The CPA exam is a test administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Completion of the test is one of the requirements for becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), along with educational and experience requirements. The exam is designed to test an applicant for a variety of skills that would be needed by a person employed as an auditor. There are four test segments, which are auditing and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, regulation, and business environment and concepts. The entire test requires 14 hours to complete. The test is also known as the uniform CPA examination.