Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination
The first step when applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services is to familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s ‘Eligibility Requirements’ and ‘Materials to be Submitted.’ You must read the Candidate Guide before submitting any applications.
Once you are ready to begin the application process, sign up for an Okta account through https://dashboard.nasba.org. You will receive an email to verify your Okta account creation. You can log into your application dashboard and click the CPA Portal button. Next, there will be an option to select ‘New Candidate,’ where you can enter your new candidate information, or ‘Existing Candidate,’ where you can enter information to match the application information we already have on file. You will receive a second email verifying your enrollment into the CPA Portal. Once completed, you will have access to your CPA Portal, where you can submit online applications and payments, maintain your candidate information, and view and print your receipts, Notice to Schedules (NTS), and Score Notices. When applying for Exam sections, you may only do so for one Exam section per exam section application. You may submit more than one Exam section application but are only allowed one NTS per Exam section. You should only apply for the Exam section if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
New candidates who require an educational evaluation and plan on taking BEC before December 15, 2023, must submit their educational evaluation no later than October 1, 2023.
Once you have been found eligible for the CPA Exam, you must complete your Exam Section Application for BEC no later than November 12, 2023.
Re-exam candidates that have already been approved for a prior NTS (any section) must apply for a BEC NTS before November 12, 2023.
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 requirement:
Candidates found eligible for the Exam prior to July 1, 2017 will be permitted to continue testing but will be required to meet the new education requirements in order to qualify for a license.
After you successfully pass all 4 sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, if you did NOT meet the 150 semester hour requirements for CPA licensure at the time you were originally found eligible to take the CPA Exam, you must submit an additional Academic Credential Evaluation (ACE) Application through NASBA Licensing Services before you will be permitted to apply for CPA licensure. The purpose of ACE Applications is to verify an individual found eligible to sit for the CPA Exam under the 120 semester hour requirements for the state of New Jersey now meets the current 150 hour requirements for CPA licensure. All 120 semester hour applicants must complete an ACE Application as part of the CPA licensure application process. If you met the 150 hour requirements at the time you were originally found eligible to sit for the CPA Examination as a candidate of the state of New Jersey, you may apply for CPA licensure directly through the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy upon successful completion of the CPA Examination.
Please visit the link provided below for additional details:https://nasba.org/licensure/nasbalicensing/newjersey/
You may qualify for Licensure based on the following requirements:
If you completed your baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, prior to July 1, 2000:
All courses, not just the degree, must have been completed by July 1, 2000.
If you have completed all educational requirements at the time of application:
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.
Materials to be Submitted
Please Note: Do not apply for the CPA Exam until your bachelor’s degree is conferred on your transcript.
Please allow two to four 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 Testing Accommodations Request Form for more information.
Education Evaluation Application
Before you can apply for an exam section you must first be deemed eligible for the CPA Exam. Your Evaluation Application will determine if you meet the educational requirements needed to take the CPA Exam for your selected jurisdiction.
Education Evaluation Application Fee: $90.00
Exam Section Application
Once you have been found eligible for the CPA Exam you may then apply for a specific exam section. You can only apply for one exam section per application. You are advised to only apply for the exam section if you are ready to take it. Your Notice to Schedule will be valid for a limited amount of time, and you must take the exam section listed on the NTS within this time frame or you will lose those fees paid.
Exam Section Application Fee: $344.80
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.
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 30 month period.
Credit for any section passed shall be valid for 30 months from the score release date. Examination credit expires by section. You will lose credit for each section passed outside the 30 month period, and will have to retake those sections.
CONTACT US800-CPA-EXAM (800-272-3926)
International: (615) 880-4250
New Jersey Coordinator
CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469
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