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I have been extremely happy with Surgent CPA Review so far. I used it to study for BEC and passed with a 78 on the first attempt. Let me explain to you why I think this is the software for me, and for anyone really. A little background will help in understanding why I think this is the only way to study for the CPA Exam.
I am 31. I have 2 kids and a full time job. I’m not in industry. Like many CPA candidates, I have a BS in ACC, and an MBA in Finance. The biggest challenge I face is that I took my last accounting course more than 8 years ago, and I haven’t been a practicing accountant ever.
I started with Wiley CPA Excel to study FAR. After about 3.5 full months of studying every day and going through their curriculum, for a total study time of about 150-200 hours, I took the exam and failed with a 60. I was disappointed, and it took me awhile to get back on the horse. About 8 months, to be exact.
When I finally pulled myself back up off the pavement and started studying again, it was for BEC. As I was studying using Wiley’s method, I realized that I actually knew some of the material! But all that did was make me lazy and caused me to not utilize my time efficiently. Finally, I found Surgent. What sold me on Surgent was the adaptive software. I realized this would serve me best due to my strong knowledge of BEC material, and would help me focus more on my weak areas, so I could study more effectively and efficiently.
After going through the assessment phase in Surgent, I was trending at about 60%. This confirmed to me that I had a strong base of knowledge of the material. Knowing how the adaptive technology software works, I was pleased right of the bat with my choice to use Surgent for my study material. This meant that I wouldn’t see the material that I was knowledgeable in as often. Once I began the study phase, I started to get targeted questions through the rest of my studies in adaptive mode. The questions were hard, but they are supposed to be, because I was seeing stuff that I was weak in, not strong in. After what I estimate to be about 60-70 hours of study time using the software, it was test time.
When I took the exam, I was trending at 69% in the software. I passed with a 78 and couldn’t have been more pleased with the study process! I felt that it was efficient, and helped me focus on the areas I was weak in while at the same time, helping me gauge my progress in an objective manner. I am studying for REG right now (a subject that I am significantly weaker in). But I can already see the progress in my trending scores and know that come test time I will be prepared with Surgent.
A great unexpected perk of studying with Surgent was the personal service I received from their team. When I was getting close to my test date for BEC, I reached out to them for some guidance and received essentially a personal accountability coach who helped me get on a plan, and gave me almost daily feedback and accountability on my progress. Outstanding service!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to help. We are all in this together.
Daniel Colella is currently sitting for the CPA Exam. Daniel is currently working full-time as a financial analyst in the Phoenix area, having received both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. If you have questions for Daniel, please comment in this blog post, and we will send them his way!
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