Everything you need to know about the CPA Exam

To become a licensed CPA, you must pass the CPA Exam, a four-section, 16-hour assessment.

CPA Exam Overview

To become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you must meet the education, examination, and experience requirements. All candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination ® (CPA Exam), which consists of three four-hour Core sections and one four-hour Discipline section of your choice. The Core sections are Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Taxation and Regulation (REG). The Discipline sections are Business Analysis and Reporting (BAR), Information Systems and Control (ISC), and Tax Compliance and Planning (TCP).

While the CPA Exam is the same for all candidates, other requirements may differ by jurisdiction. You should check with your specific Board of Accountancy for details.

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CPA Exam Additional Information

Learn how we score the CPA Exam

You must score a minimum of 75 on each CPA Exam section. Find out what goes into tabulating your score. You can also see the latest pass rates for each CPA Exam section.

How does an international candidate qualify for the CPA Exam?

International students and professionals who want to earn the U.S. CPA license follow the same process as U.S. citizens. We also offer testing in 15 countries outside the U.S. NASBA can help guide you through the application process.

What does CPA Evolution mean to candidates?

The CPA Evolution initiative will change the licensure model for future CPA candidates in 2024. Find out what it means to your CPA journey.

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