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Pre-Evaluations-$50

Do you simply need to know if you are on the right track with classes? Do you have a school balance and cannot order official transcripts? Or are you possibly considering multiple jurisdictions? If so, the Pre-Evaluation is perfect for you!

Candidates who wish to identify any deficiencies before committing themselves to the actual credential evaluation’s terms and conditions and $200 fee should submit the Pre-Evaluation application, the unofficial or official transcripts** via mail along with a check or money order in the amount of $50. Once the application and fee are processed, you will receive a temporary ID and Password allowing you access to the ILBOE online system for future submission of the Domestic Credentials Evaluation, exam applications, viewing of scores, etc.*

Please allow 6-8 weeks for the results to be e-mailed once your application is processed.

Feel free to contact the Help Desk at help@ilboe.org for further details. Foreign Advisory Evaluation requests need to be submitted to NASBA

*Please Note: The Pre-Evaluation is not the same as an actual Domestic Evaluation. Upon its review, one cannot be approved to sit for the Uniform CPA exam.  It should only be used as a guide or advisory tool. The $50 Pre-Evaluation fee will not be deducted from the Domestic Credentials Evaluation fee of $200 if you are found to meet the requirements in effect.  If and when you decide to submit the Domestic Credentials Evaluation, please submit the Online Access Request form if you do not have access to the online system.  DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT...ONE HAS BEEN CREATED FOR YOU

**Any official transcripts received for a pre-evaluation application can and will be used for the domestic evaluation, if applicable.  Therefore, if you send officials for the pre-evaluation, you DO NOT need to resubmit them.

Domestic Evaluations-$200

  1. Eligible candidates have been awarded Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions.
  2. Partial- Individuals applying as Partial Candidates have been approved in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and have sat for any section of the CPA exam. However, s/he did not complete or pass ALL four sections. Please note: The educational requirements of the Illinois statute MUST have been met before initially taking the first section of the exam.

Foreign Evaluations

  1.  Eligible candidates have been awarded non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions (excluding study abroad) Semester Credit Hours (SCH) equivalent to Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions.  First you will submit your foreign application and documents and applicable fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. Next, you will submit the foreign application and domestic documents to the ILBOE.
  2. Partial- Individuals applying as Partial Candidates have been approved in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and have sat for any section of the CPA exam. However, s/he did not complete or pass ALL four sections. Please note: The educational requirements of the Illinois statute MUST have been met before initially taking the first section of the exam.  First you will submit your foreign application and documents and applicable fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete.  Next, you will submit the foreign application and domestic documents to the ILBOE.

For further details, please review the Introduction to CPA Process section.

COMBINATION OF DOMESTIC & FOREIGN EVALUATION APPLICATION PROCESS-$200

It is very important to note that if you have foreign credits that total ONE (1) full-load semester, which is equal to 12 domestic semester credit hours or less, YOU DO NOT have to submit the International Credential Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure – $225.  Please submit the Additional Education Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure – $120 application instead.

If your education is a combination from non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) (excluding study abroad) with US or Domestic institutions, you will submit two applications and sets of fees and documents.

  1. Eligible candidates have been awarded non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions (excluding study abroad) Semester Credit Hours (SCH) equivalent to Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions.  First you will submit your foreign application and documents and applicable fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. Next, you will submit the domestic application and documents and fee to the ILBOE.
  2. Partial- Individuals applying as Partial Candidates have been approved in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and have sat for any section of the CPA exam. However, s/he did not complete or pass ALL four sections. Please note: The educational requirements of the Illinois statute MUST have been met before initially taking the first section of the exam.  First you will submit your foreign application and documents and applicable fee toNASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete.  Next, you will submit the domestic application and domestic documents to the ILBOE.

For further details, please review the Introduction to CPA Process section.

Please note if you feel that you have met all of our requirements with domestic credits alone, you are not required to submit the foreign application, fees and documents to NASBA.  

However, if it is determined that you did not meet the requirements with domestic credits alone, you will need to submit the foreign application, fees and documents to NASBA.  This will delay the results of the evaluation because the applications were submitted out of order.

Total Transfer of Credit (TTC)-$345

Please note: The educational requirements of the Illinois statute MUST have been met before initially taking the first section of the exam.

Candidates with a combination of domestic and foreign credits should review the Introduction to CPA Process section for additional instructions.

Candidates applying for TTC (domestic or foreign) have passed all four (4) sections of the Uniform CPA Exam as a candidate in a different jurisdiction and:

      (A) were never certified or granted a license and
      (B) wish to become certified then possibly licensed in Illinois.

For further details, please review the Introduction to CPA Process section.

IQEX (International Qualifications Exam)-$345

Candidates applying for IQEX are accounting professionals from another country whose professional body has entered into a mutual recognition agreement with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).  For more information, please select the following link:  International Qualification Examination

Approvals

Please note that all correspondence (evaluation letters, receipt of transcripts, exam approval letters, etc.) are sent via e-mail ONLY.  Please check your inbox and spam/junk folders before contacting our office.

Without the appropriate application, fees and documents, we cannot state whether or not you are approved to sit.

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.

If you previously received a deficiency letter and did not clear those deficiencies within three (3) years of the first deficiency letter or Provisional Approval letter, you must submit the hard copy evaluation application, appropriate fee and required documents again for approval.

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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