Many of you have not applied for the CPA Exam before, but will be in the near future, especially with graduation around the corner. Here is a guide for what you need to know when it comes time to apply for and schedule your exams!

Apply Through NASBA Or Your State Board

NASBA is the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Candidates from 32 jurisdictions must apply for the CPA Exam through the NASBA website. Visit cpacentral.nasba.org to begin your online application, or visit your state’s Board of Accountancy site. Each exam section will have its own fee and there will be a separate application fee anytime you apply to sit for a section. Make sure to only apply for exam sections you can reasonably prepare for before your Notice To Schedule (NTS) expires (expiration is different for each jurisdiction).

Obtain Necessary Documentation

You will need to submit an official transcript from each school you attended to prove you have completed your education requirements. Transcripts will need to come from your school’s Registrar’s office. A paper copy may be mailed or an electronic version can be sent from the Registrar’s office to etranscript@nasba.org. Once you submit your CPA Exam application, you have a deadline to send your transcript(s) or your application will denied and you will forfeit all fees paid. The deadline varies by jurisdiction, so be sure to check NASBA or your State Board of Accountancy.

Receive Your NTS

Once NASBA has determined you are eligible to take the CPA exam, you will receive your NTS. It can take up to six weeks to process your application and determine your eligibility, but candidates are usually notified sooner especially if they have previously applied for the exam. When you receive your NTS, verify that the information listed is correct. If any of that information does not match your personal identification, contact NASBA immediately. Your NTS will have a section ID number. This number is used to identify you and the section you are sitting for. You will need this to schedule your exam date and time, to begin your exam on your test date, and to retrieve your score once it is released by the AICPA.

Scheduling Your Exam Date

The CPA exam is administered at Prometric Testing Center. To schedule your exam, have your NTS handy and visit prometric.com. You can choose the testing center most convenient for you by using the location tool provided during scheduling. The exam is typically not administered during the last month of every quarter, so be sure to plan accordingly. You can take any section of the exam, however, you may not sit for the same section more than once during any testing window. It is recommended that you schedule your exam early, as time slots tend to fill up quickly! If you reschedule your exam date/time, you may be subject to a reschedule fee. If you do not cancel or reschedule your exam 5 days before your exam and you fail to show up, you will forfeit all fees.

On your exam date, make sure to bring valid identification and DO NOT FORGET YOUR NTS. You will not be allowed to sit for your exam without it. To be safe, plan to arrive at Prometric 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. If you are late to your appointment, you may not be allowed to test. Being adequately prepared for your exam is the most important part of the process. Make sure to choose the right CPA Review course for your needs and learning style! For more information about Surgent CPA Review, visit our website at surgentcpareview.com. Good luck!

For more information contact Jessica Sandhu at sandhuj@surgent.com.

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Jessica Sandhu is the Student Development Manager for Surgent CPA Review. Jessica graduated with degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Business Management from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and ultimately pursued a career in Accounting. Before joining Surgent CPA Review, Jessica worked as an Auditor for a large regional accounting firm and spent a few years as a Retail Accountant. Jessica is currently sitting for the CPA Exam.