CPA Exam vs MCAT

Which exam to take? Do you want to take the CPA Exam? Or do you want to take the MCAT? Fortunately, deciding which exam to take should be fairly simple. The CPA Exam is a competency exam for aspiring accountants, whereas the MCAT is an entrance exam for aspiring doctors. Read on to get an idea of how these exams are different.

CPA Exam vs MCAT: CPA Exam

The Uniform CPA Exam is a computerized set of exams that test the same content areas to ensure aspiring CPA candidates have the necessary educational competencies to protect the public through the practice of public accounting. The Uniform CPA Exam is not one exam but instead is a compilation of four unique exams: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Regulation (FAR), and Regulation (REG). Each section of the exam is then composed of a certain number of multiple choice questions and task-based simulations or written communication tasks. Moreover, the CPA Exam, unlike the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, etc., is a competency exam and not an entrance exam. The table below outlines the timing of each section, the number of questions in each section, and the grading evaluation of each section.

Section Timing Multiple Choice Questions Task-Based Simulations or Written Communication Tasks
AUD 4 hours 90 MC (60%) 7 TBS (40%)
BEC 3 hours 72 MC (85%) 3 WCT (15%)
FAR 4 hours 90 MC (60%) 7 TBS (40%)
REG 3 hours 72 MC (60%) 6 TBS (40%)

For more information about the CPA Exam, check out AICPA’s Uniform CPA Examination FAQs.


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is developed and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In particular, the MCAT is a multiple choice exam that is geared towards aspiring medical school candidates. The MCAT has four major sections, which include: (1) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, (2) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, (3) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and (4) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. You can expect to encounter 230 questions and be seated for approximately seven-and-a-half hours. Check out the exam overview below.


For more information about the MCAT, be sure to take a look at The MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2016.

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