Surgent CPA Review releases CPA Exam readiness product

Surgent CPA Review has released ReadyScore, a product that measures CPA Exam readiness, within its CPA Exam preparation course. As the American Institute of CPAs continues to consider the implications of technological advancements in the accounting field on the content of the CPA Exam, companies like Surgent are creating technological tools to aid would-be CPAs in the actual task of taking the exam.

The new product is powered by A.S.A.P. Technology, Surgent’s proprietary adaptive learning platform. ReadySCORE gauges a candidate’s CPA Exam readiness across all content areas and topics, and all question types, to help candidates know when they’re ready to sit for each section of the notoriously challenging exam.

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“Adaptive learning” is an educational method that uses computer algorithms to manage the experience of the learner and deliver customized resources based on a learner’s progress through a particular course. It functions in a similar way to machine learning, which adapts based on certain conditions being met within a program's execution.

ReadyScore is calibrated to actual CPA Exam scoring. The program uses a statistically significant sample of student-reported scores, which so far, according to Surgent, has been able to closely predict real CPA Exam scores.

The way the program works is each student’s personalized ReadyScore is generated and tracked by Surgent’s A.S.A.P Technology. A student starts by completing an assessment to determine his or her knowledge across all CPA Exam content areas. Using this information, along with actual CPA Exam content weightings, the software determines the student’s baseline ReadyScore. This baseline ReadyScore is accompanied by a diagnostic report detailing the student’s unique strengths and knowledge gaps.

The adaptive learning capability then tailors a study plan unique to each user, surfacing content for each study session that is most aligned with identified skill gaps. Ongoing study plans are automatically updated by the software, based on a student’s continuing progress and performance throughout the course. Meanwhile, a student’s dashboard will automatically update to reflect his or her new ReadyScore. Surgent’s recommendation is that once the dashboard reflects a ReadyScore of at least 80 across all question types and content areas, the student can sit for the CPA Exam.

“ReadySCORE is Surgent’s ‘ah-ha’ feature,” explained Evan Kramer, CEO of Surgent, in a statement. “It lets students assess how close they are to passing the exam, before even starting to study. As they dig into their study plan, they’re able to see their ReadyScore change, always knowing just how much more (and what) they still need to study. ReadyScore is a game changer because there’s nothing else like this in the industry. We’re proud that we’re able to help so many students identify when they are ready to pass — while helping them achieve that level of readiness faster than any other provider.”

To learn more about ReadyScore, visit https://www.surgentcpareview.com/why-surgent/readyscore/.

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