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Year-Round CPA Exam Testing Begins

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jul 2, 2020
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), the AICPA and Prometric announced  the launch, as of July 1, of their new continuous testing model, which does away with the quarterly testing windows that had previously dictated the rhythm and pace of the CPA exam. The testing windows allowed candidates to sit for the exam only during specified dates.

Previously, if someone failed a section of the exam, that person would have had to wait until the next testing window to retake it. Under the new model, candidates are able to retake a test section as soon as their grade for any previous attempt of the same test section has been released. Test scores, therefore, will be released on a rolling basis.  According to Prometric, 3,465 test events have already been scheduled between Sept. 11 and Sept. 30, 2020, a previous blackout period, signifying increased flexibility and frequency in candidate testing.

The rule change was approved last year and has since been taken up by all state boards of accountancy.

“Continuous testing has been a goal for some time, and it comes in direct response to feedback from CPA Exam candidates and their desire to test more frequently throughout the year," said NASBA Executive Vice President and COO Colleen Conrad. "NASBA is proud to work in collaboration with the AICPA, Prometric and the 55 U.S. Boards of Accountancy to continue to ensure the security of the Exam and to implement a successful transition.”