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ProMetric, Which Administers the CPA Exam, Closes All U.S. Testing Sites for 30 Days

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Mar 18, 2020

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, testing firm Prometric announced that it would be shutting down all U.S. testing sites for 30 days, starting today. What prompted the move was the Centers for Disease Control's recent announcement that people should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people at a time.

"Given this new guidance, Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to temporarily close our test centers in the United States and Canada for a period of 30 days, starting March 18," said the Prometric announcement. "This step is being taken to further protect the health and well-being of the individual test takers and our staff. We anticipate re-opening our test centers effective April 16."

Those with existing appointments to take the exam are supposed to  receive an email soon with instructions on how to reschedule "once it is safe to resume testing." Prometric added that there will be no fees to do so. The firm also warned that those seeking to contact it directly will likely face very long hold times due to high volume of calls.

Those scheduled to take the CPA exam in another country will be allowed to wear a mask and rubber gloves, as these will be considered personal items, although they will be subject to inspection. Prometric also mentioned that it will be reinforcing regular procedures to keep test centers clean.

The closure means that the next CPA Exam testing window, slated to begin April 1 and go on until June 10, will need to be rescheduled in the United States and Canada. Continuous testing had been scheduled to begin on July 1, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). That may also be postponed.