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Business Environment and Concepts

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Business Environment and Concepts
Additional Detail Corresponding to ContentSpecification Outline dated June 14, 2002
 
Effective Upon the Launch of theComputer-based Uniform CPA Examination
Prepared by the Board of Examiners of theAmerican Institute of Certified Public AccountantsQuestions pertaining to this paper should be directed to Gregory Johnson, Director, CPAExamination, at (201) 938-3376 or gjohnson@aicpa.org.October 10, 2003
 
Business Environment and Concepts
Introduction
The computerized Uniform CPA Examination, to begin on April 5, 2004, is a 14-hour exam withfour sections. Three sections - Auditing & Attestation, Financial Accounting & Reporting, andRegulation - will include much of the content covered in the current paper-based CPAExamination. The fourth section, Business Environment & Concepts (BEC), is new. This sectioncovers knowledge of the general business environment and business concepts.The content of the Uniform CPA Examination is based primarily on the results of periodicstudies of public accounting practice and the evaluations of CPA practitioners and educators.The content of each examination section is described in a combination of narrative and outlineforms known as “content specifications.” The content specifications provide the framework or “blueprint” for testing knowledge and skills on the Uniform CPA Examination.In June 2002, the AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) approved and adopted content specificationoutlines (CSOs) for the four sections of the computer-based Uniform CPA Examination,including Business Environment & Concepts. A document containing these outlines is availableat the CPA exam web site, www.cpa-exam.org.The purpose of this paper is to provide greater detail about the BEC section of the revised,computer-based Uniform CPA Examination than is provided in the CSOs. This detail is providedfor the BEC section in recognition of the fact that approximately 70% of the content of thesection is new material, and not currently tested on the paper-based CPA examination2 of 19
 
Business Environment and Concepts
This paper is intended to provide guidance to candidates preparing for the BEC section of thecomputerized CPA examination. It is not an exhaustive or all-inclusive listing of all the conceptsthat could be used to test the groups and topics outlined in the BEC content specification outline.Also note that since every examination administration represents a sample of the contentspecifications, not every concept listed in this paper will be tested on every examination.This paper is organized in four sections.I — OverviewII — Detail for Content Specification OutlineIII —Typical referencesIV — Sample questions3 of 19

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