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1 2013 The CPA Exam Attorney Paul M. Kasprowicz, CPA

2 Becker Professional Education A global leader in professional education serving accounting, finance, project management and healthcare professionals from career start to finish.

3 Obtaining your CPA License E ducation | E xam | E xperience Every state is unique The Three E’s

4 State Requirements State Board of Accountancy (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy)

5 CPA Exam Process Qualify Review state requirements Apply Submit your application to sit for the CPA Exam Prepare Enroll in Becker Receive your Notice-to- Schedule (NTS) Schedule Schedule exam with Prometric Succeed Study and sit for the CPA Exam 5 Key Steps

6 JAN OPEN FEB OPEN MAR CLOSED APR OPEN MAY OPEN JUN CLOSED JUL OPEN AUG OPEN SEP CLOSED OCT OPEN NOV OPEN DEC CLOSED 2 nd Qtr Window 1 st Qtr Window 3 rd Qtr Window 4 th Qtr Window Sit for exams as soon as eligible. Must pass all 4 parts within an 18-month window. Firms want new hires to pass early in their careers. Begin Application Process The On Demand Exam

7 Structure and Content About the CPA Exam

8 E xam Overview 4 Independent Sections Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) 4 hours Regulation (REG) 3 hours Auditing and Attestation (AUD) 4 hours Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) 3 hours Exam can be taken in any state or jurisdiction Exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers

9 Financial

10 Financial - Structure 60% 40% Three multiple-choice question (MCQ) testlets containing 90 questions One testlet containing seven short, task-based simulations (TBS) 15 MCQs and 1 TBS are pretest questions Passing Grade 75

11 Financial - Content

12 Financial - IFRS Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the following: Differences between financial statements prepared under U.S. GAAP and under IFRS First-time adoption of IFRS related to financial reporting, presentation and disclosures in general-purpose financial statements

13 Audit

14 Audit - Structure 60% 40% Three multiple-choice question (MCQ) testlets containing 90 questions One testlet containing seven short, task-based simulations TBS 15 MCQs and 1 TBS are pretest questions Passing Grade 75

15 Audit - Content

16 New Statement on Auditing Standards AICPA’s Clarified Statements on Auditing Standards (SAS) are testable on the CPA Exam beginning July 1, 2013 –The standards were re-drafted to make them easier to read, understand and apply and to converge with international standards CPA candidates should plan to take the Audit exam in the first two testing windows of 2013 (Jan-Feb or Apr-May) before the Clarified SAS become testable Becker’s 2013 Audit course has been fully updated to reflect these new standards

17 Audit – U.S. vs International Auditing Standards Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of the following: International Auditing & Assurance Board (IAASB) - role in establishing International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) Differences between ISAs and US Auditing Standards International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) Role in establishing International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants. Related independence requirements when auditing a U.S. company that supports an audit report based on auditing standards of another country, or ISAs

18 Regulation

19 Regulation - Structure 60% 40% Three multiple-choice question (MCQ) testlets containing 72 questions One testlet containing six short, task- based simulations (TBS) 12 MCQs and 1 TBS are pretest questions Passing Grade 75

20 Regulation - Content

21 Business

22 Business - Structure 85% 15% Three multiple-choice question (MCQ) testlets containing 72 questions Three written communication tasks 12 MCQs and 1 written communication task are pretest questions Passing Grade 75

23 Business - Content

24 Business - IFRS and ISA Demonstrate an understanding of globalization in the business environment Explain the underlying economic substance of transactions and their accounting implications

25 Exam Structure

26 Multiple Choice

27 Simulations

28 Research Tasks Research task format based on the FASB Codification™.

29 Written Communication (BEC Only)

30 Becker’s CPA Exam Review

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34 Study Road Map Provides guidance on what to study and how much time to devote to each topic. Fully integrates all course elements.

35 Multiple Choice Questions Over 6,500 questions. Link to lecture and link to text features provide clarification on challenging topics. Complete answer explanations. Timer allows you to stay on pace.

36 Simulations Over 250 task-based simulations. Functionality mirrors the CPA Exam. Timer allows you to stay on pace.

37 Review Before Exam Provides direction on how to prepare in your final days leading up to the exam. Includes two full final exams per part that mirror the CPA Exam.

38 Study Planner Creates a customized preparation plan that fits your needs. Drag and drop functionality allows you to easily address schedule changes. Export capability to MS Outlook.

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