The next iteration of the CPA Exam launches on April 1, 2017.

  Total testing time increases from 14 to 16 hours.

  There will be a greater focus on the higher order cognitive skills, which is outlined in AICPA's Blueprint at 

   One 15-minute break per section will be introduced that won't count against testing time.

  The CPA Exam remains structured in the four sections of AUD, BED, FAR, and REG.

calendar Responsive to candidate feedback, each quarter of testing will be extended by 10 days beginning in 2016. (This will be suspended April - June 2017 with the launch of the new exam and will be reinstated after this period. NASBA intends to continue the 10-day extension beyond 2017 after a formal approval.)

Candidates may pass a combination of the current version of the Exam and the next version to qualify for licensure.

Specific to Illinois: candidates with provisional status will sit for the Exam in the last term, in which at its end, you will have met the current educational requirements. This status requires that the applicant must adhere to the testing schedule outlined by the ILBOE. Visit for more information.    

Uniform CPA Examination Blueprints

The Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) is comprised of four sections, each four hours long: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG).

The table below presents the design of the Exam by section, section time and question type.

The table below presents the scoring weight of multiple choice questions (MCQs), task based simulations (TBSs) and written communication for each Exam section. 

The AICPA has adopted a skill framework for the Exam based on the revised Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Bloom's Taxonomy classifies a continuum of skills that students can be expected to learn and demonstrate as a newly licensed CPA. Based on the nature of the task, one of four skill levels was assigned to each of the tasks, as follows: 

The skill levels to be assessed on each section of the Exam are included in the table below.