Access to Professional Literature

September 1, 2010

The Uniform CPA Examination consists of multiple-choice questions and condensed case studies called simulations. Within the simulations, candidates must do an online search of professional literature databases to answer questions. Here are some ways that candidates, students, educators, and schools can get access to helpful online resources.

CPA Examination Candidates: Free Online Access to Professional Literature Package

Exam candidates can get a free six-month subscription to professional literature used in the computerized CPA Exam. This online package includes AICPA Professional Standards, FASB Original Pronouncements and FASB Accounting Standards Codification.

Only candidates who have applied to take the Exam, and have been deemed eligible by state boards of accountancy, will receive access to this package of professional literature. This online package of literature will familiarize Examination candidates with the use of online accounting resources. However, the interface used by the online package is not exactly the same as that used in the operational Exam. Candidates are strongly encouraged to also review the Exam tutorial and sample tests found on this web site. The sample tests reflect the format and functionality and interfaces used in the actual Exam.

Subscribe to the Essential A&A Research Collection

In addition to the available 30 day free trial, AICPA Student Affiliate Members can get a subscription to the Essential A&A Research Collection for $75.00 for 1 year! When you log into this website with your AICPA member user account, the AICPA Student Affiliate Member discount will be automatically applied during checkout. Should you have any questions or encounter any issues, please contact the AICPA Service Center at 888-777-7077 or Learn more about AICPA Student Affiliate Membership.

Apply for the free six-month subscription to the Professional Literature Package: Click here to subscribe

The link will take you to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website. Please have your Notice of Schedule available.

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