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Oct 20, 2015

You Can Go to the Moon in 2017 but You Won’t Be Able to Take the Current Version of the CPA Exam

By Meg Killian, PICPA's Vice President of Member Relations


Become a CPA in Pennsylvania Guide 2017 is the year when lunar tourism is set to begin. Ordinary citizens like you and me will be able to visit the moon, or at least take a trip around the moon. Tickets are already on sale!

Also in 2017, the AICPA will launch the next version of the Uniform CPA Exam.

It’s never a good idea to delay taking the exam after you graduate, but it’s even more imperative now to avoid a long wait. Your education and preparation thus far has prepared you for the exam in its current format. You still have plenty of time to buy your ticket to the moon, but time is running out for you to take the current version of the exam. That dreaded 18-month countdown began this past June, so the clock is ticking for graduates to take and pass all four parts of the CPA Exam before the new content and format will be implemented.

Not everything is changing, but a lot of it is. The content will be revised to test more higher-order skills, including critical thinking, analytical ability, and professional skepticism. There will be less multiple choice and more task-based simulations. These simulations will be weighted higher, too. The test will be 16 hours, instead of 14. Basically it will be harder, longer, and most likely more expensive.

If you want to know all the details, you can find them on the AICPA web site. But, you don’t really care, because you are going to take and pass the exam NOW!

Whether you’ve just graduated or you’re just procrastinating, go get it done. Then plan your trip to the moon to celebrate after you pass. You can afford it with that big raise you’re going to get!

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