Answers to many of the common questions about the CPA Exam sample tests.
The CPA Exam sample tests let you familiarize yourself with the format and functionality of the Exam as it will appear in a Prometric test center. There is one sample test for each of the four sections of the Exam. No live content is used in the sample tests.
Sample tests are web-based and require an Internet connection. They will work on most devices and operating systems. You should use a 23-inch HD (1920x1080) monitor for an experience similar to an actual test center.
The sample tests are optimized for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, which is used in the Prometric centers. Our testing shows that it also works well in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. We do not recommend Apple Safari at this time.
Yes, but keep in mind that the presentation of a sample test will not appear as it would in an actual Prometric test center. While you can use a touch screen to navigate the screens, the use of a mouse is ideal for a more realistic experience.
The sample tests include two multiple-choice testlets and three task-based simulation testlets for each of the three sections of the Exam: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). The Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section of the Exam sample test includes two multiple-choice testlets, two task-based simulation testlets and one written communication testlet.
The sample tests provide you with the chance to familiarize yourself with the format and functionality of the Exam as it will appear in a Prometric test center.
The sample tests can run on monitors with less than the minimum suggested resolution. If you do, you will see scroll bars.
You can eliminate the scrollbars on monitors with less than the suggested resolution by using the browser zoom shortcut keys (PC: Ctrl-[minus sign] and Ctrl-[plus sign], Mac: Command-[minus sign] and Command-[plus sign]). Zooming out will resize the Exam to fit on your screen without scrollbars, but you may find that the smaller text is more difficult to read.
When taking a sample test, a context menu appears when you click the right mouse button. It will allow you to copy, paste, and perform other operations. Note: This feature is not available in the Prometric test centers.
Make sure that your device meets the minimum technical requirements. If you are still having trouble launching the sample tests, please contact the AICPA for assistance.
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