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The CPA Exam Needs to Evolve and You Can Help It Do Just That

The conversation about “future-proof” CPAs and the evolution of the CPA exam to include skills necessary to provide exceptional client service far into the future is not a new one, we’ve been having it for years. This isn’t one of those “hey you guys, CPAs of the future better know VLOOKUP” things, it’s a bit […]

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Hey CPA Exam Candidates, Y’all Ready For Continuous Testing? It’s Coming

At first glance “continuous testing” sounds like some horrible plan to further torture America’s future CPAs by requiring a grueling, never-ending cycle of testing and retesting throughout their career. As fun as I’m sure that might be for the sadists who oversee the exam, I assure you, that’s not what this is. They’ve been talking […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

Cruising right along through the second quarter, here we are at the second score release. Two down, two to go. Now that we know continuous testing is on the menu for the CPA exam in the hopefully near future, it will be interesting to see how score releases are treated by the community. I guess […]

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Here’s What You Missed From This Week’s Mega CPA Exam Information Webcast

I tried earlier this week to gently encourage you little shits to attend the webcast held Thursday by folks from NASBA and the AICPA who think CPA exam candidates deserve to be as informed as possible, so hopefully you took my advice and were in attendance. Now, for those of you who had to tend […]

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Forget GoT, This Upcoming Webcast Is the Hottest Streaming Event of the Year (for CPA Exam Candidates Anyway)

Inb4 someone starts screeching about clickbait and how we sold out because we used to be cool but now we’re shilling for webcasts, shut the fuck up. No one paid for us to mention this, rather we’re posting about it just in case you’ve missed the numerous tweets and announcements and other shilling already done […]

NASBA Pulled the Cruelest April Fools’ Prank Ever on Some CPA Exam Candidates

As far as the CPA exam is concerned, it’s one thing you really shouldn’t joke about. And, in NASBA’s defense, it’s not like they actually meant to punk a bunch of eager CPA exam candidates this past April Fools’ Day, it just so happened that way. Set the scene. It’s March 31 and you’re printing […]

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Here’s What to Do If Inclement Weather Ruins Your CPA Exam Test Date

As some of you know, I called California home for many years. Not the sunny, smoggy, ridiculously beautiful people part, the other one with aggressive bums, wine, and streets flowing with human shit. San Francisco is without a doubt one of the greatest cities in the world, but I have to admit I don’t miss […]

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Here Is the Absolute Best Time to Pass the CPA Exam Per NASBA

Per NASBA, here is the best time to take the CPA exam. Spoiler alert: It’s right after you graduate. I’m sorry if you clicked on this thinking NASBA was going to tell you the best testing window to pass. Yeah right. Still, this is pretty interesting and all the more reason to get the exam […]

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NASBA Tweets CPA Exam Scores Are Up, Lies

It has been a strange week on Twitter for professional and semi-professional public accounting bodies the last few days, but NASBA has officially taken the crown from the AICPA for Twitter snafus. In case you missed our earlier discussion, @AICPA got hacked by Bitcoin scammers. At publication time, the scammers still have control of @AICPA. […]

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Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q3

As most of you know, the CPA exam changed up in April of this year, and as such, the scoring gnomes need a little extra time to calculate those 75s for the remainder of this year. If, by chance, you are one of the few who is actually impacted by the new rolling schedule (versus […]

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Starting in October, You Can Grab a Pint at a Real English Pub After the CPA Exam

Congratulations, unlicensed U.S. expats in Europe, beginning October 1 you no longer have to head to Bahrain to take the CPA exam. According to an announcement from the AICPA, NASBA, and Prometric, nine Prometric locations across the pond will offer CPA exam testing for qualified applicants. Bristol, London, and Manchester (England) Edinburgh (Scotland) Cork and […]

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CPA Exam Candidate Numbers Are Back Down After Modest Growth

NASBA recently released their yearly Candidate Performance books, which we used to buy and comb through for your sake but stopped after NASBA politely asked us to stop sharing the data they wanted people to pay for. So we won’t be drilling down into that data, but we do have some points to share. In […]

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NASBA ‘Cannot Pinpoint an Exact Time’ of the CPA Exam Score Release and People Are Freaking Out

Earlier today, NASBA sent a communique from its Twitter account that they knew, or at least should have known, was going to get people worked up: We’ve had many ?s about the time of the score release. Since this is the first time releasing scores with the new Gateway system, we cannot pinpoint an exact […]

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Gather Round, CPA Exam Scores Are Out

Pass or fail, we still got you. Hey look, NASBA released CPA exam scores today: On August 17, 2017, NASBA received and processed the following scores from the @AICPA pic.twitter.com/xpt49bKJXN — NASBA (@NASBA) August 17, 2017 Twitter is filled with the normal joy and strife of any score release date — mostly because the bumrush […]

Someone Should Audit NASBA’s CPA Headcount

Trust but verify! New statistic: How many active #CPAs are there? https://t.co/HaNCD61YrV #accounting pic.twitter.com/Oll8yVutP0 — NASBA (@NASBA) May 25, 2016 This is just too good. A tickmark with an explanation. And there's further explanation on the NASBA website: This statistic is derived from the national database of CPAs, the Accountancy Licensee Database (ALD), and is […]

CPA Exam Score Release Anxiety Is the Best Anxiety

Forgive the tardiness on this, we owed it to you yesterday. On November 4, 2015 NASBA received and processed the following scores from the AIPCA: pic.twitter.com/FtnQdqngiw — NASBA (@NASBA) November 4, 2015 I think it's important for every to remember that the anxiety people have waiting for their scores is half the fun: Is @nasba […]

Complaints to NASBA About Releasing CPA Exam Scores Met Expectations

Today is the third release of CPA exam scores for Q3, which means the days and hours leading up to the flood of scores have made NASBA's Twitter account an interesting thing to watch. @NASBA There's got to be a better way for you to handle this. — Kemi Kemi (@Kemi202) September 9, 2015 Debating […]

Let’s Discuss These CPA Exam Drop-Out Numbers

First, a chart:  Many candidates who began the #CPAexam 2012 dropped out by 2014. What obstacles did you face in this period? pic.twitter.com/8C1UrPujID — NASBA (@NASBA) May 29, 2015 As a wise man once said, "That's fucking interesting. That's fucking interesting, man." The chart seems to make sense — for candidates starting in 2013, they […]

Nobody Panic, the CPA Exam Score Page Will Be Down for a Bit

Breath into a paper bag if necessary. We will be temporarily disabling the score page leading up to the release date. #CPAExam scores will be available on 5/5. #ScoreRelease — NASBA (@NASBA) May 1, 2015 That release date of Cinco de Mayo is on schedule, so whatever your score, you'll be hoisting cheap Mexican beer […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of 2015

The anticipation. The excitement. The disappointment. It's finally time for those CPA exam scores to come trickling out! But first, this.   Honestly NASBA this countdown bs is just rude — slizzard (@levineliz) February 3, 2015 As we all know, the NASBA countdown clock is a new-ish evil plan by NASBA to fuck with you […]

Here is Your CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for the First Two Quarters of 2015

Did everyone have a nice restful holiday? Yeah? That's lovely. As we are all aware, it's January which means it's time to start taking the CPA exam again! Aren't you just thrilled? Just so you're prepared for the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, here are the target score release dates for the […]

NASBA’s Website is Shut Down Again

For a third score release in a row, NASBA is locking CPA exam candidates out of its website so you people don't break the Internet with your obsessive refreshing. I suppose at this point we can assume NASBA will be doing this for the foreseeable future. Candidates, we've temporarily disabled the online score page for […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2014

Last week, we entertained ourselves watching the NASBA countdown clock tick away the minutes ahead of today's planned score release. Watching the @NASBA countdown clock for no reason. It's actually kind of zen. — Going Concern (@going_concern) November 21, 2014 It would be absolutely hilarious if one of these days, NASBA shuts down their website […]

NASBA Is Shutting You Out From Their Website Ahead of CPA Exam Score Releases Again

NASBA's attempt to keep anxious CPA exam candidates from blowing up their website ahead of a score release must have gone swimmingly last score release, as they are planning to do it again for the next one. We will be temporarily disabling the online score page leading up to the target release date. #CPAExam scores […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2014

Last week, we learned that NASBA had all but shut down their website to prevent eager score-checkers from blowing up the site like they did last CPA exam score release. This was a first for NASBA and we'd be lying if we said we didn't secretly hope they'd somehow screw this up and end up […]

NASBA Is Now Taunting Anxious CPA Exam Candidates With a Countdown Clock

I'm really not sure if this is hilarious or cruel, probably a nice mix of both. I mean, it's NASBA after all. As we reported last week, NASBA decided to shut down access to scores completely until the target score release date of 11/4, which is tomorrow. Can you all handle waiting just one more […]

NASBA Cutting You Off From CPA Exam Score Releases For Now Because You Ruin Everything

Remember that time you people broke NASBA's website with your obsessive refreshing and then proceeded to yell at NASBA about this? Good times. Well, NASBA is attempting to outsmart you now and will not let you blow up the website looking for scores until scores are ready: We will be temporarily disabling the online score […]

Citizens of India Can Sit For the CPA Exam in the Middle East Starting October 1

It's certainly the next best thing to being able to sit for the exam in India: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric today announced that testing for the Uniform CPA Examination in the Middle East will be open to all qualified citizens and permanent […]

Anxious CPA Exam Candidates Crash NASBA Website, Blame NASBA

Friendly reminder: scores aren’t actually due to be released until tomorrow.

Look How Well Some CPA Candidates Are Taking the News That Their Scores Are On Time

So, apparently the NASBA account is only allowed to tweet about CPA exam score releases and nothing else. Yesterday, they experienced a bit of a Twitter snafu, reposting an article about best accounting colleges no less than eleventy billion times. They attempted to apologize but in doing so, only pissed off anxious CPA exam candidates […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q3 2014

We've only heard from one person today that CPA exam scores are out, which means either a bunch of you failed or they are slowly trickling out. NASBA scores are up on the online portal! OH JOY! The actual target release date is tomorrow so if you are in one of those pesky states that […]

NASBA Doesn’t Think the CPA Exam is the Worst Part About Becoming a CPA

Those of you currently in CPA exam studying hell should appreciate this. NASBA came out with "Three Tips for Planning to Take the CPA Exam" today, which is predictably remedial in typical NASBA fashion. The tips are pretty much duh, like know the requirements to sit in your desired state of licensure, don't plan to […]

Here’s Your Open Thread for the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q3

The actual target date isn't until Monday but apparently scores are trickling out. And we mean trickling out. Let the bitching commence! Oh wait, it has. NASBA you are KILLING me slowly. #releasemyscorealready — Kristen (@KristenMarie_79) August 1, 2014 @sophiemountainn gi came up with a drinking game – every time the nasba site goes down […]

If You Were Planning to Procrastinate on the CPA Exam This Year, Don’t

Sometimes, the CPA Exam Powers That Be see fit to have mercy on your procrastinating souls and extend testing windows at the end of the year just in case you absolutely need to catch up with your family around the holidays. Not so much this year. From NASBA: The Fall 2014 testing window begins on […]

NASBA Respectfully Asks You Not to Act Like an Idiot at the CPA Exam

Long ago and far away, we wondered out loud what would happen if you tattooed CPA exam formulas on your arm. Not that we suggest doing that as tattoos are permanent while the CPA exam is temporary, but would Prometric throw you out? Would you be barred from taking the exam due to cheating and […]

Don’t Freak Out But NASBA Will Be Down This Weekend

We're hoping NASBA has sent out a notice but just in case you didn't catch this on Twitter, here's what you need to know: In order to provide you with faster and more efficient service, NASBA is performing system upgrades and important maintenance that will cause our systems to be down from Thursday, June 26, […]

CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for Q3/Q4 Is Out

For those of you who plan to ruin summer by studying for the CPA exam, you now have dates to circle on your calendar:  Here is the 2014 Q3/Q4 CPA exam score release timeline: http://t.co/LnFZNmv4yP — NASBA (@NASBA) June 16, 2014 The specifics: Plan accordingly.

Here’s Your Open Thread for the Latest CPA Exam Score Release

Here we go!  AICPA released the following CPA Exam scores to NASBA for the April/May '14 testing window: 4063 AUD, 3011 BEC, 3525 FAR and 3530 REG — NASBA (@NASBA) May 22, 2014 Go ahead and share your victories or failures in the comments. 

Happy 10th Birthday to the Computerized CPA Exam!

Has it really been that long? It's been that long. The American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of computer-based testing (CBT) for the Uniform CPA Examination and note the continued enhancements and successful expansion of the test administration over the […]

Here’s a General Overview on How CPA Exam Candidates Performed in 2013

In case you can't afford/don't want to purchase the newly-released 2013 CPA Exam Candidate Performance book from NASBA, they released a quick cheat sheet summarizing just the important bits. In case you're too disillusioned/lazy on this fine Monday to click a link, I have uploaded it here for you. If you happened to notice, we […]

ICYMI: Fall CPA Exam Testing Is Being Extended to December 6th

That should be plenty of time for the tryptophan comas to subside: NEWS: Due to the late Thanksgiving holiday, NASBA, AICPA and Prometric extend the Fall #CPAexam testing window: http://t.co/jiytMaprWJ — NASBA (@NASBA) October 18, 2013 The extension is available globally, according to NASBA's website so our international friends may experience 'Merica! at its best if […]

We’d Like To Welcome Oregon To The 21st Century

Still trying to figure out how to keep Margaret from getting bitten by snakes and infected with typhoid. Congratulations and welcome to F5 Hell, Oregon candidates!

The Final Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

AICPA and NASBA are on a roll, as this makes back-to-back timely releases of CPA exam scores after the GREAT SCORE DELAY 2013. Sure, this last group's target release date was technically "TBD" but the 17th of any month is about as TBD as it gets.  #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

After the GREAT SCORE DELAY last month, you just knew the AICPA and NASBA were going to make sure this release went off without a hitch.    #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 6583 AUD, 6663 BEC, 7266 FAR and 7452 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) September 9, 2013 #AICPA […]

Ten Ways CPA Exam Candidates Screw Up the Exam According To NASBA

In light of the Great Score Delay of 2013 (NEVER FORGET, we will rebuild!) and all the criticism heaped on the AICPA and NASBA for their part in the tragedy, we dug up this old post from NASBA that points out 10 ways candidates screw up. Don't do any of these things: 1. Exiting Out […]

Here’s a Bunch of Folks Really Upset at NASBA

Twitter wasn't the only place to air your expletive-filled grievances on Friday. Even though all CPA exam score release dates are target dates (meaning shit can and does happen and the AICPA makes no promises you'll actually see your score on the date they announce), apparently a few people were upset by the delay in […]

At Long Last, the Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

For those of you that have been holding your breath since Thursday, the suspense officially ceased on Saturday morning. #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/Aug 2013 testing window: 4492 AUD, 4087 BEC, 4675 FAR and 4660 REG #CPAexam — NASBA (@NASBA) August 24, 2013 Browsing through the Twittersphere, you'll find that […]

(UPDATE) This is the Worst Friday Ever For a Few CPA Exam Candidates

You can almost hear the frustrated clacking of F5 keys everywhere. Rest assured candidates who took the exam from July 21-Aug 14 will likely not be getting much work done today. I used all three gigs of my data plan today waiting for @NASBA to release score. pic.twitter.com/vxvDa7gZoF — Adam Panella (@AdamPanella) August 22, 2013 […]

The First Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

We always hear from a few people whose scores get released early, but we don't mind waiting for NASBA to make the official Twitter announcement, as they did right on cue this morning: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the July/August 2013 testing window: 5548 AUD, 4906 BEC, 6480 FAR and 5699 REG […]

NASBA, AICPA Agree to Hug It Out Over Private Accounting Standards

After a month of some public and private sniping, NASBA and AICPA seem to be burying the hatchet and have issued a joint press release promising to work together: The AICPA and NASBA are committed to engaging in an effort to ensure that the FRF for SMEs, as a non-authoritative framework, is not confused with […]

NASBA Happy to See Some Legit Options for Private Company Accounting Get Proposed

I intended to get to this yesterday but I was having too much fun rummaging through SEC DCF letters and the day ran out on me. Anyway, NASBA issued a press release to congratulate the Private Company Council for its three proposals for GAAP Lite and they can managed to contain themselves — this time — from telling […]

Failing the CPA Exam Without Even Taking It

I recently received the following email from a professional who not only passed the exam but helps others to pass as well. This person has some concerns about the "10-minute time out" at the beginning of the testing process at Prometric: I am sure you have heard about candidates being locked out of the CPA […]

AICPA Knows NASBA Is Mad But It’s Okay, NASBA Gets Mad Sometimes

The ongoing bickering over FRF for SMEs — which went Defcon 4 the other day with a strongly worded press release from NASBA — has just gone nuclear.  I come from a single parent household so I don't know what it's like to live in a home with parents who are on the brink of divorce […]

NASBA Stands Behind FASB’s Private GAAP, Can’t Believe the AICPA’s Chutzpah

On Tuesday we discussed the AICPA's effort to offer a new OCBOA for small businesses, making special note of the Financial Accounting Foundation's slightly irritated response. While the FAF was fine with Melancon & Co. issuing the new Financial Reporting Framework (FRF) for SMEs, they wanted to remind everyone that FRF was most certainly not […]

Your Final CPA Exam Scores for Q2 Are Bursting Forth

Apparently the excitement started this weekend, a few days ahead of schedule. I received this email Saturday: Hi Adrienne, The latest batch scores have dropped for TN. The tweet has not posted from NASBA yet, but that bright, shining 77 doesn't lie. I thought I would pass along the information! Not wanting to work on […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores For the April/May Window Have Been Released

Rejoice! Either you've got Memorial Day weekend off to celebrate or it's back to the books for you, loser. Additionally, the AICPA has released 242 AUD, 154 BEC, 188 FAR and 131 REG scores for international candidates to NASBA. Feel free to share your victories and failures in the comments if you feel so inclined […]

The First Batch of Q2 CPA Exam Scores Are Here!

NASBA hasn't tweeted about it yet but everyone else is. Happy Friday! Except to the losers, no happy Friday for you, losers.

Prometric to Provide CPA Candidates with Memorable Experiences for Years to Come

Over the years we have shared a number of stories from people that have suffered from the plight of Prometric. Everything from a runny nose to the metal detectors to questionable written communication to something that might resemble a hostage situation to a very, very, very awkward search. These anecdotes have provided a sense of added […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the Jan/Feb Testing Window Has Been Released

Right on cue, NASBA started rolling the scores out on Monday, but sometimes these things fly under the radar. Sorry about that. I'd offer the excuse that I'm losing my touch, but there's really no evidence that I had any touch to begin with. #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Jan/Feb 2013 testing […]

ICYMI: Here Are the Ten States with the Highest CPA Exam Passing Rates

By some combination of bad luck and adult attention deficit disorder, we missed NASBA's announcement that they released their CPA exam stats book for 2012. No matter, we're confident you missed it too because no one sent us an email about it.  Anyway, if you're interested in dropping $150 for your own copy we won't stop […]

CPA Exam Candidates Everywhere Freaked Out by NASBA’s Switch to “Noteboards” from Scratch Paper

This email went out to CPA exam candidates from NASBA earlier today:

It’s Completely Plausible the NASBA Offices Are Closed for the Afternoon so Employees May Reminisce About All the Crap They Heard from CPA Candidates Over the Past Year

It's one theory! This time of year certainly lends itself to organizations allowing their employees to have a Friday afternoon off so that they may drink heavily and gripe about the year that was:  NASBA offices will be closing today at 11:30 am CST. We will reopen Monday, December 17 at 8 am CST — […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

Yes, it's a little ambitious for us to be posting on a Saturday in December, but we're here for those of you that have suffered long and hard for some BEC closure. Plus, NASBA doesn't rest on the Sabbath: #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA for the Oct/Nov 2012 testing window: 6195 AUD, 4620 […]

IFRS Will Never Be Adopted in the U.S. If These Two Pointy-Headed Pauls Have Anything to Say About It

I know. What the hell? Isn't IFRS a predetermined given like Avengers 2 and Kardashian divorces? IFRS is tested on the CPA exam. The SEC already accepts IFRS in certain circumstances. For years we've heard about the Norwalk Agreement, the SEC roadmap, and FASB convergence or adoption or endorsement (or as it's more commonly known […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the October/November Testing Window

For those of you whose lives have been revolving around the chase of the most coveted credential for accountants, it's unfortunate that you had really nothing to share with family and friends over the holiday weekend in the way of interesting life events. NASBA waited until today to drop scores, so presumably you had very […]

Apparently NASBA Is Not Going To Torture Some CPA Exam Candidates Through the Holiday Weekend

Although it hasn't been officially announced on NASBA's Twitter account yet (are they off for the day or what?), we've gotten word CPA exam scores are slowly but surely rolling out ahead of the holiday. From the tip box: Scores for days 21 – 45 of the Q4 window (scheduled for Nov. 26th) were just […]

Hurricane Sandy-adjusted CPA Exam Score Release Timeline not as Devastating as…Ya Know

Anyone that was hopping mad about the delayed release of their CPA exam score due to Frankenstorm Sandy can untwist their undies; you'll only be tortured for an extra week: Barring further complications, scores for test results that were received day 1 – 20 by the AICPA will be released by NASBA to state boards of accountancy […]

An Extended Testing Window and Other Hurricane FAQ For CPA Exam Candidates

Public service announcement for CPA exam candidates impacted by Hurricane Sandy from NASBA: Q: Will the testing window be extended? A: For those candidates affected by the storm, the testing window will be extended to December 8. Q: Is my testing center open? A: Prometric has a list of closed test centers available on their […]

Five CPA Exam Studying Tips for Complete Morons

In a recent blog post, NASBA's Ryan Hirsch offers five tips to know before taking the CPA exam that might seem a bit obvious so instead of regurgitating them here, let's give them a good old fashioned Going Concern spin. 1. Utilize a CPA exam Review CourseDUH. We don't have official figures on this but Becker […]

The Third Batch of CPA Exam Scores Has Been Released for the July/August Testing Window

You've waited and waited and waited and now that the moment of truth is finally here.  #AICPA released the following scores to #NASBA from the Jul/Aug 2012 testing window: 6905 AUD, 5201 BEC, 6989 FAR, and 7030 REG. #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) September 11, 2012 Learning your CPA exam score can evoke strong feelings that […]

Let’s All Freak Out at Once About the Possibility of CPA Exam Scores Being Released One Day Late

Today's CPA exam freak out comes courtesy the tip box. Just a reminder to those wanting to freak out via said tip box, please include an email address so we can write you back for more details – in this case, those "more details" would have been the actual email from NASBA. Derp: The NASBA […]

NASBA Has Extended This Testing Window For Hurricane-Affected CPA Exam Candidates

For the procrastinators out there wondering if they'll be able to squeeze in just one more day of studying, rejoice, it appears as though NASBA has extended this testing window through September 8th for some test-takers. Good lookin' out, Mother Nature! Nine Louisiana and Mississippi Prometric locations are closed today. I'm hearing some candidates are […]

The Second Batch of CPA Exam Scores for the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

You've worked hard all summer, given up exotic vacations, BBQs, boozing on patios and everything else awesome about summer just for this moment. Will the sweet taste of victory pass your lips or will you be sent crawling back to your Peter Olinto lectures with your head hanging low? The AICPA released the following scores […]

The First CPA Exam Scores From the July/August Testing Window Have Been Released

The AICPA has met their first target release date as announced by NASBA earlier this morning: 6087 AUD, 3561 BEC, 5965 FAR and 5292 REG scores released by #AICPA to #NASBA from Jul/Aug 2012 testing window. Good luck! #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) August 6, 2012 So these results could mean that your day/week/month/career has been […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Release Timeline For Q3 and Q4 2012

If 2012 is the first year you've had the pleasure of taking the CPA exam, you probably have no idea just how torturous waiting for your scores used to be. You'd either refresh on your state board's website incessantly for several weeks or stalk the CPA exam forums hoping some almost-accurate psychic would know the […]

NASBA Adds Foreign Transcript Evaluation To Its Offerings

In the last few years, NASBA has worked hard to add all kinds of products to its existing stable of services: the Accountancy Licensing Library, CPAVerify, an improved application tool. You get the point. Up until now, if you were a foreign CPA exam candidate, your only option for transcript evaluation was a third-party foreign […]

If Someone In Your Family Dies, Can You Get a CPA Exam Extension?

Yes, I know you should be studying for the CPA exam and not reading Going Concern but if you're taking a quick Internet break and need some advice, knowledge and/or distractions, hit me up and I will do my best not to ruin your entire career with questionable advice. No promises, kiddo. Hi Adrienne,   […]

Can an Ambitious Future Massachusetts CPA Sit in New Hampshire To Get It Over With?

If you have a CPA exam specific question for me or just don't want to deal with Colin's attitude, get in touch and I'll do what I can. Hi Adrienne, I have a question regarding transferring scores that I was hoping you could answer. I'm in an MSA program with an offer from one 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 […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Open Thread for the April/May Testing Window

For those of you that studied for the CPA exam through busy season, today may be the day where you discover that all those extra long hours you put in – working for 10 hours, studying for 2 hours, working for 2 more hours, studying for 2 more hours – were all for naught.     […]

Here’s How You All Did on the CPA Exam in the First Quarter of 2012

NASBA has released the Q1 CPA exam data for 2012 and I have to say… uh… well… it's not as bad as last year around this time, I guess. Of 40,709 candidates who sat in Q1, 45.5% of the exams taken were passed. 2012 Q1 Candidate Performance Read all about it from NASBA (PDF).

NASBA Tool Easily Allows You To Verify If Your Colleague Is a Liar

Up until now, the easiest way to verify a CPA license was to check with the individual state boards for license information. That's great if you know the state in which the CPA in question might be licensed but what if you need to do a broad, nationwide search? Enter CPAverify, NASBA's central repository of […]

The CPA Exam Stats You’ve Been Waiting For: The Best-Performing Accounting Programs of 2011

Because the 2011 NASBA Candidate Performance book is a significant improvement over previous versions, we've got some new data to share and it's pretty exciting. Now, the following stats cover first-time exams across all programs (we'll explain program size in a moment). SHOCK, Wake Forest is #1 yet again. The actual shocking part here is […]

Here’s Your (Second) CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the January/February Testing Window

Hot off the NASBA wire:  5,522 AUD, 3,468 BEC, 5,084 FAR and 5,637 REG scores were released by #AICPA to #NASBA from Jan/Feb 2012 testing window #cpaexam — NASBA (@NASBA) March 8, 2012 So whether you're doing a happy dance on the desk in your cubicle or trying to punching a bathroom stall door (acceptable […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the January/February Testing Window

The AICPA and NASBA managed to hit their score release date under the new timeline without breaking at sweat. [via @NASBA]  

Here Are the CPA Exam Score Release Timelines for the First Two Testing Windows

Brought to you by NASBA: Now you can really hold their feet to the fire when things go horribly, horribly wrong. 

How Does NASBA Count Bizarro College Situations In Its Candidate Performance Book?

Three weeks ago, an "old guy who wants to keep busy" commented on a post I'd done about California CPA exam stats asking how his very particular case might be classified for purposes of inclusion in the NASBA Candidate Performance book: Graduated from State U in midwest in mid 1970s in Econ. Took lots of […]

Anyone Out There Awaiting Their IQEX Score?

For all those interested, NASBA is scheduled to release International Qualification Examination results today. What the hell is that, you say? Glad you asked! From NASBA: IQEX is used to examine the professional competence, from a United States perspective, of accountants from foreign bodies, determined by the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board to have education, examination […]

You Have a 1 in 5 Chance of Passing All 4 CPA Exam Parts on the First Try

I've been talking to NASBA, you know. Mostly because I need some clarification on 2010 CPA exam data before I share it with you, my little CPAs, but also because I want to know how many of you passed all four parts of the CPA exam the first time through. This comes from James Suh, […]

Here Are the Colleges with the Best CPA Exam Performance

Did I mention I'm enjoying this? These 2010 CPA exam stats have to do with first-time testing events taken by candidates without advanced degrees. The cool part is this is all broken down by section; the not that cool part is the same few schools absolutely killed it on every part. Wake Forest ranked first […]

Here Are a Bunch of Opportunities for Accounting Students to Get Free Money

Alright so it isn't hundreds of thousands of dollars but if you're trying to scrape together a few bucks for school, try this super handy list via This Way to CPA. Just some examples of the scholarships listed: Accounting students in Pennsylvania can snag up to $15,000 from the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs; New Jersey […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the October/November Testing Window

All that hard work has either really paid off or was the biggest waste of time in your life.


How Do Big 4 Exiles Get Their CPE?

File this one under first world problems.

Hello,

I’m starting to think about post-Big 4 opportunities and I am wondering how people maintain their CPE credits after leaving the Big 4. Since we need to take 80 hours of CPE credits every 2 years to maintain a CPA, do most employers offer trainings that give CPE credits? If not, will they give you time off and pay for the classes? I’d be very interested in hearing from you, and from the Going Concern community.


Well considering so many of the country’s employable CPAs somehow manage to meet their board of accountancy’s CPE requirements year after year, there’s got to be a trick to stay current that doesn’t involve firms forking out the cash for “experts” to school their staff on all things billable to the CPE time code. Are you telling me you have somehow escaped the wrath of NASBA and don’t get emailed weekly with new CPE offers? Congratulations.

I spoke to one of my favorite HR people at a reasonably-sized but definitely not Big 4 firm to find out what their CPE policy is and found out that most firms above 50 people pay for CPE in one way or another. According to a national survey conducted by the AICPA and the Texas Society of CPAs, 42 percent of the smallest firms paid for CPE in 2010. So unless you end up working out of some ancient CPA’s basement, you will probably not be expected to pay your own way.

Obviously, smaller firms will not be able to provide in-house CPE but you can likely get your online CPE comped, or get reimbursed for any travel associated with in-person CPE you attend. But seriously?! In-person CPE? Get with the times, man.

If you do end up needing to pay your own way (again, totally unlikely as long as you stay gainfully employed by a real accounting firm, even a tiny one), your state society of CPAs can probably provide information on their CPE offerings, or there is always NASBA (as anyone on their email list will tell you) or the AICPA.

Remember too that if you are attending conferences like AICPA Council, you get CPE for doing so, so maybe those dumb meetings aren’t so pointless after all.

Student Needs Help Dancing Around State CPA Requirements

If you have a CPA exam related question that you’re dying to have answered, please get in touch. Note: bribes will not make me answer your question any sooner.

Hey Adrienne, I was reading an article on GC about sitting for the exam in another state (with less requirements) then transferring it to the state you want to work in. I was wondering if there was a site for this information. If it matters I will be transferring it to Georgia or Texas. My adviser told me they usually do it through Tennessee in the spring of the MACC program so that once you are done with the 150 hours you should already have your CPA.. Just wondering y’alls thoughts. Thanks!


Is there one site that has this information? Oh dear, you’re obviously new to this whole CPA exam nonsense. While the Internet has done a great job of aggregating publicly-available information in the last few years to make searching for answers a tad easier for candidates, it’s still sort of a crapshoot. If you’re good with Google, you might be able to find a few references but other than that, I can’t think of one place that explains this particular trick.

That said, NASBA’s Accountancy Licensing Library can probably help. Plug in your educational experience and you can figure out which states you can sit in.

Because the CPA exam is uniform meaning every state’s candidates take the exact same CPA exam as other states, you’re able to sit for any other state’s exam in your state. You can use this to your advantage if you’re in a 150 state but want to finish the exam while you are still working on your degree by taking the exam in a 120 state that allows non-residents to sit for the exam and then transferring your scores once you meet your state’s requirements.

The best source to go to for more information on this option would be your own state board. Hopefully they are somewhat helpful and can give you a little guidance. You could also try calling NASBA but I doubt they’re very supportive of folks trying to bypass the system.

Keep in mind that your plan sounds like you will be transferring scores, not the actual license. Since most states have experience requirements and many require that experience to be gained under the supervision of a CPA licensed it that state, it is unlikely that you will actually be licensed as a CPA in the state in which you apply for the CPA exam. But you can transfer passing CPA exam scores, usually with just a simple form.

If you’re prepared for the work involved with sitting for the CPA exam while finishing up your degree, I say go for it. Surely there are some Going Concern readers out there who have done exactly this?

Raise Your Hand If You’re Still Waiting for Your CPA Exam Score

From what we hear, everyone in California should have their arms in the air.


Texas, however, has finally ended the suspense:

Everyone in North Carolina, on the other hand, is still waiting on the USPS (still in business!):

While you wait, we’ll knock the dust off an old video to cheer you up:

NASBA To Launch “All New” CPA Exam Tool

Remember the guy who told NASBA its website looked like it had been hacked by the 1990s, given its design a rating of “Corey Feldman with a crayon” on a scale of Caveman to Picasso? Ouch.

Obviously NASBA listened to this and other criticism, as they’ve since updated their website from the drab, Geocities-esque throwback to a slightly slicker, more modern design. Hats off to them for that bold decision.

And now, they’ve promised to make CPA exam candidates’ experience with the NASBA website more streamlined, easy to follow and organized. CPA exam candidates already got this email from NASBA last week but if you are not a current candidate or in the habit of ignoring NASBA emails because you aren’t interested in exclusive CPE deals, read on:

NASBA is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the new Uniform CPA Examination Online Application System. Through this new system, at cpacentral.nasba.org, candidates will not only be able to apply online to take the CPA Examination, but also access application information including status and payment history, import prior application data and even view examination scores.

Upon first visit to the site, users will create an online account with a unique username and password. This includes anyone who has previously applied for the exam via the old online application process or through the mail. Creating an online account will give users more freedom to access exam information, thereby improving the experience throughout the process of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Don’t try to click on the link, it isn’t ready yet, but will be available Wednesday according to NASBA. The new system is only available to candidates in any of the 32 jurisdictions served by NASBA, so California candidates can go back to lounging at the dispensary and relaxing by the beach.

So… uhh… how exactly is this any different from clicking on the “EXAMS” tab and following the prompts to access the information or applications you need? We aren’t really sure. Presumably, the difference will be that you will have one central account to log into, versus menus to navigate on the current page. But most of you (even those of you that aren’t considered the brightest crayons in the box) can figure out how to get what you need from NASBA’s website as is, especially after a few exam sections.

We’ll go check it out when it goes live later this week but probably won’t have anything new to report unless it’s a really slow news day.

NASBA Website Is Down UPDATE – They’re Back! (Sort of)

Now you’ve done it. Hot off the Twitter.

If you still haven’t seen your score and you’re interested in sharing some anxious thoughts or frustrations, you may do so now.

UPDATE:
We did see the homepage briefly but now it’s loading awfully slow. Please bear with them.

Here’s Your CPA Exam Scores Open Thread for the July/August Testing Window

BEC scores have been released so it won’t be long until you’re doing a happy dance or sobbing in a bathroom stall.


Either way, it’s your God-given right to react with euphoria or complete rage. Since most places of employment aren’t too keen on streaking through the cube farms or kicking over chairs, we invite you to let loose in the comments. We’ll update this post as the scores are released.

UPDATE: If you took the exam at an international location, NASBA just tweeted out a friendly reminder that you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

UPDATE 2: Yesterday afternoon while I was out playing, NASBA announced they got a boatload of AUD scores. Hopefully this doesn’t ruin your weekend.

UPDATE 3: More BEC scores were released yesterday. At 5 pm on a Friday, no less.