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Passing the CPA Exam means that you have passed one of the major milestones on the way to becoming licensed. Once you pass, all that stands between you and your career as a practicing CPA is a state-issued license . In most jurisdictions, the license mainly serves as an official checklist for accomplishments and qualifications you’ve already satisfied — starting with passing the CPA Exam. In addition to passing the Exam, you should be aware of some other considerations. Education requirements Most jurisdictions require at least a bachelor’s degree to sit for the Exam and 150 credits for licensure. Experience requirements Most jurisdictions require a year of experience before they allow you to practice as a CPA, though some require two or more years of experience. Many also accept accounting experience in other areas, such as industry or government, but that usually means they require that you practice for more years. Semester-hour requirements All jurisdictions require aspiring CPAs to have either 120 or 150 semester hours of education to receive certification. Candidates generally will need at least 24 semester hours in accounting. Fourteen states allow fewer than 24 semester hours in business. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a master’s degree, although that certainly helps. You can also meet the requirement at the undergraduate level or earn your bachelor’s degree and take a few courses at the graduate level. Jurisdiction requirements Every jurisdiction is different. Be sure to check their individual requirements at thiswaytocpa.com/Exam- licensure/state-requirements or nasba.org/licensure/ nasbalicensing. 8
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TOP TIPS FOR THE CPA EXAM 9 Cellphones — Once you enter the testing center, you may NOT access your cellphone. This includes using your cellphone during a scheduled break. Introductory Screens — Currently, there are three introduction screens (Welcome, Confidentiality and Section Information). You have 10 minutes to complete the first screen and 10 minutes to complete the second and third screen. If you time out on the first screen, you may restart. If you time out on the second or third screens, you may not restart. Finding a Seat — Candidates are advised to schedule an appointment at least 45 days before they plan to take the Exam to ensure they will get the date and time they wish. Notice to Schedule (NTS) — Don’t forget to take your NTS, which has the launch code printed on it, to the test center. This is not to be confused with the “Confirmation” received from Prometric after scheduling an Examination. Check the date on your NTS to make sure it is the current one and not one from a previous test section. Reporting Issues — Candidates should immediately report any technical difficulties during testing to the staff at the test center. Do not wait until the Exam has ended.
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