How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

First Constraint: How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

You have come to the right place to find out how far in advance you can schedule a CPA Exam. For reference, let’s take a look at Will Jackson’s Notice to Schedule.

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Do you see how for each CPA Exam section, Will has an “Earliest You Can Take The Exam” and a “Latest You Can Take The Exam” date value? Your Notice to Schedule provides the latest bound in which you can schedule a CPA Exam section. Now, most jurisdictions grant you a six month window to schedule each section. Specifically for Will, he can schedule during the six month interval from April 27, 2012, to October 27, 2012. However, not all jurisdictions abide by this rule of thumb. Jurisdictions such as California, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Virginia differ from the norm and may be more or less generous with your window to schedule. For more information, check out when is the CPA Exam given.
 

Second Constraint: How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

The second constraint that you could face is that during certain testing windows the CPA Exam is not offered. In particular, the CPA Exam is not offered in March, June, September, or December. For example, if you received your Notice to Schedule and the “Earliest You Can Take The Exam” reads January 15, 2012, and the “Latest You Can Take The Exam” reads June 15, 2012, the latest you would be able to take the CPA Exam section is May 31, 2012, since the CPA Exam is traditionally not offered in June.
 

Third Constraint: How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

The third constraint that you could face is that the Prometric testing site of your choosing does not actually offer the CPA Exam of interest on the specific day you are looking for. For Example, if you received your Notice to Schedule and the “Earliest You Can Take The Exam” reads May 25, 2012, and the “Latest You Can Take The Exam” reads November 25, 2012, the Prometric testing site may be closed for the weekend before Thanksgiving, the week of Thanksgiving, and the weekend after Thanksgiving, which ended on November 25, 2012.
 

Fourth Constraint: How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

The fourth constraint that you could face is that you have already taken a section during a testing window and you desire to retake the same section again. You are not allowed to take the same section twice in the same two month testing window. As a result, if you desire to retake a section and you request a new Notice to Schedule, the “Earliest You Can Take The Exam” will read the first day of the next testing window.
 

Suggestions: How Far in Advance Can You Schedule a CPA Exam?

With regards to scheduling sections of the CPA Exam, the best advice is to plan ahead. NASBA recommends that you schedule through Prometric 45 days in advance. It can be incredibly competitive to find ideal CPA testing times and testing locations. You and all the other aspiring CPAs from your college or university and from other colleges or universities are seeking to take sections of the CPA Exam around the same time with a limited number of testing appointments. Be especially wary of appointments immediately following March, June, September, or December because these appointments tend to fill up fast. Plan, plan, plan. As always, remember to breathe.

 

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