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CPA exam syllabus

Here is a quick overview about the CPA exam syllabus. A CPA requires a broad spectrum of knowledge and proficiency in it. So, the entire CPA exam syllabus is broken down into 4 sections, each section dealing with a body of related knowledge. Each of this section has its own syllabus and exam which you need to be proficient in, to crack the exam. The 4 sections of the CPA exam are as follows.

  • Auditing and Attestation (AUD),
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  • Regulation (REG),
  • Business Environment Concepts (BEC)

The following will give you important insights about the above sections and will take you through the syllabus of the most stringent accounting qualification exams in the world, CPA. We’ll be explaining each of the exam syllabus in detail in our next blog posts.

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1. Auditing and Attestation (AUD) -

Considered as the hardest section of the CPA exam, the Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section mainly focuses on the all aspects of auditing. This section tests the examinee’s knack to handle professional tasks of certified public accountant and how they would further apply in real-life scenarios. Candidates are exposed to different International auditing standards and requirements to perform audit procedures.

2. Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) -

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) covers tests the various aspects of the financial reporting practiced in the modern day business enterprises, or government entities. FAR encompasses the key differences between GAAP basis and IFRS basis. Detailed explanation of the syllabus can be found in CPA FAR syllabus.

3. Regulation (REG) -

This section comprises of basic understanding of business ethics. All in all, Regulation (REG) is combination that covers the ethics and responsibilities of business laws and federal taxation.

4. Business Environment and concepts (BEC)

Business Environment and concept (BEC) section is touted as one of the most challenging exams because of its extensive material, and deals with business and economic concepts. It acquaints you with financial management information technology, and business strategies. In addition to accounting concepts, you will also be introduced to English writing skills.

So, if you’re planning to become a CPA, there’s not one but 4 exams you need to write. In layman terms you can consider each of the sections as a subject for CPA, and the entire CPA exam syllabus is the cumulative of each of these sections.

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