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How to Study For Your CPA While Working Remote

By Megan Bierwirth

The novel coronavirus has truly changed the way we go about our everyday lives. Things we never thought about before, like going to the grocery store, going to the gym, and going to work are being changed and restricted at a rapid pace. Many of us are now telecommuting (or working from home) as many […]

One of the best ways to start your accounting career on the right foot is by working for a Big 4 Accounting firm. These firms, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG, are perfect launching pads for your career, whether you want to work in public accounting or you want to break off and do […]

7 Simple Tips for Self-Care during Busy Season

By Shirley Claude, M.A.O.M

I know, I know. You have ZERO time for anything during busy season. You’re spread thin, and are being pulled left, right, and center. But just because you’re spending more time than ever in the office doesn’t mean that you can completely forget to look after yourself before you help others. Here are seven ways […]

It’s no secret that the United States is in the midst of a digital transformation – that’s easy to see with the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies and digital assets, as evidenced by the huge growth in 2019 that’s expected to surge again in 2020. Much of the criticism surrounding cryptocurrencies relates to its value being […]

Our Top Blog Posts of 2019

By Megan Matthews

It’s been a busy year for our blog, and an even busier year for CPAs. So, in case you missed it – below are the top five blog posts that your peers were reading in 2019. How to Pass a CPA Exam Section in Three Weeks We recently dug into our data and found out […]

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 […]

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

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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 […]

Getting the Most Out of UniversityPASS

By Carolyn Rivera

UniversityPASS is Surgent’s award-winning curriculum solutions tool built to equip accounting students with the tools they need to pass the CPA Exam — all while making professors’ jobs easier. The tool includes content such as multiple-choice questions with detailed answer explanations, links to online textbooks, on-demand video lectures, and lecture notes and slides. Professors can […]

Video: Why You Should be Studying Data Analytics

By Carolyn Rivera

The field of data analytics is growing, and future CPAs need to be prepared to make meaningful business decisions from big data. According to Surgent’s Chief Knowledge Officer Liz Kolar, knowing data analytics can keep accountants from having to perform routine transaction processes. Instead, accountants can focus on learning from their data and communicating their […]

7 Mistakes CPA Exam Candidates Make on Simulations

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA


When it comes to CPA Exam scoring, the AICPA gives equal weight to Multiple Choice Questions and Task-Based Simulations/Written Communication Tasks. In fact, Sims account for a greater portion of a candidate’s exam section score than ever before. This change has caused simulations (or sims for short) to become a larger portion of an exam […]