Next CPA Exam

    The next version of the CPA Exam will be announced in 2016 and launched in 2017. Read more about this project and be sure to check back for updated information.

    Questions about the early stages of planning the next version of the CPA Exam are answered. FAQs will be updated as phases of research and development progress.

    Find out about the people and research behind the development of the next version of the CPA Exam.

    Invitation to Comment 

    On September 2, the AICPA released an Invitation to Comment on Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination.

    The Invitation to Comment is the first document available for public comment in the Practice Analysis. It includes:
    • Information on the project's milestones
    • Results from preliminary research
    • Specific questions that highlight potential changes to the Exam

    We encourage members of the profession to review the document and respond to any or all questions in section 5. Your feedback will influence the next version of the CPA Exam. The AICPA is accepting comments until December 2, 2014.

    Access the Invitation to Comment and submit your feedback via the online survey. If you would like to submit a comment letter on behalf of an organization, email it to

    Content Survey 

    The AICPA is currently conducting a large-scale survey of CPAs to validate information gathered from initial research during the Practice Analysis. CPAs are being asked to provide feedback on content and their thoughts on what should be tested on the Exam.

    While the AICPA continually monitors the Exam's content, this survey is a milestone in the Practice Analysis. CPAs licensed to practice in 2005 and after received an email invitation to share their input.

    Read a blog post on the survey and find out how this piece fits into the development of the next version of the CPA Exam.

    Practice Analysis: From Research to Launch

    The Practice Analysis is a comprehensive research project that determines the knowledge and skills required of newly licensed CPAs.

    The results of the research will determine the content, design and structure of the next version of the CPA Exam.

    Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers and background related to this project.


    Dr. Rick Niswander, CPA, CGMA, Chair of the Board of Examiners, discusses the Invitation to Comment and how you can provide your feedback to help influence the next version of the CPA Exam.

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