CPA Exam Process

Learn about the CPA Exam and process to become a licensed CPA

Determine your eligibility

Submit your application

  • Complete your application and submit the required documentation
  • Your application will be verified for eligibility
  • You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS), which is valid for six months

Schedule your Exam

  • Decide when you will take the Exam
  • Use your NTS information to schedule an Exam date with Prometric
  • You can take your Exam at any Prometric test center where the Exam is offered
  • International candidates may not be eligible to test at all Prometric locations outside of  U.S. jurisdictions
  • International locations require an additional fee

Prepare for your Exam

Take your Exam

  • Pass all four Exam sections within 18 months (score a minimum of 75 on each section)
  • In most cases, the 18-month complete “clock” begins based on your attendance date when you pass the first Exam section, but check with your specific Board of Accountancy.
  • While you can take more than one Exam section per test window, you cannot take retake the same section in the same test window*
  • Pass Ethics exam (only if required by your Board of Accountancy)

*As of July 1, 2020, testing windows will be replaced by continuous testing. Visit the Testing Window and Score Release Dates page for more information.

Apply for your license

  • Generally you must have 150 credit hours of education with a concentration in accounting. This includes:
    • 30 semester hours in accounting subjects, and 24 semester hours in business administration subjects
    • A minimum of 15 semester hours in accounting must be at upper division or graduate level
    • Must have a minimum of one year of experience (approximately 2,000 hours) verified by a licensed CPA.
    • Experience should include accounting, attest, auditing or tax
  • For licensure specific requirement information, visit the NASBA website or contact your Board of Accountancy.