One thing’s for sure. Whatever order you decide to sit the exams in, you’ll need to know how long to study for the CPA exam sections.
To give you an idea, as the largest section of the exam, FAR typically involves 150 hours of study time and has quite the reputation for being the most challenging.
By comparison, studying for Auditing and Attestation (AUD) has an industry average of around 100 hours. As you’ll find when you make your CPA exam notes, a significant amount of material featured in AUD can also be found in FAR.
Next is Regulation (REG), which takes around the same amount of time, if not a little longer than AUD. As with all four exams, REG is tough, but with a rigorous preparation routine, it’s relatively straightforward to quicken your pace of study (more on this in a moment).
Lastly is Business Environment and Concepts, known as BEC. Although it’s the easiest of the four tests and usually taken last, the average person will spend around 100 hours studying for it.
Now, these are the typical study times, so how do you get those hours down to 120 hours for FAR and 85 hours for the remaining three (a saving of 115 hours)? Crucially, how do you pass the CPA exam fast without compromising your learning?