Taking the CPA Exam in 2017 after April 1? We’ve got great news for you! On Feb. 1, the AICPA announced fewer task-based simulations (TBS) will appear on this exam. The previously announced structure presented a range for the number of task-based simulations (TBS) to appear within each section of the exam. The range for each section showed AUD, FAR and REG to include 8-9 TBS and BEC to include 4-5 TBS. After further analysis, the AICPA has settled on the lower number of the range for each of the sections to allow candidates sufficient time to complete the section within the allotted testing time. The final exam structure looks like this:


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Valerie Wendt is Vice President of Product Development & Customer Experience for Surgent CPA Review. Valerie is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, and holds a Project Management Certificate from Villanova University. Before joining Surgent, Valerie was Senior Product Manager for Thomson Reuters overseeing their CPA Review and CPE business lines.