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About Your Exam -cpa – faq

When are the CPA exam results released?

US and international CPA exam results are released at the same time, and follow a schedule based on which part of the testing window your exam falls in. If you’re taking the BEC section, take note that additional analysis of the written communication tasks can sometimes lead to results being delayed by up to a week from their target release date. Generally, though, if your test reaches AICPA between day 1 and day 20 of your testing window, your result is targeted for release 11 business days after day 20. If your test reaches AICAP between day 21 and day 45 of the testing window, your result is targeted for release six business days after day 45. If your test reaches AICPA on day 45, your result is targeted for release six business days after the close of the testing window. And finally if your test reaches AICPA after the close of the window, your result is targeted for release six business days after all scoring data has been received for that testing window.
The exam release schedule is published twice a year for the two upcoming exam windows on NASBA’s website.

How do I register for the CPA exam at an international location?

Just follow the steps below:

You’ll need to apply for the CPA exam through a participating state board and you may have to submit some or all of the application and examination fees at the time. Check the International Section of the NASBA website for a list of participating state boards.

After submitting your application, you will receive your NTS (Notice to Schedule), which allows you to register to take the exam in an international location. When you register there may be additional fees per examination section to pay and these fees are non-refundable.

Complete your registration by visiting the NASBA website and going to the Test Internationally section of your chosen state board. Note that not all state boards offer international testing and if no Test Internationally section exists, you cannot take the CPA exam internationally through that jurisdiction.

Click to pay your international fees and complete your registration. You’ll need to have your NTS to hand as well as a valid passport or national ID card to help you fill out the identifying information. Take note that once you complete the registration process you will only be eligible to take the selected exam section(s) in your selected international location.

You’ll need to wait at least 24 hours after registration before you can schedule your exam appointment, but once you’re ready, go to and select the country where you would like to take it and then select Schedule an Exam.
For any assistance in applying for the exam, read Applying for Your CPA Exam Made Easy or contact your local office and we’ll be happy to help!

How can I maintain my certification?

To officially call yourself a CPA, you’ll need to obtain your CPA license. To achieve your CPA license you’ll need to accomplish one to two years of relevant work experience, supervised and/or verified by a CPA licensee. You’ll also need to maintain your license every three years by earning CPE hours. The best way to determine the requirements involved in acquiring your license is to check with the US state board jurisdiction through which you registered.

What types of questions can I expect in the CPA exam?

You’ll find multiple-choice questions, task-based simulations and written communication tasks in the CPA exam, with each part containing a combination of two of the above:

- Auditing and Attestation (AUD) - 90 multiple-choice questions and seven task-based simulations
- Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) - 72 multiple-choice questions and three written communication tasks
- Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) - 90 multiple-choice questions and seven task-based simulations
- Regulation (REG) - 72 multiple-choice questions and six task-based simulations

For more information on each of the question formats, please click here.