CPA AUD Exam Time Allocation

Interested in learning about how much time you have for the CPA AUD Exam? Good news. You have come to the right place. Today we are going discuss all things CPA AUD Exam time allocation.

How Many Hours Should I Study for the AUD CPA Exam?

There are two major parts to time allocation for the AUD CPA Exam. First, you should take into consideration how much time to study. Second, there is the time allocation for the actual test. In this section, we will cover the studying aspect of time allocation, and in the next section, we will cover the test day time allocation.

The CPA Journal recommends that you study 100 hours for the AUD section the CPA Exam. For reference, 100 hours is 27 hours shy of James Franco’s actor portrayal of Aron Ralston in the film 127 Hours.

James Franco CPA AUD Exam Time Allocation

Hopefully this wasn’t your face learning about the 100 hours of study time.

If you think 100 hours is too much or too little, consider adapting your study time to what is going to efficiently and effectively fit your needs. Regardless, I would highly recommend you take the following classes to help you prepare for AUD section of the CPA Exam: Auditing, Advanced Auditing, Internal Auditing, Accounting and Information Systems, and Corporate Governance.

These courses will give you an optimal amount of exposure to the material covered on AUD. It is important to note that standards may have changed since you have last taken one of the courses above. Allow yourself enough time to reconcile any standards changes that may have occurred. Remember the goal is to take AUD once and pass it the first time. Find your Goldilocks study zone: too little studying and you may have to retake; too much studying and you may have CPA Exam burnout. For most folks, 100 hours will be the magic number for success.

For additional information on AUD study time, check out How Many Hours Should I Study for the AUD CPA Exam?

How Long is the Test and How Should I Allocate My Time?

Under the current version of the CPA Exam, you will have 4 hours to tackle 90 multiple choice questions and 7 task-based simulations. It is important to have a test day time management strategy to help you navigate through the testlets with precision and agility. As a baseline for your time management strategy, consider using the following timeline:

Testlet 1: 45 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Testlet 2: 45 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Testlet 3: 45 minutes

Break: 5 minutes

Task-Based Simulations: 90 minutes

This timeline equates to 1 minute and 30 seconds per multiple choice question and 12 minutes and 51 seconds per task-based simulation. Feel free to make adjustments as needed for your time management success.

For additional information on timing related to the new Uniform CPA Exam, check out AUD CPA Exam Duration – How long is the Test and Changes to the AUD CPA Exam in 2016. As always, remember to breathe.

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