Q:When is the exam administered?
A:The CBT CPA exam is administered during two of every three months in a calendar year quarter.For instance,the exam is offered in January and February,March is a non-testing month.April/May are testing months;June is a non-testing month.July/August are testing months,September is a non-testing month.October/November are testing months,December is a non-testing month.
Q:What is the application process under the CBT?
A:1.Candidates must apply to their respective state board or its agent and will need to specify the parts for which they are applying to sit.The state board will then determine a candidate's eligibility to sit for the exam.A list of states and who to contact for an application are listed in the Candidate Bulletin that is downloadable at www.cpa-exam.org.
When you apply you will be asked to specify your preferred method of receipt of the Notice to Schedule(NTS)either via the United States Postal Service,fax or email.If you do not specify,the NTS will be mailed to you.Candidates have received the quickest response when indicating receipt by email or fax.2.Within approximately two weeks of the approval of the application and payment of all fees,the state board or its designee will issue a NTS to the candidate.Allow 7-10 days for regular mail or 1-2 days for e-mail or fax.
All jurisdictions have established a six-month NTS validation period except:
North Dakota-12 months
South Dakota-12 months
3.Once the NTS is received,candidates must verify the accuracy of all information.If any information is inaccurate the candidate must contact the state board before scheduling any exam with Prometric.If the NTS is accurate,students can then schedule exams with Prometric.
Q:How long will the application process take?
A:First time applicants should be prepared for the application process to take from four to eight weeks.Careful and accurate completion of applications,including timely submission of all information(transcripts)may speed up the process.
Re-examination candidates can expect a shorter application period.
Q:When should I start the exam application/registration process?
A:We highly recommend that the process be started as early as possible.
Due to the fact that a candidate faces multiple deadlines,including a six-month notice to schedule deadline in conjunction with the 18-month window to complete all parts of the exam,a candidate must carefully plan their approach to sitting under the CBT.
The USCPA and Prometric recommend scheduling test dates 45 days prior to the date you wish to take your exam to ensure the best chance of receiving that date.For example,if a candidate wishes to sit on May 15 for an exam,they should call on April 1st to ensure that they get their chosen date.In order to be able to schedule on April 1st,the candidate must have received the NTS.To ensure receipt by April 1st a candidate should begin the application process in early to mid-February.
Candidate demand and testing site seating availability may also play a role in any given geographic location.
No appointments are given fewer than 5 days in advance.