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Exam Application

Until you are certified, the Re-Exam link applications will remain under the Online Applications options at your online account.  Also, an expiration date will appear next to the passed exams.

18-Month Rule:

You have 18 months from the date of your first “Passed” exam to pass the remaining three (3) parts of the CPA exam. The 18 month deadline is shown as an expiration date on the score report of your first exam.

For instance, if you passed AUD on January 15, 2015, its expiration date will be July 15, 2016. As a result, you must pass FAR, REG, and BEC on or before July 15, 2016. If you do not pass all four exams within that 18 month time frame, the score of your first exam will be voided. (Please note that your exam score does not need to be released by the expiration date. You only need to have taken your last exam section on or before the expiration date.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

*The number of exam sections you select on an ILBOE exam application must be the same number of exams you intend to take within a six (6) month time frame. You must pay NASBA at one time for all the selected sections and must take the exams within six (6) months of your payment to NASBA. For example, if four (4) sections are selected, the same four (4) sections must be paid to NASBA in one payment and therefore, all four (4) must be taken within six (6) months. The same scenario is true if you select one (1), two (2) or three (3) within the six (6) month period.

Once you pass all four (4) sections of the CPA exam, they never expire.

Candidates are allowed to test the same section only once in the same testing window.

Initial Exam:

Candidates who have never paid for an exam section need to submit this application along with the associated fee(s).

Please be advised that if you are Provisionally approved and submit an Initial Exam application after the approved semester, the Payment Coupon will be placed on hold at NASBA until the final, official transcripts are received and approved.

Re-Exam:

Candidates who have:

  1. previously paid for an exam section or
  2. who last sat for the exam using “Paper and Pencil”

need to submit this application along with the associated fee(s).

Name Change

Please remember to change your e-mail and mailing addresses via your online account upon graduation, moving, etc.

All name changes must be submitted into the office via the appropriate form found online.

The same version of your name must appear on your exam application, your Notice to Schedule, and on the two forms of identification you present at the Prometric testing center. If not, you may be denied entrance into the center.  Please select the following link to view identification requirements NASBA Candidate Bulletin  or contact NASBA at 615-880-4200.

Request Made Before Paying the Exam Application:

If you need to change your name, you will need to submit the Change of Name form along with the appropriate documentation, if applicable.

Request Made After Paying the Exam Application:

If you need to change your name, you will need to submit the Change of Name form along with the appropriate documentation, if applicable. Please make this request no later than 10 days before the scheduled exam date. If we receive your request late, every effort will be made to change it in time. However, we cannot guarantee you will be admitted into the exam.

Social Security Number

The Illinois Board of Examiners does not require your Social Security Number (SSN) in order for you to become certified.  However, if you have been issued a SSN, make sure to include it on the exam application. If not, NASBA will charge you a Background Check fee in response to every application submitted without the SSN.  Please contact NASBA at www.nasba.org or 615-880-4200.

Request Made Before Paying the Exam Application:

If you need to add a Social Security Number, please submit the Change of Name form.

Request Made After Paying the Exam Application:

If you need to add a Social Security Number, please submit the Change of Name form to the Help Desk, help@ilboe.org, and request that the Background Fee assessed by NASBA be waived. Please note that this request needs to be made prior to paying the Payment Coupon. Once your request is acknowledged via e-mail, please feel free to pay the Payment Coupon after 5-7 business days. A revised Payment Coupon will not be re-issued although NASBA’s system will reflect the revised fee when you log in. If we receive your request after paying your Payment Coupon, the Background Check fee cannot be refunded.

Exam Section Selection

The Uniform CPA examination consists of four (4) sections:

  • Audit (AUD)…4 Hours
  • Business Environmental Concepts (BEC)…3 Hours
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR)…4 Hours
  • Regulations (REG)…3 Hours

For questions regarding the exam or its content, please select the following link www.aicpa.org.

Request for Special Accommodations

Candidates who require special accommodations during the administration of the Uniform CPA examination should submit the Request for Special Accommodations application along with the appropriate documentation.

Fees

Please note that the fees paid to the Illinois Board of Examiners are administrative fees related to transmitting your information to NASBA. There are separate fees due to NASBA in order to sit for the actual exam.

  • The Uniform CPA examination consists of four (4) sections: Audit (AUD), Business Environmental Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) and Regulations (REG).
  • Candidates are not required to select and pay for all four (4) parts of the examination at one time on any one application.
  • Provisional Candidates are allowed to sign up for and pay for exams only once. No additional sections can or will be added to the Initial Examination or Re-Examination applications Request for Special Accommodations.

The number of exam sections you select on an ILBOE exam application must be the same number of exams you intend to take within a six (6) month time frame. You must pay NASBA at one time for all the selected sections and must take the exams within six (6) months of your payment to NASBA. For example, if 4 sections are selected, the same four (4) sections must be paid to NASBA in one payment and therefore, all four (4) must be taken within six (6) months.

ILBOE Fees are as follows:
  • One (1) Exam Section - $40
  • Two (2) Exam Sections - $76
  • Three (3) Exam Sections - $108
  • Four (4) Exam Sections - $120

Please note that refunds are not issued for selecting the incorrect number of sections. No accommodations are made for selecting the wrong section(s).

For questions regarding the exam fees, please see the following link: www.nasba.org

For questions regarding fees for exam cancellations or reschedules, please see the following link: www.prometric.com

Next Steps

Once you have been approved to sit for the exam, you are always approved.  Therefore, you do not need to submit another evaluation application.  Simply log into your online account and submit the appropriate examination request application.

Illinois Board of Examiners

The ILBOE has had the responsibility of certifying completion of all educational and examination requirements for CPA candidates since 1903. Learn More »

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