COVID 19 Updates & Other News

The Board staff (except high-risk employees who are working from home) returned to the office full-time in early May. Staff is social distancing and wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible. The Board office remains closed to visitors, but documents can be sent by mail, email, fax, or left in the dropbox in the hall.

CPA Exam Candidates

Q&A with NASBA and the AICPA

20 Questions from CPA Exam Candidates in 2020

Visit Prometric’s site openings list to see which sites are open. Please monitor NASBA’s Twitter posts and website and Prometric’s site for updates. Please review Prometric’s Test Center policies before your appointment. Because of COVID-19, Prometric is providing test-takers with paper and pen instead of the laminated noteboards.

Notices to Schedule:  All North Carolina CPA Exam Notices to Schedule (NTS) expiring between April 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020, now expire on December 31, 2020. NASBA is updating/has updated the expiration dates in the Gateway. Please email your questions about the NTS  extension to Phyllis Elliott.

Section Credits:  The expiration date for Exam section credits expiring April 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, has been extended to December 31, 2020. For example, if a section credit expired on May 18, 2020, the new expiration date is December 31, 2020. NASBA is updating/has updated the expiration dates. Please email your questions about the section credit extension to Phyllis Elliott, the Board’s Exam Specialist.

Continuous Testing:  Continuous Testing for CPA Exam candidates began on July 1, 2020. Under the Continuous Testing model, candidates have the ability to take the Exam year-round, without restriction,  other than waiting to receive scores from prior attempts of the same section or when there is a significant change to the Exam. Continuous Testing replaced the CPA Exam Testing Window model that permitted candidates to test only during designated time frames each calendar quarter. Please monitor NASBA’s Twitter posts and website and the AICPA’s website for updates.

Fee Increase: Effective August 1, 2020, the Uniform CPA Examination fees charged by NASBA and the AICPA increased. The Board’s administrative fees did not change. Applications postmarked on or after August 1, 2020, will be processed using the new fee schedule. Please contact Phyllis Elliott, the Board’s Exam Specialist, with questions about applying for the Exam.

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Rescheduling Fees: Prometric re-instated cancellation and rescheduling fees on August 3, 2020. There is no fee for canceling or rescheduling an appointment at least 30 days in advance. If you cancel or reschedule between five and 30 days before your appointment, you must pay a fee directly to Prometric. If you reschedule within five days of your appointment, you will be required to pay the full Prometric testing fee for the section you are rescheduling. See the Candidate Bulletin for additional information regarding these fees.  

Candidates who have their appointments canceled or rescheduled as a result of continued site closures or regional restrictions will not be penalized in this circumstance and are entitled to one free reschedule for their exam. Additionally, candidates who are unable to test due to COVID-19 illness or impact should follow our standard escalation procedure by utilizing the Test Taker “Contact Us” form and choose “Request a Refund.”