There is so much information out there about the CPA Exam. Everyone is offering advice right and left, and it can get confusing when you're looking at multiple resources. All that you need to know about how to pass the CPA Exam can be split up into three short and sweet sections: the basics, how to study, and setting goals.

CPA Exam Basics
First, its important to understand the basics of the CPA Exam. There are 4 parts to the exam: Auditing & Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), Regulation (REG), and Business Environments & Concepts (BEC). The exam is a total of 14 hours (4 hours each for FAR and AUD and 3 hours each for REG and BEC), but you will not be sitting for all 4 parts at once. You will have 18 months to pass all 4 parts of the exam. Keep in mind that there are blackout months which means you cannot sit for the exam during those months. The blackout months are the 3rd month of every quarter (March, June, September, and December). 
Exam Study Process
The AICPA recommends a minimum of 300-400 hours total study time for all parts of the exam. Each individual is different so your total study time could be more or less than this recommendation. However, this gives you a realistic view of how much time you will be spending studying for the exam and we used this as a guideline for our study planners (for every hour of video lecture you will be spending 2-3 hours doing self-study and homework questions). We offer a 3, 6, 9 or 12 month study planner and selecting the right one for you depends on your individual CPA Exam goals. 
CPA Exam Goals
Its easy to say, I want to get this exam over with as soon as possible. Im going to knock all 4 parts out in one testing window! Its very possible to do so, but there are some questions you should ask yourself before setting the timeframe in which you want to complete the CPA Exam. For example, Do I plan to travel this summer?, What will my work schedule be like?, Do I want to take a break between sections?, and What is my current financial situation? All of these things are important factors when setting your goals. The 3 and 6 month timelines are challenging and are recommended for intense studiers. They allow for very few days off but are perfect for those with zero to very light workloads. The 9 and 12 month timelines allow the CPA Exam to work around your schedule. You will be studying for a part and taking a part focusing on one section at a time. These timelines also allow for breaks in between sections should you need it. 
Once you have your CPA Exam game plan set, its time to apply and schedule right away! If you've just graduated, this is especially important because you've still got that student mindset. If not, remember that creating plans doesn't guarantee success; you must act on your plans!

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