Illinois CPA Exam Requirements

Requirements

Education Requirements

150 Semester Hours Required to Sit for the Exam? Yes
Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate

Additional Educational Requirements

  • Varies based on degree earned (for first time candidates after July 1, 2013):
  • Graduate degree in accounting from a AACSB or ACBSP accredited program, or
  • Graduate degree in business from a AACSB or ACBSP accredited business program with 30 semester hours in accounting including Managerial, Taxation, Financial, Audit and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis, or
  • At least a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution with 30 semester credit hours in accounting including Managerial, Taxation, Financial, Audit and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis. At least 24 semester credit hours in business, including two semester credit hours of Business Communication and three semester credit hours of Business Ethics.
  • Candidates in or about to start the last semester, in which, at its end, will meet the educational requirements will receive "provisional" approval to take the CPA exam. Candidates will have 120 days from the time they take the first exam to submit final transcripts to clear their "provisional status."

Note:

Minimum of 150 semester credit hours required.

Residency Requirements

U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Applicant must be a resident, employee, OR have office in the state? No

Age Requirements

Age Minimum: None

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Illinois CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $120
Audit: $193.45
Financial: $193.45
Regulation: $173.60
Business: $173.60
Total: $854.10

Special Fees: Application fee varies based on number of parts. The initial application fee shown above reflects all four parts paid at one time.

The number of exam sections you select on an ILBOE application must be the same number of exams you intend to take within a six (6) month time frame.
You must pay NASBA at one time for all the selected sections and must take the exams within six (6) months of your payment to NASBA.

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Illinois Board of Examiners
1120 E. Diehl Road, Suite 107
Naperville, IL 60563

Web: http://www.ilboe.org/
Phone: 815-753-8900
Fax: 815-753-8953

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Illinois CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

    To sit for the CPA exam as a first-time candidate (after July 1, 2013) in Illinois follow these steps: Before applying for the exam, evaluate your current credentials. You will need:

    1. A graduate degree in accounting from a AACSB or ACBSP accredited program with 150 semester credit hours, or

    2. A graduate degree in business from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited business program with 150 semester credit hours. At least 30 semester hours must be in accounting and include Managerial, Taxation, Financial, Audit and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis.*

    *Note, no more than three (3) semester hours of accounting obtained through internships or life-experience credit posted on a college transcript may be awarded to the accounting requirements. Or,

    3. At least a baccalaureate degree in any concentration or graduate degree with a concentration other than accounting or business from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution with 150 semester credit hours. At least 30 semester credit hours must be in accounting and include Managerial, Taxation, Financial, Audit and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis.* At least 24 semester credit hours in business, including two (2) semester credit hours of Business Communication and three (3) semester credit hours of Business Ethics.

    * Note, no more than three (3) semester hours of accounting obtained through internships or life-experience credit posted on a college transcript may be awarded to the accounting requirements.

    4. Candidates will receive "provisional" approval to take the CPA exam while completing educational requirements. Candidates must be in or about to start the last term in which, at its end, will have met the current requirements. Candidates will have 120 days from the first exam taken to submit final transcripts to clear their "provisional status" or scores for all authorized exam sectional with provisional approval will be voided. Note: candidates that sit under the provisional status will have scores for exam sections tested withheld until the final, official transcripts are submitted and approved.

    5. Provisional Status courses in progress applies only to courses taken at DOMESTIC institutions.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the Illinois Board of Examiners using the link provided in the Becker website. The credential evaluation fee will be $175 for domestic credits and $250 if international credits are submitted. Your name on the application should exactly match your name on your two forms of identification, including your primary form of identification, which is usually a valid driver's license. At this time you should also begin planning your study approach by making inquiries into CPA reviews available in your area. The Becker CPA Review offers classes live or online to accommodate the needs of all candidates.
  • Request and forward your transcripts

    Contact all educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to the Illinois Board of Examiners for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. The Becker CPA Review will significantly increase your chances of passing the exam.

    * Domestic documents should be sent to the Illinois Board of Examiners. Foreign documents should be sent to NASBA.

  • Pay your exam fees
    After receiving the required information and awarding approval, the State Board will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a payment coupon for exam fees for all parts paid, which must be paid within ninety days. Once fees are paid, you will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third month is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  • Schedule your exam
    Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa. You can take the exam at a site in Champaign, Chicago, Decatur, Deerfield, Joliet, Lombard, Peoria, Sycamore, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.