CPA Hot Topics – Updates to Calculator and Timer

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Hello CPA candidates. While we’re hard at work on the new CPA 2014 edition, I wanted to take the time to give you a brief update on important changes to the CPA exam.

The AICPA has announced that the calculators on-screen during the CPA Exam now feature a comma to help candidates read large numbers such as 1,000. Candidates will still see all the old functionality, such as the calculator tape, that they’ve come to expect. This change went into effect on October 1, 2013.)

In addition, beginning on January 1, 2014, a new 10-minute timer will be present on the introductory screens of the CPA exam to help candidates keep track of time. These screens appear as soon as the launch code is entered and consist of the confidentiality statement, the copyright screen, and the directions. Instead of terminating without warning after the 10-minute time period elapses, all sessions will now display this timer to help candidates gauge when to begin the first testlet. Remember that you will be forced to pay for a new NTS and schedule a new exam day if time expires during the introductory screens.

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