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EA Exam News

EA Exam News

EA exam news can come at any time. Stay up-to-date on all the latest updates for the EA exam, and learn what the headlines mean for EA candidates.

Updated April 2, 2020

Prometric Releases Special Notice about Coronavirus

EA candidates looking to schedule their exam should be aware Prometric is continuing to watch the impact COVID-19 is having on their testing centers as new information becomes available. 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.

EA exam window

Fortunately, the EA exam is currently in a closed window, so candidates can spend more time indoors studying. The window will not reopen until May 1 at the earliest.

Neither Prometric nor the IRS have made an official statement, but we will continue to monitor their channels.

Updates about Prometric test centers

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

April 2 UPDATE: Prometric is still considering options to keep both staff and exam candidates safe. They will continue to monitor local governments and CDC guidelines to maintain a safe environment. Test center closures are still being considered on a regional and case-by-case basis.

At this time, Prometric anticipates continuing with their plans to reopen their U.S. and Canadian test centers on April 16th. They will provide more information as early as possible if this changes.

The EA exam window will not open until May 1, therefore the exam is still expected to reopen on time.

March 17 UPDATE: Prometric has temporarily closed Test Centers in the United States and Canada from March 18, 2020 for 30 days.

If your appointment for this window is affected, you should expect more information via email from Prometric. Please note that if you choose to contact Prometric for assistance, hold times may be extended due to the volume of individuals.

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
  • 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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March 5, 2020

EA Exam Updates for 2020 Exam Window

The IRS has released the new Enrolled Agent Special Enrollment Examination Candidate Information Bulletin. While not much of the exam itself has changed, the IRS has made a few updates to the Bulletin and exam administration details that all candidates should be aware of.

New scheduled 15-minute break during exam

Prometric and the IRS have implemented an optional 15-minute break in the middle of the Enrolled Agent (EA) exam. Once you have answered half of the questions (questions 1-50), reviewed your answers, and acknowledged you have completed the first half of the exam, the test timer will stop for up to 15 minutes.

NOTE: Once you acknowledge completing the first 50 questions, you will not be able to return to the first half whether or not you actually take the 15 minute break. Be sure you are ready to move on before submitting these questions.

During your break if you take it, you will leave the testing room. You may go to the restroom, eat or drink any snacks you brought, or just relax in the lobby. You will still need to adhere to all security protocols during this break, including not using any electronic devices or phones. You will also have to sign in again and show identification to be readmitted.

After 15 minutes, the exam timer will restart. If you do not return to take the second half (questions 51-100) before the 15 minute break expires, you will lose valuable testing time.

Any unscheduled breaks are still allowed, but, just as before, the exam timer will not be paused if you choose to take one.

EA exam fee reduced

Last year, the cost to sit for each part of the EA exam was $184.97 USD. This fee has been reduced to $182 USD per part.

International testing sites specified

International testing locations and dates have been specified for the May 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021, testing window. Testing is available at the following locations and dates:

  • London, England
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Bangalore, New Delhi, and Hyderabad, India
June 2020August 2020
June 15 – 19August 17 – 21
June 22 – 26August 24 – 28
June 29August 31
November 2020February 2021
November 2 – 6February 1 – 5
November 9 – 13February 8 – 12
November 16February 15

Scores no longer printed

Starting May 1, 2020, Prometric will no longer print your score reports. A pass/fail message will appear on your computer screen after the exam, and Prometric will email you your score report.

If you want a printout of your score report, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://scorereports.prometric.com.
  2. Enter your full exam confirmation number. It must be all 16 digits in length, including any zeroes where applicable.
  3. Enter your last name.
  4. Click the “Validate Score Report” button.
  5. Once the requested score report appears on screen, click the green “Print Score Report” button.

Test scores are still confidential and will only be revealed to you and the IRS.

Additional edits for clarification

The IRS has also made some edits for clarification such as adding the toll phone number to call for scheduling exam appointments for international candidates. The previous number is now labeled as toll-free for US based candidates.

There was also additional information on requirements for identification. The bulletin now has information for candidates whose ID does not match their ID and for Amish and Mennonite examinees who do not have picture IDs. To see the complete changes check out the new Candidate Information Bulletin on the Prometric website.

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