boxes provide students with more detail on selected topics such as understanding ratios, LIFO/FIFO, and goodwill.Critical Thinking skills are developed with the integration of the following 12 types of cases: Critical Thought Cases, International Cases, Integrating Cases, Research Cases, Real-World Cases, Internet Cases, Writing Cases, Discussion Cases, Financial Analysis Cases, Ethics Cases, Group Interaction Cases, and Trueblood Cases. These cases are integrated throughout every chapter and allow students to apply their knowledge.Concept Review Exercises w/solutions ż reinforces the understanding of chapter material, and allows students to apply concepts and procedures learned in earlier chapters prior to their homework assignment.