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As you start your CPA journey, you’re probably wondering the best course of action when it comes to exam prep. Is it enough to have a massive test bank of exam questions, or is it better to have a full-on review course? Below, we’ll review the pros and cons of a test bank and a CPA […]

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How to Make the Most Out of a CPA Exam Blackout Period

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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The Uniform CPA Examination is only administered during specific testing windows each year, and there are several “blackout periods” throughout the year when you can’t sit. To help prepare you for scheduling, let’s talk about what the CPA Exam blackout periods are and when they happen; then, we’ll show you how to make the most […]

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Estimate Your CPA Exam Score Before You Sit

By Megan Bierwirth

Find Out Your CPA Exam Score Before You Even Sit

One of the biggest anxieties for CPA Exam candidates is knowing whether or not they’re ready to sit for and pass the CPA Exam. Traditional wisdom centers around a specific number of hours studied as an indicator of whether or not candidates will pass. However, not everyone learns at the same rate or in the […]

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How to Choose A CPA Review Course: 5 Considerations Before Buying

When you’ve decided to become certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), you must first pass the CPA Exam and will require a practice exam course package to prep you. Choosing a CPA Review course can be a confusing process. With the number of learning platforms on offer with a range of features, it can be tough. But there are a […]

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Meet the Firms: Tips for College Students

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

No matter your year in college, it’s never too early to start meeting and connecting with firms. As a freshman and sophomore, college students can use these connections to get summer internships and gain experience; as a junior or senior, networking with firms can lead directly to a job. But meeting firms is only the […]

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With so many CPA exam courses out there, it can be difficult to know which one is going to work best for you. Your study habits and learning style are unique, and finding a course that adapts to that individuality can seem impossible. However, Surgent’s CPA Exam Review course is here to break the mold […]

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2019 CPA Exam Blueprints: What You Need to Know

By Susan Cox, M.Acc., CPA

What are the CPA Exam Blueprints? The AICPA builds the CPA examination from the “specs” contained in a document called Blueprints. The CPA Exam Blueprints are updated and published once or twice a year, and the version used to build the 2019 exam was just released this month. There is a Blueprint for each exam […]

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Planning a Career: The CMA vs CPA Credential

By Megan Bierwirth

Despite the pop-culture portrayal of accountants, the available career paths for number crunchers are surprisingly diverse. Two of the biggest credentials in the industry are the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. To give you a better idea of deciding between CMA vs CPA, let’s consider the differences between […]

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7 CPA Exam Study Tips While Working Full-Time

By Megan Bierwirth

Deciding to become a CPA is a huge step in your career; it’s a tough path that will mark you as an expert in your field (and the pay raise isn’t bad either). However, taking the CPA Exam amid a full-time job can seem daunting at its best and completely overwhelming at its worst. Luckily, […]

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Failing the CPA isn’t a great feeling, but with four separate sections, each with a pass rate around 50%, it’s likely candidates will have one failure under their belt before they pass. It can be intimidating to jump back into the game after you’ve failed the CPA exam, but with the right study plan we […]

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