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EA Exam News

Updated October 12, 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
February 2021
February 1 – 5
February 8 – 12
February 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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July 21, 2020

Prometric reinstating cancellation and rescheduling fees

In March, Prometric waived all cancellation and rescheduling fees for the EA exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning August 1, 2020, these fees will be reinstated.

Prometric is still working to assist candidates in areas impacted by the pandemic.

Candidates who have appointments canceled or rescheduled as a result of continued test site closures or regional restrictions will not be penalized. If your exam appointment is impacted due to site closures or regional restrictions, you will receive an email notification informing you that your appointment has either been

  1. Rescheduled, and you will be provided with your new test date and location, or
  2. Canceled, and you will be provided with instructions on how to reschedule.

Candidates who are unable to test due to COVID-19 illness or impact after August 1 should contact Prometric using their “Contact Us” form and choose “Request a Refund.” Prometric will respond to you individually. Because of the high volume of inquiries they are receiving, they estimate it will take between 5 and 7 days for you to receive a response.

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July 17, 2020

IRS to reinstate fees to obtain a PTIN

Tax preparers are familiar with needing a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) to complete tax returns. Enrolled Agents and EA candidates also need a PTIN to earn and maintain their certification.

In 2017, the IRS was barred from charging a fee for applications and renewals of PTINs following a district court decision. However, that decision has since been appealed, and the IRS has determined a new cost to apply for and renew PTINs. Additional background information regarding this fee reinstatement is described in TD 9903.

For 2021 PTINs, the cost will be $21 plus a $14.95 fee paid directly to a third party for processing applications and renewals. These fees are in USD. PTINs for the 2020 year are unaffected.

PTINs are generally renewed starting mid-October for the following tax filing season. According to the IRS PTIN renewal page, EA candidates can still get a free 2020 PTIN to sit for their exams, but will need to pay the fee to renew for the 2021 tax year. The regulations are effective August 17, 2020.

To apply for a PTIN now, go to www.irs.gov/ptin. There is both an online option (fastest) and a paper option, which requires filling out and mailing Form W-12.

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April 28, 2020

The IRS delays EA exam window to June 1

Due to the global pandemic and the closure of Prometric testing centers U.S. and Canada testing centers through May 31, the IRS has announced that EA exam appointments currently scheduled through May 31 will be canceled. If you have an exam scheduled for a date in May, a Prometric representative will contact you by phone to attempt to reschedule. If you are unable to be reached, your appointment will be rescheduled automatically and you will receive an email containing the details of your new appointment. If you need to reschedule this appointment, you must contact Prometric. Rescheduling fees will be waived.

Gleim will provide tips for EA candidates to prepare during this delay.

The IRS has also extended the carryover period by one year for candidates who passed exams for which credit had not expired as of February 29, 2020. Candidates who passed a part of the EA exam on February 29, 2020, or earlier will now have three years from the date they passed their first part to pass the remaining part(s). Normally, candidates only have two years to pass all three exams. For example, if a candidate passed Part 1 on November 15, 2019, they now have until November 15, 2022, to pass Parts 2 and 3.

Scheduling is now open for domestic exam appointments beginning June 1. The June window for international testing has been canceled. International candidates can still sit for the exam in August and November of 2020 and February of 2021. You can view available dates for international testing on Prometric’s page.

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Updated May 18, 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

The IRS has delayed reopening the 2020 window to June 1, 2020. Prometric will contact candidates who had scheduled appointments in May to reschedule. Rescheduling fees will be waived.

Updates about Prometric test centers

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

May 18 Update

Prometric is reopening 116 test centers globally, with plans to open an additional 200+ sites throughout May. The EA exam is currently closed through May 31. For a list of test centers that are reopening, please visit Prometric.

To ensure test center staff and candidate safety, Prometric has implemented new testing procedures. Candidates looking to test need to bring their own face mask. These masks can be medical or homemade and must be worn for the entire visit. If you do not bring your own mask, you will not be allowed to test, you will be marked as a “no show,” and you will not be eligible for a free reschedule. Read the updated Social Distancing Testing Procedures put out by Prometric.

Prometric will continue to contact candidates directly via email about the status of their exams. Please note that Prometric is experiencing a high volume of inquiries related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the Candidate Care phone line has been temporarily disabled. Prometric encourages candidates to reach out via their “Contact Us” page to request a chat or send an email.

April 23 Update

Prometric is extending test center closures in the U.S. and Canada through May 31. This extension is in accordance with local and federal governance as well as advice from the CDC and WHO.

A limited set of essential services programs will be able to test on May 1. Gleim will release an update if the EA exam is deemed an essential service program and inform you how this will affect the window currently scheduled to open May 1.

As with previous test center closures, if your exam appointment is impacted, you will receive an email from Prometric with further instructions, and your rescheduling fees will be waived.

April 22 UPDATE

Test centers in mainland China were opened April 20 following guidance from the Chinese government. Additional procedures have been implemented to ensure candidate safety. Many other locations are still closed. Test centers in the U.S. and Canada will remain closed through April 30.

The EA exam does not open until May 1. At this time, the EA exam is scheduled to begin testing as planned. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available. For a complete list of test center closures, please see the Prometric site closure page.

April 17 UPDATE

In light of the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Prometric is ensuring the health and safety of its staff and customers. They continue to follow rules from local, state, and federal governments as well as recommendations from the CDC and WHO.

Earlier this year, Prometric made the decision to close their U.S. and Canada based test centers through April 16th. Prometric will extend the closure of test centers in the U.S. and Canada through April 30Prometric is expecting to resume testing in time for the window to open on May 1st.

Prometric will be emailing and waiving exam rescheduling fees for those impacted by this change. You can still search for available appointments on Prometrics website.
For other testing locations, Prometric is still updating their Test Center Closures page.

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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