Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination
Before applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services (CPAES), please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s educational requirements to determine if you are eligible to apply as a first-time candidate. You are also advised to read The Candidate Bulletin before submitting applications online. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
You may register online via credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover only). To apply for the CPA Examination online, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our online application tool. If you’ve previously applied for the CPA Examination outside of our online application tool (via paper application or other method), you will need to import your previous application information. To do this, you will need to know the jurisdiction in which you sat for the examination as a first-time candidate, and your Jurisdiction ID Number. If you need your Jurisdiction ID number, click here. Registering for a user account will allow you to apply for the exam, maintain your current information, view your scores, check your application status and reprint your Notice(s) To Schedule.
Send any additional required information or documents to:
CPA Examination Services – NJ
Materials to be Submitted with Application
Please allow up to two weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.
Note: If you have not sat for the examination since 2004, you must re-apply as a first-time candidate.
Applicants with Disabilities
In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, examination administration accommodations are available, should you qualify. Please download the ADA Modification Form for more information.
You may take the required test sections individually and in any order, but are required to pass all four sections of the examination within a rolling 18 month period, which begins on the date the first examination section passed was taken.
Credit for any section passed shall be valid for 18 months from the actual date the examination sections were taken. Examination credit expires by section. You will lose credit for each section passed outside the 18 month period, and will have to retake those sections.
All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application. All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration.
You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
There is no provision for withdrawing from the examination and/or requesting an extension of your current Notices to Schedule (NTS). Application and/or examination fees are not refundable. If you have an extreme circumstance, you may request an NTS extension or a partial refund of your examination fees under specific circumstances utilizing the Exception to Policy Form.
Eligibility for Examination
To take the Uniform CPA Examination, you must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, and satisfy the following education requirements:
I. You shall possess a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, based upon a curriculum that includes a minimum of:
Note: If you qualify to take the Examination pursuant to this provision, you shall not be issued a license until successful completion of at least 150 semester hours of education, as set forth below. The 150 semester hours of education requirement shall not apply if you obtained a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent prior to July 1, 2000 and qualified for licensure prior to such date.
You shall have completed at least 150 hours of education, including a baccalaureate or higher degree. You shall be deemed to have satisfied the educational requirement if, as part of the 150 semester hours of education, you have satisfied anyone of the following four conditions:
120 hour Waiver for Examination
Your application will be evaluated based on the 150 hour requirement first when you apply for the examination. If those requirements are not met, then you will be eligible for a waiver if you have earned 120 semester hours and a bachelor’s degree; these must be listed on your official transcript. You will receive a 120 hour waiver letter that indicates what hours are lacking in order to the meet the 150 hour licensing requirement.
If you have completed all educational requirements at the time of application, you must:
If you have completed educational requirements at institutions outside the U.S., you must:
NOTE: If you applied under 120 Hour Waiver but completed additional education after taking one or more parts of the examination, you can submit additional transcripts to our office to be placed in your file. However, a new educational evaluation will not be completed until you apply for licensure.
For more information, please see NASBA’s Licensing page for New Jersey.
There is not a residency requirement for the state of New Jersey.
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