CPA Exam horror stories

Memo to CPA Exam Candidates: Don’t Park in the Tow Away Zone at Prometric

Over the years, we've shared several CPA exam horror stories ranging from shameful idiocy to prison yard shanking level asshattery. For example, there was the person trapped in Prometric for 6 hours due to a system freeze. That's pretty bad but on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the grey screen of […]

After Being Told His CPA Exam Was Lost, One Candidate Gets Some Good News

Anyone remember the poor bastard who was told by NASBA that they lost his entire exam and would have to retake it? Well, he didn't retake it and somehow they managed to track down his missing exam somewhere between Prometric and the AICPA and guess what? He passed! First of all, this candidate was abnormally […]

How Prometric Nearly Gave One CPA Exam Candidate a Heart Attack For Nothing

This story comes by way of a manager who has been helping staff not freak out over taking the CPA exam: So this candidate had trouble closing out of her exam at the end.  She had to hit the exit button three times.  Then it seemed to go through but she didn’t get the survey […]

Has Anyone Seen This CPA Exam Candidate’s Missing FAR Scores?

File this under: emails CPA exam candidates NEVER want to get. The Prometric nightmares continue and this time, the trauma comes long after the candidate left the test center. Ready for this one, folks? Details have been changed to protect the innocent and I have paraphrased the email due to NASBA's disclaimer (this email came […]

CPA Candidate Discovers That Scheduling an Exam on the Last Day of Testing Window Is a Bad Idea

The Prometric stories keep rolling in and I can't say I'm surprised. I'm hoarding a lot of the similar ones for my own purposes (namely writing an angry letter to the AICPA and NASBA on your behalf once we have enough ammo) but came across this one left in the comments last night: I CAN […]

How a Thunderstorm Fried a Prometric Location’s Computers and Ruined One CPA Candidate’s Day

Oh lookie here, we have ANOTHER sad Prometric story. This time, nature made it far more dramatic than it had to be; however, Prometric obviously did not have a plan in place to A) prevent such a catastrophe and B) clean it up after the fact. I am still soliciting Prometric horror stories (they don't […]

Here’s Yet Another CPA Exam Candidate Jilted By Prometric’s Sloppiness

I know it's shocking but we have another CPA exam candidate upset, stressed out and unnecessarily worked up by a Prometric issue. I have absolutely no reason to believe anyone would make these stories up and after years of working with this stuff, when the same type of story comes to my attention time and […]

CPA Exam Horror Stories: Trapped at Prometric For 6 Hours

Have a CPA exam horror story? We want to hear it. Email us at tips@goingconcern.com and put "CPA Exam Horror Story" in the subject line. Imagine, for a moment, being trapped in Prometric. Let me set the scenario: you're taking the CPA exam. First, you arrive at your test center early after circling endlessly for […]