If you are a student from China, there are a number of things you need to know to successfully earn your CPA. Let’s start at the beginning: The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam is the gold standard for accounting professionals. It’s a rigorous test that requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. GAAP and IFRS, as well as understand audit and tax principles. If you pass, you’ll be able to use the title “Certified Public Accountant” or “CPA.”
Becoming a CPA offers many benefits:

  • You’ll have access to more job opportunities in public accounting firms, government agencies and other industries that require CPAs on staff.
  • You’ll earn higher wages than non-CPAs doing similar work because employers know they can trust your expertise with their financial statements and tax returns.
  • Becoming certified will give you an edge over other candidates when applying for jobs or promotions within companies where CPAs are required on staff (e.g., public accounting firms).

Gathering Necessary Documentation

Before you can apply for your CPA license, you must gather the necessary documentation. The first step in this process is proving that you are an American citizen. You will need to provide proof of citizenship with either a passport or birth certificate.
Next, you need to submit copies of all educational credentials from all colleges and universities attended by yourself or any family members who wish to apply for their own licenses (if applicable). This includes transcripts and diplomas/degrees awarded by each school attended by yourself or family members who wish to apply as well as any other documents related directly with obtaining those credentials such as letters of recommendation or recommendation forms filled out by professors/teachers/advisors etc..

Registering for the CPA Exam

You must be eligible to take the exam. To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or equivalent).
  • Have completed at least 150 semester hours of college coursework with at least a 2.50 GPA in those courses.
  • Have completed at least 24 semester hours of accounting courses with a grade of C or better within the last five years before sitting for your first CPA exam section (the first four parts). You may also need to take additional education requirements if you have been out of school for more than five years; check with your state board for specific details on this point.
  • If you have not yet fulfilled your 150 semester hours, you can find affordable courses online that will help you meet your state requirements on sites such as

Study Tips for the CPA Exam

  • Time Management
  • Utilizing Study Materials
  • Taking Practice Exams

The CPA Exam Format

The format of the CPA exam is as follows:

  • Multiple-Choice Questions – This section is made up of 200 questions and lasts for 3 hours. You will be given four choices for each question, with only one being correct.
  • Task-Based Simulations – This section also has 200 questions, but it lasts for 6 hours instead of 3. In this section, you’ll be given situations where you have to respond in order to solve them correctly. For example, if someone asks you how much money they should deposit into their savings account based on their income and expenses, your response may include calculating interest rates and then determining whether or not it’s worth opening an account at all based on those calculations (and more).
  • Written Communications – This part consists of three essays that are graded separately by two different readers: one who grades grammar/usage issues; another who grades content/organization issues; finally there’s a third reader who looks over both areas together before giving his/her final score out of 100 points total across all three essays combined!

Preparing for the CPA Exam

  • Create a Study Plan
  • Utilizing Practice Exams
  • Creating a Support Network

Applying for the CPA License

The CPA license application process is a long and involved one, but it’s worth it. Once you have your license, you’ll be able to practice accounting in the United States and enjoy all of the benefits that come with being an accountant.

The first step in applying for your CPA license is filling out an application form on NASBA’s website (the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy). The form asks for basic information about yourself and details about your education history. You will also need to provide proof of residency in one state or territory within the U.S., which may include things like copies of utility bills or voter registration cards showing where you live currently; if none of these are available, then another document showing proof such as an employment contract might suffice instead! If none of these options work out either then perhaps try asking someone who lives nearby if they could lend their address instead? They’ll probably say yes because people love helping others out when possible :). And finally, there are a number of states that do not have a residency requirement.

The CPA Exam Results

Once you have completed your exam, the AICPA will send you a score report. You can expect to receive this in about two weeks after taking the exam.

  • Passing Score Requirements: The passing score requirements are determined by each state board of accountancy and vary depending on the jurisdiction where you plan on practicing as a CPA. For example, if you are applying in Texas and want to become licensed as an accountant, then your passing score must be at least 75%. If this is not possible for any reason (for example, because the test was too difficult or because there were too many questions), then they might consider giving weightage towards other factors such as work experience or education level instead of just focusing on one single aspect alone like raw marks obtained during exams themselves!
  • Receiving Your Score Report: Once again this varies from state-to-state but generally speaking most candidates receive notification within 2 weeks after completing their exams via email address provided during registration process itself so make sure that information remains current throughout entire application process including sending updated transcripts/transcripts directly from college/university where applicable.

The CPA License Process

The CPA license process is a long one, and it’s important to know what you’re getting into before applying. The first step in the process is to contact your state board of accountancy and find out what their requirements are. The next step will be deciding whether you want to take the exam on your own or through an institution like Kaplan University or Liberty University Online (LOU). Once this decision has been made, it’s time for studying!
Once you’ve passed your exams, there are still some requirements left: continuing education courses every year or two depending on where you live; ethics courses every few years; paying annual dues with each state board of accountancy; keeping records for seven years after certification expires if ever audited by government agencies such as IRS or SEC.


As you can see, there are many benefits to becoming a CPA. If you are thinking about pursuing this career path, I encourage you to do so. To get started on your journey, check out the resources below:

  • The AICPA website has information on how to become licensed in each state and territory of the United States.
  • If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to become an accountant in China, check out their official government website for more information!