Taking All 4 CPA Exam Parts at Once: Smart or Crazy?

What’s the best strategy for passing all the four parts of the CPA Exam in an amount of time that is suitable for your lifestyle as wells as AICPA’s timing restrictions? How you should take the exams, it depends how much time you have as well as how committed you are to take the fast route. 

CPA Exam Parts

There are four parts of the Uniform CPA Exam: Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), Audit & Attestation (AUD), Regulation (REG), and Business Environment & Concepts (BEC).

The exam is a 100% computerized test consisting of multiple-choice questions, task-based simulations (similar to case studies), and written communications component called essays. A testing time for each exam section is 4 hours, so the total number of exam hours is 16. 

For CPA, you may choose to take the four exam parts one at a time, two at a time, or even four parts at the same time, but you must complete all parts within eighteen months of taking the first part. You can choose to sit for the exam any time (Monday to Friday / Saturday) during the first two months of each quarter and at any of the Prometric centers available throughout the USA as well as in Japan, Brazil, and four Middle Eastern countries.

Taking All the 4 CPA Exam Parts at Once

If you are considering taking all the 4 CPA exam sections together, ask yourself if you have the stamina to get this done in one go, while shouldering other responsibilities.

You’ll require a great deal of motivation to achieve this feat. So, if you aren’t in a hurry, take each exam section one at a time. 

The 4 CPA Exam Parts — Which Should You Take First?

If you want to take one or two exam parts at a time, and if you cannot make a decision of your own, here is the order you could follow:

  1. FAR
  2. AUD
  3. REG
  4. BEC

FAR is the most challenging and would require the most amount of studying. Beginning the exams with FAR gives you a lot of study time outside your 18-month window.

The content of AUD is closely related to that of FAR, so you could take AUD right after or along with FAR.

BEC is reasonably easy, so you can schedule it for the busiest time of the year, or you can even take it after you’ve passed all the other exam sections.


Hope the above article helps you take a sound decision about what career path to follow. If you have any queries, feel free to comment in the section below. Happy Learning!

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