Guidance for the exam and licensure in New Jersey 

To become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you must first pass the Uniform CPA Examination. The exam was designed to assess knowledge and skills CPAs need to practice public accountancy, and it is one of the three “E’s” (Education, Examination and Experience) required for licensure in the U.S. Of the three requirements, only the CPA Examination is uniform (accepted for CPA licensure by all U.S. jurisdictions).

What is the CPA Exam?

The CPA Exam is a 16-hour, computer-based test comprised of four sections. Exam takers must pass all four sections within 18 months, earning a minimum score of 75 on each part.

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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