They are well-respected strategic business advisors and decision-makers. They act as consultants on many issues, including taxes and accounting. A CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, is a trusted financial advisor who helps individuals, businesses, and other organizations plan and reach their financial goals. To become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you must first pass the Uniform CPA Examination®. The CPA Exam consists of four, four-hour sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). You must pass all four sections within 18 months, earning a minimum score of 75 on each part. CPA Exam Schedule You can take the Exam during any one of four “testing windows.” To apply for the Exam, visit NASBA’s CPA Central. Testing Windows January 1 - March 10 April 1 - June 10 July 1 - September 10 October 1 - December 10 Study the CPA Exam Blueprints to learn about the specific topics tested in each Exam section. Practice with the sample tests before your test day to learn about the Exam’s format and functionality.