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The AICPA has released a new sample test for the next version of the CPA Exam, which launches April 1, 2017. The sample test is now available on the AICPA website, and provides candidates with a preview of exam content as well as the functionality of the revised exam software. The sample test is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and runs on most major web browsers.

Exam Testing Time

Testing time in BEC and REG has been increased by one hour, increasing total exam time from 14 to 16 hours—four sections of four hours each. Additional time has been allocated to view the administrative screens (15 minutes), and a 15-minute break has been added approximately midway through each exam section. In addition to the standardized break, optional breaks between testlets will continue in the new exam, consistent with previous practice.

Exam Testlet Organization

Each section of the exam will consist of five testlets. Testlets will consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), simulations (TBSs), and written communications (WCs) for BEC, as follows:

SectionQuestion TypeWeightingTestlet
AUD72 MCQs

9 TBSs

50%

50%

#1 36 MCQs

#2 36 MCQs

#3 2 TBSs

#4 4 TBSs

#5 3 TBSs

BEC62 MCQs

5 TBSs

3 Written Communications

50%

35%

15%

#1 31 MCQs

#2 31 MCQs

#3 2 TBSs

#4 3 TBSs

#5 3 WCs

FAR66 MCQs

9 TBSs

50%

50%

#1 33 MCQs

#2 33 MCQs

#3 2 TBSs

#4 4 TBSs

#5 3 TBSs

REG76 MCQs

9 TBSs

50%

50%

#1 38 MCQs

#2 38 MCQs

#3 2 TBSs

#4 4 TBSs

#5 3 TBSs

Source: AICPA

Preview the tutorial and new sample test by clicking here.

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