Category Archives: Tips & Resources

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 […]

Video: Tips for Solving CPA Exam Multiple Choice Questions

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

CPA Exam questions are broken down into two different categories: multiple-choice questions, and simulations (which themselves can be categorized into task-based simulations and written communication questions). For every section of the CPA Exam, multiple-choice questions (or MCQs, for short) account for 50% of the candidate’s score: Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR): 50% MCQs, 50% Task-based […]

Top Excel Skills for Accountants

By Megan Bierwirth

Woman using Excel on laptop computer

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 […]

Top CPA Exam Articles for Students

By Rachael Brink

Top CPA Exam Articles for Students

Coming into the first semester of college can be hard enough without having to research information about the CPA Exam. From balancing studying for classes with studying for the CPA Exam to diverse career paths within the field of accounting, we’ve put together a list of essential articles for accounting students to read on their […]

Data Analytics 101

Certain buzzwords, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analysis, have become increasingly common in the accounting profession as technology plays a bigger role in the day to day aspects of a business. While all of these buzzwords and their related concepts are important, none seems to be quite as important as data […]

Whether you’re considering obtaining your CPA credential or you’re already in the process of studying for your CPA Exam – you’re on the path towards a very lucrative career. Soon-to-be CPAs and students considering pursuing a CPA license have a lot to consider on their career path. What exactly does a CPA do? How should […]

To help CPA candidates get a better feel for the CPA Exam, the AICPA has free practice exams simulating the real exam. There is one sample test for every exam section. Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting and Report (FAR), and Regulation (REG) have five testlets with 10 multiple-choice questions and six task-based simulations. Business […]

summer study cpa exam

It’s already the end of May, and summer is upon us! That means it’s the end of the school year for some and graduation for others. As an accounting student, or recent accounting graduate, the summer is the perfect time to study for the CPA Exam, whether you have one more year of school left […]

Gleim vs. Surgent – A CPA Review Course Comparison

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Choosing a CPA Review course? To help you decide which course is best for you, veteran CPA Review instructor and our course designer Liz Kolar, CPA compiled a list of Surgent CPA Review’s features as compared to Gleim CPA Review.

Becker vs. Surgent – A CPA Review Course Comparison

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Choosing a CPA Review course? To help you decide which course is best for you, veteran CPA Review instructor and our course designer Liz Kolar, CPA compiled a list of Surgent CPA Review’s features as compared to Becker CPA Review.