The Uniform CPA Examination protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Individuals seeking to qualify as CPAs – the only licensed qualification in accounting – are required to pass the Examination.

Access the Examination's content by reviewing the Examination Blueprints.

Get the answers to questions about the Examination content, candidate eligibility, test administration, and scoring.

Learn more about question types, access resources and take a sample test to prepare.

CPA Examination Content 

Information related to content tested on the Examination, including Blueprints, the Policy on New Pronouncements, and Authoritative Literature.
Learn more about CPA Examination content.


CPA Examination Scoring 

Information includes a non-technical explanation of the scoring process, pass rates, candidate performance report information, the score release timeline, review and appeals, and scoring FAQs.
Learn more about CPA Examination Scoring.

 

Candidate Resources 

2016 CPA Examination Booklet - Learn about the CPA profession and get details about the CPA Examination

CPA Examination Structure - Get the testlet breakdown for item types in each section of the Examination. 

This Way to CPA - Learn more about becoming a CPA 

How to Prepare for the Examination - Basic tips to get yourself ready for the Examination.

Candidate Bulletin - A must read for all CPA candidates.

CPA Examination Candidate Checklist - Are you ready for the CPA Examination?

Elijah Watt Sells Award - Find out more about this annual honor bestowed on candidates who meet specific criteria upon completion of the Examination.

CPA Examination Candidate Affiliate - Receive benefits of AICPA membership, such as access to a community of accounting professionals, discounts, news and publications, while studying for the CPA Examination.

CPA Examination Basics

Overview
A general overview of the Uniform CPA Examination enterprise and the roles and responsibilities of the entities that participate in it are provided below: 

Purpose and Structure
Governance
Partners 

CPA Examination Item Writers and Reviewers
The AICPA is currently recruiting item writers and reviewers of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and task-based simulations (TBSs) for the Uniform CPA Examination. Writers and reviewers will be selected based on their areas of expertise in content found in the Examination Blueprints.

Item writers and reviewers will receive an honoraria for their participation, and interested people may request to be considered for participation in the development of both MCQs and TBSs. For more information and to apply, contact Carie Chester, Manager of Examination Products and Services, at cchester@aicpa.org.

CPA Examination Announcements 

Next Examination Webcast Now Available to Access
(February 2017) Learn key information about the next version CPA Examination, including content, structure and administration process.

Next Version Examination Testlet Structure Finalized

Please note the finalized testlet structure for the next version Examination, launching April 1, 2017.

Board of Examiners Releases Approved Blueprint Changes

Download the approved changes to the CPA Examination Blueprints, effective January 1, 2018.

Q1/Q2 2017 Score Release Dates Now Available

Find out when scores will be released in the first two testing windows of 2017.

Notice to Candidates Planning to Sit for BEC or REG Beginning in Q2 2017
Registration for these sections will begin March 11, 2017. Find out more.

International Administration 


International candidates wishing to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Bahrain, Brazil, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may apply through one of the participating state boards of accountancy.

International candidate information is provided here.

International candidate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) may also be found here.

Testing in Japan

日本語- a guide on to get started on the U.S. CPA Examination.

Available Now: 
November 2016 Japanese Candidate Webinar


Testing in the Middle East

Citizens, permanent residents and long-term residents of Egypt, India, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen may sit for the Examination in Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and the UAE.

Available Now:
November 2016 Middle East Candidate Webcast


Testing in Brazil
Citizens and long-term residents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela may sit for the Examination in Brazil.

IQEX
The International Qualification Examination (IQEX) is an examination for accounting professionals from other countries who wish to qualify as U.S. CPAs and whose professional bodies have entered into mutual recognition agreements with the U.S. accounting profession. More information is available here.

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