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

How CPA Exam Review Courses Measure Up

Posted: July 8, 2019
When preparing to take the CPA Exam, the first step before you start studying is to choose a CPA Exam review course. While all CPA review courses offer similar content, each provider has unique features. Read to find out the differences.

Why it's Vital to Get the CPA License

Posted: April 1, 2019
What are the benefits of working towards the CPA license? Quite simply, it will help you gain prestige, improve your professional development and enhance your financial prospects. See what can be gained.

AICPA Offers Augmented Reality-Enhanced CPA Exam Booklet

Posted: March 22, 2019
What’s better than reading about the CPA Exam? Hearing and seeing it with the AICPA’s augmented reality-enhanced CPA Exam Booklet.

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