Registration for the CPA Exam is a two-step process: first, you must apply to the Board of Accountancy; then, you may schedule your exam with Prometric.
You cannot begin applying to sit for the CPA exam until after you graduate. CPAES has made significant strides in reducing application processing and credential evaluations and currently it takes an average of four days to complete processing once ALL required materials have been received.
To take the exam, you must contact the Board of Accountancy, or the board’s designated agent, in your selected jurisdiction. You must complete an application each time you want to take one or more sections of the examination.
- Call CPA Examination Services at 1-800-CPA-EXAM if you are applying to: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, or Wisconsin.
- Call the Board of Accountancy directly if you are applying to: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, or Wyoming.
- Call Castle Worldwide at 1-800-655-4845 if you are applying to: Washington
Complete the forms and submit them, along with any required documentation and fees, to the appropriate address. Once your application has been evaluated, you will be contacted by your Board of Accountancy or their designated agent. The name on your application must appear exactly the same as it appears on your identification.
When you submit your application you may be required to submit some or all of the evaluation and examination fees. Because the rules vary by jurisdiction, follow the information provided to you by your Board of Accountancy or its agent when paying the fees associated with the examination. Be sure you follow the most recent instructions supplied by your board or its agent.
For jurisdiction-specific requirements, you must follow the direction of your Board of Accountancy. You are ultimately responsible for completing all sections of the examination within the allowed timeframe and following the rules of your Board of Accountancy. To find a summary of requirements by jurisdiction, on the NASBA website.
Once you have applied to a state board of accountancy or a designated agent and received a notice to schedule (NTS), you may schedule an exam. Candidates who do not have a valid NTS may not schedule an exam.
The computerized CPA exam will be delivered at more than 300 Thomson Prometric test centers in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Prometric offers three scheduling methods:
Prometric recommends that candidates register via the Internet, because the system is available at all times and offers instant confirmation of test appointments.
Candidates must reserve their seats at least five days in advance of their desired exam date. Test seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Further information about the computerized CPA exam, including tutorials and sample tests, may be found at www.cpa-exam.org.