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

Hey there! I see that you are interested in finding out an answer to the following question, “How many hours should I study for the BEC CPA Exam?” According to The CPA Journal, the really short answer is 80 hours; however, keep in mind that 80 hours is simply a point estimate.

How Many Hours Should I Study for the BEC CPA Exam: Cost Final Example

Well, let’s take a step back for minute. Imagine you have a final exam coming up for Cost and Managerial Accounting. You friend, Michael, has been stressing out because he scored a 72 percent, a 83 percent, and a 74 percent on Exam 1, Exam 2, and Exam 3, respectively. Michael really wants to earn a B in this class, but he has to do really well on the cumulative final exam. You see, each exam was worth 20 percent of grade, and the final is worth 40 percent of his grade. If Michael were to not take the final, he would earn a 45.8 percent in the class. Oh no! In order for Michael to earn a B, he would need to score an 85.5 percent on the final exam, which is higher than all of his previous exam scores. Michael is really going to need to study quite a bit if he wants to score that 85.5 percent.

On the other hand, you really, really understood Cost and Managerial Accounting. You scored a 96 percent, a 98 percent, and a 97 percent on Exam 1, Exam 2, and Exam 3, respectively. Wow, you are a Cost and Managerial Accounting pro! If you were to not take the final, you would earn a 58.2 percent in the class. However, you want to earn an A. In order for you to earn that A, you need to score a 79.5 percent on the final exam, which is way lower than your previous exam scores. Chances are that you can sit back and relax a little bit because your earlier hard work and determination paid off.

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

Likewise, for the BEC section of the Uniform CPA Exam, your earlier hard work and determination in your coursework can help you reduce the overall time needed to study to pass with a 75 or higher. It is important to note that BEC does not align to one specific course in your undergraduate or graduate coursework. Instead, BEC can be seen as an extension of the following topics: Auditing, Corporate Governance, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Cost and Managerial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Accounting Information Systems, Operations Management, Project Management, Internal Audit, and much more. If you did very well in these classes and understood the material, the amount of prep time needed for BEC may be less. However, if you took these classes and struggled, took these classes and had an easy professor, or did not take these classes at all, you may need more time to prep for BEC. The magic number 80 is simply a guestimate 🙂 Depending on your ability, your understanding, your study habits, the time since you last took the course, the course rigor, and other potential omitted factors, you should adjust your study time up or down accordingly. Keep in mind, your goal is to pass BEC. For those of you who are used to destroying classes with high A’s, I would highly suggest that you adjust your mentality for BEC. The last thing you want to do is over study and potentially encounter CPA Exam burnout. As always, remember to breathe.


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