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Everyone tells you to take the CPA Exam after graduation, but you aren’t sure where to begin or how to balance the exam with life, work, and summer plans. Chances are, you’d rather spend your summer doing things other than study.   But you can have it all: beach, passed sections and a life. It […]

When a beloved Surgent team member passed away in 2021, we wanted to honor his legacy and commitment to educating the next generation of accounting and finance professionals. We created a semi-annual scholarship that would be awarded to students aspiring to a career in accounting or financial services.  The Paul Wiese Bridge Builder Scholarship Award […]

CPA Exam after graduation

You finally graduated from college, so you deserve time for the beach, kayaking or working that summer ice cream-parlor job you’ve had since high school. But let’s put the brakes on taking off one last summer before adulting. Now is the ideal time to take and pass all four sections of the CPA Exam. After […]

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Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) is a time-consuming but worthwhile endeavor. For many accounting students and new accounting professionals, passing the exam and getting a CPA license is the ultimate goal. Becoming a CPA can lead to job security, a higher salary and advancement opportunities.  A CPA license is the industry standard for ensuring […]

By now you have likely heard the CPA Evolution that will become effective Jan. 1, 2024, transitioning the CPA Exam from its four existing sections to three core sections (AUD, REG, FAR) and a required specialization track in either BAR, ISC or TCP. Now in addition to these Evolution-related changes, question format, question type and […]

Tips to succeed as first-year accountant

By Jack Castonguay

In the transition from college degree to first job in accounting, the stakes are high – and the rewards are even higher. You’re launching a rewarding career offering good pay and a multitude of advancement opportunities.   For first-year accountants, there will be long days during busy season, but this also is an incredible learning experience. […]

We have great news if you are entering your CPA Exam journey! If you were worried about needing to pass all four sections of the CPA Exam before the CPA Evolution goes into effect in January 2024 you can breathe easier – you still will get the same 18-month window you have now. Even though […]

7 mistakes CPA Exam candidates make on simulations (and how to avoid them!)

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

CPA Exam Simulation Tips

When it comes to CPA (Certified Public Accountant) 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, causing simulations (or sims) to become a larger portion of a CPA candidate’s exam […]

AUD study tips to help you pass the CPA Exam

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

AUD Study Tips

If you follow our blog, you may have seen that we’re now recommending (for the time being) to sit for AUD first. That’s quite a departure from our typical Exam section order recommendation, we know. But ultimately, it’s your most efficient route to a passing score right now, with the upcoming exam changes and the […]

Video: CPA Exam tips for college students

By Jordan Junqua

So, you’re studying for your bachelor’s degree, or maybe a master’s degree, with dreams to go into public accounting? Even more, you want to start on the journey to becoming a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant)? That’s great, and you’re already on your way to meeting the education requirements of an Accounting degree! And while […]