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2013 The CPA Exam
Becker Professional Education A global leader in professional education serving accounting, finance, project management and healthcare professionals from career start to finish.
Obtaining your CPA License E ducation | E xam | E xperience Every state is unique The Three E’s
TSBPA Education Requirements Baccalaureate Degree 150 Semester Hours –minimum of 30 upper-division semester hours in accounting above the principles level –24 upper-division hours of related business courses –3-hour STATE-APPROVED ethics course View approved courses at As of July 1 st, 2011: 2 semester hours of accounting or tax research and analysis 2 semester hours of accounting or business communications (Within the 30 hours of accounting and 24 hours of business)
State Requirements Becker.com/state State Board of Accountancy ThisWaytoCPA.com NASBA.org (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy)
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
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
Structure and Content About the CPA Exam
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
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
Financial - Content
Financial - IFRS (INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS) 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
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
Audit - Content
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
Regulation - Content
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
Business - Content
Exam Tip/Strategy # 1 Time Management – Critical Financial/Auditing Illustration Time 4 Hours = 240 Minutes M/C 3 Testlets 90 questions 60 pts = value 2/3 pt each 30 mc/50 min = 1min 42 sec per question Task Based Simulations 7 questions 40 pts= value 6pts ea. 7 TBS/90 min = 12 min 51secs per question Answer All Questions- Exam ‘Positively’ graded Remember % of Exam does not count =15M/C,1TBS
Exam Tip/Strategy #2 Read with Comprehension Theory/Concept M/C Questions - read from beginning/review all answer choices Computational Questions –always read last sentence first Check dates ‘very carefully’ ‘Fiscal Year’ vs ‘Calendar Year’ ‘Full year’ vs ‘Fractional Year’
Research Tasks Research task format based on the FASB Codification™.
Written Communication (BEC Only)
Becker’s CPA Exam Review
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Rising Trend In Sitting for the Exam In 2012, 92,839 candidates sat for the CPA Exam, up from the previous year's 90,632. The all-time-high spike of over 100,000 in 2010 was a result of candidates rushing to take the test before it switched to the current CBT format.
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Exam Tip/Strategy # 3 Apply - Dec grads in Oct, May grads in March File all forms ‘Accurately’ Sit in ‘State’ you are going to ‘Practice’; Meet ‘State’ ‘Educational Requirements” Transcripts sent on a timely basis ‘Order of Exams’: If possible select most comfortable section first i.e. Regulation – strong ‘tax’ background; however not critical Complete exam: -- Within 6-8 months - Prior to commencing employment
A Complete CPA Review Focused on Your Success Study anywhere, anywhere using any device Expert Instruction and Unlimited Academic Support Comprehensive Textbooks and eBooks Interactive Study Planner and Writing Tutorials Becker Software with resources that replicate the content and functionality of the CPA Exam Multiple Choice Homework Simulations Final Exams
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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.
Simulations Over 250 task-based simulations. Functionality mirrors the CPA Exam. Timer allows you to stay on pace.
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.
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Exam Tip/Strategy # 4 Review each textbook chapter in 2+ hours –’no more’ Key - Focus on Past Questions –Exam is 80-85% repetitive –Review all M/C 3X –Utilize ‘Progress Test’ tool –Review all simulations/written communications 2X Take the 2 ‘Final Exams’ 3/4 days before actually exam Earn the ‘Becker Promise’ Utilize ‘Academic Support’ ‘Final Review’ Program (optional)
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