Schedule and Sit for the CPA Exam

After receiving a Notice to Schedule (NTS), set up a testing appointment as soon as possible. The earlier you apply, the more likely you will get your preferred location, date, and time. Each NTS is valid for six months from the date issued. Tests must be schedule at least five days in advance, and walk-ins are not allowed.

To schedule to sit for the CPA Exam, visit www.prometric.com/cpa or call (800) 580-9648.

Personal Identification Requirements

  • Your name must appear in the same format on your application, NTS, and identification you bring to the testing center.
  • You are required to present two forms of identification. One must contain a recent photograph.
  • Each form of identification must have your signature and must not be expired.
  • If you do not present acceptable identification, you will not be allowed to take your examination.

Testing Dates

The CPA Exam is available five days a week during the first two months of each quarter and the 10th day of each blackout month (March, June, September, December). 

CPA Exam Testing Windows

Testing Windows*
Jan. 1 - March 10
April 1 - June 10
July 1 - Sept. 10
Oct. 1 - Dec. 10
No Testing (Blackout Dates)
March 11 - 31
June 11 - 30
Sept. 11 - 30
Dec. 11 - 31

*Important Testing Window Updates

NASBA, AICPA, and Prometric have made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period to provide additional testing opportunities. As part of this procedure, 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. Continuous Testing will replace the existing CPA Exam Testing Window model, which only permits candidates to test during designated time frames each calendar quarter.

Prometric CPA Exam Testing Centers in Pennsylvania


For other test locations, visit www.prometric.com/cpa.

Questions?

Contact PICPA's Careers in Accounting Team at (215) 496-9272 or email schools@picpa.org.

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: