Course Overview

Surgent CPA Review is unlike any other exam review on the market. Other courses tell students to read every textbook, watch every video, and do every MCQ. But we don't want you to study everything. That's because you probably don't need to! So how do you know what you should study and what you can skip? Well, that's where our proprietary adaptive learning platform, A.S.A.P. Technology comes in!

Surgent CPA Review is the only course that will help you:

  • Focus on weak areas—and turn them into strengths
  • Significantly reduce your study time—most students spend about half the time they would with other review courses
  • Know when you're ready to pass

How Can Surgent CPA Review Help Me Study Less and Pass Faster?

A.S.A.P. Technology figures out what you know and what you don't know--and customizes your study plan to match. Your plan continues to adapt as you study, saving you time, while preparing you better. All along, you'll know exactly how exam-ready you are, thanks to our unique ReadySCORE™, which tells you when you're ready to pass. Keep reading to learn how Surgent helps students pass 92%* of the time -- that’s more than 30 points higher than the national average pass rates reported by the AICPA!

1. Assessment Phase

You’ll complete 10 quizzes with questions pulled from all CPA Exam content areas. Your answers enable our software’s algorithm to identify what you know and what you don’t know, and build a learning path tailored to you.

Answer 150 Questions

During your Assessment, you’ll answer a total of 150 questions per exam section. This sounds like a lot, but it’s the number that we’ve proven will accurately assess your baseline subject knowledge across all CPA Exam topics.


Answer Using Current Knowledge

During this phase, we suggest that you don’t try to study anything or dig into answers you’re not sure of. This phase is all about gauging where you are today.


What’s Your ReadySCORE?

When you complete your 150-question assessment, you’ll see your baseline ReadySCORE – an accurate estimate of what you would score on the CPA Exam if you sat today – and get a diagnostic report with details on your stronger and weaker areas.

You’ll answer a total of 150 questions for each exam section. This sounds like a lot, but it’s the number that we’ve proven will accurately assess your baseline subject knowledge across all CPA Exam topics.

Get Your Baseline ReadySCORE

Follow Your Custom Study Plan & See Your ReadySCORE Rise

2. Study Phase

Unlike other courses, we don’t suggest that you watch every video, read every textbook, or follow the same path that other students have followed. Instead, we create a hyper-personalized study plan based on your assessment results, real CPA Exam content weightings, as well as your ongoing study session results--always focusing you on weaker areas that you need to study the most. We’ll present these unique recommendations on “Daily Surge” cards that will appear on your dashboard each time you log in. From each Daily Surge, you’ll be able to choose to practice MCQs, watch bite-sized videos, delve into written materials, or practice simulations (our course will automatically open simulations once you’ve mastered enough MCQs).

Multiple-Choice Questions

In addition to getting you more familiar with the exam format, MCQs include high-quality reference material to help you learn along the way. Explanations, video links, relevant terms, references, and authoritative texts all teach you exactly what you need to know to master every CPA Exam topic.



Our course includes over 400 simulations that span every type you’ll see on the exam. Plus, we include extensive explanations and a design that matches the new CPA Exam user experience.


Video Lectures

Lasting just 10-20 minutes, our bite-sized video lectures focus on specific, digestible topics, so you’re not wasting any time with material you already know.


Reading Material

Just like our bite-sized videos, reading material is also broken out into specific topics.

Lasting just 10-20 minutes, our bite-sized video lectures focus on specific, digestible topics, so you’re not wasting any time with material you already know.

As you move through your Study Phase, you’ll be able to track progress with your ReadySCORE, which will be displayed by question type – MCQs and simulations once you’ve begun to tackle them—as well as by content area and topic. Once you’ve achieved a yellow ReadySCORE on all areas and question types, you’ll be ready to move to the next phase.

Did you know?

If you follow other courses' linear study plans, you'd most likely study more than 200 hours per part--and never know if you're actually ready. Our typical students study less than half that AND know how exam-ready they are.

3. Study and Simulation Phase

This Phase consists of unlimited practice exams, which are designed to match the actual CPA Exam. Practice exams include the same tools and features as the actual exam, including timing, which help candidates refine their time management skills. We take the guesswork out of CPA Exam readiness: Once you reach this phase, the software reveals your cumulative ReadySCORE, which estimates what you’d score on the CPA Exam if you took it today.

Did you know?

Surgent students will stay in this phase with personalized questions focused on their weak points until they achieve a green ReadySCORE

4. Practice—and Pass!

Practice to reinforce existing knowledge while continuing to leverage ASAP tech to ensure efficient studying. Then you can go into the exam confident that you’ve been prepared by the most effective review software on the market. We’ve carefully studied actual pass rate data and compared it to our students’ ReadySCORE performance and the correlation is remarkable:
Students with a ReadySCORE of 75 or more had a pass rate of 92%!*
Our analysis has shown that on average, a student’s combined ReadySCORE at the time when he or she sits for the exam is within 4% of his or her actual CPA Exam score.*

See what students have to say:

"This program was the key to my success in passing all 4 parts of the exam. The high energy lectures were clear, precise, and addressed every topic on the actual exams. I would have never passed the exam if it wasn't for the incredible instructors."

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Martina F @ Deloitte

"I struggled over three years to pass the exam. Surgent CPA Review was definitely a huge key to my success. I was able to pass all four sections in a row. I studied with three other review courses and can say with confidence this one is the best."

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Lauren F @ Ernst & Young

The Bottom Line

  • You will study less and pass faster
  • We're here to make you successful
  • There is no other product like this on the market

*Note: these results are based on students whose ReadySCORE performance was consistent across all content groups, topics, and question types.