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For even more detailed information about the exam, including prep reviews, timelines and how the four sections of the test break down, check out our site that helps college students on their way to CPA-hood, ThisWayToCPA.

What is the CPA exam?

You have to pass the CPA exam to become a Certified Public Accountant in any U.S. state or jurisdiction. It’s one of the “three Es”—education, examination and experience—that are required to get your CPA license.

The exam consists of four sections that each run between 2.5 and 4.5 hours long (bring some coffee). You’ll take it at a local test center on a computer, one section at a time, until you finish all four. The only catch is that you have to pass all four sections within 18 months.

Is it hard?

Well, it’s not exactly easy. But if you’re well prepared, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Can I get a job first?

Yes. Many students get hired out of college and are expected to study for and take the CPA exam once they start working, since work experience is required for your CPA license too. Sounds intense, but it’s good to get it out of the way.

Once you pass the exam, you’re that much closer to getting your CPA license.

For even more detailed information about the exam, including prep reviews, timelines and how the four sections of the test break down, check out our site that helps college students on their way to CPA-hood, ThisWayToCPA.