How many hours should I study for the CPA exam?” This is among the most common questions asked by CPA aspirants. Experts say that roughly 400 hours of preparation is mandatory to score well. But, the time needed by an individual is bound to vary under circumstances. Different variables affect individuals differently and will determine how much time should be dedicated. In general, the educational background and work experience of an aspirant counts. Additionally, if you have been out of the “student mode” for a while, you will need to dedicate more hours. Another factor affecting your preparation time is your command over the English language.
Here is a close breakdown of the various sections of the CPA exam and the time you should spend preparing for them:
This section has seven task-based simulations along with 90 MCQs. A preparation time of 125 hours should help you get a thorough understanding of this section.
REG also has simulations and MCQs but also has the lowest pass rate. You should spend at least 110 hours to be able to solve the 72 MCQs and the six simulation tasks.
Much similar to FAR, AUD needs at least 90 hours of preparation time for an aspiration to clear the CPA exam.
In addition to the 72 MCQs, BEC also has three communication tasks. This section usually requires 75 hours of preparation time.
If you do not have the kind of time required for the CPA exam, make sure that you focus on the important concepts. This way, you will be able to squeeze in at least 100 hours of study time, which is quite impressive in itself.
Another goal that you can set is to become at least 80% proficient in solving the practice questions. This would ensure that your chances of cracking the CPA exam in the first attempt are high.
The time needed for preparing will vary. At the end of the day, it is the quality of your preparation that counts.