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Things Are (Sort Of) Getting Back to Normal at Prometric Soon

As we trudge ever onward toward month 18 of two weeks to stop the spread, it’s time to start thinking about a return to normal at everyone’s favorite place in which to either crush those goals or be crushed by your own unreasonable expectations: Prometric. The company recently announced a softening of policies enacted early […]

The CPA Exam of the Future Includes the Flexibility to Adapt to … the Future?

In a move wholly uncharacteristic of the accounting profession, the benevolent overlords of the CPA exam are thinking ahead. WAY ahead. So far ahead we can’t even imagine what the world might look like by then. Here’s hoping you still have a job and Alexa has figured out how to turn my dining room Christmas […]

The Accounting Profession Is Running Low on CPAs, But There’s an Obvious (and Completely Ignored) Fix For That

Soooo not sure if you heard but there’s a pipeline problem. This website has been around since 2009 and I’ve been loitering out here on the periphery of the accounting profession like a stalker in the bushes since I started in CPA review way back in 2007, so suffice to say we’ve seen some shit […]

Is It Time For Prometric to Ditch the Mask Mandate?

On May 16, 2021 the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals could enthusiastically rip the masks from their faces and go forth out into the world maskless like they did prior to all this mess. Social distancing? Gone. Hiding in your apartment? Forget it. From the CDC website: If you are fully vaccinated, you can […]

PSA: You’ve Still Got to Wear a Mask at Prometric

At this same time last year, we were all wondering if the world as we knew it pre-March 2020 would ever return or if we’d be stuck in dystopian purgatory forever. Thankfully we — we as in those of us in the United States — made it through and might even have a normal summer, […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Sixth CPA Exam Score Release of 2021

Hey hey, it’s May. Just in case you forgot or are still stuck in an endless, nightmarish loop in which passing days are both rushing by and dragging on forever at the same time. What’s up with that, anyway? It feels like every time I look up, another month has passed me by. Is it […]

Which Big 4 Firm Had the Most 2020 Elijah Watt Sells Winners?

On May 5 the AICPA announced that of the 75,000 brave souls who sat for the CPA exam in 2020, 89 of those managed not only to pass each part on their first try but also scored a cumulative score of at least 95.50 which is necessary to qualify for the esteemed Elijah Watt Sells […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fifth CPA Exam Score Release of 2021

We’re seven and a half months away from Christmas but that didn’t stop the benevolent overlords of the CPA exam from gifting candidates with an early score release this week. Scores were due today according to the AICPA score release schedule. #CPAExam candidates! Waiting for your score(s)? They will be released tonight at 7 p.m. […]

The First Batch of 2021 CPA Exam Pass Rates Are Out and They’re … Not Bad

In 2020, CPA exam candidates somehow managed to outperform 2019 with pass rates slightly higher than the prior year across the board. This feat was made that much more impressive by the fact that for at least a small part of the year they couldn’t even test thanks to the raging coof but thankfully that […]

You Might Want to Read This If You Plan to Take the CPA Exam This Summer

Here we are in the Second Summer of COVID and while vaccination numbers are encouraging, obviously there are still some hiccups to work out as we make the slow but steady slog back to whatever version of “normal” exists now. It’s encouraging, but as with anything we should temper our expectations and do our best […]

FYI CPA Exam Candidates: NASBA Systems Will Be Down (Briefly) This Weekend So Plan Accordingly

Active CPA exam candidates should have gotten an email about this upcoming planned outage however if your inbox looks anything like mine, it’s entirely possible that said email was lost among the Hello Fresh spam and discount codes from brands you bought from once that try and act like they genuinely miss you. So consider […]

Mark Your Calendars: ‘Navigating the CPA Exam’ Webcast on April 20

Consider this your unofficial invitation to “Navigating the CPA Exam,” a joint webcast from NASBA and the AICPA that will help guide CPA exam candidates through the perilous journey on the way to CPA licensure. Are you a candidate currently pursuing the U.S. CPA license? Join NASBA/AICPA for a webcast on April 20, 1 – […]

AICPA Report: Accounting Education Is Lagging Woefully Behind Necessary Real-World Skills

Not sure if y’all heard but we live in the future now. Not the cool Ray Bradbury one with casual weekend trips to exotic Mars destinations and robots to do all the tedious things we’d rather not, but the future no less. And here in this dystopian nightmare glorious future, technical aptitude is in high […]

NASBA Celebrated St. Paddy’s With Another Batch of On-Time CPA Exam Scores

Apparently yesterday was St Patrick’s Day. I don’t know about everyone else but I didn’t even realize it, maybe because we’re all still in a quasi holding pattern of lockdown depending on where we are and getting shitfaced with strangers in kelly green T-shirts wasn’t on the menu. Or it could be that I no […]

What I Learned From Failing the FAR Exam Twice

Before working in my current position as a senior tax associate, I was helping people to make the world a better place in a different way, as a manager for a Montessori preschool. I valued my relationship with the staff and children, but my interest was continuously drawn more into the business side of the […]

The Latest CPA Exam Scores Are Out, But Not Without a Brief Hiccup First

According to the AICPA time table, the second batch of CPA exam scores for the first half of 2021 were due on February 23, which means that candidates were anticipating them starting some time last week. Even with the entire world in turmoil, the benevolent overlords of CPA exam administration have done a spectacular job […]

YSK: NASBA Is Still Exploring the Possibility of Remote CPA Exam Testing

Back in September we talked about the NASBA Summer 2020 State Board Report, in which the benevolent overlords who torture you for fun who oversee the CPA exam discussed the possibility of remote testing. I know it was a loooooong time ago (let’s be real, yesterday is a long time ago when on Corona time) […]

The Not-So-Secret Way to Get an Elijah Watt Sells Award

Since 1923, the Elijah Watt Sells Award has recognized the extraordinary achievements of the top-performing CPA exam candidates each year, a rare and hard-earned reward for above-average scores. The few, the proud, the … wait, wrong slogan. Have you ever wondered just who Elijah Watt Sells even was? Most people probably assume he was some […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the First CPA Exam Score Release of 2021

So it’s February already even though it feels like just yesterday we were all duking it out over the last roll of toilet paper at Target. Time goes on, as it must, perhaps moreso in these strange times we’re lucky enough to be alive to see. Today has the distinction of being the first CPA […]

Just Abolish the CPA Exam, Says Guy

For at least a year now, we’ve been getting emails from some guy who really, really doesn’t like the CPA exam. And for at least a year now, we’ve pretty much ignored them because, well, abolishing the CPA exam is up there with curing cancer and people learning how to use turn signals, as in […]

Don’t Freak Out But NASBA Systems Will Be Down All Weekend

ATTENTION people taking the CPA exam this weekend: you will not be able to print your NTS the day of your exam, you will not be able to check it with your knees delicately pressed against your steering wheel while racing to Prometric, and you definitely won’t be able to track down the last cybercafe […]

2020 Was Terrible, These 2020 CPA Exam Pass Rates Not So Much

The other week, my state had the highest Rona numbers we’ve seen since this whole thing started nearly a year ago. Of course, everyone is burned out on staying home and hiding so I doubt we’ve seen the worst of it. While the pandemic still rages on, we also have to balance all that “normal” […]

With Today’s CPA Exam Score Release, 2020 Is Officially In the Bag

Rejoice, procrastinators, your remaining 2020 CPA exam scores have been released to the wild today, meaning everyone who took the exam up to December 31 should have them in hand. Unless you’re in California but that’s a whole other topic for another day. On January 12, 2021, NASBA received and processed the following scores from […]

Apparently NASBA Offices Narrowly Avoided the Nashville Bombing

In a letter to stakeholders, NASBA President and CEO Ken Bishop updated us on the situation in Nashville, NASBA’s ongoing work-from-home policy, and how their city is coping with the Rona. They’re fortunate that everyone is safe despite the frightening proximity of the Christmas morning car bomb that injured eight and damaged at least 41 […]

Hey CPA Exam Candidates, Your Last Score Release of 2020 Is Here

You know how every time you go to look up a simple recipe, let’s say sugar cookies, and you find a website that looks good only to open it up and get hit with half a dozen auto-play ads and 15 paragraphs about how the author’s great-grandma smuggled this recipe out of Poland during the […]

There’s Just One CPA Exam Score Release Left For This Dumpster Fire of a Year

Although I tried my darnedest during the last CPA exam score release to unleash a curse on AICPA servers because candidates are overdue for some unforeseen disaster given how smooth things have gone lately, it appears the collective powers of the CPA exam overlords are more powerful than any jinx. That’s right, scores have been […]

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Release Schedule For the First Half of 2021

For those who get a special thrill out of meticulously planning your future, you’ll be stoked to hear the CPA exam score release schedule for 2021 is out — for the first half of the year, anyway. Considering the current state of the world, it’s nice to have something solid you can kinda sorta rely […]

There Are Just Two CPA Exam Score Releases Remaining For 2020

The end of the year is so close you can almost feel it, eh? Well, if it’s 75-some degrees where you are like it is by me maybe you’re having a hard time imagining it, in which case just check out how many CPA exam score releases are left in 2020. You’ll quickly realize the […]

The CPA Exam Overlords Are Extending Continuous Testing to Candidates In India

It’s been a strange year indeed. As such, NASBA has spent most of 2020 deftly navigating a totally unexpected pandemic while at the same time knowing that even if this year had been smooth sailing, a constriction in the pipeline of future CPAs has made their work more important than ever. It may feel like […]

Headline of the Day: ‘The CPA Exam Should Adopt Remote Testing’

I’m sorry to tell you that’s not an article on the NASBA blog, but rather an opinion piece in The CPA Journal by John “Jack” Castonguay, PhD, CPA. In it, he argues that remote testing benefits candidates as they will have certainty around scheduling their dates, and the profession overall as it ensures a steady […]

Pretty Soon, You Can Take the CPA Exam In Egypt and Jordan

It was way back in August of 2011 when the CPA exam first went international with 1,165 candidates sitting for 2,065 exam sections in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Just a year earlier, more than 10,000 international candidates traveled to the United States to sit for the CPA exam, a 22% […]

Rejoice, CPA Exam Candidates, Your Fourth Score Release For the Second Half of 2020 Is Here

Chugging right along for what will no doubt be considered the worst recorded year in human history, there’s at least a small bit of good news to be gleaned from the dumpster fire that is 2020: CPA exam scores continue to be released on time. #CPAExam candidates! Waiting for your score(s)? They will be released […]

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Psst, You Don’t Have to Take the CPA Exam This Year If You Don’t Want To

For more than 11 years I have spent the last three or four months of every year urging CPA exam candidates to schedule their exams lest they miss out on desired dates. Now that I think about it, it’s actually been closer to 13 years, as I started in CPA review way back in 2007. […]

YSK: NASBA Has a Landing Page to Check If Your State Has Granted a Rona Credit Extension

Interesting little thing NASBA tweeted out today that we thought would be worthwhile to share with you all, a master list of jurisdictions that have granted credit extensions. You’ll note it’s pretty much everybody and you don’t have to do anything in order to get one. As you can see from the chart, most states […]

CPA Exam Scores Are Coming Early But There’s a Catch

Good news, y’all. Although the next CPA exam score release was supposed to be September 16 (that’s this Wednesday for those of you who have lost all sense of time these days), NASBA announced today that scores will be released tonight, September 14 at 9 p.m. Central. #CPAExam candidates: The scores for the scheduled September […]

YSK: NASBA Is Considering Letting You Take the CPA Exam at Home If This Rona Thing Gets Bad Again

When the world went to shit way back in March, it seemed like it happened almost immediately. I don’t know about you guys but I remember going to the bar with my boyfriend in February thinking “no biggie, we’ll be back here in a couple weeks” and next thing I knew, three months had gone […]

Let’s Enjoy These CPA Exam Pass Rates From Before the Entire World Went Down the Can

I realized the other day we hadn’t posted about pass rates in a while, and upon looking it up I found my hunch was correct, as the last time they were mentioned was January when we touched on 2019 CPA exam pass rates. Y’all remember January? Oh if only we knew then what was coming […]

Your Second CPA Exam Score Release For August Is Here … Sorta

According to the AICPA’s handy-dandy CPA exam score release schedule, CPA exam candidates are due a score release on August 25. Lately, scores have not only been on time but early; however, we have yet to see anything from NASBA about a Monday night score release so don’t hold your breath on that one. They […]

Continuous Testing Is Here. Here’s Everything You Need to Know You Didn’t Think to Ask

As of July 1, continuous testing is the new way CPA exam candidates plan and sit for the exam. If you’ve been a bit confused about what continuous testing means for your CPA exam journey, it’s understandable. The plan was announced in 2019 and was very quickly pushed toward adoption, with the final steps toward […]

Friendly Reminder: You Can Take the CPA Exam in Any Jurisdiction, Not Just Your Own

Just a week ago, Prometric announced that 90% of its global testing centers were open and ready to welcome candidates of all kinds. The news comes just a few short months after they closed down every location in the U.S. and Canada and delayed reopening several times due to changing conditions surrounding everyone’s favorite global […]

Tonight Marks the Very First CPA Exam Score Release Since the Launch of Continuous Testing

According to the AICPA’s CPA exam score release timeline, candidates who sat for the exam on or before July 23 were due to receive their scores tomorrow, August 7; however, according to a very recent tweet from NASBA, scores are here just a little early. #CPAExam candidates! Waiting for your score(s)? They will be released […]

Looks Like There Will Be a Very Different CPA Exam by 2024

The Journal of Accountancy reported this week that the NASBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the proposed CPA Evolution, which would mean a slightly different exam with a stronger focus on technical skills, though core content is expected to remain the same. The AICPA Governing Council endorsed the model in May. We first […]

Apparently Becoming a CPA In Canada Can Literally Kill You

It’s nothing rare for accounting students and aspiring CPAs alike to say “these exams are killing me,” but I’ve got to say this is the first time I’ve seen a legal document stating in no uncertain terms that the exam can in fact kill you. What a wild timeline we live in. Let’s check in […]

FYI: Effective August 1, Prometric Will Start Charging to Reschedule Your CPA Exam Date (Again)

Prometric announced recently it is bringing back the rescheduling fee, which was waived earlier in the year due to that little coronavirus thing. The change is effective as of August 1, 2020. They explained the reasoning for the change in an email to candidates: In response to the large-scale closure of the Prometric test center […]

California Board of Accountancy Has Caught Everyone Up on the Whole Application Delay Situation

Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard and read complaints from CPA exam candidates that the benevolent overlords of CPA licensure have failed to properly communicate ever-changing procedures, plans, and timelines. Now, although candidates’ position on the matter is understandable, what with the CPA exam being one of the hardest things they’ll […]

Here’s a Nightmare Scenario to Add to Your CPA Exam Anxiety File

Thinking back to posts about missing CPA exam scores we’ve written over the years on this website, I knew there was at least one in the recent past. By “recent past” I thought maybe 2018 or something but nah, try January of this year. I shouldn’t have to explain why six months ago feels like […]

Here’s How Your CPA Exam Score Releases Will Look Once Continuous Testing Launches July 1

Not only is it June, it’s almost summer. I’d ask where the first half of the year went but I already know, it circled down the drain in true 2020 fashion. Whatever happened the first two quarters may not be entirely behind us now but what we do know is that, Rona be damned, TPTB […]

Psst, the AICPA Is Giving Away Money For You to Take the CPA Exam

Before you get too excited over that headline, note this is a scholarship and not an announcement that the AIPCA has hired Jerome Powell to make their own personal money machine go brrr for CPA exam candidates. Alright, with that out of the way, the AICPA announced today that it is launching a new CPA […]

Friendly Reminder: Expect Continued Difficulties Scheduling CPA Exams

At this point, we all know CPAs were determined to be “essential” and therefore allowed to resume CPA exam testing when Prometric re-opened on a limited basis May 1. And we all know that some testing centers are open only for specific med-based testing, meaning future healthcare workers are given priority over other “essential” testing. […]

State Boards of Accountancy Are Slowly But Surely Starting to Grant 18-Month CPA Exam Extensions

The current situation with CPA exam testing is difficult, you don’t need me to tell you that. In the 13 years I’ve been working in this industry I’ve never seen anything like it, and it goes without saying that it’s a fluid situation. That said, it’s excellent to see CPAs recognized as “essential” in the […]

Here’s Where You Can Check If Your CPA Exam Testing Center Is Open

Though Prometric re-opened for a handful of “essential” tests on May 1, testing centers across the country remain closed due to local restrictions on movement and other factors. It is expected that more test centers will be up and running by May 31, contingent again on local conditions and subject to Prometric’s discretion. Not sure […]

NASBA Is Actively Working With State Boards to Extend 18-Month Windows So Please Chill

This afternoon I sat in on a Becker webcast with peeps from NASBA, the AICPA Examinations Team, and Prometric so I can bring you the following information to report back. It’s important for those of you freaking out I hope. I’ve seen a lot of CPA exam candidates blowing NASBA up on Twitter demanding they […]

Apparently No One Knows What the F*ck Is Going On at Prometric

Most if not all current CPA exam candidates know this but for the rest of you playing along at home, allow me to catch you up on the situation. So, when the Rona panic first started in March, Prometric shuttered every location across this great nation of ours (along with others, but cuz ‘Murica, we’re […]

[UPDATED] Prometric Extends Site Closures For a Third Time, But There’s a Bright Side For Future CPAs

Ed. note: Updated with 4/23/2020 NASBA statement below So I have a little news on Prometric closures to share with you all, thanks to a tipster who obsessively refreshes the Prometric COVID-19 page each morning in hopes of an update. As we reported on April 15, Prometric announced just days before their planned April 16 […]

Here Are Your Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners For 2019 (And the Big 4 Firm With the Most of Them)

Celebratory news is in short supply these days, so maybe these 135 people can feel extra proud that their already-impressive accomplishment comes at a time when people are desperate for anything remotely resembling good news. As we have done as far back as I can remember — so far back, in fact, it started back […]

ICYMI: Prometric Has Extended Site Closures Until May 1 Due to Coronavirus

Tomorrow was due to be the glorious day Prometric centers across the United States threw open their doors, sprayed off their keyboards, and welcomed eager future licensees back into their loving embrace (figuratively, of course) after COVID-19 forced them closed back in March. As pretty much everyone knew would happen, that date has been extended. […]

Why Now Is the Time to Study For the CPA Exam and Why FAR Should Be First

Not sure if you’ve heard but the world is a little topsy-turvy these days. Many accountants who just a month ago were thinking about how to survive busy season are now adjusting to a new normal in which work is done from the comfort of home and in-person meetings are replaced by video conferencing. As […]

ICYMI: Eligible Candidates Can Now Sit For the CPA Exam In India

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 […]

And Now For Some Good News: Continuous CPA Exam Testing Is a GO As Planned, Says NASBA

While coronavirus is out here ruining everything from grocery store aisles to high school graduations we got some good news from NASBA this afternoon that I can’t wait to share with you. It’s the little things, ya know? We first learned of the plan to launch continuous testing in May of last year, at which […]

Second Quarter CPA Exam Testing Window Extended Due to Coronavirus-Related Test Center Closures

The Journal of Accountancy is reporting today that NASBA, the AICPA, and Prometric have made a joint decision to extend the second quarter CPA exam testing window due to COVID-19 Prometric closures. As it stands, Prometric testing centers in the United States are closed through April 16, though NASBA has said that period could be […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fourth CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2020

Hello and happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you are safely enjoying your home office or, as is usually my case, a comfy corner of your couch. Scores are out: On March 19, 2020, NASBA received and processed the following scores from the AICPA. pic.twitter.com/cpb4NM1Q1H — NASBA (@NASBA) March 19, 2020 Today’s score release means the […]

FYI, CPA Exam Candidates, COVID-19 Just Killed Prometric

Whelp it’s official, no one is going to be taking the CPA exam anytime soon. Prometric announced yesterday they are taking steps to close all testing centers in the United States and Canada for 30 days. Let’s check out the details: Within the past 24 hours, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2020

Is is already March? Why am I getting the sneaking suspicion 2020 is going to be one of those years that rushes by and next thing you know, you’re 40 and sipping an IPA in the same dingy bar you’ve been going to for years wondering where your life went. Oops, don’t mind me, just […]

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About How Coronavirus Might Affect CPA Exam Testing

Earlier today Bramwell and I were shooting the shit in Slack and both of us wondered why they haven’t just postponed CPA exam testing altogether until this whole coronavirus thing blows over. I mean, I don’t even want to think about the cooties that live at Prometric during normal times, much less during a global […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2020

You know, my colleagues and I had a discussion last year right around the time continuous testing was announced whether or not we should keep posting these open threads. I mean … surely everyone is on Twitter, aren’t they? That or obsessively refreshing their score. I mean look, there’s someone on Reddit who likely won’t […]

Rumor of the Day: PwC No Longer Pays Out a $20K Elijah Watt Sells Award Bonus

I mean, it’s on Reddit so it must be true. Let’s take a look. Seen talk of this within the last half year and thought I should make a thread to let people know. You can still get a CPA pass bonus of 6k (or 5k, apparently it depends on line of service), but they […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q1 2020

Is it just me or does this seem kinda late to be the first CPA exam score release of 2020? Whatever, it’s on time so there’s that. On February 4, 2020, NASBA received and processed the following scores from the AICPA. pic.twitter.com/KMPQWdl8yg — NASBA (@NASBA) February 4, 2020 The NASBA graphic says 19Q4 but surely […]

Here’s How Candidates Performed on the CPA Exam In 2019

So I’ve been over here waiting patiently for the AICPA to update their website to reflect the final pass rates of 2019 but as yet, I’m still waiting. Gleim CPA Review claims pass rates have been released despite not appearing on the AICPA site, so we’ll go ahead and supplement this chart with what they […]

There’s an APB Out On This Guy’s Missing CPA Exam Score

Imagine the worst possible thing that could happen to a CPA exam candidate. Getting snowed out on the last day of testing in the fourth quarter when you have three passing exams expiring in January? Forgetting your ID at home when you live two hours from the nearest Prometric test center? How about waking up […]

Mark Your Calendars, Here Are Your 2020 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

Everyone hyped for a brand new decade? Well you BETTER BE, because now we know when to expect CPA exam scores in the first half of 2020. Testing Window: January 1 – March 10 (20Q1) If you take your Exam on/before: …and the AICPA receives your Exam data files from Prometric by 11:59 p.m. (EST) […]

The CPA Exam is Changing Soon, Here’s What We Know

Last week, we caught you up on the latest goings-on with the CPA Evolution process, an ambitious effort by NASBA and the AICPA to tweak the CPA exam to ensure the licensure model is meeting the profession’s demand for future-proof CPAs. This week, we’ve got news that a separate but related effort is underway to […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fourth and Final CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2019

Welp, that’s it. It’s over. Whatever your CPA exam plans were for 2019, I sure hope you got done what you wanted to do because there are no more chances left for the year. December 10 was the final testing day of 2019 and this on-time score release yesterday bears the distinction of being the […]

Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Proposed CPA Licensure Model

As you may recall (or not, as I barely do), last summer NASBA and the AICPA reached out into the abyss hoping to get feedback on a new CPA licensure model. You see, the future is coming and fast, and in atypical fashion, The Powers That Be realized maybe it might be important to test […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2019

Is it just me or did this year fly by? Maybe it’s because it’s like 60 degrees and rainy here in the Old South but it really doesn’t feel like December to me. I mean, it has to be because Alexa says so but this is the least December-y December I can recall in a […]

California CPA Exam Scores Were Like Really, Really Late But It’s All Good Now, Brah

This morning I planned to let you know about an ongoing situation involving the California Board of Accountancy and hordes of angry CPA exam candidates, but wouldn’t you know, just as I fired up the ole CRM to write the post, the situation was magically resolved. I figured I’d go ahead and update anyway in […]

Go Grab Your Free CPA Exam Questions From the AICPA While You Can

From now through December 31, 2019, you can grab 40 AUD, 25 BEC, 50 FAR, and 25 REG MCQs used on previous CPA exams directly from the AICPA. These questions “represent a onetime release of exam content to the general public intended to provide examples of the types of MCQs used on the exam,” meaning […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2019

Another day, another CPA exam score release that has arrived exactly when NASBA promised it would. Isn’t that nice? Really gives me hope that they’re going to do an amazing job when they’re ready to unveil continuous testing, which as far as we know is still on track to make its debut sometime next year. […]

Let’s Have a Pissing Match Over the Best CPA Exam Schools in the Nation

Many years ago, I used to get TPTB to fork over the $200 for NASBA’s Candidate Performance book and share all kinds of stats on the exam like which schools were far superior to others and which schools should just give up on teaching accounting altogether. Y’all seemed to like this dick measuring contest and […]

Here’s Your (Super Hopeful) Open Thread For the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q4 2019

Now that the little goblins have come and gone and the Christmas advertisements have begun, it’s official: the final CPA exam testing quarter of the year is upon us. Technically it started in October but as we all know, a testing quarter doesn’t really start until the first score release. As is tradition, candidates have […]

YSK: You Can Pay NASBA To Tell You In Which CPA Exam Jurisdiction You Should Sit

Nowadays, it’s easy enough to look up CPA exam requirements by state and figure out if you qualify to sit for the CPA exam in your jurisdiction of choice. But what if ain’t nobody got time for that? Enter NASBA’s Undecided Jurisdiction Evaluation service. For the low price of $350, they’ll handpick up to three […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fourth and Final CPA Exam Score Release of Q3 2019

So here we are. I dunno about you guys but my windows have been open for like two weeks now and I finally got my first glance of falling leaves, leading me to believe, despite the 80 degree temps today here in Virginia, the end of the year is finally upon us. Just in case […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Third CPA Exam Score Release of Q3 2019

For those of you playing along at home, this score release leaves us with one more for this quarter and five total remaining for the year. Where did this year go? You know what, I’m not going to complain. On September 10, 2019, NASBA received and processed the following scores from the @AICPA. pic.twitter.com/jjipmhoJ8i — […]

Time to Panic? New CPA Exam Candidate Numbers Are Lower Than They’ve Been in More Than a Decade

We’ve written plenty of times about the AICPA freaking out over low CPA exam candidate numbers, but for the first time in two years thanks to the AICPA’s Trends in the Supply of Accounting Graduates and the Demand for Public Accounting Recruits report [PDF], we have actual numbers. You ready? It’s bad. Yikes. To be […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Second CPA Exam Score Release of Q3 2019

Dear procrastinators, I have to tell you something. There are a mere six CPA exam score releases left between now and 2020. The third quarter is halfway done and then comes the high-traffic holiday season when everyone who blew this off all year starts dogpiling in to get as much finished as they can before […]

Get Hyped, CPA Exam Candidates, Your First Score Release of Q3 2019 Comes Today

Well would you look at that! Not only is the year flying by, but NASBA is on top of things and starting the quarter off right by releasing scores several days ahead of schedule. Not bad, not bad. Well, bad if you don’t pass but whatever, at least you’ll have the whole weekend to drown […]

Opinion: The AICPA’s Future CPA Exam Plans Are Really Just a Desperate Money Grab

ICYMI, a couple weeks ago I wrote about a joint AICPA/NASBA plan to drag CPA licensure into the 21st century. So far, the initiative is in the early planning stages but it feels like the profession is moving far quicker than its usual snail pace to adapt to our rapidly-changing world, so to think this […]

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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Opinions Are Like Assholes, Everyone Has One. The AICPA Wants Yours

Your opinion, that is, not your asshole. You weirdo. In its ongoing effort to ensure only the best and brightest make it through the rigors of testing to emerge victorious as America’s future-ready CPAs and weed out undesirables, the AICPA is asking for your help. This applies only to those of you in close quarters […]

Here’s Your Open Thread For the Fourth and Final CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

If it feels like we literally just had a score release thread the other day I assure you you’re not going crazy. I mean, you absolutely could be going crazy — especially if you’re studying for the CPA exam and not just reading this for fun — but not on this particular issue. Hey so […]

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

My, time flies when you’re mired in the misery of sitting for the CPA exam, don’t it? Today, NASBA received and processed an absolute shitton of scores from the AICPA, making this another CPA exam score release on time without a hiccup. Well, no, surely there’s some poor candidate in Wyoming or something who didn’t […]

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Here’s How to Study For the CPA Exam and Still Salvage a Decent Summer

I dunno about you but I’ve been in a real funk since at least October. Maybe it’s just a seasonal thing, maybe I need professional help idk, but either way, summer really surprised me. It was like one day temperatures were cooling and leaves were falling, the next I woke up from yet another nap […]

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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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News to Your Ears: The AICPA Now Has a CPA Exam Podcast

Long-winded personal anecdote incoming but I have to admit something to y’all, which I’m going to do because I trust you and I know you won’t make fun of me for it. And if you do, well, it’ll at least be funny. OK, here goes… I don’t listen to podcasts. I know, I know. I’m […]

Here’s Your (Late) Open Thread For the First CPA Exam Score Release of Q2 2019

Yooooo. Sorry I’m late on this… wait, no, fuck that I’m not sorry. Saying sorry for things you’re not actually sorry for is for bitches. Let’s start over. Heyyyyyy! Here’s your open thread for the very first CPA exam score release of the second quarter 2019. Exciting stuff. Stalking Reddit and Twitter yesterday after scores […]

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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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CPA Exam Pass Rates For 2019 Are Off to an Excellent Start

Whenever big CPA exam changes hit, some folks rush and try to get it done before the changes take effect. We saw this in 2010 with the pending implementation of CBT-e, a revamped “version” of the CPA exam that served little-to-no purpose other than getting CPA exam candidates worked up like a pack of untrained […]

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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 […]

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Hey Y’all, Let’s Get Salty About These 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners

Whelp it’s that time of year again, the time when we recognize the efforts of an elite handful of CPA exam candidates whose performance on one of the toughest professional examinations out there ranks the best of the best. The AICPA handed out 110 Elijah Watt Sells Awards for 2018 last week, and as is […]