CPA Exam application process

The official CPA Exam guide

Be prepared to sit for the CPA Exam by learning about all its details. Download and read the official guide, The Uniform CPA Exam Candidate Bulletin which covers:

  • Applying to take the CPA Exam
  • Scheduling your CPA Exam
  • Taking your CPA Exam
  • Receiving your score
  • Exam content

The CPA Exam application process involves submitting forms and transcripts, along with fees, to the state board or its designee.

Visit the state requirements to learn more.

Learn about state requirements for the CPA Exam—and meet them

The requirements for becoming a CPA candidate and sitting for the exam vary from state to state. However, they generally include an educational, experience, and residency requirement.

For most states, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree or higher. Some other states now require 150 semester hours in specific subject areas, determined by the board of accountancy. See your state requirements.

Earn graduate credit at the same time

Did you know that while you prepare for the CPA Exam, you could be simultaneously earning up to 9 graduate level credits at DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management?

Tips for applying for the CPA Exam

To complete your application correctly, it’s important to know the rules of application in your state or jurisdiction. These pointers will help:

  • Be accurate and thorough. Incomplete applications are generally rejected.
  • Make sure the name on your application exactly matches the name on the two forms of valid identification you bring for admission to the testing center.
  • Official school transcripts must be provided. (Note: Allow extra time if you have an international degree, as it may also require additional evaluation.)

How, where, and when to apply for the CPA Exam

  • You may apply to any state that you meet their requirements or jurisdiction, but may only register to take the exam in one jurisdiction at a time.
  • Application and exam fees for first-time candidates vary by state, but range from $900 to $1,100 for all four-parts of the exam.
  • Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.
  • The application process usually takes from four to six weeks for first-time candidates.
  • After your application is approved, you’ll receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS). You must have the NTS to reserve an actual test date at one of the 300 Prometric Test Centers where the exams are given.
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