Category Archives: Tips & Resources

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You’ve been studying for a section of the CPA Exam for weeks, and now you’re ready to sit; however, scheduling the test isn’t as easy as it sounds. The CPA Exam is administered during specific testing windows each year, and there are several “blackout periods” throughout the year where you can’t sit. To help prepare […]

Surgent CPA Review co-founder Liz Kolar recently shared an overview on what every candidate should know about the FAR section of the CPA Exam. Here’s what she had to say: Governmental Accounting One of the areas in FAR that we hear students have trouble with is Governmental Accounting. Many students haven’t seen it on the […]

CPA Exam Ratio

Surgent CPA Review co-founder, Liz Kolar recently shared her quick tips on how to memorize key CPA Exam ratios. Here’s what she had to say: Return on Ratio The first CPA Exam ratio candidates should become familiar with is the “return on” ratio. The phrase “return on” means “net income divided by.” The formula for […]

Find Out Your CPA Exam Score Before You Even Sit

One of the biggest anxieties for CPA Exam candidates is knowing whether or not they’re ready to sit for and pass the CPA Exam. Traditional wisdom centers around a specific number of hours studied as an indicator of whether or not candidates will pass. However, not everyone learns at the same rate or in the […]

How to Choose A CPA Review Course: 5 Considerations Before Buying

Choosing a CPA Review course can be a confusing process; there are quite a few courses out there each offering different features. However, there are a few core offerings you should consider when you choose a CPA Review course, and ensuring your course has them will make the learning process much smoother. To help you […]

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In the 20+ years I spent in recruiting (including over a decade with KPMG’s Campus Recruiting team), I saw a lot of great students, made some very close friends, and witnessed some recruiting horror stories. To round out my personal experiences and give you an accurate glimpse behind the curtain, I’ve reached out to many […]

elevator pitch

An elevator pitch doesn’t actually require an elevator, but it’s a great way to network with new people and get your name out there. The idea is to quickly explain who you are, what you’ve done and what you want to do without getting too detailed. At first, this can seem overwhelming. How do you […]

cpa exam prep

If you’re deciding to take your career to the next level by taking the CPA exam, you likely have tons of questions. And rightly so; between qualifying for, scheduling, studying for, and paying for your exam, CPA Exam prep leaves you with quite a few hoops to jump through. But don’t worry, we’re here to […]

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Automation conjures up images of robotic hands doing the work of humans; we don’t necessarily associate it with the accounting profession. However, new technology is being developed every day to improve the time it takes to enter, gather and interpret accounting data. But what are the implications of automation for a highly competitive and respected […]

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2018 has been a busy year for CPA Exam candidates! From major exam changes effecting the user experience, to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we’ve been here to guide exam candidates through every twist and turn, and navigate their way to CPA Exam success. To that end, we’ve compiled our best […]