|[April 04, 2014]
AICPA, NASBA and Prometric Announce 10th Anniversary of Computerized CPA Examination
NEW YORK & NASHVILLE, Tenn. & BALTIMORE --(Business Wire)--
The American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of State Boards
of Accountancy (NASBA (News - Alert)) and Prometric are pleased to mark the 10th
anniversary of computer-based testing (CBT) for the Uniform CPA
Examination and note the continued enhancements and successful expansion
of the test administration over the past decade. Leveraging technology
has allowed for increased candidate convenience and accessibility as a
service to aspiring CPAs, as well as greater flexibility in the format
by which questions are asked and content is assessed. These advancements
have allowed the CPA Examination to stay closely aligned with the
assessment of prospective CPAs.
"With a commitment to keep the profession on the forefront and with an
eye to continually attract the best young professionals to the CPA
profession, the AICPA, NASBA, and Prometric worked to convert the CPA
Examination from a pencil-and-paper administered exam to a leading edge
computer-based testing model ten years ago, setting a global standard on
how accountancy professionals should be tested," said Barry
Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO of the AICPA.
One of the key changes in the conversion was an increased emphasis
placed on skills assessment through questions based on case studies
known as Task-Based Simulations. These simulations typically require
candidates to use spreadsheets and/or research authoritative literature
which is provided in the Exam. The addition of task-based simulations
allows the CPA Examination the flexibility to closely measure the
evolving skills newly licensed CPAs need to perform in their everyday
During the ten year period since the launch of CBT, more than 400,000
candidates have sat for a total of more than two million sections of the
"NASBA is proud to be a part of this truly momentous occasion in the
evolution of the Uniform CPA Examination. Over the past decade, aspiring
CPAs have tested for more than two million sections with the very first
computer-based Examination administered at NASBA's Guam Computer Testing
Center," said NASBA President and CEO, Ken Bishop. "Advances in
Examination content and delivery under the computer-based testing model
have strengthened the public protection role of Boards of Accountancy by
enhancing the examination portion of the licensing model (education,
examination and experience) used to regulate more than 700,000 licensees
throughout the U.S.," he concluded.
Young professionals aspiring to become CPAs have seen an increase in
convenience and accessibility resulting from the conversion to CBT.
Prior to the conversion, candidates were able to sit for the CPA
Examination only twie a year; once in May and once in November.
Currently, candidates can take the Exam 243 days a year, allowing for
much greater testing flexibility. Candidates are now able to take
advantage of nearly 300 testing locations with a 31 percent increase in
the overall number of testing seats since 2004. In addition, candidates
now receive their scores seven to 45 days after taking a section,
whereas it took 90 days to receive score results under the
"The Uniform CPA Examination provides an opportunity for people to earn
a certification that is highly regarded by employers in the U.S. and
internationally, and Prometric is inspired by the role we play and the
trust extended to us by the AICPA and NASBA," said Michael Brannick,
President and CEO of Prometric. "We are proud of the ten years of
successful partnership we have accomplished to date, and look forward to
learning and collaborating through the duration of our latest contract
renewal, to further enhance and expand the Uniform CPA program."
The CPA Exam is administered in 54 jurisdictions nationwide by the
AICPA, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and
Prometric. The Exam was administered internationally for the first time
in 2011 in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2012, testing expanded to Brazil.
More information on the CPA Examination is available on the AICPA
Celebrating more than 100 years of service, the National Association of
State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
serves as a forum for the nation's Boards of Accountancy, which
administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 700,000
certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public
accountancy in the United States.
NASBA's mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common
interests of the Boards of Accountancy in meeting their regulatory
responsibilities. The Association promotes the exchange of information
among accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.
NASBA is headquartered in Nashville, TN, with satellite offices in New
York, NY, and San Juan, PR, and an International Computer Testing and
Call Center in Guam. To learn more about NASBA, visit www.nasba.org.
Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted and
market-leading provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment.
Committed to a set of values that get the right test to the right
location at the right time and to the right test taker, Prometric
supports candidates worldwide who take 10 million tests each year.
Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric
advances test development and delivery solutions that are better, faster
and at less expense. Prometric delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by
utilizing a robust network of more than 8,000 test centers in more than
160 countries and on behalf of 400 clients in the academic, financial,
government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information
technology markets. For more information, please visit www.prometric.com.
About the AICPA
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world's largest member
association representing the accounting profession, with more than
394,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the
public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice,
including business and industry, public practice, government, education
The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing
standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations,
federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform
CPA Examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who
concentrate on personal financial planning; fraud and forensics;
business valuation; and information technology. Through a joint venture
with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA (News - Alert)), it has
established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
designation to elevate management accounting globally.
The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and
Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at aicpa.org/press.
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