This article deals with the procedure to follow to sit for a CPA exam on a particular date in the testing window. You are eligible to sit for the exam only once you are through with CPA application and NASBA has verified your eligibility and issued you the Notice To Schedule (NTS).
It is advisable to schedule your appointment (the exam date) at least 45 days before your desired exam date, if you want to schedule your exam with your preferences of location, date, time etc., Because the exam centres have limiting capacity and it is first come first serve. Depending on how many sections you have received your NTS for, it is advisable to choose dates soon because if for some reason you are not able to schedule the exam before the deadline expires, you will lose the exam and application fees paid to the NASBA or SBA (state board of accountancy) and have to apply again.
You can take the exam at any of the authorized Prometric exam centers. International test centers were announced in 2011, as per which exams can also be taken in the following countries:
Unfortunately not all Jurisdictions provide the facility to take the exam at international centers, the following jurisdictions don’t allow exam to be taken at international test centers:
If you want to apply for international centers, you would have to pay an additional fees to NASBA after which you will be able to schedule for international test centers.
There are two ways to schedule your Exam. One is through Prometric website and the other is through its Candidate services calling center.
This is the easiest and the friendliest approach to fix your exam date and location. You can schedule multiple sections at once or you can schedule each CPA Exam individually. Before you begin, keep your NTS ready with you, as you have to use different pieces of information in it for your scheduling.
Steps to CPA Exam schedule:
Prometric’s Candidate Services Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. You must schedule a separately for each section of the examination that you are planning to take. If you call to schedule two or more sections, be prepared to identify the dates, times and locations you want to take each section. It is not necessary to schedule all the sections in one call. If you prefer, you may make schedule one section at a time.
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