Category Archives: Tips & Resources

Four ways Surgent can help you pass the CPA Exam

By Jack Castonguay

Surgent simplifies studying for the CPA Exam so you don’t have to put your life on pause. Save time, reduce hassle and increase your odds of passing on the first try. Here’s how Surgent can help you.  “I’m overwhelmed. Where should I start?”  Surgent finds your personalized starting point with a diagnostic exam. From there, […]

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 […]

Work-life balance for accountants

By Jack Castonguay

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Tips for creating a proper work-life balance for accountants  In the food chain of life, does your career feel like the whale gobbling up the plankton of personal time? As an accountant, you expect busy seasons and long hours, and now you’re thinking of studying for the CPA Exam?   Take a deep breath. Before your […]

Strategies for navigating CPA Exam on test day

By Jack Castonguay

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You have studied. You have practiced. You know the material backward and forward. You’re prepared for questions on every topic and in every possible format. It’s now time to plan for how to take the test on exam day. Unlike your study days, the exam is timed. You have four hours to complete the exam. […]

How to make the most out of a CPA Exam blackout period

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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 […]

Video: Tips for solving multiple-choice questions on CPA Exam

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 […]

CPA Review Payment Plans

Many of the leading CPA Review course providers offer payment plans as a means of payment for a full 4-part CPA Review course. But did you know that many of these plans have hidden fees? Read more to discover the true financial cost to candidates.

The amendments in this update from the FASB are effective for NFPs for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016. The standard will become testable on the CPA exam October 2017.

CPA Exam pass rates highest for recent college graduates

By Surgent CPA Review Team

Candidates who take the CPA exam immediately after college have the highest pass rates. Pass rates drop off dramatically in as little as three months after college.