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 &
/ 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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Free Sample CPA Exam Questions

Posted: October 11, 2019
For a limited time, the AICPA has released 140 free CPA Exam multiple-choice questions (MCQs), which were previously used in one of the four live Exam sections. Download these MCQs now through Dec. 31.

Get Help Paying for the CPA Exam

Posted: October 1, 2019
NJCPA Student and CPA Candidate members: Want some help with the cost of the CPA Exam? Enter our lottery by Oct. 31 for a chance to win $750!

Why the CPA Licensure Process Could Change

Posted: August 1, 2019
Advances in technology are rapidly changing the accounting profession and the work of CPAs. In this podcast, learn about possible changes to the CPA licensure process that could help the profession keep pace with these advancements.

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