Application Types

Pre-Evaluations-$50

The Pre-Evaluation is not a required part of the evaluation process. Instead, the Pre-Evaluation is designed to help you explore the possibility of taking the CPA exam. Do you have a degree outside of accounting and wonder how much additional education you need in order to be qualified? Or, are you considering multiple jurisdictions? If so, the Pre-Evaluation will provide you with the basic information you need to make a decision.

Although you cannot be approved to sit for the CPA exam with the Pre-Evaluation, it is performed in the same manner as a Domestic Credentials Evaluation. Then, using the resulting report as an advisory tool, you can discover the extent to which your accumulated semester credit hours and coursework have satisfied our educational requirements. You will also understand how you are deficient, thus enabling you to plan future classes that will yield an approval. Please note that we do not consider in-progress coursework.

The Pre-Evaluation is performed only once, so if it sounds right for you, click here for the application process.

Or, click for the Pre-Evaluation application  and submission instructions for unofficial or official transcripts.  Need access to your account? Submit the request form. 

When you are ready to officially apply, the $50 Pre-Evaluation fee will not be deducted from the Domestic Credentials Evaluation fee of $200. If you submitted unofficial transcripts for your Pre-Evaluation, you will need to submit official ones for the Domestic evaluation. 

Foreign Advisory Evaluation requests need to be submitted to NASBA 

Domestic Evaluations-$200

This standard application is for candidates who have been educated in the United States at   Regionally Accredited 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 were 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. In order to be eligible to transfer your score(s), you must have met the educational requirements of the Illinois statute before initially taking the first section of the exam. You cannot now add classes in order to be eligible for a transfer of scores.

Click here for the application process.

Foreign Evaluations
  • This application is for candidates who have been educated outside the United States at an institution equivalent to a Regionally Accredited U.S. jurisdiction institution (excluding study abroad).

  • New– Individuals applying as New Candidates have never sat for any section of the CPA exam.

  • Partial– Individuals applying as Partial Candidates were 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: In order to be eligible to transfer your score(s), you must have met the educational requirements of the Illinois statute before initially taking the first section of the exam.You cannot now add classes in order to be eligible for a transfer of scores.

  • Click here for the application process.

Combination of Domestic & Foreign Evaluation Application Process-$200

This application is for candidates who have been educated both inside and outside the United States. Eligible candidates have earned credit (excluding study abroad) at non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions equivalent to Regionally Accredited US Jurisdiction institutions. Eligible candidates have also earned credit (including study abroad) from 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 were 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: in order to be eligible to transfer your score(s), you must have met the educational requirements of the Illinois statute before initially taking the first section of the exam. You cannot now add classes in order to be eligible for a transfer of scores.

Click here for the application process.

Total Transfer of Credit (TTC)-$345

This application is for a candidate who has passed all four (4) sections of the Uniform CPA Exam as a candidate in a different jurisdiction and:

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

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

Important:  In order to be eligible to transfer your scores, you must have met the educational requirements of the Illinois statute before initially taking the first section of the exam.You cannot now add classes in order to be eligible for a transfer of scores. For example, if you passed your first exam at 120 semester credit hours in another jurisdiction, you will not be eligible for a score transfer to Illinois.

Click here for the application process.

IQEX (International Qualifications Exam)-$345

This application is for 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).   

Click here for the application process.

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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