BEC CPA Exam Duration – How Long is the Test?

What time is it? Summer time Business Environments and Concepts (BEC) time! We are all in this together, so let’s find out how long is the BEC section of the Uniform CPA Exam 🙂

Current Version: BEC CPA Exam Duration – How Long is the Test?

Currently, BEC is a 3 hour, 180 minute, or 10,800 second behemoth that covers Corporate Governance, Economic Concepts and Analysis, Financial Management, Information Systems and Communication, Strategic Planning, and Operations Management. In this timeframe, you have the opportunity to take on 72 multiple choice questions and 3 written communication tasks that are weighted at 85 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Are you interested in a test day timeline for BEC? Awesome! Consider using the following timeline:

Testlet 1: 40 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Testlet 2: 40 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Testlet 3: 40 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Written Communication Tasks: 45 minutes

This timeline equates to 1 minute and 40 seconds per multiple choice question and 15 minutes per written communication task. If you find you need more time on the written communication tasks or prefer having fewer breaks, consider tweaking the timeline to suit your individual needs.

New Version: BEC CPA Exam Duration – How Long is the Test?

You may have heard that starting April 1, 2017 there will be a “new” CPA Exam. No, this is not a cruel April Fool’s Day prank. There are real changes coming. Settle down Paul Revere. The British aren’t coming 🙂 In particular, the “new” BEC section will have 62 multiple choice questions, 4 to 5 task-based simulations, and 3 written communication tasks. If this seems like more than the current version of BEC, you have the right intuition because it is. With the 10 fewer multiple choice questions and 4 to 5 additional task-based simulations, you are granted another hour for this section. That’s right. The “new” BEC section will be four hours as opposed to three hours. Do not worry though about the added time. The “new” BEC section will include what is known as a “new standardized break,” which is a 15-minute break that will not count against your testing time. If you want more information about the “new” BEC section, check out the Practice Analysis Final Report. As always, remember to breathe.

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