The CPA Exam

The Uniform CPA Examination protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. certified public accountants (CPAs). Of all three requirements, only the CPA Examination is uniform (i.e., it is the only examination that is accepted for CPA licensure by all U.S. jurisdictions). There are four sections to the exam, and we can help you navigate each.

Breakdown of the CPA Exam

Auditing & Attestation / AUD /
72 multiple choice questions (50%)
8 task-based simulations (50%)
4 hours long
Business Environment &
Concepts
/ BEC /

62 multiple choice questions (50%)
4 task-based simulations (35%)
3 written communications (15%)
4 hours long
Financial Accounting & Reporting / FAR /
66 multiple choice questions (50%)
8 task-based simulations (50%)
4 hours long
Regulation / REG /
76 multiple choice questions (50%)
8 task-based simulations (50%)
4 hours long

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CPA Exam Articles and Resources

The CPA Exam Can Be Really Hard... on Your Friends and Family

Posted: March 27, 2018
CPA candidates have to be dedicated to their studies, which is a huge time commitment to not only them but also to their family and friends. Here are a few things to do to help balance one's time.

Score Holds for CPA Exam

Posted: March 14, 2018
CPA Exam candidates: There are score holds for the 2018 Q2, Q3 and Q4 testing windows due to the launch of new exam software.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the CPA Exam

Posted: February 26, 2018
Understanding what goes into the development of exam questions may provide extra insight for test day. Read on to explore some of the behind-the-scenes considerations from creation to approval.

10 Tips to Tackle the CPA Exam During Busy Season

Posted: February 12, 2018
If you’re about to jump into juggling the demands of busy season and test preparation, here are a few tips from CPAs who’ve been there, done that and earned their CPA.

Tax Reform Changes to Appear on CPA Exam Starting Jan. 1

Posted: February 7, 2018
The AICPA Board of Examiners recently approved Jan. 1, 2019, as the date on which content related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be eligible for testing on the Uniform CPA Examination.

How to Obtain 150 Credit Hours and Stand Out from the Competition

Posted: January 29, 2018
Most firms also do not have a preference for how a student earns their required 150 hours; they simply want a college graduate with 150 hours. Find out two alternative ways that a student can earn 150 hours and present a strong resume to future employers other than the traditional MBA or MS.

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