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The CPA Exam

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Taking the CPA Exam in Connecticut

Becoming a Connecticut CPA Fact Sheet (pdf document)

How do I apply to take the exam?

You may download applications, get answers to your questions concerning requirements and fees, and receive other information by visiting NASBA's website or by calling CPA Examination Services at 1-800-CPA-Exam.

How should I prepare for the exam?

There are a number of review courses that may help you prepare. As a CTCPA pledge, you're eligible for discounts on a few of them!

Where is the CPA Exam held?

For general test center information or to use the Test Center Locator & Scheduler, click here.

What is the structure and length of the computer-based Uniform CPA examination?

The AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) has approved a revised examination with four sections and a total length of 14 hours. The sections are as follows:

  • Auditing and Attestation: This section covers knowledge of auditing procedures, generally accepted auditing standards and other standards related to attest engagements, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in those engagements.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting: This section covers knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.
  • Regulation: This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.
  • Business Environment and Concepts: This section covers knowledge of general business environment and business concepts that candidates need to know in order to understand the underlying business reasons for and accounting implications of business transactions, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge.

How much time will I have to complete each examination section?

Total examination length: 14 hours

  • Auditing and Attestation: 4.5 hours        
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting: 4 hours
  • Regulation: 3 hours
  • Business Environment and Concepts: 2.5 hours

How often will the revised Uniform CPA Examination be offered?

The computer-based CPA Examination will be offered up to six days a week during two out of every three months throughout the year ("testing windows").

What is a "testing window"?

The computer-based examination will be available approximately 60 days out of each calendar quarter. This 60-day period is called a "testing window." Each year will contain four testing windows.

The testing windows that the exam will be available are:    

  • July - August     
  • October - November
  • January - February     
  • April - May

How often may I take the examination?

You may take each section of the examination four times a year. Candidates may take any or all four sections of the examination during any testing window. No candidate will be allowed to take the same section more than once during any given testing window.  

How long do I have to pass all four sections of the examination?

It depends on the requirements of your jurisdiction. However, it is likely that once you pass a section(s) of the
examination, you will be allowed a maximum of 18 months to pass all remaining sections in order to retain credit
on the passed section(s). 

Will I be required to take all four sections over a two-day period?

No. You may take each section separately.   

Will I be required to take sections in any particular order?

No.

Will I be required to pass one section prior to applying to take another?

No. 

Once I apply to take the examination, how long before I can actually take the examination?

The time will vary for each jurisdiction and will depend on whether you are a first-time applicant or a re-examination applicant. First-time applicants must have educational eligibility determined, so the process will take a few weeks. Re-examination applicants should be able to register and will be sent a notice to schedule the examination within a few days.

What if a conflict arises after I have scheduled an appointment to take the examination?

You may reschedule your appointment at no charge as long as you reschedule at least 30 days in advance. If you reschedule between five and 30 days before your appointment, you must pay a nominal fee directly to Prometric. If you reschedule within five days of your appointment, you will have to pay the full Prometric fee for the section you are rescheduling.

May I request a grade review?

Yes. 

Where can I find further detailed information regarding the computerized examination available to candidates?

To obtain the most up-to-date information on the computerization of the Uniform CPA Examination, candidates may visit NASBA's website, which also contains links to to all 54 jurisdictions' websites, or the AICPA's website.  If the information on these websites does not fully answer your questions, you may call 1-800-CPA-EXAM or your own state board office to obtain additional information.