Benefits of the CPA Credential

By Ray Ruiz

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The benefits of becoming a CPA in today’s economy continue to grow. The designation has more value to the Capital Markets than ever before, however, fewer new CPA candidates are registering to test for the license. With fewer applications to become a CPA and more demand in the marketplace, this creates tremendous opportunity for new […]

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The accounting industry is vastly different from what it looked like a decade ago. Major shifts like the digital transformation in business, growing investment in blockchain, and increased interest in risk management mean that recruiters at top firms are seeking out candidates with more diverse skillsets than ever before. Today’s average associate has changed. Has […]

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The end of the year means finishing finals, spending time with family, and gearing up for your internship. Many auditing and tax internships start in January, so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. Whether you’ll be starting your internship in a few weeks or not for several months, you’ll want to check out […]

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Study Habits We See in Successful CPAs

By Carolyn Rivera

Can a non-accounting major become a CPA? The short answer is YES; you don’t have to study accountancy to become a Certified Public Accountant. While there are definitely some things that you AND students pursuing their accounting degree will need to fulfill, as long as you earn your Bachelor’s degree, you’re on the right track […]

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Career Advice for College Students: What to Do After Accepting a Job Offer

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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Whether you endured a grueling and extensive job search or were lucky enough to experience a smooth and relatively easy hiring process, there are few things more exciting than receiving that phone call or offer letter from your new employer, and graduating with a job offer in hand. But there are a few things you […]

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7 Steps to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

By Shirley Claude, M.A.O.M

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Full disclosure: an elevator pitch doesn’t require an actual elevator. The reason for its name is that you should be able to deliver it in the amount of time it takes to complete a short elevator ride. What is an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch (sometimes called an elevator speech) is a 30-60 second speech […]

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Video: Why You Should be Studying Data Analytics

By Carolyn Rivera

The field of data analytics is growing, and future CPAs need to be prepared to make meaningful business decisions from big data. According to Surgent’s Chief Knowledge Officer Liz Kolar, knowing data analytics can keep accountants from having to perform routine transaction processes. Instead, accountants can focus on learning from their data and communicating their […]

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7 Mistakes CPA Exam Candidates Make on Simulations

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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When it comes to CPA Exam scoring, the AICPA gives equal weight to Multiple Choice Questions and Task-Based Simulations/Written Communication Tasks. In fact, Sims account for a greater portion of a candidate’s exam section score than ever before. This change has caused simulations (or sims for short) to become a larger portion of an exam […]

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Building an established network is a sure way to jumpstart your professional career. Networking can help students and professionals get to know what job opportunities are currently available, possible future career paths, and the requirements for different positions within a company. Besides the aspirational career aspects, networking is also an opportunity to have intellectual discussions, […]

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Machine Learning Meets CPA Review with MyMCQ™

By Rachael Brink

Surgent is committed to helping students get exam ready in as little time as possible, and we’re constantly optimizing our course to reflect that goal. Recently, we released a difficulty progression feature called MyMCQ™ that uses machine learning to show you the multiple-choice questions you need to see to help you gain the more advanced […]

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