Application Types

Pre-Evaluations-$50

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 with domestic credits** 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 and viewing of scores. Need access to your account? Submit the request form.

**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.  

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Domestic Evaluations-$200

Eligible candidates have been awarded Semester Credit Hours (SCH) from Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions (including study abroad).  

  1. New– Individuals applying as New Candidates have never sat for any section of the CPA exam.
  2.  Partial– Individuals applying as Partial Candidates are approved to sit in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and 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 in order to transfer any passing scores

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Foreign Evaluations
  • 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.  

  1. New– Individuals applying as New Candidates have never sat for any section of the CPA exam.
  2. Partial– Individuals applying as Partial Candidates are approved to sit in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and 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 in order to transfer any passing scores.

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Combination of Domestic & Foreign Evaluation Application Process-$200

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 and non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions (excluding study abroad) Semester Credit Hours (SCH) equivalent to Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions.  

  1. New– Individuals applying as New Candidates have never sat for any section of the CPA exam.
  2. Partial– Individuals applying as Partial Candidates are approved to sit in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and 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 in order to transfer any passing scores.

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Total Transfer of Credit (TTC)-$345

Eligible candidates have passed all four (4) sections of the Uniform CPA Exam as a candidate in a different jurisdiction and:

      (A) were never granted a license in any jurisdiction and     

      (B) wish to become certified then possibly licensed in Illinois.

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

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IQEX (International Qualifications Exam)-$345

Eligible candidates 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).   

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Other/Foreign Candidates

An Other or Foreign Candidate is an applicant who has yet to submit a Foreign Credential Evaluation, Total Transfer Credit application or IQEX application via the ILBOE online account system. If you need to submit an exam application, please see the Existing Candidate option.

Candidates with both foreign and domestic credits must submit applications, fees, and documentation to both NASBA and the ILBOE.

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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, excluding Provisional Approval, 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.

FAQ

Q: Do I need to pay the ILBOE again for the evaluation application?

A: No, if it is within three (3) years of the date listed on the first deficiency letter generated.

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Q:  Is the pre-evaluation required in order to become qualified to sit? 

A: No.  If you plan to sit for the exam within three (3) years, submitting the Domestic Credential Evaluation application makes more sense.

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Q: I had my foreign coursework evaluated previously.  Am I still required to have them evaluated by NASBA?

A: Yes, NASBA is our only approved international evaluation servicer. 

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Q: What is Provisional Approval status?

A: Provisional Approval status allows candidates to sit for the CPA exam before officially meeting all of the requirements, if they are in or about to start the last term in which, at its end, they will have met the current requirements in effect.

 

Q: How do I apply for Provisional Approval status?

A: Provisional Approval is automatically awarded when deemed possible during an evaluation review.  

 

Q: Am I able to transfer my scores from an outside jurisdiction into Illinois for certification?

A: Yes, as long as all our requirements in effect at the time you sat for the first section were met. 

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Q: Do I have to pay NASBA and the ILBOE if I have both international and domestic coursework.

A: Yes, evaluation fees are due to both agencies.  

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