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CPA Exam Sections

The CPA Exam is comprised of four sections. Each section has a specific format, content, and time allocation.

Section Name Section Time Section Format Section Description
AUD Auditing and Attestation 4 hours » 2 MCQ testlets consisting of a total of 72 questions.
» 3 testlets with 8 TBSs.
This section covers knowledge of auditing procedures, generally accepted auditing standards and other standards related to attest engagements, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in those engagements.
BEC Business Environment and Concepts 4 hours » 2 MCQ testlets consisting of a total of 62 questions.
» 2 testlets with 4 TBSs.
» 1 testlet with 3 written communication tasks.
This section covers knowledge of general business environment and business concepts that candidates need to know in order to understand the underlying business reasons for, and accounting implications of, business transactions, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.
FAR Financial Accounting and Reporting 4 hours » 2 MCQ testlets consisting of a total of 66 questions.
» 3 testlets with 8 TBSs.
This section covers knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.
REG Regulation 4 hours » 2 MCQ testlets consisting of a total of 76 questions.
» 3 testlets with 8 TBSs.
This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.
Note: The appointment time on your confirmation notice will reflect examination testing time plus 30 minutes. The additional 30 minutes is allocated to the examination logon and survey. The additional 30 minutes is the time allowed to enter your examination section identification number (Launch Code), read the introductory screens, and complete the survey at the end of the examination. It is not additional testing time.
Information on the content specifications for these sections may be found at www.cpa–exam.org, a website dedicated to the CPA Exam.