Learning About CPA Exam Changes From the AICPA

CPA Exam changes

Every spring, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) hosts at their New York City headquarters the American Professional Accounting Certification Providers Association (APACPA) meeting. The APACPA is a trade organization for CPA Review providers such as Gleim CPA Review, and we faithfully participate in this meeting and other AICPA events so that we can keep our CPA Review Courses up to date with the latest CPA Exam changes by interacting with the AICPA directly. A variety of stakeholders in the profession, such as NASBA and Prometric, also attend the APACPA meeting and discuss modifications to the content, structure, or administration of the CPA Exam. The most recent meeting was especially significant due to the discussion of the finalized changes of the new 2017 CPA Exam.

CPA Exam Changes Discussed

Throughout the meeting, the AICPA provided further insight into these finalized CPA Exam changes. With the next version of the CPA Exam launching April 1, 2017, the AICPA highlighted the new exam’s increased emphasis on the higher order skills of analysis and evaluation and reviewed such details as:

  • 15-minute break: A short break will be available at about the halfway point of testing time in every section, but candidates will not be required to utilize it.
  • Testing window extension: The 10-day extension applies to the testing windows remaining before the initiation of the next version (April/May, July/August, October/November, January/February), but the extension will not be available during the testing window in which the 2017 CPA Exam will first appear (April/May).
  • Score release dates: In order to determine the new passing score for the next version of the CPA Exam, the score release dates for Q2 of 2017 will be delayed by about 10 weeks. However, the score release dates for Q3 and Q4 will only be delayed by approximately 10 days; i.e., the scores should be released on or about 30 days after the testing windows close.

The meeting also thoroughly addressed the Document Review Simulation (DRS), and as this new kind of the Task-Based Simulation (TBS) is scheduled to appear on the CPA Exam in July 2016, we will be adding DRS questions to our course as soon as possible.

CPA Exam Changes Managed

Candidates who will be taking the new CPA Exam in 2017 can rest assured that Gleim CPA Review will provide the most advanced and accurate study materials so that candidates are completely prepared to pass. As we received a great deal of information about the new 2017 CPA Exam changes during the meeting, we will also continue to share that information with our candidates as the AICPA allows in order to enable candidates to establish realistic exam expectations.

With our Access Until You Pass­® guarantee, your review materials are always current, so you do not ever have to worry about CPA Exam changes. However, if the news about the next version of the exam has motivated you to pass the CPA Exam in 2016, you still have plenty of time, and Gleim CPA Review can help. Call our team at 800.874.5346 or email us at accountingteam@gleim.com to learn more.