The IRS recently provided further information regarding the changes to the Enrolled Agent exam. Based on the tasks and knowledge required of an enrolled agent, the IRS has changed the exam from four to three parts. The parts of the new exam will be:
- Part 1 – Individuals
- Part 2 – Businesses
- Part 3 – Representation, Practice and Procedures
Conditional credit will be awarded for previously passed parts on a restricted basis. Candidates who have passing credit under the old format for parts 1 and/or 4 receive credit under the new format for parts 1 and/or 3, respectively. To earn credit for part 2 under the new format candidates must have retained credit for both parts 2 and 3 under the old format. Candidates who retained credit for part 2 but not part 3, or vice versa, do not receive credit for part 2 under the new format. Candidates applying carryover scores from the old IRS format to the new format may only do so through December 31, 2007.
Additional details of the exam available at this time include:
- Each part of the new exam will have about 100 questions.
- Candidates will not be required to take all parts in one sitting.
- The new exam is scheduled to be available in October.
Candidates currently enrolled in Gleim Online should continue reviewing in the present four-part format. The information within the course is completely current. Specifically, the content of EA Gleim Online part 1 corresponds to the topics expected to be tested on part 1 of the new exam. Part 4 of EA Gleim Online corresponds to the topics expected to be tested on part 3 of the new exam. Parts 2 and 3 of EA Gleim Online correspond to the topics expected to be tested on part 2 of the new exam. We will complete the 2006 EA Review books and Test Prep CD-Rom and update EA Gleim Online when we receive a detailed list of topics from the IRS later this month.
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