CPA Exam Announcements 

Next Version Examination Webcast Link Now Available (posted February 23, 2017)
This valuable event, held in February 2017, provides a thorough overview of the next version Uniform CPA Examination, including content, structure, the administration process, as well as essential tips to help navigate and prepare for the Exam.


Next Version Examination Testlet Structure Finalized
(posted February 1, 2017)
The testlet structure for the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination, which launches April 1, 2017, has been finalized. The previously announced structure presented a range for the number of task-based simulations (TBS) to appear within each section (AUD, FAR and REG 8 – 9 TBS; BEC 4 – 5 TBS). Based on further analysis, each Examination section will include TBS based on the lower end of range to allow prepared candidates sufficient time to complete the section within the allotted testing time. To view the finalized Examination testlet structure, effective April 1, click here.


Board of Examiners Releases Approved Blueprint Changes (posted January 1, 2017)
Download the approved changes to the CPA Examination Blueprints, effective January 1, 2018

Q1/Q2 2017 Score Release Dates Now Available
 (posted December 21, 2016)
Find out when scores will be released in the first two testing windows of 2017. Note that Q2 will have only one score release following the close of the window due to standard setting for the next version Examination.

Notice to Candidates Planning to Sit for BEC or REG beginning in Q2 2017 (posted December 15, 2016)
If you plan to sit for the BEC or REG sections on or after April 1, 2017, please note the earliest you may schedule your test is March 11, 2017. This scheduling hold supports the change to the BEC and REG sections, which increase from three to four hours each as of April 1, 2017. Seats will be available for candidates who plan to sit for the BEC or REG sections in early April.  Note: This announcement does not impact AUD or FAR test scheduling for April 1 and beyond. AUD and FAR scheduling may be done now on the Prometric website.

Score Release Delay Reminder for Next CPA Examination (posted December 15, 2016)
Candidates planning to sit for the Examination in 2017 Q2, Q3 or Q4 are reminded that scores will be held and released once following the close of each window. These holds allow the AICPA Board of Examiners time to review candidate performance data and set a passing score. Should a candidate have a concern that the score release holds will impact their ability to complete the Examination within 18 months, he/she must contact their local state board of accountancy for guidance. The score release dates are as follows:

 Test Window

 Approximate Release Date of Candidate Scores

 2017 Q2
April 1 - May 31

 August 16 - 18

 2017 Q3
July 1 - September 10

 September 22

 2017 Q4
October 1 - December 10

 December 22


"What to Expect from the Next Examination" webcast (posted November 11, 2016)
Missed the November 9 webcast hosted by the AICPA and NASBA? Click the link to access the recording.

CPA Examination 2016 Q3 Pass Rates Now Available (posted October 1, 2016)
Pass rates for the third quarter of the Examination are now accessible

A candidate's go-to guide about the current and next Examination, as well as helpful candidate tips and resources

Information on Examination Content Changes (posted January 1, 2016)
The Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) for 2016 are available for download. View the full outline or a summary of changes.

AICPA BOE Revises Policy on New Pronouncements
The AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) approved revisions to the CPA Examination Policy on New Pronouncements at its October meeting. The revised policy becomes effective with the testing window beginning on April 1, 2016 and will be applied to all accounting and auditing pronouncements issued after July 1, 2015. Standards issued prior to July 1, 2015 remain subject to the former CPA Examination Policy on New Pronouncements.

FAR Section: Converged revenue recognition standards not to be tested until January 1, 2018
The AICPA Board of Examiners has decided that IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, will not be tested in the FAR section of the CPA Examination until January 1, 2018.
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