Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Colleen Conrad reported that the NASBA/AICPA/Prometric group is researching the possibility of continuous testing, or at least shortening the dark period when candidates are unable to test. NASBA is asking for input from the State Boards on this idea because it would require a rule change as candidates could possibly retake the same section of the Examination more than once in each window. Also this would allow candidates to potentially take the Examination more times during the 18 months now set in the Boards’ rules and the Boards’ feedback on that change is also being requested by Ms. Conrad and NASBA Director of Examination Services Patricia Hartman.

NASBA, AICPA and Prometric are also expecting to announce later this summer that candidates will be able to take the Uniform CPA Examination in Prometric testing centers in Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom sometime soon. Besides residents of those countries, it is also anticipated that candidates from the European Union, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the United States will be able to take the Examination in the newly added locations. The Examination is now being administered in Prometric centers in Japan and locations in South America and the Middle East, besides the United States.

A second score release from the new Gateway system went out in late June. Ms. Conrad reported it has gone smoothly and NASBA will continually improve the releases to meet the individual needs of the 55 Boards of Accountancy.

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