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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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Getting the Most Out of UniversityPASS

By Meagan Boonie

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 […]

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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 […]

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7 Mistakes CPA Exam Candidates Make on Simulations

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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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 […]

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Machine Learning Meets CPA Review with MyMCQ™

By Meagan Boonie

Surgent is committed to helping students get exam ready in as little time as possible, and we’re constantly optimizing our course to reflect that goal. Recently, we released a difficulty progression feature called MyMCQ™ that uses machine learning to show you the multiple-choice questions you need to see to help you gain the more advanced […]

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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 […]

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SOC for Cybersecurity: A Guide to Managing Risk

By Megan Bierwirth

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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