Breaking News About the 2016 CPA Exam
The AICPA has announced several changes that will affect candidates before the new exam launches in 2017. Most of the changes will be effective on January 1, 2016. One change, however, will appear on the exam in Q3 of 2016 and may impact how you prepare for the exam.
Changes Effective January 1, 2016
New exam software: The AICPA is making some modifications to certain screens, such as the introductory screens you see before you begin your exam. Don’t worry too much about these changes! The screens will look very much like they do currently. Gleim CPA Review is in the process of updating our interface to reflect these changes.
Modified toolbar: Within the testlets, the top toolbar will be a bit different. The timer will be more visible, and candidates who don’t finish early will see that their countdown includes seconds at less than two minutes remaining. In addition, the finish button will be labeled as “Submit Testlet” instead of “Exit” in an effort to address candidate concerns surrounding the button’s functionality.
Modern design: All of the exam screens have been refreshed with a new design that more succinctly delivers the content.
Changes Effective July 1, 2016
Document Review Simulation (DRS): If you’ve seen the Gleim CPA Exam Changes and Updates webpage, you’ve already learned about the DRS, a derivative of the Task-Based Simulation originally slated to appear on the CPA Exam in 2017. However, we have learned that candidates should expect to see DRSs in AUD, FAR, and REG as early as Q3 of 2016. There has been some speculation that the 2016 Document Review Simulations may be pre-test questions (and therefore not graded), but we do not yet have confirmation from the AICPA on that item, and we recommend that candidates prepare as though these new simulations will be graded.
In a DRS the candidate will review a document draft with some areas of text highlighted. Options will appear once the highlighted text is selected, and the candidate must decide if the original text is correct, if it should be deleted, or if there is a better option. Exhibits and authoritative literature are available in separate tabs during the DRS to assist candidates.
The Gleim CPA Review Team