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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

What is CPA?
CPA is the highest qualification in the field of accountancy with its examination administered by the American Institute of CPA (AICPA). It enables the CPAs to transition their career from accounting to any area in Finance like Analysis & Planning, Income Tax, Regulatory Reporting and many others

What does a CPA do?
The job responsibilities of a public accountant include preparing and analysing reports on transactions, reviewing corporate and personal income tax return and providing tax consults and on-boarding for new clients.

Which are the global companies employing CPA?
Some top accounting firms to work for include Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Plante Moran, Moss Adams, Rothstein Kass, Eide Baily, BDO, Crowe Horwoath and RSM US.

CPA Global Trends
More than 100K aspirants take CPA (USA) exam every year. The growth rate for number of candidates taking the CPA exam is more than 10% year over year. With the exam becoming a global standard, job opportunities have also increased. There is an uptrend of 14% in the job opportunities for Chartered holders. More than 60% companies currently employing CPA professionals are looking forward to hire more CPA professionals. With the exam getting more and more holistic, the uptick and career opportunities for Chartered holders is at an all-time high.

Opportunities for CPA holders in India
The demand for CPA has increased significantly in recent times with the growth in MNCs and outsourcing of Finance & Accounting work from Big4s in India.. MNCs and Big 4s (Delotte, EY, PwC, KPMG) are constantly on the look-out for CPAs. Many of them also sponsor their professionals to pursue the CPA course

CPA Eligibility Criteria

  • CPA eligibility differs for each of the 55 states of the United States.
  • For Indian graduates, the minimum requirement is :
    B.Com with M.Com
    Chartered Accountants with B.Com and B.Com with Accountancy Masters are eligible
    In some cases, B.Com with MBA are also eligible.
    There are a few other scenarios in which the aspirant might be eligible.
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  • CPAs earn 10-15% more than professionals without CPAs
  • Opens up opportunities to work in areas such as audit, financial accounting and reporting, financial analysis, tax and management consulting, management accounting, business valuation, financial forensics, personal financial planning, and IT consulting
  • Opportunities to work with MNCs in India & abroad
Exam Structure

Exam 1 Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) Exam 2 Auditing and Attestation (AUD) Exam 3 Regulation (REG) Exam 4 Business Environment & Concepts (BEC)


You can take the Uniform CPA Examination four times per year. The testing windows are as follows:

Q1 January 1 - March 10 Q2 April 1 - June 10 Q3 July 1 - September 10 Q4 October 1 - December 10

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Study Guides map perfectly to the lessons in the courseware. Read More. The four volume set reviews all four parts of the CPA Exam. The eBook is mapped perfectly to the courseware and feature Wiley CPAexcel's popular Bite-Sized lessons.

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Professor Mentoring with online support from subject-expert professors. Get the support and answers you need from experienced, subject-expert professors. With Professor Mentoring, you can post your CPA Exam related questions and get a response within 48 hours or less. Need an immediate response? Access the archived discussions to find what you are looking for. Answers in 48 hours or less: Post your CPA Exam related question, and get an answer from experienced subject-expert professors. Archived discussions: Access prior discussions so you can often find the answer that you need immediately and see what types of questions your peers are asking. Expert team of professor mentors: Every Wiley CPAexcel mentor is a distinguished university professor and an expert in their field.

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Focus Notes

Focus Notes with acronyms and mnemonics. Reinforce key concepts for every section of the CPA Exam with these easy-to-read and carry spiral-bound supplements. Learn acronyms and mnemonic devices to help you remember accounting rules, checklists and more.

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Digital Flash Cards

Digital Flash Cards to reinforce and improve retention. Use Flash Cards to reinforce and improve knowledge retention in all four sections. Order the complete 4-parts (1,000 cards) or individual sections (250 cards/section).

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The most popular supplement in CPA-land with 4,500+ CPA Exam practice questions with detailed answer rationales and 160 task-based simulations, including new Document Review Simulations (DRS). Boost your review with the ultimate online practice tool.


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Study Features

View your progress by topic, and understand where you have reached passing threshold. Customize reports by including or excluding saved sessions. Filter progress reports by subtopic and view as a raw score or in percentages.

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Session Management Tool Set

You now have complete control over the data in your history.

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  • Additional features such as All Questions will launch you into a review of how you performed on the session. Incorrect Questions launches a new session containing just the questions you have gotten incorrect.


1. How Can I Check My Eligibility For Exam?

Wiley provides Free U.S. CPA Exam Qualification testing service for candidates.

2. What's The Duration Of CPA Platinum Review Course?

CPA review course allows you to plan your study as per your convenience. You can choose to create a relaxed study plan (12 months max) or a relatively intensive plan (e.g. 3 months).

3. For How Long Can I Access The Course?

Wiley promises to partner you until you pass the exam. Initially you will be offered a one-year access to the course. But, in case you need to repeat the same, we will renew your access without any further charges.

4. I Am Repeating The Course. What Should I Do To Regain The Access?

To regain the access, students just need to provide a proof of non-appearance or failing the CPA exam.

5. I Am Experiencing Some Technical Glitch. What Should I Do?

If you are experiencing some technical issues, please contact our support team:

6. Can I Get A Response To A Query During Live Online Classes?

Yes, you can ask any question during live online classes and our subject experts will get back to you in less than 48 hours. However, if you are looking for an immediate response, you may refer to the discussion forums and seek help from other students.

7. Which Career Path Can I Take After CPA?

Careers in public accounting focus on auditing and tax functions. Public accountants usually work for several clients as part of a firm or on their own.

  • Public Accounting- Provide a full range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services to their clients.
  • Business, Government & Not-for-profit organization- Found in positions ranging from staff accountant and financial analyst to CFO and CEO.
  • Specialist- CPAs are increasingly called upon to provide services in specialized areas such as business valuation and information systems.
  • Forensic Services- Forensic CPAs utilize their accounting knowledge and skills to investigate fraud and financial transgressions.
  • Financial Advisor- CPAs serve as financial advisors to individuals, helping them to manage their finances and to make informed financial decisions.

8. What Is The ROI Of CPA License?

On an average, a CPA license holder garners 10-15% higher salary. Moreover, since this license opens up the global market opportunities, self-employed CPA licensees could expand the gamut of their services beyond national territories and earn a premium on their regular services.

9. Do I Need To Be A US Citizen Or Resident To Be Eligible For CPA?

No. US citizenship or residency is not necessarily required.

10. Does CPA Exam Differ In Different US States/Jurisdictions?

CPA exam remains the same no matter where it's taken. However, every US state/jurisdiction has its own set of education and experience requirements that individuals must meet.

11. What Are The General Requirements To Obtain A CPA License?

In general, there are three main requirements:

  • Education- 120-150 hours of accounting credits + 150 semester hours of post-secondary education
  • Uniform CPA exam
  • Experience- 1-2 years of experience under CPA

12. Approximately How Much Money Does It Cost To Take A CPA Exam (Including Preparation, Registration, Test, Travel Etc.)?

For an Indian, It will cost around Rs. 500k-600k

13. How Much Work Experience Is Required To Obtain CPA License?

Many states require the candidate to have 1 – 2 year experience under a CPA. Many states/jurisdictions also accept non-public accounting experience (e.g., industry, government), although the number of years deemed acceptable are typically higher than for public accounting.

14. What Is The Difference Between One-Tier And Two-Tier System Of US States/Jurisdictions?

Under one-tier system, candidates must pass the CPA exam and fulfill the experience requirements to obtain both the certificate and license. On the other hand, under two-tier system you can obtain the certificate upon passing the exam and then must fulfill the experience requirements to obtain the license to practice in public accounting. Because so many factors determine whether a state/jurisdiction is considered one- or two-tier, it is recommended that you contact your state board for interpretation.

15. What Is Needed To Maintain A CPA License?

1. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

  • Typically 40 hours per year
  • Types (e.g., computer-based vs. group/classroom learning) of CPE vary by jurisdiction
  • May need ethics training and compliance
  • Subjects vary depending to type of license and area of employment

2. Renewal every period>

16. What Is The Passing Score Of All Four Sections Of CPA?

Passing score for all sections is 75 or higher. Section scores are reported on a scale that ranges from 0 to 99.

17. Is CPA A Computer Based Or A Paper Based Test?

CPA is a computer based test

18. What Is The Average Pass Rate Of Exam?

Average pass rate is 46%. The pass rate among Wiley CPAexcel students is 87%.

19. When Can I Take The Exam?

The CPA exam is offered quarterly in what is referred to as a “testing window.” The testing window is generally the first two months in a quarter for a calendar year. The third month is referred to as a “blackout month.” Each section may be taken separately, during one of the following testing windows:

  • January 1 through March 10
  • April 1 through May 31
  • July 1 through September 10
  • October 1 through December 10

20. What Is The Duration Of Exam?

CPA is a 16 hour exam. A candidate gets 4 hours to complete each section.

21. Do I Need To Take Exam Of All 4 Sections In The Same Testing Window?

No, you can choose to give different section exam in different testing windows in any order. Only thing that must be kept in mind is that you have to complete all the four parts within 18 months after passing any one of the parts. Otherwise your passing credits would be forfeited and you would have to pass all sections all over again. Moreover, you cannot take the same section more than once during any one testing window.

22. What Kind Of Questions Can I Expect During Exam & How Much Weight Does Each Type Carry?

Section Questions Testlet
Type Weight
Auditing & Attestation (AUD)
Time to complete: 4 hours
72 MCQs
8 TBSs
#1 36 MCQs
#2 36 MCQs
#3 2 TBSs
#4 3 TBSs
#5 3 TBSs
Business Environment and concepts (BEC)
Time to complete: 4 hours
62 MCQs
4 TBSs
3 Written Communication
#1 31 MCQs
#2 31 MCQs
#3 2 TBSs
#4 2 TBSs
#5 3 Written Communication
Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR)
Time to complete: 4 hours
66 MCQs
8 TBSs
#1 33 MCQs
#2 33 MCQs
#3 2 TBSs
#4 3 TBSs
#5 3 TBSs
Regulation (REG)
Time to complete: 4 hours
76 MCQs
8 TBSs
#1 38 MCQs
#2 38 MCQs
#3 2 TBSs
#4 3 TBSs
#5 3 TBSs

23. What Is The Validation Period Of NTS?

Validation period of NTS depends on the state you have registered your exam with.

24. In Which International Locations Are Indians Eligible To Take Their CPA Exam?

US, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates