Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Examination 

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Credential in 1998 for CPAs who specialize in business valuation. The ABV credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in business valuation through their knowledge, skills, and experience. 

    Exam Registration & Scheduling
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     Exam Window


     Registration Deadline

    Early Bird Discount Registration Deadline*

     Summer 2015

     July 1 - July 31

     June 1

     May 1


    *Sign-up by the early bird deadline and receive a 25% discount!

    Registration and Scheduling Terms and Conditions - Please read prior to registering for the exam. This document contains vital information related to scheduling, re-scheduling, exam deferral, and much more.

    ABV Exam Scheduling Process – Provides guidance surrounding the steps involved with scheduling an exam at a Kryterion HOST (High-Stakes Online Secured Testing) facility

    Test Center Locations - At this time, the ABV exam is offered in the United States and Canada. There are almost 300 locations nationwide. Find the closest one.

    Kryterion Test Center Regulations - Be prepared.  Know what to expect.

    List of Approved Calculators:
    The following are the calculators that approved to be admitted into the examination room:

    • Hewlett Packard 12C
    • Hewlett Packard 10B
    • Hewlett Packard 10bII
    • Hewlett Packard 10bII+ 
    • Hewlett Packard 17bII+
    • Texas Instruments TI BAII Plus
    • Texas Instruments TI BAII Plus Professional
    Exam Registrant Categories & Costs

    Credit CardFirst-time registrants have never registered or taken the ABV exam.

    Current FVS Section members         $300
    Current AICPA members                    $400
    Non-AICPA members                          $500

    Exam retake registrants have previously taken the ABV exam and did not pass the exam. The retake fee is $100. 

    Candidates are allowed to retake the ABV Exam during the same calendar year.  In essence, if a candidate fails the summer window exam, he/she will be able to retake the exam during the fall window.     

    Deferral registrants have previously registered for a ABV exam but did not schedule or take the exam in the window in which they registered. Deferral candidates must pay a $100 fee to take the exam. The deferral registration option is only valid for the Summer 2015 exam window.

    Volume Pricing: A discount of $100 per exam is available when registering two or more candidates from the same firm for either ABV exam window. For further details and to submit request to obtain this discount, an email must be sent to

    Bundle: ABV Exam registrants can save $100 on their purchase of the live version of the ABV Exam Review course.  To take advantage of this offer, candidates must simultaneously register for both the ABV Exam and the ABV Exam Review Course by adding both items to their shopping cart.  The dates for the 2015 ABV Exam Review Courses are:

    Exam Content Specification Outline & Exam Preparation
      ABV Exam Content Specification Outline:
    The Content Specification Outline (CSO) has been developed through various sources to provide an overview of the knowledge that business valuation practitioners should possess. It is the comprehensive body of knowledge that will be tested on the ABV Exam. There are three major topical areas that provide a framework, or “blueprint”, for knowledge and skill tested on the ABV examination.

    The three major areas include:
    • Qualitative and Quantitative analysis (25 to 30% of the exam content)
    • Valuation Analysis (50 to 60% of the exam content)
    • Related Topics (15 to 20% of the exam content)
    It is important to note that candidates will most likely be better-prepared for the exam if they use the resources contained within the CSO and not just rely upon their individual experience. Please take this into consideration when preparing for the ABV Exam. Go to ABV Exam Content Specification Outline References to see those references provided by the AICPA.

    Exam Preparation:
    The key to passing the examination is a combination of utilizing the body of knowledge referenced in the CSO coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience in business valuation. Accordingly, although it is not a strict requirement, it is our recommendation that candidates choose to sit for the exam only after they have completed the required six (6) business valuation engagements or 150 hours of business valuation related work.
    To assist in exam preparation, the AICPA offers the following:
    • ABV Assessment Tool should be used as a preliminary means to identify candidates' strengths and weaknesses of their familiarity with the BV body of knowledge.
    • BV School : The AICPA also offers their nationally recognized BV School
    • AICPA ABV Review Course - is the only comprehensive review program backed by the resources and collective expertise of business valuation professionals associated with the AICPA. Sign up for the course, and you’ll gain a comprehensive overview of business valuation (BV) information covered in the ABV Exam’s Content Specification Outline (CSO), which serves as the AICPA’s BV body of knowledge. Helpful test-taking tips and access to more than 350 review questions, including case studies and a bonus electronic copy of the textbook used in AICPA’s ABV Exam Review Self-Study Course. The confidence to succeed based on a pass rate about 20% higher for exam takers who took this review course.

                                                                                    Self Study Version
                                                                           Virtual Group Study Version
                                                                                        Live Course

    Exam Format
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    Exam Format:
    The ABV Examination is a non-disclosed examination. This means the questions and answers are not published nor are candidates permitted to remove any examination materials from the testing site. Each examination is carefully graded by our team of psychometricians to ensure that the questions are statistically valid.

    The ABV Exam is a computer-based examination that lasts a total of 6 hours and 45 minutes in length, including a 45-minute break. Please note that there is not a particular point in the exam where this break is required but candidates are allowed to take up to 45 minutes for a break at one point or during multiple points of the exam. The ABV examination contains two areas of questioning: discrete multiple-choice questions and case studies with accompanying multiple-choice questions. There are a total of 180 questions, 155 of which are discrete multiple choice and 25 of which are case study related multiple choice questions. During the examination, candidates will be able to access  the International Glossary of Business Valuation Terms as well as Formulas & Variable Definitions via computer. These items are included as displays that can be accessed in the same manner as the information provided for the case studies.

    If you’d like to view a demonstration of a mock exam session, then watch our AICPA Specialty Exam Online Tutorial.

    Note:  The questions and exhibits utilized in this mock exam session are merely for demonstrative purposes only and do not reflect actual exam content.

    Multiple Choice Questions:
    A discrete multiple choice question consists of a stem that includes factual data and provides four answer options. 

    Case Study Questions:
    The case studies vary in length and the number of multiple-choice questions associated with each one. The fact pattern for each case study will contain sufficient information to enable the candidate to answer each question. This part of the examination is designed to test the candidate's analytical reasoning skills and ability to apply valuation theory and methodology.

    ABV Exam Item Development
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    Interested in serving as an exam writer that contributes to question development?  Learn more about the responsibilities of being an exam writer as well as the style guidelines exam writers must adhere to when developing exam questions.  Also, if you are interested and have additional questions, please feel free to contact Paul Wapner, program manager. 

    For more information review the ABV Frequently Asked Questions, email the ABV group or call the Member Service Center at 888-777-7077 (M-F, 9am-6pm ET). Visit the ABV Credential Overview page for additional information.

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