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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CPA Exam Articles and Resources

What I Wish I Had Known Before Taking the CPA Exam

Posted: February 1, 2019
A young CPA shares offers a valuable primer on preparing for the test.

Secret Sauce for Success on the CPA Exam: Time to Study

Posted: January 28, 2019
In becoming a CPA, you’ll have to make some trade-offs, but you’ll be glad you did when the four parts are done and you have your CPA license! Here are some tips to get you on your path.

Plan Your Testing Schedule with 2019 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

Posted: January 22, 2019
The CPA Exam score release dates can be a valuable resource for candidates planning their testing schedule for coming months. Here are the four score release dates for each testing window in 2019.

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