Maintaining a CPA license

You studied for hours, days, weeks, and months for the CPA Exam. You ignored your family and friends, consumed nothing but carbs and caffeine, and DVR’d your favorite shows only to let them sit while you kept your nose buried in your prep materials.

And you didn’t pass. Ugh.

Your first instinct upon seeing a sub-75 might be to let out a primal scream and put your foot through your computer. But it also might be to reschedule that failed section and retake it right away.

But wait!

Before you log into CPA Portal to reapply, remember this:

You may not repeat any section within the same testing window. If you reapply for the same section within the same testing window, the effective date of your new Notice to Schedule (NTS) will begin in the next testing window.


  • You must wait at least 24 hours after receipt of your score to reapply for the same section of the Exam. The NTS is valid for one testing event or until the expiration date, whichever is first exhausted for each Exam section.
  • If your Exam has already launched at the test site, you will not be eligible to reapply and sit in the same window. In that event, the effective dates of your new NTS will begin in the next testing window.

We want to do everything we can to make sure you have the tools to help you pass all four Exam sections within the 18-month period. As always, we encourage you to consult the Candidate Guide before scheduling.

It may also help you to check out these Exam-related articles:

> 12 Common CPA Exam Errors We Want You to Avoid
> Preparing for the CPA Exam – A Three-Part Series
> Breaking Down the CPA Exam Application Process
> CPA Exam Application Process FAQ
> Common Security Issues to Avoid at the Testing Center
> Managing Test Anxiety – A Three-Part Series