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CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Examination International Application Process : The application for international candidates is very similar to domestic candidates. The only real difference is in the educational requirements. Most US Colleges and Universities are accredited and approved by NASBA and the AICPA. Thus, US candidates don’t tend to have problems with their education requirements. Before you apply, check the NASBA site to make sure you institution is recognised. After that is out of the way, your application process should be pretty easy.

1) Contact the appropriate board of accountancy to obtain an application.

2) Send in your application including the required recommendation letters, transcripts, photographs, and other documents. You should request your application several months in advance. Keep a copy of your completed application, and send your application by certified mail (return receipt requested).

3) Use your ATT to obtain a NTS

4) Use your NTS to schedule your exam.

State boards are constantly changing their CPA exam requirements, so make sure to contact the state you plan to sit in before sending in your application.

Once you have passed the exam in one state you can transfer to another state if need be. You will have to meet the education and experience requirements of the new state, but normally you are given credit for having already passed the CPA exam.

Once you’ve decided where you want to take the exam, don’t sit around. Start studying right away! The last thing you want to happen is to re-take one of these exams after this lengthy application process.

CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Examination International Application Process : 

1. Start the CPA Exam Application Process by Selecting a State

You may have learned that there are 55 state boards with slightly different CPA exam requirements, and you need to pick one state to apply. Typical scenarios:

First scenario

You know where you want to register, because (1) you have been living/working there; or (2) you plan to live/work there in the near future.

2. Select a Credential Evaluation Agency

Note: this step is applicable to international candidates only.

By international candidate, it means that you have taken at least one course in non-US universities. It depends on where you took the course instead of your nationality. For example, if you are a German national studying in the US, you are considered a “US / domestic” candidate. But if you are a US citizen who spent a semester in Singapore, the credits gained from this exchange program need to be evaluated by the evaluation agency.

Once you have chosen a state, check out the list of approved credential evaluation agencies. This is necessary because the state boards needs a third-party agency to “translate” your transcript into something equivalent to the US system.

You can pick an agency based on:

  • Acceptance by the board (most important!)
  • Pricing
  • Speed
  • Service e.g. online status update, inquiry turnaround time

If it is difficult for you to obtain the original transcript required for the evaluation, you may want to pick an agency that is willing to accept a photocopy and verify the authenticity on your behalf. This service costs considerably more but it can save you a lot of time and hassle.

3. Send Application Form to State Board

US applicants

Fill in the application form online or send the form to the state board. Remember to contact your school and request a transcript to be sent directly to the state board.

International applicants

If you are quite certain that the evaluation process in step 2 runs smoothly, you can send the CPA exam application to the state board first. The agency will send the evaluation report to the state board directly.

If you aren’t sure, wait until you receive the evaluation report. If the result is not favourable, you can take care of the missing credits before application.

4. Wait for the Result

It takes anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks depending on the state and time of the year. Big states such as California and Illinois takes the longest time.

5. Research on Review Materials

It’s a good time to check out the CPA review books or courses and pick one that suits your background, learning style and budget.

6. Double Check Your NTS

Once the application is approved, you will receive the NTS (Notice To Schedule) by email or mail. Check very carefully the information on your NTS and make sure the name matches with at least two sets of ID. You need to bring these IDs to the testing center for verification.

7. Schedule Your Exam

Your NTS is typically valid for 6 months (a few states give you 9-12 months). You can  schedule your exam anytime between now and the expiry date.

Try scheduling the exam at least 1 month in advance to secure good dates.

8. Create Your Study Plan

A good study plan keeps track of your progress and make sure you don’t fall behind.

My book also discusses extensively on study plans and general CPA exam prep tips.

9. Double and Triple Check

Triple check your IDs for verification on exam day are valid and that the name matches with the record on your NTS. You should also check out the testing centre before the exam day to estimate travelling time and understand the traffic condition.

10. Sleep Early the Night Before

CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Examination International Application Process : To complete your application correctly, it’s important to know the rules of application in your state or jurisdiction. These pointers will help:

  • Be accurate and thorough. Incomplete applications are generally rejected.
  • Make sure the name on your application exactly matches the name on the two forms of valid identification you bring for admission to the testing center.
  • Official school transcripts must be provided. (Note: Allow extra time if you have an international degree, as it may also require additional evaluation.)

CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Examination International Application Process : To sit for the CPA Exam a candidate must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years old; of good moral character; a graduate of an accredited college or university with a bachelor or master’s degree that includes a concentration in accounting; and all candidates must have a Social Security number.
Each applicant must provide the Board with an official transcript that clearly indicates the applicant has earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree with a concentration in accounting, and the date the degree was conferred (electronic transcripts not accepted). A concentration in accounting means a minimum of 39 semester hours in business-related subjects, of which at least 27 semester hours consists of accounting courses.
Accounting course means the subject matter contained in the course description or catalogue issued by a college or university includes auditing, tax, accounting standards, principles, or processes.  Business-related subjects means courses that contain in the course prefix or title an indication that the course subject matter is one of the following: business, finance, marketing, management, economics, computers, statistics, or accounting.

CPA Examination International Application Process

CPA Time Table : 

January 1February 29
April 1 May 31
July 1August 31
October 1 November 30

CPA Examination International Application Process

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