CPA Exam Resources


Preparing to Pass the CPA Exam

When deciding to sit for the CPA Exam, it is important to prepare with a strategy in mind. 

First, decide on the best time of year to take the CPA Exam based on your work schedule and then set up a study schedule.

Most successful exam candidates say that the earlier you take the exam after graduating from college, the better.  Your work schedule will only get more demanding, and you will still have good test taking skills from school.  Put those strong study and test taking skills to work when they’re at their best.  Apply and sit for the exam as soon after graduation as possible.

Create a study plan and stick to it

Put in the Study Time

  • Concentrate on 1 section at time

  • Break up your modules into small chunks – Surgent CPA Review has taken this advice and created lecture videos in small bite-sized chunks; most are in 10-20 minute modules

  • There are NO short-cuts or tricks –

  • Utilize a study planner tool – Surgent CPA Review’s study tool is interactive and will guide you through the various modules and provide guidance on how much study time to put in each day

  • Plan for the time investment – With Surgent CPA Review you will average under 100 study hours per exam section; other review courses could cost you well over 250 study hours


How to find time to review

Everyone is busy with work and/or home life

  • Review your entire life for a week

  • Block out times you sleep

  • Block out times you commute

  • Block out times you work

  • Allow for 1 hour/day for a break

  • Do not skip this step


AICPA Resources

Visit the AICPA Website

  • www.cpa-exam.org

  • View Sample CPA Exam questions

  • Work through the tutorial

  • Enroll in the free candidate resource

    • 6-month subscription to AICPA Authoritative Literature