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Applying to Take the Exam

All answers are specific to the requirements in Indiana. Should you plan to become licensed in another state, be sure to read and understand the rules & regulations set by that state's board of accountancy. Requirements vary from state-to-state.

When can I start taking the CPA Exam?
Once you have met all educational requirements. If you have not met the 150-credit hour requirement, you may not sit for the CPA Exam.

Why does applying early for the CPA Exam matter?
Being able to apply 60 days prior to graduation will allow you to schedule your CPA Exams right after graduation. For example, Johnny Apple graduates in December. Now he can apply for the Exam 60 days prior to graduation (in October). Since CPA Exam Services takes six to eight weeks to send your notice to schedule, you will receive your notice to schedule right around graduation. Essentially, you can begin the CPA Exam in the January-February testing window. In the past, if you were to graduate in December, you were required to wait and send your application once you’ve met the 150-hour education requirement. With the six to eight week wait time for the notice to schedule, the earliest you’d be able to sit for the CPA Exam would have been in late February or April (March is a closed testing window)! This is a huge benefit to Indiana students.

Can I apply early?
Yes! Sixty (60) days prior to completing the 150-credit hour requirement, you may apply to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam. You’ll follow the same application process, but you’ll also send need to have a certificate of enrollment form sent to CPA Exam Services.

If I will graduate on Dec. 11 (meeting the 150 credit hour requirement), when can I apply to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam?
If you will meet the 150 credit hour requirement on Dec. 11, you can apply for the CPA Exam 60 days before Dec. 11. Who does the letter from the institution (COE) need to come from? The guidance office, records office, teacher, etc.? For early application, your schools dean or registrar will need to complete the certificate of enrollment form and the academic institution must send it directly to CPA Exam Services.

Who does the letter from the institution (COE) need to come from? The guidance office, records office, teacher, etc.?
For early application, your schools dean or registrar will need to complete the certificate of enrollment form and the academic institution must send it directly to CPA Exam Services.

When must I prove that I’ve graduated and met the necessary education requirements?
You must submit proof to CPA Exam Services that you have met the 150 credit hour requirement no later than 60 days immediately following the end of the window in which the candidate sits for the examination.

Where do I send proof that I have graduated?
Send proof to CPA Examination Services-IN, P.O. Box 198469, Nashville, TN 37219

If I apply and pass a section of the CPA Exam and fail to provide proof of the 150-credit hour requirement, what happens?
The Indiana Board of Accountancy and/or CPA Exam Services may cancel any examination scores received by a candidate who fails to meet the requirements.


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