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US Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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Program Curriculum

4 Exam Parts

Syllabus Conceptual Framework, Standard Setting and presentation of Financial Statements (17-23%)
Financial Statement Accounts: Recognition, Measurement, Valuation, Calculation, Presentation and Disclosures (27-33%)
Specific Transactions, Events and Disclosures: Recognition, Measurement, Valuation, Calculation, Presentation, and Disclosures (27% - 33%)
Governmental Accounting and Reporting (8% - 12%)
Not-for-Profit (Nongovernmental) Accounting and Reporting (8%-12%)
Duration 4 hour Exam
Question Pattern 66 multiple choice questions (50% Weightage) & 9 short task-based simulations (50% Weightage)
Syllabus Engagement Acceptance & understanding the environment (12-16%)
Understanding the entity and its environment (16-20%)
Performing Audit procedures & evaluating evidence (16-20%)
Evaluating Audit findings, communications & reporting (16-20%)
Accounting & review services engagement (12-16%)
Professional responsibilities (16-20%)
Duration 4 hour Exam
Question Pattern 72 multiple choice questions (50% Weightage) & 9 short task-based simulations (50% Weightage)
Syllabus Ethics, Professional, and Legal Responsibilities (15% -19%)
Business Law (17% - 21%)
Federal Tax Process, Procedures, Accounting, and Planning (11% - 15%)
Evaluating Audit findings, communications & reporting (16-20%)
Federal Taxation of Property Transactions (12% - 16%)
Federal Taxation of Individuals (13% - 19%)
Federal Taxation of Entities (18% - 24%)
Duration 4 hour Exam
Question Pattern 76 multiple choice questions (50% Weightage) & 9 short task-based simulations (50% Weightage)
Syllabus Corporate Governance (16% - 20%)
Economic Concepts and Analysis (16% - 20%)
Financial Management (19% - 23%)
Information Systems and Communications (15% - 19%)
Strategic Planning (10% - 14%)
Operations Management (12% - 16%)
Duration 4 hour Exam
Question Pattern 62 multiple choice questions(50% Weightage) & 5 short task-based simulations (35% Weightage),Written communication( 15% Weightage)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

There are many US firms worldwide, and more and more accountancy related assignments are being out sourced to India . We have many US companies now in india, so the job scope is good. Companies like Deloitte, EY, Amazon, Synchrony, Invesco and so many more frequently hire in India

ACCA is a UK program, it’s a good course , but the scope for jobs in UK companies is limited worldwide.

We select the state for you based on your educational background and make sure you get the maximum credits which are required. US CPA is a uniform exam and the paper will be the same no matter which state you apply from.

CPA US is a 4 paper exam.- Online 50% MCQ, 50% SIMS ( Case Law based questions)

  • FAR- Financial accounting and reporting-
  • AUD – Audit
  • BEC- Business environment
  • REG- Regulation or US taxation

Exam format: MCQs, simulations, and written communications.
Exam mode: online.
The student will have access to Authoritative literature when he is answering Simulations part in all the 4 papers. Authoritative literature comprises GAAP, IRS, GAAS where a student can use it to answer, but it requires a lot of practice to locate the exact answer as it is too vast to search.

Yes, a graduation degree from IGNOU is considered valid for the CPA exam. IGNOU Graduation can give you 60 or 90credits depending upon the MOU if the MOU is for 1 year- then 60 credits, if your writing B. Com for 3 years -90

B.Com gives you a total of 90 credits and to qualify for CPA exam you need 120 but there are certain states which allow you to sit for CPA exam even with 90 credits provided you sign an undertaking that you will meet the balance credits within 18 months of appearing for the first paper. Yes, you can do CPA but you need to sign an undertaking and we will help you with a bridge course to meet the balance credits. Additionally, B. Com with NAAC A- First division is also an eligibility criterion.

A CPA's knowledge is more broad-based. An individual who holds the CPA license would have expertise in a wide variety of finance-related areas. A CFA is a more specialized course and is targeted at those who want to work in the investment management profession. Compare the details of CPA vs CFA designations.

CPA exam education requirements differ by state. You can check with your local Board of Accountancy regarding your state's rules, but most jurisdictions follow the 150-hour rule. This stipulates that you need to obtain 150 semester hours of education from an accredited university. There are also rules regarding the subjects that you have to study, with most states requiring you to complete a specific number of semester units in accounting.

The continuous testing window is applied now, they will need to apply for NTS again and write the exam

The Notice to Schedule (NTS) is your notification that you may begin scheduling your examination with Prometric. It is a Hall ticket. NTS is issued in 2-4 weeks of exam application at CPA Central

The exam has 324 multiple-choice questions, 20 simulation questions, and 3 written communication (essay) questions.

Both US residents and foreign nationals who meet the requirements of a particular state board can take the CPA exam.

US CPA license is used mainly when one wants to be self employed and practice as a Certified Public Accountant living in the US.

A CPA's knowledge is more broad-based. An individual who holds the CPA license would have expertise in a wide variety of finance-related areas. A CFA is a more specialized course and is targeted at those who want to work in the investment management profession. Compare the details of CPA vs CFA designations.

Certified Public Accountants work in a wide range of professions. You can find them in banking, financial services, government jobs, and education. However, most CPAs are employed in public accounting or corporate accounting.

No the exam is NOT open book. You are not allowed any resources in the testing center while taking the exam.

Although the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualifications are both related to finance, there are significant differences between the two. A CFA's expertise is focused on the investment industry. Consequently, CFAs work as portfolio managers, investment advisors, and research analysts.
A CPA, on the other hand, is a specialist in accounting and taxes. You can find CPAs working in public accounting and the finance departments of small and large businesses.

Certified Public Accountants provide a range of services across different types of organizations.

  • Public accounting firms: CPAs are involved in the preparation, review, and auditing of their clients' financial statements. Their expert knowledge in the fields of accounting, taxes, and related areas helps them to fulfill this role.
  • Large corporations: Big companies need the services of CPAs. In these organizations, CPAs work in accounting, internal auditing, and tax accounting. They play a crucial role in preparing the corporation's financial statements and ensuring that these adhere to the required regulatory norms.
  • Small businesses: CPAs can play an important role in small companies as well. They provide financial advice and can help with the firm's accounting records. Many small businesses use CPAs to assist them with their taxes and to represent them before the IRS.
  • You can also find CPAs working in government organizations and the educational sector. If you choose to work in public accounting, you could join one of the "Big 4" accounting firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, or KPMG. These firms, as well as their smaller counterparts, provide accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting services. Many CPAs also opt to work in corporations and government entities. Their job could involve managerial or tax accounting, internal auditing, or financial analysis.

To be eligible to appear for the US CPA exam one must have 120 credits, each graduation is converted into 30 years of credits thereby adding 90 credits for 3 years, if your NAAC A, the first division you will get 30 additional credits. To apply for the license one must have 150 credits. Although certain other requirements vary by jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction has specific requirements about education, experience, and residency. Refer to your jurisdiction's application materials for additional information.

Your NTS will be valid for a specific amount of time. This time varies by jurisdiction. For most of the states, it is valid for 6 months whereas for a few it has 9 months validity. You must sit for the examination before your NTS expires. If you do not sit for the examination within the established time frame, your NTS will be expired and you will need to submit a new application to receive a new NTS. The expiration date will be mentioned on the NTS

You need a score of 75 or higher to pass the CPA exam. Specifically, you must earn a 75 or higher on each of the four tests that make up the CPA exam.

If you are appearing for exams in any country other than the US you will have to take the license within 3 years of passing the CPA exam else your credits will lapse. If you appear for the exam in the US you have to apply for a license within 10 years

Yes, you can hold multiple state license provided meeting the CPE( Continuous Professional Education) as per the state rule

To decide when to take the CPA exam, follow these steps:

  • Submit your application and all required fees to your state board of accountancy. When the state board approves your application, it contacts the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
  • NASBA reviews the state board information, including the tests you are allowed to take. NASBA sends you a Notice to Schedule (NTS).
  • Use your NTS to contact Prometric and set up a date and time to take your test. The CPA exam provides testing windows, which are periods when candidates can take tests.

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