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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 eyes of Prometric and to know testing was reopened on May 1.

Of course, there have been difficulties. Despite NASBA extending all NTS with expirations between April 1 and June 30, 2020 until Sept. 30, 2020, there is still the issue of rolling 18-month windows. As you may know, this is a state board of accountancy issue, and with many boards working from home and/or on different schedules as most of us are these days, making changes hasn’t been easy.

Now for the good news. The Illinois Board of Examiners just announced automatic extensions for candidates with expirations from April 1 through Dec. 30. We think this is a good sign that other boards will follow suit, as NASBA has been suggesting.

Testing Update
The Board of Examiners has extended any exam score with an expiration date of April 1 through December 30 to December 31, 2020.

In addition, any NTS with an expiration date of April 1 to December 30 is extended to December 31, 2020.

It is unnecessary to contact the ILBOE as these changes will be made automatically. Please contact NASBA’s Candidate Care if you have questions.

On their COVID-19 blog post, NASBA stated that they’re recommending credit expirations for affected candidates, but this is a state board issue and beyond their control. If any of you are on the cusp or facing a soon-to-be-expired exam …

NASBA has identified all candidates who have an open NTS and credit expiring through June 30, 2020, and provided this information to Boards with a recommendation to grant an extension of credit if the candidate is impacted by circumstances beyond their control. Due to the closure of many board offices, the decisions to extend conditional credit will not be finalized until Boards resume normal operations. There is no need to contact Boards at this time.

If anyone knows of other state boards that have granted extensions please let us know in the comments so we can share with the class. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.