The Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) is comprised of four sections, each four hours long: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG).
The table below presents the design of the Exam by section, section time and question type.
The table below presents the scoring weight of multiple choice questions (MCQs), task based simulations (TBSs) and written communication for each Exam section.
The AICPA has adopted a skill framework for the Exam based on the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Bloom’s Taxonomy classifies a continuum of skills that students can be expected to learn and demonstrate.
Approximately 600 representative tasks that are critical to a newly licensed CPA’s role in protecting the public interest have been identified. The representative tasks combine both the applicable content knowledge and skills required in the context of the work of a newly licensed CPA. Based on the nature of a task, one of four skill levels, derived from the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, was assigned to each of the tasks, as follows: