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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.

March 27, 2020

Emergency testing period for CPA candidates

To provide candidates with additional testing opportunities,NASBA, the AICPA, and Prometric have opened an emergency testing period. The 2020 Q2 testing window is being extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020.

Additionally,

  • NASBA will extend all Notices to Schedule (NTSs) that would otherwise expire between April 1 and June 30 until September 30.
  • NASBA will identify candidates with exam credit currently slated to expire before June 30 and make extension recommendations to State Boards of Accountancy.
  • Prometric test centers are currently expected to reopen in mid-April.
  • Prometric will waive all rescheduling fees.

There is no need to contact your State Board at this time.

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Updated: March 17, 2020

Prometric Releases Special Notice about Coronavirus

Prometric testing centers are continuing to watch COVID-19 as new information is released. Prometric has monitored, and will continue to monitor, information provided by global health organizations, local governmental policies, corporate policies, and input from testing partners and candidates. CPA candidates looking to sit or schedule their exam soon should be aware of these changes.

Updates about Prometric test centers

Prometric has updated some rules and regulations at their test centers to help keep their customers and staff safe during this time.

Test center closures

Test centers will be evaluated for closure on a case-by-case basis.

UPDATE: Prometric has temporarily closed Test Centers in the United States and Canada from March 18, 2020 for 30 days. If you have an existing appointment with Prometric, you will receive email instructions on how to reschedule your appointment to a future date once it is safe to resume testing.  No rescheduling fees will be applied. Please note that if you choose to contact Prometric for assistance, hold times may be extended due to the volume of individuals.

If an extension of the NTS is required in order to reschedule, candidates will be referred to NASBA’s Candidate Care Department at candidatecare@nasba.org

For a complete list of testing locations that are closed in other parts of the world, due to the virus or other factors, please check out the Prometric page. Some test centers in the following areas are closed:

  • Belgium
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Middle East
    • Bahrain
    • Kuwait
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirates
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • United Kingdom

Candidate safety

Prometric has reviewed and reinforced policies to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus at test centers. This includes ensuring surfaces and devices that are commonly touched by customers (such as keyboards, computer mice, biometric touch chip devices) are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Prometric will also provide disposable wipes and allow candidates to use medical masks and gloves while testing. If you do choose to use a mask or gloves, note that test center staff may need to visually inspect these items.

Reminders for candidates

Regardless of your current exam schedule, you will want to make sure you protect yourself and those around you from the virus.

  • Review the CDC’s Steps to Prevent Illness
  • Limit the amount of time spent in close contact with other people, especially large groups.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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February 17, 2020

AICPA Releases Potential Changes to the CPA Exam in 2021

In 2019, the AICPA conducted a Practice Analysis of the CPA profession. It explored the impact that technology had on the CPA profession and determined areas where the CPA Exam could be updated to better tests those skills. This article will discuss the findings of the AICPA 2019 Practice Analysis and what changes you can expect on the CPA Exam over the next two years.

NOTE: None of the proposed changes have been finalized yet. All of the information in this article is subject to change as the AICPA further refines their plans for the CPA Exam.

Summary of important changes and dates

According to the Practice Analysis, the following dates are important to keep in mind:

  • April 2020 – New CPA Exam Blueprints to be released

  • October 2020 – Heavier emphasis on Excel and Data Analytics to be tested in AUD

  • January 2021 – New CPA Exam Blueprints are expected to show the changes from the Practice Analysis

  • July 2021 – Changes from the January CPA Exam Blueprint to take effect

  • 2022 – Written communications removed from BEC and State and Local Government topics removed from FAR

What do these changes mean for CPA candidates?

Candidates can largely be split into two groups for these changes: those who intend to test before these changes take effect and those who will test afterwards. Regardless of which camp you fall into, Gleim is here to help.

Taking the CPA Exam Before It Changes

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Taking the CPA Exam After It Changes

  • The soonest the CPA Exam will experience changes is October 2020, so you have plenty of time to take all four parts of the CPA Exam before the new changes take effect.
  • Most of the proposed changes are to AUD and BEC, so prioritize passing those sections of the CPA Exam first.
  • REG will likely be the least effected by the proposed changes, so delaying your REG CPA Exam to complete AUD, BEC, or FAR is a safe bet.
  • If you would like help on deciding which CPA Exam to take first, check out our resource discussing that exact topic.
  • The CPA Exam isn’t getting harder, it is just changing focus to be more relevant to industry trends.
  • Gleim will keep you updated on all current CPA Exam news, so you can rest assured that you’ll be well informed on what exactly is changing on the CPA Exam.
  • If you’ve already purchased our Premium CPA Review, your materials will always be up-to-date for the CPA Exam, regardless of what changes.
  • Don’t worry– this isn’t the first time the CPA Exam has undergone significant changes, and Gleim has been around for all of them.

Why is the CPA Exam changing?

Based on the findings of the AICPA, technology and data analytics are becoming even more present in today’s accounting world. This means that CPAs are increasingly called upon to make use of modern tools and data. As a result, the AICPA must ensure that the CPA Exam is adequately testing what entry-level CPAs are expected to know to be prepared to meet the industry’s needs and the expectations of their employers.

To learn more about why the CPA Exam changes, visit our CPA Exam Changes page.

What is a Practice Analysis?

A practice analysis is a study conducted on the current positions that CPAs fill and the expectations placed upon them. Every few years, the AICPA works with industry leaders and practicing CPAs to see what the current trends in accounting are and to determine how the organization can best adapt to meet those trends.

NOTE: The results of a Practice Analysis are not always definitive and often take time to implement. The CPA Exam is likely not changing significantly until July 2021.

Do we know how the CPA Exam will change?

No changes have been finalized yet. The AICPA released an exposure draft and will be collecting comments until April 30th. These comments will then be factored in before any changes are officially announced.

However, based on the current draft, we can see a few possible changes that may be coming in the future:

  • The AUD and BEC sections of the CPA Exam will likely receive the greatest impact from the technology and data analytics changes.

    • These changes will focus on ensuring newly licensed CPAs are digitally focused and able to understand business processes, automation, risks, and internal controls.

    • Furthermore, the changes will likely include a greater emphasis on data analytics, which could become effective as early as October 2020.

  • Written communications could be removed from BEC.

  • Data management, governance, and data relationships will likely be added to BEC.

  • The FAR section of the CPA exam could see IFRS and State and Local Governmental topics removed.

  • The CPA Exam will likely have a greater emphasis on Systems & Organizations Controls (SOC 1) reports.

  • The Task-Based Simulations will likely make heavier use of Excel, especially in AUD.

    • Candidates will be expected to be able to sort, filter, and compare data sets in Excel.

When will the CPA Exam change?

While no changes have been firmly announced, some changes will likely be coming in late 2020. The first thing to be on the lookout for are the new CPA Exam Blueprints. The CPA Exam Blueprints provide an overview of the topics that the AICPA will test on the CPA Exam. The new blueprint is set to be released in April 2020.

NOTE: The CPA Exam Blueprints do not take effect immediately on release. The changes detailed in the blueprint will not be testable until the effective date indicated on the blueprint.

How can I learn more?

Gleim will always work to keep you informed on all CPA Exam news. You can follow us on Facebook to get the latest news as it is announced. In addition, if you’d like to read over the complete 2019 AICPA Practice Advisory, you can get a PDF copy of it (for free) from the AICPA.

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February 13, 2020

CPA Candidates Affected by Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Can Receive Notice to Schedule Extension

NASBA has announced that candidates who are unable to travel to their CPA Exam testing site because of the travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus are eligible to receive an extension to their Notice to Schedule. NASBA and Boards of Accountancy will treat each request on an individual basis.

Just like normal Exception to Process (ETP) procedures, if you are scheduled for an appointment, you will need to cancel that appointment before submitting the ETP form.

If your state board of accountancy’s NTS extensions are managed by NASBA, you can find the required form online at nasba.org by selecting the form section under each specific state’s examination page. NASBA manages the NTS extensions for the following state boards of accountancy:

If your state board of accountancy’s NTS extensions are not managed by NASBA, you will need to contact your board of accountancy directly.

Candidates may contact NASBA at cpaesrefund@nasba.org for more information.

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February 1, 2020

CPA candidates can now take the CPA Exam at eligible European testing centers

The AICPA announced that beginning on February 1, 2020, more CPA candidates will be eligible to test at CPA testing centers in Europe.

Before February 1, 2020Beginning February 1, 2020
Only U.S. citizens living abroad and citizens/residents of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, and other European nations could test at the testing centers in England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland (no other European testing centers were allowed).Anyone who is eligible to test at a U.S. testing center is now eligible to test at the testing centers in England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland (no other European testing centers are allowed).

 

The CPA Exam has eligible testing centers in England, Germany, Ireland, and Scotland. Any testing center approved to administer the CPA Exam is also eligible to administer the IQEX exam.

Previously, these testing centers were only eligible to U.S. citizens living abroad and citizens/residents of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, and other European nations.

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December 17, 2019

NASBA and the AICPA have released a draft of their revisions to the CPA Licensure

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) have proposed a new CPA licensure model. This new model is designed to ensure that newly licensed CPAs have the knowledge and skills needed to fit the changing demands placed on them.

NOTE: These changes are still under development. While NASBA and the AICPA hope to finalize the plan by Summer 2020, it will be implemented over several years.

The new draft is based on feedback from over 2,000 stakeholders (including AICPA members, firms of all sizes, academics, regulators, state societies, and technology experts). Based on their feedback, NASBA and the AICPA identified these themes:

Breakdown of proposed CPA changes
  • There is support for changing the CPA licensure model to have a bigger emphasis on technology skills and knowledge.

  • Newly licensed CPAs should demonstrate strong common core competencies of accounting, auditing, tax, and technology.

  • Technological expertise should be required for licensure, but there are also other factors disrupting the profession.

  • The revised model should be about maintaining the strength and relevance of the CPA to ensure continued public protection.

U.S. Boards of Accountancy, as regulators, must remain relevant to protect the public we serve. Today’s marketplace is shifting, and CPAs need new skills to continue to serve organizations and the public. We need to ensure that CPAs continue to have the competencies needed to support an accounting profession that plays a critical role in protecting the public interest.

Laurie TishCPA, NASBA Chair

The model’s requirements start with a strong core in accounting, auditing, tax, and technology. This standard must be met by all CPA candidates. Each candidate will also choose an additional discipline to demonstrate deeper skills and knowledge in. Regardless of the discipline selected for testing, a CPA will still receive a full license; they would not be limited to their selected discipline.

The three disciplines that NASBA and the AICPA have identified are:

  • Tax compliance and planning

  • Business reporting and analysis

  • Information systems and controls

According to NASBA and the AICPA’s announcement, the proposed model will:

  • Produce candidates who have the deep knowledge necessary to perform high-quality work, meeting the needs of organizations, firms and the public;

  • Reflect the realities of practice by requiring candidates to demonstrate deeper knowledge in one of the three disciplines that are pillars of the profession;

  • Be adaptive and flexible, helping to future-proof the CPA as the profession continues to evolve; and

  • Result in one CPA license.

What does this mean for CPA candidates?

These changes won’t be implemented in the near future, but they do help indicate the skills and knowledge that industry leaders see as vital for future CPAs. If you’re already preparing for the CPA Exam, rest assured that the exam will not be changing anytime soon. Gleim will continue to keep you notified of all relevant news about the CPA Exam and how it may change in the future.

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October 1, 2019

The AICPA released 140 free CPA Exam questions

The AICPA has released 140 free CPA Exam questions to the public. These questions are all former exam questions and indicate how the AICPA tests various topics on the CPA Exam.

The AICPA will not update these questions to reflect standard-setting or regulatory activity, so keep in mind that changes could cause these questions to become obsolete or incorrect. In addition, while these questions do indicate the correct answer, they do not include answer explanations.

NOTE: Gleim has released a free PDF with 20 of these AICPA questions, including answer explanations.

The AICPA’s released PDF will only be available until December 31, 2019.

CPA Exam Section# of Released Questions
AUD40
BEC25
FAR50
REG25

Why is this important for CPA candidates?

Seeing how the AICPA tests certain topics is a valuable tool in your study preparations. After all, knowing what to expect on exam day is vital to ensuring you have a successful exam.

If you’re using Gleim, you’ll get even more value out of these questions after they’ve been added to our course. We add all AICPA-released questions to our test banks, and we go the extra mile to create top-notch answer explanations so that you can learn from your mistakes. In addition, we’ll keep these questions up-to-date, so you won’t have to worry about them becoming dated as standards and regulations change.

To see the AICPA-released questions, check out their PDF at the AICPA’s website.

To see answer explanations for 20 of the AICPA-released questions, check out Gleim’s AICPA-released questions PDF.

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July 31, 2019

NASBA International Evaluation Services relaunches undecided jurisdiction evaluation option

In an important move for international candidates, NIES has relaunched their undecided jurisdiction evaluation. If a candidate chooses an undecided jurisdiction option, NIES will evaluate your education and provide you with the best options for applying for the CPA Exam or License.

The NIES will suggest up to three jurisdictions based on your education and the state’s residency and social security number requirements. If you do not fit the education requirements for any jurisdictions, the NIES will still list up to three jurisdictions and will note any requirements you do not currently meet.

This service does not use your work experience in making jurisdiction suggestions, so you will need to individually look over the suggested states to ensure they will meet your needs.

Why is this important for CPA candidates?

For international candidates, deciding which state boards to apply to is a daunting task. Many states have residency or identification requirements that are difficult for international candidates to meet. In addition, some states do not have these requirements prominently displayed, and with 55 jurisdictions, international candidates have to do a lot of searching to find the best ones.

The NIES undecided jurisdiction allows international candidates to get a short list of good states to look at more closely. Plus, the information comes straight from NASBA, a reliable source.

What is NASBA International Evaluation Services?

NIES is an education verification service for international CPA candidates. Many state boards require candidates who received credit from an international university or college, including study abroad, to have their education verified. While some states allow other evaluation services, the NIES is the most used service for most state boards.

To learn more about the NIES or to make use of this outstanding service, visit the NIES’s website.

NOTE: An undecided evaluation does not create an official jurisdiction-specific report. Once you have decided on a jurisdiction, you will need to reapply for a jurisdiction-specific report. Doing so requires you to pay the application fee again.

If you’re looking for more information on the state boards of accountancy and their requirements, visit our free resource page which includes a list of the major requirements for all of the state boards.

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June 20, 2019

The AICPA and NASBA are working on changes to the CPA designation and exam

The AICPA and NASBA are working together to make significant changes to the CPA designation, but the changes will not take effect soon. The bodies have begun a new initiative called CPA Evolution. The goal of which is to ensure that the CPA exam and the CPA credential remain relevant in the ever changing business world.

We believe the earliest candidates could see changes is 2024, but it is more likely that the changes will take place after 2025 and most likely closer to 2030.

This initiative will not only have a large impact on the CPA Exam, it will change the requirements needed to become a CPA.

Do I need to worry about these new changes?

These changes are not being implemented in the near future. In fact, no deadline has been released. Historically, the AICPA has given significant notice before major changes have been implemented.

Current candidates and students should not worry about meeting these new requirements at this time.

What is changing?

Specific changes have not yet been released, but the AICPA and NASBA have released the following guiding principles and supporting concepts for this initiative.

The AICPA and NASBA's Guiding principles

  • The CPA profession must adapt quickly due to the technological disruptions in areas such as data analytics, robotics, artificial intelligence and more. As such, the competencies, services and attitudes of CPAs need to continually evolve in order to protect the public interest.
  • The CPA profession and state boards of accountancy recognize that technological and analytical expertise are essential to performing assurance work, as well as the other services that are currently, or will be in the future, core to professional accounting.
  • The CPA profession and state boards of accountancy acknowledge that sustaining the profession and continued public protection require rethinking initial licensure requirements.
  • The profession, and therefore entry into the profession, must be redesigned to attract individuals with technological and analytical expertise. This includes non-CPA professionals whose technology and analytics skills are critical to the performance of assurance and other core services, as well as non-accounting major students. All must demonstrate minimum required competencies necessary to perform professional accounting services as a CPA.
  • The changes must be rapid, transformational and substantive without negatively impacting candidates currently in the pipeline.

The AICPA and NASBA's Specific supporting concepts

  • We need a degree of flexibility in the education requirements in order to best position the profession for the future.
    • This means candidates with different degrees would all be required to have education around a common core of both accounting and technology, as well as elective coursework that aligns with the work they are interested in performing as a CPA.
    • The existing accounting graduate would need a greater understanding of technology, and the existing technology graduate would need a greater understanding of accounting.
    • This may necessitate reducing educational requirements on certain existing concepts and adding educational requirements on other concepts.
  • We need an exam that tests a common core of accounting and technology, and that allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge in their chosen area of study and interest.
    • One exam would serve all candidates, with variations allowed within exam sections that correspond to an individual’s area of study and interest.
    • Using the current exam structure, significant modifications will be made to the breadth and depth of the exam based on forward-looking practice analyses.
    • Certain advanced and unique accounting and auditing concepts currently required for licensure are applicable to only a segment of practicing CPAs, while knowledge of systems controls and emerging technologies is increasingly relevant.

In short, the new CPA requirements will focus more on technology. This will open the CPA designation up to people who do not have as strong of an accounting focus. It will not eliminate the accounting requirements, but some of the accounting requirements may lessen.

Why is the CPA designation changing?

The accounting industry is changing rapidly. Clients and organizations demand services that require expertise in technical areas, and technological innovations continue to advance automation, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. These changes require CPAs to evolve to match their new working environment.

What is the timeline for the CPA designation changes?

No specific dates for the changes have been set. We believe the most likely scenario is having changes implemented after 2025 and more likely closer to 2030.

The AICPA and NASBA are currently gathering information on their new core principles over the summer and will release the results at the 2019 NASBA Annual Meeting and AICPA Fall Council in October.

Where can I go to find out more?

NASBA has released a post discussing the changes on their website.

The Journal of Accountancy has summarized the proposed changes in more detail in an article.

The North Carolina Association of CPAs also has released an article from the AICPA on the upcoming changes and how the changes are being designed.

Gleim will continue to follow this story and update you as new information becomes available.

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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 is not yet in affect, as all state boards will need to make changes before it can be implemented.

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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