CPA BEC Exam Time Allocation

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CPA BEC Exam Time Allocation: How Many Hours Should I Study for the BEC CPA Exam?

When considering CPA BEC Exam time allocation, there are two important moments to consider. The first moment is the time allocation for studying for the BEC Exam. The second moment is the time allocation during the BEC Exam. First things first, let’s discuss the time allocation for BEC Exam study.

According to The CPA Journal, you should allocate 80 hours in your preparation for BEC. For your reference, 80 hours is two full 40 hour work weeks or one full work week during busy season 🙂 You may have heard that BEC is the easiest section of the CPA Exam and that you will be able to get away with studying fewer hours. If you go in with this mentality, you may be setting yourself up for failure. To help you adequately assess the amount of time you will actually need to study for BEC, I would highly encourage that you evaluate your performance in the following classes: Auditing, Corporate Governance, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Cost and Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Accounting Information Systems, Operations Management, Project Management, and Internal Audit.

Your BEC objective should be to pass it the first time, so make sure you don’t understudy. Over-studying may help your objective of passing BEC, but it’s important that you don’t burn out. As best as you can, try to balance these two risks to help you succeed on your CPA journey.

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

CPA BEC Exam Time Allocation: How Long is the Test and Outline?

Now that we have discussed the BEC study time allocation, let’s discuss time allocation for the actual test. Specifically, the current version of BEC is 3 hours and takes on 72 multiple choice questions and 3 written communication tasks. To show BEC who is boss, you are going to need an effective time management strategy. To optimize your time management strategy, 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. The above outline is a baseline. Make changes as needed. Do what you need to do to succeed on BEC.

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

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