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.

    Report on Invitation to Comment Results 

    In September 2014 the AICPA released an Invitation to Comment on Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination. The document requested feedback from members of the profession and key stakeholders on possible changes to the next version of the Exam.

    The AICPA has posted a summary of that feedback and the planned next steps in the development of the next version of the CPA Exam in the Report on the Invitation to Comment Results: Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination.

    In September 2015, the AICPA plans to distribute an exposure draft, a final proposal for the next version of the Exam, for review by state boards of accountancy, standards setters, regulators, public accounting firms, academics and state CPA societies.

    Content Survey 

    As part of the Practice Analysis, the AICPA completed its large-scale survey of CPAs who were asked to provide feedback on content and thoughts on what should be tested on the CPA Exam. The information gathered from the survey is being evaluated along with other input collected through the Practice Analysis, leading up to the development of the Exposure Draft (see above).

    Feedback from the Exposure Draft will drive the development of the blueprint, structure, and design and administration model of the next version of the Exam. Changes for the next version of the CPA Exam will be announced in 2016 and then included on the Exam in 2017.

    To learn more about the content survey and how it fits into the development of the next version of the CPA Exam, read this blog post.

    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.

    AICPA TV 

    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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