The computer-based exam is broken down into four separate exams (referred to as sections):
To learn more about the sections, including the weights for each exam, please check out our Guide to the CPA Exam Sections.
There are 3 different types of questions on the CPA exam:
Previously, the exam was only offered four times throughout the calendar year. However, the exam is now offered through continuous testing, meaning candidates can sit for the exam at any time and then retake it again as soon as their score is released.
However, do note that after you apply to take the exam, you will receive a Notice to Schedule that will allow you to officially schedule your exam. But the Notice to Schedule expires after 6 months in most states, so don’t delay.
For more information on the Notice to Schedule, how to apply for the exam, and scoring and retesting, read 2021 CPA Exam Schedule, Score Release &What’s Changing.
The CPA exam is provided through the cooperative efforts of three organizations, all of which you will need to communicate with in order to register for and take the exam:
Learn more about applying for the CPA Exam with our CPA Exam Application Guide.
There are several fees when it comes to the CPA exam.
There is an initial application fee to start the CPA Exam process, which is generally in the range of $100 to $250, depending on your state. There is also a re-application fee or registration fee if you need to apply again for additional tests.
Additionally, each state charges slightly different exam fees, but each exam costs roughly $210. This is about $800-$900 in total exam fees.
The pass rate for the 2020 CPA exam were 53% to 68% The pass rate among Wiley CPA students is 87%.