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 dread for future test takers and a sense of relief for those of us who never plan to take another test in our lives.
But despite all those horrific stories, you have to give Prometric credit — many people sit for the CPA without so much as a stop testing and frisk. Accordingly, the AICPA and NASBA have re-signed with company to continue cracking prospective CPAs' skulls during their testing experience:
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) have agreed to an extension of their agreement with Prometric, the trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, to deliver the Uniform CPA Examination, through 2019, across the company's global computer-based testing network. Prometric delivered the first computerized CPA Exam in 2004, and has delivered more than 1.8 million Exams to date.
And for those of you concerned that the CPA exam overlords were not interested in exploring their options, well, they tried:
In a joint statement, the AICPA and NASBA noted Prometric's "operational quality," and said, "After reviewing trends in computer-based testing, we believe that Prometric remains the best choice for the delivery of the Exam, and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with you."
Just try imagining something else.