Managing your time on the CPA Exam is critical to success, so you must develop and practice time management skills before your test date. The only information you have during your actual exam is a countdown clock of the hours and minutes remaining. When there are less than 2 minutes left in an exam section, the exam clock will begin to include the seconds and turn red, but you should be in your final review before that point. The AICPA does not require that you complete each testlet in a specific amount of time. Therefore, you must budget your time effectively to complete all five testlets in the 4 hours provided. The key to success is to become proficient in answering each question without hesitation in an average amount of time. To make the most of your testing time during the CPA Exam, you will need to develop a time management system and commit to spending no more than a designated amount of time on each question. We suggest you use the Gleim Time Management System (detailed below and on the following pages). When you follow our system, you will have 2-17 minutes of total extra time (depending on the section) to allocate as needed for reviewing flagged questions. The schedule below shows how many minutes you should plan to spend on each testlet for each section. Remember, you cannot begin a new testlet until you have submitted a current testlet, and once you have submitted a testlet, you can no longer go back to it. TIME ALLOCATION PER TESTLET (IN MINUTES) 15-MINUTE BREAK (NOT COUNTED TOWARD YOUR TOTAL TIME) Testlet Format AUD BEC** FAR REG 1 MCQ 45 38* 41* 47* 2 MCQ 45 38* 41* 47* 3 TBS 36 36 36 36 4 TBS 54 36 54 54 5 TBS/WC 54 75 54 54 Total 234 223 226 238 Extra Time 6 17 14 2 Total Time Allowed 240 240 240 240 34 GLEIM CPA REVIEW
Two MCQ testlets with the identical amount of questions are standard across all sections. Each testlet contains half the total number of MCQs for that section (36/testlet for AUD, 31/testlet for BEC, 33/testlet for FAR, and 38/testlet for REG). Based on the total time of the exam and the amount of time needed for the other testlets, you should average 1.25 minutes per MCQ. MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS (MCQs) INTRODUCTION SCREENS To begin the exam, you will enter your Launch Code on the Welcome screen. If you do not enter the correct code within 5 minutes of the screen appearing, the exam session will end. Next, you will have 5 minutes to view a brief exam introduction containing two screens: the nondisclosure policy and an informational screen. First, accept the policy statement; next, review the informational screen. Be sure to click the “Begin Exam” button on the bottom right of the screen within the allotted 5 minutes. Failing to do so will terminate the exam, and there will be no option to restart. These initial 10 minutes are not included in the total exam time (240 minutes). Once you have completed the three introductory screens, take any leftover time to catch your breath, get in the zone, and begin with confidence. You’ve got this! 35 GLEIM CPA REVIEW
Next, develop a shorthand for hours:minutes. This makes it quicker to write down the times on the noteboard you will receive at the exam center.
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