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Starting Preparation for the CPA Exam

The CPA exam requires hundreds of hours of preparation and study. To pass the exam, it’s important to have a plan of attack. That plan includes registering with your state board, as well as deciding on [more…]

CPA Exam: The Business Environment and Concepts Test

The BEC test includes many topics that concern business management as well as economic concepts and the use of technology. This test covers the tools needed to succeed as a business manager. You’ll find [more…]

CPA Exam: The Financial Accounting and Reporting Test

The financial accounting and reporting (FAR) test requires the most number-crunching. This test covers what you’ll spend most of your time on when you start your accounting career. The test requires you [more…]

CPA Exam: The Auditing and Attestation Test

The auditing and attestation test (AUD test) requires you to understand the entire process of auditing a company. An audit requires the CPA to provide an opinion. That opinion states whether or not the [more…]

CPA Exam: The Regulation Test

You can think of the regulation (REG) test as having two parts. One part covers business law issues, including rules on selecting a business structure. The second part of the test goes over taxation. This [more…]

CPA Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The certified public accountant (CPA) credential is a valuable tool for you to obtain. The designation will help you pursue a career in accounting and in other areas of business. To become a CPA, you must [more…]

Understanding Variances in Accounting

A variance is defined as the difference between budgeted and actual amounts in an account balance. Keep in mind, however, that the CPA exam uses the terms [more…]

Accruals in Accounting

One frequently tested topic on the CPA exam is accrual basis accounting. Companies that need to comply with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) [more…]

Analytical Procedures in Accounting

An audit requires a CPA to collect audit evidence. The evidence must be sufficient for the CPA to provide an audit opinion. An audit opinion states whether the financial statements are free of material [more…]

Use Buckets to Understand Tax Concepts

The regulation (REG) test on the CPA exam requires a student to learn dozens of tax rules. One way to clarify these tax rules is to use a bucket as a learning tool. [more…]

10 Important Formulas on the CPA Exam

Here are some important formulas that often appear on the CPA exam. Understanding these formulas will help you boost your test score. These formulas are used on nearly every CPA exam, so it's an easy way [more…]

10 Common Mistakes on the CPA Exam

Following are ten areas on the CPA exam that can be challenging. Because these topics are difficult, CPA candidates often make mistakes on these types of exam questions. These concepts are nearly always [more…]

Comparing a CPA to Other Credentials

Two credentials are similar to the certified public accountant (CPA) designation: chartered financial analyst (CFA) and certified valuation analyst (CVA). As you move forward in your career, you may consider [more…]

The CPA Licensing Requirements

The Uniform CPA Examination is developed and graded by the American Institute of CPAs, or AICPA, which is the world’s largest member association for the accounting profession. The AICPA exists to set accounting [more…]

What’s on the CPA Exam

The CPA exam consists of four separate tests, which mirror the types of tasks a CPA may have to perform. For example, some accountants perform audits and other third-party reviews of financial statements [more…]

The Skills You Need to Succeed on the CPA Exam

One challenge for you as a CPA exam candidate is that you must switch gears as you move through the tests. With multiple-choice questions, you need to have a plan to eliminate incorrect answer choices. [more…]

How the CPA Exam Is Graded

To pass the CPA exam, you need a reported score of 75 or higher on each of the four tests that make up the exam. Your reported score isn’t simply a percentage of answers that are correct; 60 out of 75 [more…]

The Prerequisites of the CPA Exam

The Uniform CPA Examination is developed and graded by the American Institute of CPAs, or AICPA. The purpose of the CPA exam is to fulfill one of several requirements for a license to practice public accounting [more…]

Applying to Take the CPA Exam

The CPA exam consists of four individual tests. Whenever you apply to take a test, you must submit an application to your State Board. The application may include supporting documents and may require you [more…]

Scheduling the CPA Exam

Your Notice to Schedule (NTS) allows you to choose when and where you’ll take your test. You use your NTS to contact Prometric, a firm that runs computer-based testing centers for many professional exams [more…]

A Strategy for Multiple-Choice Questions on the CPA Exam

A certain percentage of each test on the CPA exam consists of multiple-choice questions. When developing a strategy for answering multiple-choice questions effectively, you start with an overview of how [more…]

Written Communication Questions on the CPA Exam

Essay questions, which assess your written communication skills, appear only in the business environment and concepts (BEC) test. The BEC test includes three essay questions, one of which is a pretest [more…]

Study Scheduling Factors for the CPA Exam

You need to create a plan of study for the CPA exam that’s realistic. The plan needs to take into account your personal situation. Exam candidates who don’t take these factors into account tend to get [more…]

CPA Exam: Auditing and Attestation Study Plan

You have 4 hours to complete the AUD test on the CPA exam, which consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and 7 simulation questions. Keep in mind that 15 of the multiple choice and 1 of the simulation [more…]

CPA Exam: Financial Accounting and Reporting Study Plan

The financial accounting and reporting (FAR) test on the CPA exam has the same format as the auditing test. You have 4 hours to answer 90 multiple-choice questions and 7 simulation questions. Fifteen of [more…]


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