CPA Exam & Licensing FAQs

CPA Exam Testing Update (as of June 2020)

According to NASBA, the CPA profession is considered an essential service. Prometric has begun to resume testing for CPA candidates at centers where government regulations and guidelines allow.  Social distancing guidelines and other safety measures will be implemented.

Please review the Prometric website for current and future site openings.

Notice to Schedule (NTS) Extensions

Candidates with NTS expiration dates between April 1, 2020 - Dec. 30, 2020, will be extended until Dec. 31, 2020.

Please review NASBA's NTS Extensions.

Exam Credit Extensions

Due to the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, 2020, a waiver was granted of the requirement that CPA candidates must complete all parts of the CPA examination within an 18-month period. Candidates whose exam credits expire during the time of the emergency declaration will be granted an extension which lasts for the duration of the emergency plus an additional 180 days from the end of the emergency. This exam credit extension replaces the 90 day extension that was recently granted to CPA candidates by way of letter from the State Board.

Affected candidates will receive communication from Prometric and the State Board.

NASBA, AICPA, and Prometric have made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period to provide additional testing opportunities. As such, the 2020 Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020.

Continuous testing for CPA Exam candidates will begin July 1, 2020. Under the new continuous testing model, candidates will have the ability to take the exam year-round, without restriction, other than waiting to receive scores from prior attempts of the same section or when there is a major change to the exam.  

Please use the following resources for more information:

CPA Licensing FAQs


  • How does PICPA membership help me with the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to sit for the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduate after Jan. 1, 2012?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduated before Dec. 31, 2011 and passed at least one part of the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduated before Dec. 31, 2011 and did NOT pass any parts of the CPA Exam?

  • When can I apply for my CPA certificate and license?

  • Can I take the exam outside of Pennsylvania?

  • When can I take the exam?

  • When can I apply to sit for the CPA Exam?

  • How long do I have to pass all four parts?

  • What is a passing score?

  • Who distributes the exam scores?

  • How can a foreign transcript or degree be evaluated?

  • Does the State Board grant extensions due to delays?

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