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Top Excel Skills for Accountants

By Megan Bierwirth

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Ask any accountant in any field which software they use on a daily basis, and the most common answer will be Microsoft Excel. The spreadsheet tool is perfect for anyone working in the finance and accounting fields due to its versatility and specific financial applications. At this point, it’s expected that you be proficient in […]

6 Ways to Improve Your CPA Exam Score

By Lou Haverty

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It’s one thing to fail a test when you haven’t invested your full effort. However, when you fully invest your time and effort, only to come up just a little bit short, it’s among the worst feelings in the world. Failing a section of the CPA Exam can feel like an overwhelmingly negative setback. At […]

SOC for Cybersecurity: A Guide to Managing Risk

By Megan Bierwirth

SOC for Cybersecurity

One of the biggest concerns for organizations in today’s business environment is cybersecurity. Cybersecurity in its most basic form is the protection of electronic data from unauthorized or criminal access and use. As businesses capture more and more data, both internally in relation to the operations of the company and externally in relation to the […]

Prometric is continuing its investment in user experience. The company that provides testing centers for the Uniform CPA Examination announced a user interface pilot program refresh beginning in July 2019 with a complete refresh scheduled across all test centers by April 2020. Through upgraded operating systems, a new user interface pilot program, and a few […]

The FASB Proposed Delays in Major Accounting Standards: What You Need to Know for the CPA Exam

On Wednesday, July 17th, the Financial Accounting Standards Board proposed delaying a few major accounting standards updates for private companies, nonprofits, and smaller reporting companies. The FASB’s reconsideration of the effective dates of these new accounting standards had to do mostly with the burden it would place on financial reporting at these entities and how […]

CPAs of the Future AACSB Updates Accounting Standards to Include Data Analytics

The accounting industry has undergone major changes in the last several decades due to the increase in reliance on information technology. From incorporating new IT into the workplace, to making sure it’s working properly, to protecting data, CPAs have their hands full as the industry evolves to meet the demand for growth and innovation. In […]

Which CPA Review Course Is the Best?

By Megan Bierwirth

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You’ve decided to take the CPA Exam; now you need to research the best possible CPA prep course for you in order to sit and pass as quickly as possible. As you start to dig into CPA prep courses, you may be considering which features you really need in order to pass. Do you want to purchase a bare minimum CPA Exam review course based on your learning style? Or would you rather go all in and get something with extra features or support? Or maybe your needs lie somewhere in the middle? You’re a unique individual, and your CPA Review course should fit with your specific learning needs.

If you’re in the throngs of researching, check out Surgent’s three different packages: Essentials Pass, Premier Pass, and Ultimate Pass. You’re sure to find the absolute best CPA review course to fit your needs.

How Data Analytics Affect the CPA Exam

By Megan Bierwirth

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Sherlock Holmes once said, “Data, data, data! I can’t make bricks without clay!” This quote alludes to the fact that decision making can’t be accurate if the correct data isn’t presented, an idea that the business environment is increasingly concerned about. As technology has advanced, so has our access to data. But data can be […]

Top 5 Career Benefits of Being a CPA

By Megan Bierwirth

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A Certified Public Accountant is an elite professional in the world of accounting and finance, and having the license can boost your career and provide plenty of opportunity for upward mobility. If you’re considering becoming a CPA, check out these 5 career benefits of being a CPA.

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

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA


You’ve been studying for a section of the CPA Exam for weeks, and now you’re ready to sit; however, scheduling the test isn’t as easy as it sounds. The CPA Exam is administered during specific testing windows each year, and there are several “blackout periods” throughout the year where you can’t sit. To help prepare […]