I love it when a CPA review course stands behind it's course and guarantees that you will pass with it's materials.
Surgent CPA Review goes above and beyond what is typically offered in the CPA review course industry and guarantees you will pass or your full order will be refunded.
They will also give you unlimited access to their course until you pass, which means that you pay once and will have no 12 or 18 months limit to access their course.
When you first login to Surgent CPA Review they will ask you to set your exam date.
Once you have set the exam date and selected the days that you expect you will be able to study, Surgent CPA Review will give you an estimated number of hours that you need to study per day.
After setting your study planner Surgent CPA Review recommends that you take multiple practice exams using their Adaptive Study.
You can use their Customized Study Option to cover specific accounting topics, but because Surgent CPA Review isn't a linear review course they recommend using the Adaptive Study mode first to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
For each multiple choice question you answer (refer to screenshot above) they provide you with an explanation for why the answer is right or wrong, any definitions you need to know from the question, and a link directly to their electronic text for you to reference.
There are three phases to Surgent CPA Review (refer to screenshot above).
The initial assessment phase is where you complete multiple practice exams and the algorithm determines what you know and don't know.
The 2nd phase is the adaptive learning.
Once you enter this phase you will continue to take more practice exams, read your assigned text, and watch any necessary video lectures.
The final phase is your review.
Once in review you will try to recreate the real CPA exam experience by taking full exams over all accounting topics.
A requirement for CPA review courses today are that they have in-depth analytics so that you can track your progress, know where to focus your time and help you identify where your decision making process is slow.
Surgent CPA Review hits analytics out of the park.
They provide you with detailed progress reports that include total time spent per question and your average time.
This will greatly increase your ability to know where to focus your time and if need be create customized practice exams.
The Surgent CPA Review Textbook is essentially a breakout of the AICPA's CPA examinations CCO's (Content Specification Outlines)/SSO's (Skill Specification Outlines) with definitions and more detail.
One positive I did find was that every single multiple choice question links directly to the text, which eliminates searching for specific topics within a bulky textbook or PDF.
You also need to understand that if you use Surgent CPA Review, you won't be sitting down and reading the textbook from cover to cover. Their adaptive studying technology will assign you a reading plan based on your practice quiz performance.
The problem is that the text lacks the real life examples and case studies that the linear courses such as Wiley CPAexcel, Roger CPA Review, Gleim CPA Review and Becker CPA Review have.
To compensate for this, Liz and Jack have created 350+ video lectures with examples, study guides and multiple choice walkthroughs.
If you notice a trend in multiple choice questions that you are missing on a specific topic, and you feel that the text isn't helping you understand the material then note the section, head to your dashboard and find a lecture on that topic.
NOTE: After discussing this process with the Surgent CPA Review team they don't recommend students watch every lecture or read every page of the textbook. Let the adaptive study technology determine which sections of the textbook and video lectures you should watch. To help you they will have 3 weekly new student webinars to teach you how to do this.
With over 350 video lectures from Jack Surgent and Liz Kolar it makes up for the dry textbook offered by Surgent CPA Review.
With other adaptive learning CPA review courses that are currently available such as Fast Forward Academy, these video lectures are what sets Surgent CPA Review apart.
Each video lecture tackles a specific accounting topic, provides you with slides that move along with the lecture and the ability to add notes and bookmarks to specific lectures.
It should be noted that Surgent CPA Review does NOT want you to sit down and watch every lecture.
Their adaptive studying technology helps you identify where you are struggling and will recommend based on your practice test performance which lectures to watch.
Surgent CPA Review offers a free mobile flashcards app, and even though it isn't part of their paid course I thought it was worth adding to my review.
It's over 2,200 flashcards for all four sections and literally all it requires is a valid email address.
If you don't already have this app it is a no brainer to download and test out.
After testing the mobile app it is extremely easy to use and each flashcard provides you with a term and a definition.
You can select which one to be shown first and then you click your screen and it will flip the card.
Other CPA review courses are charging up to $150 for this quality of flashcards so I am a big fan of this app and I think you will be as well.
Link to download mobile app on Android or iPhone
Surgent CPA Review Course Pros & Cons
You Need To Read These Before You Buy!
6,000 Multiple Choice & 250+ Simulations that are part of Surgent CPA Reviews Adaptive Studying Technology
While other adaptive learning CPA review courses have basically the same technology as Surgent CPA Review, Surgent beats them by offering 350+ video lectures.
Surgent CPA Review is so confident in their product that they offer a pass guarantee or your money back. They also throw in unlimited access until you pass.
Liz and Jack use short concise videos to explain complex accounting topics to you.
Offer a free Surgent CPA exam flashcards mobile app that is easily a $150 value when you look at what other CPA Review Courses typically charge.
Along with Liz and Jack, there is a team of experienced teachers and professionals that assist in writing each textbook and scripting lectures
The Surgent CPA Review Textbook reads like a dictionary with no real life case studies or problem examples and explanations. However each multiple choice is linked directly to the text and if you don't understand a topic from the text then their should be a video lecture with a study guide to provide additional clarification.
Acquired Study Taste
Their course format is unlike any of the tried and true CPA review courses that have been around for decades. There just isn't enough data currently available for me to determine if this method of studying is truly more effective than the linear approach. If you (or anyone you know) is using Surgent CPA as his/her only CPA Review Course please have them contact me @ [email protected]
When you compare the other products in the industry that are similar to Surgent CPA Review (Fast Forward Academy and ExamMatrix). Surgent is definitely priced as a premium product at $1,276 (if you use my 20% discount code "CPAEXAMGUIDE"). This is likely due to the 350+ video lectures that Surgent includes.