CPA Exam News

CPA News

CPA Exam news comes from many sources. Gleim will help you keep up with all the news and announcements on the CPA Exam.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest updates for the CPA Exam, and learn what the headlines mean for CPA candidates.

June 11, 2019

AICPA creating new internet domain extension for CPAs

CPAs are getting a new domain extension to help establish an authentic presence online.

The AICPA announced it has been working with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to create a new domain extension for CPAs and CPA firms (instead of the normal “.com”).

This new domain (.cpa) will be available to all CPAs and their firms. Once the new .cpa extension is released, firms will be able to register a new website URL (firmname.cpa) and CPAs will be able to use new email addresses (jdoe@firmname.cpa).

This new extension will signal to customers that your firm has a connection to the CPA profession and is in good standing with the AICPA.

By overseeing the .cpa domain in collaboration with other global CPA organizations, the AICPA can help promote CPAs’ visibility and protect their professional standing online.

Barry MelanconCPA, CGMA, President and CEO of the AICPA

No timeline for this change has been announced, but a mailing list for notifications has been created. Visit cpa.com/dotcpa to sign up for notifications.

Gleim will continue to follow this story and keep you informed about all developments.

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May 22, 2019

CPA Exam testing window change announced by NASBA

NASBA announced that a significant change is coming to the testing windows for the CPA Exam.

CPA candidates will no longer be required to wait for another testing window to retake a failed section of the CPA Exam.

This rule will go into effect by June 30, 2020. Some states may begin using this new rule before then—check with your state board for guidance.

The April 26 NASBA Board of Directors’ meeting cleared the path for continuous testing on the Uniform CPA Examination as the Board approved Uniform Accountancy Act Model Rule 5-7(a)(2). According to the revised Rule, when system changes have eliminated the need for test window limitations ‘a Candidate can retake a Test Section once their grade for any previous attempt of the same Test Section has been released.’ A recent informal poll of the State Boards’ executive directors found that many states have already started to model their rules after the new Model Rule. NASBA President Ken L. Bishop told the NASBA Board that plans now call for continuous testing to begin by June 30, 2020.

May 2019 State Board Report

This ruling doesn’t mean that the CPA Exam will stop having blackout periods between testing periods. The improved technology that makes this change possible may also lead to a change to the blackout dates for the CPA Exam, but nothing has been announced.

The CPA Exam will still be offered for the normal testing periods:

CPA Testing Periods

EXAMPLE: Jane studies with a competitor, then takes and fails the AUD section of the CPA Exam on January 1.

  • Under the old rule, Jane would need to wait until April 1 to retake the AUD section.
  • Under the new rule, Jane will be able apply to retake the AUD section as soon as her grade has been released and sit as soon as she receives her NTS.

What does this mean for CPA candidates?

With these new changes, candidates can schedule their CPA Exam early in a testing period and have enough time to retake the exam in that same period.

If you fail a section of the CPA Exam, be sure to apply for a new NTS as soon as you get your score. This will maximize your chances of being able to sit before a testing period ends.

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For a comprehensive look at all major CPA Exam changes, check out our CPA Exam Changes resource page. If you have any questions about how to apply for the CPA Exam, how hard the CPA Exam is, or any other CPA Exam topic, visit our CPA Exam Resource Center.

At Gleim, we know keeping current is vital for future CPAs. That is why all of our CPA Review materials are continually updated with the most recent information you need to know to pass the CPA Exam. If you’re ready to get the most up-to-date content with an Access Until You Pass® guarantee, look no further than the Premium CPA Review.