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About The EA Exam

About the EA Exam

An Enrolled Agent is an individual who has been federally authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Generally, EAs are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.

Education and Experience

There are no formal education requirements to become an Enrolled Agent. EA candidates earn their certification by passing all three sections of the Special Enrollment Exam (SEE), however IRS employees with at least 5 years of relevant experience may be exempt from the exam requirement. Candidates must also pass a background check.

Examination Requirements

The Enrolled Agent examination consists of 3 separate exams:
Part 1 - Individuals
Part 2 - Businesses
Part 3 - Representation, Practices and Procedures


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About the Exam

The Special Enrollment Examination consists of three examinations, each lasting 3.5 hours, containing 100 multiple-choice questions. Out of the 100 questions, 85 are scored (and weighted equally), while 15 are experimental questions that do not count towards scoring.


Part 1

Individuals

Duration

3.5 Hours

Exam Question Count

100 Multiple Choice

Sections

1. Preliminary Work, Taxpayer Data (17)
2. Income and Assets (21)
3. Deductions and Credits (21)
4. Taxation and Advice (14)
5. Specialized Individual Returns (12)


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Part 2

Businesses

Duration

3.5 Hours

Exam Question Count

100 Multiple Choice

Sections

1. Business Entities (28)
2. Business Financial Information (39)
3. Specialized Returns and Taxpayers (18)


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Part 3

Representation, Practices and Procedures

Duration

3.5 Hours

Exam Question Count

100 Multiple Choice

Sections

1. Practices and Procedures (25)
2. Representation before the IRS (24)
3. Specific Types of Representation (19)
4. Completion of the Filing Process (17)


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