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The Financial Accounting CLEP exam covers skills and concepts that are generally taught in a first-semester undergraduate financial accounting course.

The exam contains approximately 75 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

A four-function calculator is available during the exam as part of the testing software.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

Questions on the Financial Accounting exam require test takers to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities:

  • Familiarity with accounting concepts and terminology
  • Preparation, use, and analysis of accounting data and financial reports issued for both internal and external purposes
  • Application of accounting techniques to simple problem situations involving computations
  • Understanding the rationale for generally accepted accounting principles and procedures

Exam Breakdown

The subject matter of the Financial Accounting exam is drawn from the following topics. The percentages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that topic.

General Topics (20%–30%)

  • Generally accepted accounting principles
  • Rules of double-entry accounting/transaction analysis/accounting equation
  • The accounting cycle
  • Business ethics
  • Purpose of, presentation of, and relationships between financial statements
  • Forms of business

The Income Statement (20%–30%)

  • Presentation format issues
  • Recognition of revenue and expenses
  • Cost of goods sold
  • Irregular items (e.g., discontinued operations, extraordinary items, etc.)
  • Profitability analysis

The Balance Sheet (30%–40%)

  • Cash and internal controls
  • Valuation of accounts and notes receivable (including bad debts)
  • Valuation of inventories
  • Acquisition and disposal of long-term assets
  • Depreciation/amortization/depletion
  • Intangible assets (e.g., patents, goodwill, etc.)
  • Accounts and notes payable
  • Long-term liabilities (e.g., bonds payable)
  • Owner’s equity
  • Preferred and common stock
  • Retained earnings
  • Liquidity, solvency, and activity analysis

Statement of Cash Flows (5%–10%)

  • Indirect method
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Operating, financing, and investing activities

Less than (5%) Miscellaneous

  • Investments
  • Contingent liabilities
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User Test Results for the Financial Accounting CLEP Exam

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149 (95.5%) of those users have reported an ACE recommended passing score

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Feb 21, 2018Pass57
Feb 17, 2018Pass76
Feb 14, 2018Pass67
Feb 4, 2018Pass75
Jan 31, 2018Pass59

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