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As graduation approaches, it’s easy to feel anxious about the CPA exam and ready to start putting a few sections behind you. Depending on your situation, you may be able to start taking it while you’re still in school, as long as you can properly manage a full course load alongside studying.   Whether or […]


Effective April 1, 2017, the AICPA updated the CPA exam to be a 50/50 split between Multiple Choice Questions and Task Based Simulations/Written Communication Tasks. This change has caused simulations (or sims for short) to become a larger portion of an exam candidate’s score. Consequently, doing well on the sims has become even more crucial […]


  The AICPA recently released a list of revisions to the CPA Exam Blueprints, to take effect 7/1/2018. While CPA Exam candidates should be sure to consult the most up-to-date blueprints document, rest assured! The AICPA confirms that these revisions do not change “the nature or scope of content eligible for testing in an Exam […]


Let’s face it! To achieve CPA exam success, you need one incredible review course to power your studies. Most of us know that, but not everybody knows who all the big players are in the CPA review course market and what each of them is known for.  That’s why I dive into reviewing each of […]

Adaptive Learning: Surgent CPA Review's Scret Sauce and Your White Knight

My name is Brandon Vagner, CPA, PhD, former KPMG Manager, and founder of CPA Exam Success and Test Prep Store.  I’ve professionally reviewed and analyzed many high quality review courses all the way from GMAT prep courses to CPA Review Courses.  When you boil it down and look at all the factors, what matters most […]

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When it came to studying for the CPA Exam with Surgent CPA Review, one student says, “It was a world of difference. It was the difference between failing and passing.” Find out why Surgent CPA Review worked for him in this video!

Graduating soon and thinking about taking the CPA Exam? Watch this video for why you should take the CPA Exam right after graduation.

Remember the Misery Index from your college Economics class? We’ve applied it to CPA exam prep using cost of CPA review, hours studying, and sections taken. The lower your score, the better!


2016 was a big year for the CPA exam! The FASB issued several ASUs, some of which will be tested beginning this January, the testing window for 2017 was extended, and the AICPA announced that the exam will change on April 1, 2017. We understand that keep track of these changes can be difficult. To […]