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 (Certified Public Accountant) 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 […]

recent accounting graduate

After several years of college and numerous years of school before that, you’re finally ready to dip your toes (or jump headfirst) into the real world. As a recent accounting graduate, you likely have a few preconceived ideas of what your life is going to look like once you start your first job. Let’s talk […]

AUD Study Tips

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

AUD Study Tips

If you follow our blog, you may have seen that we’re now recommending (for the time being) to sit for AUD first. That’s quite a departure from our typical Exam section order recommendation, we know. But ultimately, it’s your most efficient route to a passing score right now, with the upcoming exam changes and the […]

Video: CPA Exam Tips for College Students

By Megan Matthews

So, you’re studying for your bachelor’s degree, or maybe a master’s degree, with dreams to go into public accounting? Even more, you want to start on the journey to becoming a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant)? That’s great, and you’re already on your way to meeting the education requirements of an Accounting degree! And while […]

FAR Study Tips

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

The Financial Accounting and Reporting section of the CPA Exam is one of the more robust exams in terms of content, and having a few tricks up your sleeves to maximize your study time will give you the advantage you need to pass. Check out these 6 FAR study tips you can utilize today to […]

Common Candidate Struggles: Preparing for REG

By Megan Matthews

We all know that the CPA Exam is made up of four sections – AUD, BEC, FAR and REG – and each is made up of difficult questions that primarily touch on different elements of accounting, from tax law to financial accounting and more. While there’s a lot to learn, it’s entirely possible to pass […]

Failing the CPA isn’t a great feeling, but with four separate sections, each with a pass rate around 50%, it’s likely candidates will have one failure under their belt before they pass. It can be intimidating to jump back into the game after you’ve failed the CPA exam, but with the right study plan we […]

We know how uncertain of a time it currently is, with COVID-19 impacting not only your day-to-day life but your family and the market too – it’s pretty scary. But that’s not to say that your life (or career ambitions) should be put on hold, in fact, they’re more important now than ever. That’s why […]

Tips to Maintain Focus While Wearing a Mask

By Paul Wiese

Tips to Maintain Focus While Wearing a Mask

It’s a unique time to be sitting for the CPA Exam, we know. And with that comes a whole set of new unique challenges to face too. One of which is wearing a mask during the examination. As we stand, the CPA Exam must be sat in person with no remote testing abilities. Because of […]

Surgent CPA Review co-founder Liz Kolar recently sat down with us to share details about Surgent’s ReadySCORE™ – a personalized score that measures a student’s readiness to sit for the CPA Exam. How does this affect our pass rate? See what Liz has to say:   CPA Exam Pass Rates ReadySCORE is calibrated to real […]