The journey to becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) begins with one step — pass the Uniform CPA Exam. While you’ll probably need to put your social life on hold and study your heart out, what every CPA exam candidate will also need is to understand the exam application process. Here are four things to keep in mind:
1. Each U.S. state and territory — also known as jurisdictions — has its own CPA exam requirements, forms, deadlines and fees. Exam candidates should contact the Board of Accountancy in their jurisdiction in order to apply to take the CPA exam.
For international exam candidates, please contact the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) for exam application information.
2. Once your application process is complete, NASBA will send you a notice to schedule (NTS). You are officially eligible to take the exam once you receive the NTS, which you’ll need to schedule and be admitted to examination appointments.
Note: The NTS will be valid for only a specific amount of time. Be sure to check with your jurisdiction for expiration dates.
3. The CPA exam is available only during certain times, called testing windows. There are four testing windows each year:
4. Exam candidates should schedule their exam with a Prometric testing center. Prometric is the third-party vendor used to handle exam registration, scheduling and administration.
Once you’ve gone through these steps, all you have to do is ace the CPA exam. Easy, right?
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