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% increase from 2009. Prior to 2011, the exam had never been administered outside of the U.S. and its territories.
Given the successful launch of international testing, additional countries have been added over the years, with the most recent being England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany in 2018. This handy graphic from NASBA shows all international testing locations to date as well as information on who qualifies to sit where (as you’ll see, some testing locations are only open to candidates from certain countries whereas U.S. and European testing centers are open to everyone).
Now comes news that citizens of Egypt and Jordan no longer have to travel to Bahrain to sit for the CPA exam, they’ll be able to do it right from the comfort of their own country. Per a recent NASBA announcement, starting next month these candidates can schedule to sit in their home countries.
The Uniform CPA Examination will be administered in Egypt and Jordan, effective November 2, 2020. Starting October 26, 2020, qualified candidates may begin applying to take any section of the U.S. CPA Exam under the Continuous Testing model. Candidates may also begin scheduling their Exam with Prometric on November 2, 2020.
This makes six Middle East countries in which qualified CPA exam candidates can sit for the exam: Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan. Candidates from the following countries may sit for the exam in any Middle East country where the test is available:
- Saudi Arabia
- United States of America
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
International candidates are subject to the same application process as their domestic counterparts. You can find out more about the process via the AICPA here.