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Understanding the exact breakdown of the APA Certified Payroll Professional test will help you know what to expect and how to most effectively prepare. The APA Certified Payroll Professional has 125 multiple-choice questions The exam will be broken down into the sections below:

APA Certified Payroll Professional Exam Blueprint
Domain Name % Number of
Questions
CORE PAYROLL CONCEPTS 24% 30
     Worker Status
     Fair Labor Standards Act
     Employment Taxes
     Employee Benefits
     Employee/Employer Forms
     Professional Responsibility
     Methods and Timing of Pay
COMPLIANCE/RESEARCH AND RESOURCES 16% 20
     Escheatment
     Legislative and Regulatory Requirements
     Reporting
     Record Retention
     Penalties
     Global
     Multi-state Taxation / Reporting
CALCULATION OF THE PAYCHEC 20% 25
     Compensation/Benefits
     Fringe Benefits
     Involuntary Deductions/Taxes
     Voluntary Deductions
     Employer Taxes and Contributions
     Total Payroll
PAYROLL PROCESS AND SUPPORTING SYSTEMS AND ADMINISTRATION 12% 15
     Maintain Master File Components
     Concepts and Functionalities
     Business Continuity Plan
     Technology Evaluation
     Upgrade/Implementation Knowledge
     System Maintenance/Updates
     System/Project Implementations
PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT 10% 13
     Policies and Procedures
     Management Skills and Practices
     Customer Service and Communication
     Staffing, Employee Development, and Core Competencies
AUDITS. 9% 11
     Internal Controls
     Payroll System Controls
     Accounting System Controls
     Audit Policies and Procedures
     Third Party Controls
ACCOUNTING 9% 11
     Financial Reporting
     Accounting Principles
     Payroll Journal Entry
     Account Reconciliation