Breaks in the CPA exam

This CPA Prep Tip concerns taking breaks during the exam.

After indicating that you have completed a testlet, you will be presented with the option to take a break. You will receive this option between testlets. If you choose to take a break, you will be asked to leave the testing room quietly. You will be asked for a fingerprint to verify your identification prior to and upon returning from your break. The test center staff will confirm you have completed the testlet prior to your break.

Keep in mind, the clock will keep running during your break, so if you decide to take one, use the time wisely. When you return from a break, you will be required to enter your Launch Code in order to continue the examination. Note that breaks lasting more than ten minutes may be reported to your board of accountancy.

You will not be allowed to take a break at any other time during the examination. If you leave the testing room at any time, without exiting the testlet and selecting the break option, you will not be allowed to return to the testing room. Information regarding your absence will be reported to your board of accountancy.

Gleim provides you with a detailed Time Management System to help ensure that you complete your exam prior to the clock running out. Our Time Management System builds in extra time that you can use either toward going back and reviewing questions or to take a break during your exam. Click here to view the Gleim Time Management System.