You know there are 4 parts to this exam, but what else is important to know? Below, weve broken down each section of the CPA Exam and provided some expert tips so you know how to prepare and what to expect. This is our inside scoop on the CPA Exam.

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FAR- Financial Accounting and Reporting

Our recommendation? Definitely dont try to study this with another part; its the longest section of our course and the most material!  Just think: this part includes all your Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2, and not to mention Government/Non-Profit, which your campus may not even offer as an elective!  Most importantly, what Intermediate Accounting professor gets through the entire book?  They skip chapters and youre relieved because they arent on your professors exams, but that doesnt mean the CPA Exam is going to skip that chapter as well. FAR takes a lot of study time, so just be prepared. We tell our students to get this section done first and out of the way because it tends to be the most intimidating. Sometimes, timing can be an issue while taking the exam- so watch out! Once youre done with FAR, you need to decide what section to take next. It helps to think about what youre gearing towards: Audit or Tax? Go for the topic you have the most passion for.

REG- Regulation
Out of all the exams, students run out of time on this section the most.  Its a lot of material all lumped into one 3 hour section. We tell students that for this exam, they really need to listen to Roger and run a smart race with their time.  Hell not only teach them the material, but also how to successfully beat the clock and get a great score. We recommend that you practice timing yourself when you study for this part.
BEC- Business Environment and Concepts
Dont let the shortest exam fool you; there are no simulations in this part, and if youre taking our course, it has the shortest amount of review with Roger. However, this part of the CPA exam does have a lot of material you havent seen before like Economics (supply/demand curves), and IT.  You may not have seen that kind of material since your lower division classes. Cost accounting sneaks up on the BEC as well, and because you have written communication in this section, you could be writing on Cost Accounting principles. Take the time to review this unfamiliar territory! Given its length, you can pair up BEC with another exam if youre looking to take two parts at once.
AUD- Auditing and Attestation
First off, do NOT worry if youve never taken an Audit class before. Depending on your campus, an audit class is either an elective or a required course. If youre taking a prep course, the course should teach you the material. Here, at Roger CPA Review, its Rogers job to teach everyone at the same level, whether theyve never seen audit material before or its the area they are going into.  We have the highest pass rates for this exam and students usually have time left over.
A question we frequently get asked is: Which section should I take first?  Our general recommendation is FAR, because it requires the most hours of study.  Because the 18 month window to complete all four sections begins after the first exam part is passed, this recommendation will prevent students from having to dedicate any of their crunch time towards the massive FAR section. Heres our pro tip: If youre aiming to finish in 9 months, do FAR in the first quarter. Then, do AUD or REG in the second quarter paired with BEC (based on your strengths- tax or audit). Finally, in the third window, aim for the remaining part- AUD or REG. Our course comes with efficient study planners that help you chart your course; its always a good idea to have a plan given the 18 month window. With all of this said, the bottom line is to make a plan, and play to your strengths. We can only recommend, but every student taking the exam is different.
If you have any questions about the exam, either leave your questions in the comments below OR tweet your question using #RogerHelp. You can also watch our course demos to find out more about the content of each CPA Exam section. Good luck to everyone! 

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