Choosing a CPA Review course that is best suited for you is a very important decision. There are so many factors to consider. Because I have been preparing candidates for the CPA Exam for more than 25 years, and have been a full-time college professor for almost 30 years, I have tremendous insight about how students learn. I also understand the challenges that candidates encounter as they navigate the CPA Examination process. When designing the Surgent CPA Review program, I wanted to provide all of the best possible features to truly give students everything they need to pass the CPA Exam.

To help you decide which course is best for you, I have compiled a list of our most important features as compared to Gleim CPA Review:

  Surgent CPA Review Gleim CPA Review
Course Expiration None of our courses expire. We’re with you ’till you pass! Gleim Traditional CPA Review System discontinues free updates after 18 months; Gleim Premium CPA Review System has unlimited access.
1-on-1 Coaching Surgent offers several student support options, from onboarding, to CPA Exam success coaches, to accounting professor tutors. No 1-on-1 coaching; students submit an inquiry and receive a response through their course.
Customized Study Plan A.S.A.P. Technology works continuously throughout the course to help you identify your weak eares, focus your studies, reduce study time, and improve your pass rate. Smartadapt™ Technology directs users to specific categories based on assessment results.
Payment Plan Fees Surgent offers 3, 6, or 12 month payment plans through . Rates vary from 0-30% APR, which is the only fee associated with the loan. Affirm does not charge late fees, service fees, repayment fees, or any other hidden fees.
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Rates from 10-30% APR based on credit score.
Money-Back Guarantee Surgent offers a money-back guarantee. Guarantees a refund of all unopened books and un-downloaded audios returned within 30 days of purchase. Online materials can be canceled within 30 days of purchase if no more than the first study unit has been accessed.
Number of Practice Exams Unlimited practice exams Limited practice exams.
Free Course Updates Updates are FREE and made continuously, so you can be sure you’re always studying the most up-to-date material. Free updates are expire at 18 months for Gleim Traditional CPA Review System. Students who purchase Gleim Premium CPA Review System are subject to free online updates and new editions of books for the cost of shipping.
Course Price Full-course prices range from $1899-$2999 Course price ranges for $1599-$1999
Average Study Hours Per Part 95 hours per part 200 hours per part
Assessment 10 Quizzes comprised of a total 450 questions pulled from all CPA Exam categories 18-question quiz
Study Planner Study planner calculates necessary amount of study time per day based on student’s chosen availability, and adjusts that study time based on performance. Static calendar. Software does not calculate study time per day.
Adaptability to Student Progress Real-time algorithms ensure study material is always adaptive to the student’s progress. Updates somewhat, although does not appear to be based on performance.
Category Content Weightings Assessment quizzes, daily study material, and practice exams all factor in exam content weightings No category content weighting


If you’ve previously used another CPA Review course, like Becker, you are eligible to save up to $900 when you switch to Surgent! Click here to learn more.

I wish you all the best, and hope to help you become a CPA!

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Liz Kolar, CPA, CGMA, has been teaching CPA Review for more than 25 years in the United States, has personally taught more than 2,500 live sessions, and has helped thousands of candidates pass the CPA Exam. She founded Pinnacle CPA Review and co-founded Surgent Kolar CPA Review.

She is a recipient of the ASWA Business Woman of the Year Northeast Region, Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year, and PICPA Outstanding Educator of the Year. Liz began her career in Public Accounting with a Big Four accounting firm auditing financial service clients after graduating from Pace University with an MBA in Public Accounting. Liz’s teaching career spans almost 30 years. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Pace University and Seton Hall University, and is currently a professor at Delaware Valley University.