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CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics and professional responsibilities related to tax practice, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation  : The Regulation (REG) section of the CPA Exam tests a CPA candidate’s knowledge on federal taxation, business law, business ethics and professional and legal responsibilities. More than 60% of the REG exam focuses on federal taxation.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation (REG) Details : REG EXAM CONTENT

60-80% Federal Taxation

  • Federal taxation of individuals
  • Federal taxation of entities
  • Federal taxation of property transactions

10-20% Business Law

  • Contracts
  • Agency
  • Business structure
  • Debtor-creditor relationships
  • Government regulation of business

15-19% Ethics, Professional Responsibilities, and Federal Tax Procedures

  • Ethics and responsibilities in tax practice
  • Licensing and disciplinary systems
  • Federal tax procedures
  • Legal duties and responsibilities

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation  : The REG Exam is 4 hours long, though the candidate is not required to use all the allotted time, and consists of 76 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and 8 Task-Based Simulations (TBSs).

Of the 76 MCQs, 64 are operational, meaning they count toward the exam score, while 12 are pretested and do not count toward the exam score. Of the 8 TBSs, 7 are operational and 1 pretested. Other than scoring, there is no functional difference between operational and pretested questions and no sure way for the candidate to tell the difference between an operational and pretested question.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : The REG Exam is organized into five testlets – two 33-question MCQ testlets followed by a 2-question TBS testlet, then an optional 15-minute break that does not count against the 4-hour test time, then two additional TBS testlets of three questions each.The candidate proceeds at his or her own pace through the testlets. Once a testlet has been submitted, it cannot be revisited.

The operational MCQs count 50% toward a candidate’s exam score. The operational TBSs count 50% toward a candidate’s exam score.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : By default the first MCQ testlet is of ‘Medium’ difficulty. The difficulty level of the next  MCQ testlet depends on the candidate’s performance on the first testlet. The candidate will therefore experience one of the following MCQ testlet difficulty sequences:

  • Medium – Difficult (candidate performed well on first testlet)
  • Medium – Medium (candidate did not perform well on first testlet)

Characterizing a testlet as ‘medium’ or ‘difficult’ refers to the average difficulty of the questions in an MCQ testlet. There is not a binary ‘medium’ or ‘difficult’ value assigned to each MCQ. Rather, the difficulty level of each question exists on a numeric scale.

Credit awarded for MCQs is weighted by difficulty level, meaning more credit is awarded for getting a more difficult question correct than for getting a less difficult question correct. Therefore, a candidate with a difficult testlet is not penalized for having harder questions, nor is there any advantage in having two Medium testlets.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation :  It is still possible to pass the exam even with a Medium-Medium MCQ testlet sequence. In these cases, good-to-excellent performance on the second MCQ testlet and the TBS testlets is key to passing.

The assigned TBS testlets are pre-selected and have nothing to do with the candidate’s performance on the preceding MCQ testlets, nor do the TBSs within the TBS testlet proceed according to performance on the previous TBS.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation :  The Examination consists of four sections:

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)

This section covers knowledge of audits of issuer and nonissuer entities, attestation engagements for issuer and nonissuer entities, preparation, compilation and review engagements, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)

This section covers knowledge of general business environment and business concepts that candidates need to know in order to perform audit, attest, accounting and review services, financial reporting, tax preparation, and other professional responsibilities in their role as certified public accountants, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)

This section covers knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises (public and nonpublic), not-for-profit entities, and state and local government entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

Regulation (REG)

This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics and professional responsibilities related to tax practice, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : Eligible candidates have the opportunity to take the Examination at Prometric test centers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Brazil. In order to qualify to take the  Examination outside the U.S., candidates will have to first establish their eligibility through application to a state board participating in the International CPA Examination Administration Program.

For specific instructions on how to apply to take the Examination, please visit the CPA Examination section of the NASBA website.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : Qualifying through a board of accountancy is the ONLY route to the U.S. CPA license. There is NO central professional body in the U.S. through which candidates may qualify as CPAs.

The application process is basically the same for U.S. and international candidates alike. Prospective candidates must select the U.S. jurisdiction to which they will apply, contact the Board of Accountancy (or its agent) in that jurisdiction to obtain application materials, submit completed applications and required fees as instructed, and once deemed qualified, schedule the examination. Any special requirements that international applicants must meet (such as arranging for an evaluation of their educational credentials by an agency approved by the board) are explained in accountancy board application instructions.

Prospective candidates who are undecided about the jurisdiction to which they should apply may wish to review the requirements of several Boards of Accountancy before making their decisions.

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

CPA Regulation : Eligible candidates have the opportunity to take the Examination at Prometric test centers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Brazil. In order to qualify to take the  Examination outside the U.S., candidates will have to first establish their eligibility through application to a state board participating in the International CPA Examination Administration Program.

For specific instructions on how to apply to take the Examination, please visit the CPA Examination section of the NASBA

CPA Regulation (REG) Details For 2017 Exam

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