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Chart of Accounts (Practice Quiz)

Harold Averkamp, CPA, MBA

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The chart of accounts is a listing of the accounts presently having balances in the general ledger.


The list will include accounts that are available for amounts. Some accounts appear on the chart of accounts even if the accounts have had no amounts recorded in them.


You selected the correct answer. Some accounts listed in the chart of accounts will NOT have amounts recorded in them, especially if it is early in the accounting year.
The digits of the account numbers assigned to general ledger accounts often have significance. For example, an account number beginning with a "1" might signify that the account is an asset account, a "6" might signify an operating expense, etc.


Generally, the larger and more sophisticated the company, the more digits in the account numbers. For sorting the accounts into meaningful reports the various digits do signify a specific category.


The accounts shown in the chart of accounts can be broadly classified into two categories: balance sheet accounts and __________ income statement accounts.
Every transaction will affect how many accounts?

Only One

Accounting uses 'double-entry.' This means at least two accounts are involved in every transaction.

Only Two

Not the best answer.
While many transactions involve only two accounts, many transactions involve more than two accounts. Two accounts is the minimum number.

Two Or More

Two is the minimum number of accounts required to record a transaction; however, many transactions involve more than two accounts.
In addition to the standard chart of accounts for a specific industry, you will likely want to expand and/or modify the chart of accounts to fit your business. One tool that would be helpful in determining the accounts for your company would be your company's __________ organization chart.

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