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Read on for a deep dive into how our patent pending SmartPath Predictive Technology™ works and the data findings that fueled the development of this brand-new platform.
SmartPath uses predictive technology– a body of tools that analyzes patterns in data so that past behavior can be used to forecast likely future behavior. Using this proven methodology, we mined the proprietary data within our course to study our students’ behaviors and came back with diamonds!
Within our predictive analysis, we discovered that there are specific behavioral trends of students who have passed the CPA Exam. These findings reveal a criterion for success, that if emulated, are expected to increase the likelihood of future students successfully passing the CPA Exam.
The study revealed that there is a threshold number of questions that students need to be exposed to, and a certain level of performance achieved on those questions to increase their likelihood of passing.
It was also determined that there is a point in which students can demonstrate sufficient readiness to take the Exam, and any extra effort will lead to diminishing returns. This combats the misguided perception that attempting exhaustive practice question sessions is necessary to pass. SmartPath reveals to students when they’ve demonstrated the level of competency necessary to pass, ultimately helping them achieve optimum efficiency in their CPA Exam preparation.
The predictive analysis discussed above is what led to the creation of our SmartPath Preditive Technology. We applied the data gained from our analysis of the Number of Attempted Questions and Score on Attempted Questions by our successful students and used these findings to set a series of targets within the platform. As current students work to reach or surpass these targets, they have the advantage of knowing when they’ve reached the same level of readiness to take the exam that previous, successful students have demonstrated.
Proprietary data removed from Figures A and B.
Figures A and B show the SmartPath targets provided to students for Number of Attempted Questions (Figure A) and Score on attempted questions. As you can see, on both accounts, target levels can vary from one course section to the next.
Target points are then integrated into the course platform, informing students of where they stand in comparison to previous students that passed the exam (as seen in Figure C.)
To ensure students are comparing their progress and performance to the most relevant data, we reassess targets in tandem with the CPA Exam Score Release Schedule. With each release, our students are activated to input the scores they achieved on the exam, which helps ensure we are providing recommendations based on the most up-to-date and accurate information.
As we’ve established, SmartPath provides two targets for students to aim for while completing their practice questions within each section of the course: (1) number of question attempts, (2) score on questions attempted. The platform provides tools to help students track their progress in reaching each goal.
Figure D shows a snapshot of SmartPath from within a real student’s Auditing and Attestation (AUD) course. This Analysis by Section demonstrates some of the different states a student can be in while working towards their targets.
In Figure D above, you’ll notice two tools that are available to students for each section: View Lectures and Create Test. Figure E gives a closer look.
When a student is demonstrating low comprehension in a section, we recommend that they revisit relevant course materials. View Lectures provides easy access to those materials.
To further improve comprehension in a section, students can create tests focused on questions related to that section, strengthening weak areas based on their SmartPath target report.
Overall, these quizzes serve to expose students to the questions needed to reach their targets in the most efficient way possible, while requiring the least amount of effort.
Yes! We are continuously watching our students' performance. The data shows that students who meet all set SmartPath targets have an overall pass rate of 91%. Here is how that breaks down per CPA Exam section:
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