It would have been easy to let this news get drowned out by wave after wave of layoffs and other assorted COVID-19 news, but I figure y’all need all the good news you can get these days so let’s get right to it.
NASBA announced this week that qualified CPA exam candidates will now be allowed to sit for the CPA exam at eight Prometric testing centers (assuming, of course, that those testing centers are open) in India. This brings available U.S. CPA exam international testing locations to 11:
In their announcement, NASBA writes that the decision was driven at least in part by concerns for candidates’ health and safety:
During this extraordinarily challenging time, we know you have many concerns — the health of your families and friends, your coworkers and your communities. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in ways we could not have imagined. Nearly overnight, the world has changed.
Amidst this disruption, we want to help alleviate one concern you may have — taking your U.S. CPA Examination. We know you have dedicated an incredible amount of time preparing for this next step in your professional development. We also recognize that current travel restrictions, test center closures and other factors make it difficult or impossible for you to take the U.S. CPA Examination as planned. So, to support you on your pathway to CPA licensure, and to maintain your health and safety, we will now administer the Exam in India at eight Prometric test centers (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum). We hope the convenience of taking the Exam in your country eases some of your burden while you think about your family, friends and colleagues.
International candidates must meet the same requirements to sit as their domestic counterparts including residency as determined by individual boards of accountancy. For more information on testing for international candidates, head over to NASBA’s site.
Testing in India is available to eligible candidates who are citizens or long-term residents of the following countries:
- Sri Lanka
As of now, candidates can schedule any available dates in June and September 2020. It’s unknown if more dates will open up in the future.