Video: Tips for Solving CPA Exam Multiple Choice Questions

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Liz Kolar, Surgent CPA Review co-founder, sat down with us to discuss her tips on how to successfully solve CPA Exam multiple choice questions. She offers 5 key points of advice:


1. Doing Well on Testlet 1 Means You’ll Get More Difficult Questions in Testlet 2


There are two testlets of multiple choice questions in each of the four sections of the CPA Exam. Each testlet has questions that fall into either of two pools – moderate, or hard. The more difficult questions are worth more points, so Liz recommends attempting to ace the first testlet to unlock these harder, more valuable questions.


2. Answer Each Question Within 90 Seconds


You only have about a minute to a minute and a half to answer each question, so do your best to work efficiently. Liz offers a few strategies to answer questions in a timely manner.


3. Find the Call First, Then Reread the Full Question


The “call,” or what the question is asking you to do, is usually located directly above the four multiple choice answer options. Before reading the question, find the call. This way, you know what to look for when you go back and read through the full problem.


4. Try to Answer the Question Before Looking at the Answer Choices


If possible, attempt to come up with your own answer before looking at the choices.


5. If You Have No Idea What the Answer is, Guess Quickly


If you are unsure of an answer, quickly make a guess and move on to the next problem. The AICPA includes experimental questions in every exam that don’t count towards your score, so there’s a chance the question you are struggling with may not even count.


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Liz Kolar, CPA, CGMA, has been teaching CPA Review for more than 25 years in the United States, has personally taught more than 2,500 live sessions, and has helped thousands of candidates pass the CPA Exam. She founded Pinnacle CPA Review and co-founded Surgent Kolar CPA Review.