Examination ("Exam"). Here are some of the changes and updates that
will take place...
NASBA, Boards of Accountancy, and the AICPA have agreed that any
combination of passed current Exam sections and passed next Exam
sections will count toward licensure. Thus, any sections passed prior to
the April 2017 next Exam launch will count toward licensure
requirements (subject to the 18-month rule) going forward.
The next CPA Exam will keep the same sections as the current version
(AUD, BEC, FAC, REG), but each section will now be 4 hours for a total of
16 hours. (BEC & REG will each be adding an additional hour.)
cognitive skills in demand for newly hired CPAs such as critical thinking,
problem solving, and analytical ability.
multiple-choice questions (MCQs), with written responses required in
current Content Specification Outline and Skill Specification Outline) to
provide greater clarity in the presentation of content, skills, and related
representative tasks that may be tested.
Beginning with the 2016 Q2 testing window (April 1, 2016), each
quarter's window will be expanded by 10 days into the traditional dark
months. (e.g., the 2016 Q2 window closed on June 10, 2016) This 10-day
extension will not be offered during the 2017 Q2 testing window when
the next Exam launches.
average 20-day score release timeline on an ongoing basis. However,