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CPA Exam Gets Software Upgrade

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 5, 2018

The AICPA has announced that candidates taking the Uniform CPA Examination this year will have access to new software tools that present a more modern experience. Test takers will have a 32-inch high-definition monitor, be able to use Microsoft Excel and have access to a new "workspace" area in the interface that allows people to examine exhibits and tools. There will also be cut//paste and highlighting tools. The new exam software will make the test more closely resemble the professional tools and business environment a CPA would experience in their everyday work life, according to the press release. 

“These improvements and updates to the CPA Exam software and tools will modernize the candidate’s testing experience,” said Michael Decker, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants vice president of examinations. “Beyond that, this is an investment in the future of the Exam that will increase our ability to make changes to both the technology and content. This added flexibility will help ensure that the exam remains aligned with the work being done in the profession.”     

The launch of the software requires additional evaluation of test question performance for the 2018 Q2, Q3 and Q4 test windows, which necessitates scores to be held until the close of each window. In 2019 Q1, the Exam will return to the traditional rolling score release. Exact score release dates are posted to the Score Release Timeline page of AICPA website.