Exam Candidate Information
August 17, 2021
Prometric Continues Mask Mandate
Prometric continues to require everyone appearing at a Prometric testing center to wear masks for the foreseeable future. According to Prometric, this decision was made based on recent updated guidance and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The only exception to the mask mandate rule at this time will be at sites on state universities where executive orders prohibit government agencies and institutions of higher education from mandating face coverings or restricting activities on their respective properties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates will still be allowed to wear masks according to their comfort level at these sites, but masks will not be mandatory.
Prometric also announced it will resume metal detector wanding candidates prior to entering the test room, frequent physical walkthroughs of the test room, and the use of erasable note boards and markers. The resumption of these various touchpoint processes was based on Prometric's engagements with John Hopkins University and data from the CDC and WHO, which demonstrates COVID-19 transmission via touch is exceptionally rare.
Starting September 1, 2021, Prometric will no longer accept IDs that are more than 90 days expired. Prometric will continue to accept IDs that have expired within 90 days of the exam date for the interim.
Visit Prometric's Website for more information.
March 10, 2021
Prometric COVID-19 Updates
Prometric continues to require everyone appearing at a Prometric testing center to wear an approved face covering for the duration of their time at the location, including test takers and test center staff. According to Prometric, "This policy is in accordance with Prometric's documented Safety Plan and the continuing guidance from leading public health officials including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that wearing face coverings along with other precautions significantly reduces the risk of coronavirus transmission. This provision will remain in force even in jurisdictions that have recently adopted less rigorous COVID-19 policies. Individuals not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to sit for their scheduled appointment." Visit Prometric's Website for more information.
February 25, 2021
2021-2022 AICPA Legacy Scholarship Opportunities
Accounting students could earn up to $10,000 from the AICPA Legacy Scholarships to assist with education related expenses. Students can apply online at ThisWayToCPA.com by March 1, 2021. For more information, contactEdwin Gonzalez, Associate Manager, Academic and Student Development.
February 9, 2021
Mail Delivery Delays
We are still experiencing extensive delivery delays for mail that was sent to our former address (333 Guadalupe St., Tower 3, Suite 900, Austin TX 78701) through USPS. It is strongly advised that you use a trackable mailing service to send any mail to the TSBPA. Our new mailing address (as of August 2020) is 505 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 380, Austin, TX 78752-3757.
August 25, 2020
• We've Moved!
Over the past few weeks, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) staff has been busy packing up and relocating our office to its new location at 505 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 380 in Austin, Texas. About a year ago, the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) notified our agency that we would need to relocate our office. Since we are a self-directed, semi-independent agency, the TFC specified that we needed to find our own building to lease.
The rising cost of commercial lease space in Austin made finding an affordable office space a challenging task. Unfortunately, it was too cost prohibitive for us to continue to lease office space in downtown Austin. However, we are able to reduce lease costs by sharing some office space with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners at the new location in North Central Austin.
Although our mailing address has changed all of our phone and fax numbers remain the same. Visit our website for a complete listing of contact information for the Board. "I am excited about the opportunity to have new office space and to continue to deliver exceptional service to our licensees, candidates, and the public," said TSBPA Executive Director William Treacy.
August 12, 2020
• CPA Exam Extensions and Continuous Testing
We are aware that Texas CPA Exam candidates are still experiencing testing difficulties and delays due to recent sporadic test center closures and other COVID related complications. All Texas CPA Exam candidates with one or more credits on the CPA Exam that will expire on or before September 30, 2020, will be granted a 90-day extension of the credit to December 31, 2020. Currently the Board is not considering extensions of the credit beyond December 31, 2020. However, as of July 1, 2020, CPA Exam testing windows have been replaced by continuous testing, allowing candidates to take the Exam year-round. This allows applicants who receive a failing score to immediately reapply and retest. It is possible to take the same section of the Exam 2-3 times within a quarter, which reduces the time candidates may need to study and retake a section. Please continue to visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.
July 27, 2020
• Board Eliminates In-Person Class Requirements
An amendment to Board Rule 511.57 allows Texas CPA Exam applicants to take the 30 semester hours of upper level accounting in any format established by the university and has eliminated the required 15 hours of face-to-face accounting courses. More info about requirements for examination
July 1, 2020
• CPA Exam Continuous Testing Begins July 1
Starting July 1, 2020, CPA Exam testing windows will be replaced by continuous testing, allowing candidates to take the Exam year-round. Under the continuous testing model, scores will be released on a rolling basis and candidates will be able to retake a failed section without restrictions. The new model replaces quarterly testing windows that only permitted candidates to test during specified dates. The new continuous testing model provides greater candidate flexibility and convenience, with more than 75 additional testing dates available throughout the year. According to Prometric, 3,465 test events have already been scheduled between September 11-30, 2020, a previous blackout period, signifying increased flexibility and frequency in candidate testing. Visit the AICPA's CPA Exam Score Release page and watch this video for more info.
June 2, 2020
• CPA Exam Test Centers Update
As of June 1, 2020, a limited number of Prometric test centers in Texas are open at full capacity. Please check the "Site Occupancy Status" column on the Prometric site openings webpage. Candidates will receive an email from Prometric three days before their test date to confirm their appointment, and to acknowledge and agree to testing guidelines. If you are uncomfortable or unable to test for any reason, you can reschedule your appointment via self-service here, prior to your testing date.
May 19, 2020
Board Grants Additional Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
• Notice to Schedule (NTS) Extensions
All Texas CPA Exam candidates with a Notice to Schedule (NTS) expiring between April 1 – September 30, 2020, will be extended until December 31, 2020.
• CPA Exam Credit Extensions
All Texas CPA Exam candidates with one or more credits on the CPA Exam that will expire on or before September 30, 2020, will be granted a 90-day extension of the credit to December 31, 2020.
Notice to Schedule and CPA Exam Credit Extensions will be communicated to NASBA and reflected on the candidates’ secure files on the Board’s website at www.tsbpa.texas.gov.
Visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.May 19, 2020
Board Grants Application of Intent Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
We understand that Texas CPA Exam candidates are having difficulty finding open testing sites and scheduling appointments so that they can test before the expiration of the Application of Intent. The Board has authorized the extension of approved Applications of Intent to December 31, 2020.
Visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.
May 13, 2020
• Prometric Contact Form
Candidates who have questions or need assistance to schedule their appointment to take the CPA Exam can fill out an online contact form on Prometric's website for the quickest response.
May 13, 2020
• Preparing for Your Fingerprinting Appointment - Photos and Masks
As part of the fingerprinting process, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires candidates and CPAs to be photographed. Individuals who wear a face mask to their fingerprinting appointment will be informed that it will be necessary to remove the mask to have their photo taken so they can be easily identified. IdentoGO staff has been advised to maintain six feet distance when possible. Individuals who decline to remove their mask will be asked to reschedule their appointment for a later date.
May 1, 2020
• New CPA Exam Testing FAQs
Read NASBA's new CPA Exam Testing FAQs
April 24, 2020
• CPA Exam Test Centers Reopen on May 1, 2020
The CPA profession is considered an essential service. Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, plans to reopen test centers beginning May 1 at centers where government regulations and guidelines allow. Social distancing guidelines and other safety measures will be implemented. All candidates with May appointments will be contacted by Prometric to either confirm or cancel appointments, as necessary, either because of new social distancing requirements or because their test center is not yet reopening. Candidates should visit Prometric's website and NASBA's website and check them frequently for updates.
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of test takers and staff, specific social distancing procedures will be implemented. This will require that fewer testing appointments will be available in order to allow appropriate distance between test takers in the centers. Additional operating guidelines will include allowing candidates to wear masks and gloves, wiping down all work surfaces between test events, ongoing disinfection of test centers and more. Information and instructions about new procedures at test centers will be provided to all scheduled candidates.
April 13, 2020
• Prometric Test Center Closures Extended Until April 30, 2020
Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, will extend the closure of all test centers in the U.S. and Canada until April 30, 2020, with planned resumption of testing on May 1. If your exam appointment is impacted by these closure extensions, you will receive a cancellation email from Prometric with instructions to reschedule. Candidates should visit Prometric's website and check it frequently for updates related to test center closures.
March 27, 2020
• NASBA Invokes Emergency Testing Period
The 20Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020. The NASBA/AICPA/Prometric Contract Steering Group has made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period in anticipation of the reopening of Prometric test centers on April 16, 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, NASBA will extend all NTSs expiring between April 1 ? June 30, 2020, until September 30, 2020, and Prometric will waive all rescheduling fees.
March 26, 2020
• Board Temporarily Accepting Electronic Transcripts
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the shelter-in-place orders established for states and municipalities, the Board is temporarily accepting electronic transcripts and e-scripts to document the educational coursework completed and degrees awarded for individuals who submitted the Application of Intent. The electronic transcripts/e-scripts must come to the Board directly from the Registrar's office at the educational institution. Please ask your Registrar's office to send your electronic transcripts/e-scripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17, 2020
• Board Grants Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
Effective March 18, 2020, Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, will be closing all test centers in the U.S. and Canada and anticipates re-opening centers on April 16, 2020. More Info
March 12, 2020
• Board Adopts Emergency Rule Revision to Qualified Accounting Courses in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy adopted an emergency rule revision to Rule 511.57 Qualified Accounting Courses. The rule revision has eliminated the requirement for candidates to take at least 15 of their 30 semester credit hours of upper division accounting courses from classes held in-person. The Board made the decision to adopt this emergency rule revision because many universities are moving classes online amid COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns.
The Board adopted the revision at its March 12, 2020 Board meeting. This change is effective immediately but will not apply retroactively. The emergency rule revision is good for 120 days and may be extended for an additional 60 days by Board action.
March 12, 2020
• Special Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the CPA Exam
Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, has released a special notice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Candidates who plan to take the Exam within the next six weeks should visit Prometric’s website and check it frequently for updates related to test center closures, candidate safety, test center cleanliness, and frequently asked questions.
January 30, 2020
NASBA: International Candidates to Test in Europe
On February 1, 2020, all CPA Examination candidates (international and domestic) will now be able to test in Europe in the same manner as they would test in the United States.
September 25, 2019
NASBA Exam Fees
Effective November 16, 2019, the NASBA Exam fee will be $209.99 for each section of the Exam (AUD, BEC, FAR, and REG).
September 18, 2019
Review and Update Your Contact Information
To ensure you receive important Board communications, use Online Services to quickly and easily review and change your contact information.
September 10, 2019
Eligibility Application Fees
Effective September 1, 2019, the fee for online submission of the Eligibility Application is $15.00 for each section.
December 19, 2018
Tax law changes eligible for REG testing
Information is available regarding the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act".
May 23, 2018
Panel Discussion: Future Skills and the MRA
NASBA and other accountancy bodies around the world share a panel discussion about the status of mutual recognition agreements and future skills that accounting professionals will need.
February 2, 2018
CPA Exam - Tax Law Integration
AICPA has published information on exam content related to the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."
January 26, 2018
NASBA Gateway Migration
Information on the gateway migration including downtime.
January 25, 2018
Prometric Test Center Closures
Information on two Houston area Prometric test centers closing.
November 1, 2017
CPA Exam Fee Change
All state boards of accountancy were notified by NASBA that effective November 18, 2017, the fees for taking any section of the CPA Exam will be $208.40.
November 16, 2016
2016 CPA Exam Booklet
The AICPA is pleased to provide for exam candidates a copy of the 2016 CPA Exam Booklet: The Uniform CPA Examination: An Overview of the Current Exam and What to Expect from the 2017 Version.