UNIFORM CPA EXAMINATIONHANDBOOKCALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCYEXAMINATION UNIT2450 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300Sacramento, CA 95833Telephone: (916) 561-1703Facsimile: (916) 263-3677Web: 7/2020

CONTACT INFORMATIONCalifornia Board of Accountancy2450 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300Sacramento, CA 95833Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Main Telephone: (916) 263-3680Fax: (916) 236-3675Web site: status check, generalquestions)Telephone: (916) 263-3680Web tmlCBA OutreachE-mail: [email protected] a complaint, disciplinaryactions, questions regarding CPApractice)Telephone: (916) 561-1729Fax: (916) 263-3673E-mail: [email protected] Complaint FormExaminationTelephone: (916) 561-1703Fax: (916) 263-3677 or (916) 614-3253E-mail: [email protected] Licensing(Individual)Telephone: (916) 561-1701Fax: (916) 263-3676E-mail: [email protected] Licensing(Partnerships, Corporations,Fictitious Name Permits)Telephone: (916) 561-4301Fax: (916) 263-3676E-mail: [email protected] Renewal(CPA/PA, Partnerships,Corporations, Continuing Education)Telephone: (916) 561-1702Fax: (916) 263-3672E-mail: [email protected] OutreachE-mail: [email protected] PrivilegeTelephone: (916) 561-1704Fax: (916) 263-3672E-mail: [email protected]

TABLE OF CONTENTSI.CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY. 1Mission . 1Authority . 1CBA Responsibilities . 1Examination Unit . 1II.UNIFORM CPA EXAMINIATION . 2Nondisclosed CPA Exam & Subversion of the CPA Exam . 2III.EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS . 3Delayed Conferral of Baccalaureate Degree . 4Accounting Subjects . 4Business-Related Subjects . 4Quarter Units . 5IV.DOCUMENTING THE EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS . 5Official Transcripts/Foreign Academic Credentials Evaluations . 5United States Recognized Schools . 6United States Regional Accrediting Agencies . 6Foreign Educations. 6V.APPLYING FOR THE CPA EXAM . 6Personal Client Account . 6CPA Exam Application and Remittance Form . 6Application Fees . 7Returned Checks . 7Deficient Applications . 7Name and Address Changes. 8Application Status . 8Social Security Number (SSN) Advisory Statement . 8VI.SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS . 9VII.SCHEDULING TO TAKE THE CPA EXAM . 9Authorization to Test (ATT) & Payment Coupon. 9Paying CPA Exam Section Fees . 10Section Fees . 10Notice to Schedule (NTS) . 11

Scheduling CPA Exam Section with Prometric . 11Prometric Testing Centers . 11VIII. TAKING THE CPA EXAM . 12Problems at a Prometric Testing Center. 13IX.CPA EXAM SCORES AND CREDIT STATUS . 14Score Release . 14Credit Status . 14Rescore of Exam Section . 15Transfer of CPA Exam Scores. 15X.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) . 16

I.CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCYMissionThe mission of the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) is to protect consumers byensuring only qualified licensees practice public accountancy in accordance withestablished professional standards.AuthorityThe CBA derives its authority from the Business and Professions Code, Division 3,Chapter 1, Article 1 through Article 10 (Accountancy Act) and the California Code ofRegulations, Title 16, Division 1, Article 1 through Article 13 (CBA Regulations).Please visit the CBA website site at for the most recent version of theAccountancy Act and CBA Regulations.CBA Responsibilities Sets and examines applicants’ educational and experience requirements forCalifornia Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Regulates the practice of public accountancy in California and may deny licensure,suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew any license, permit, or certificate for violation ofthe Accountancy Act, CBA Regulations, or other laws under the CBA’s jurisdiction. Regulates, prescribes, amends, or repeals the rules of professional conductappropriate to the establishment and maintenance of a high standard of integrity andcompetency in the profession.The CBA website,, contains valuable information for licensees, CPAexamination candidates, licensure applicants, and consumers regarding CBA meetings,forms, enforcement matters, as well as the CBA’s publication UPDATE.Examination UnitThe primary responsibility of the Examination Unit is to process applications to sit for theUniform CPA Examination (CPA Exam), including the review of official transcripts andforeign credentials evaluations to ensure that examination candidates meet theeducational qualifications pursuant to section 5081 of the Accountancy Act.As a source of reference, please refer to the CBA website for detailed informationregarding the CPA Exam and your Client Account. Information regarding the CPAExam and your Client Account can also be obtained by contacting the Examination Unitby email at [email protected] or by telephone at (916) 561-1703.1

II.UNIFORM CPA EXAMINIATIONPrior to applying for a CPA license, you must pass the CPA Exam developed by theAmerican Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The AICPA is a professionalorganization of CPAs consisting of members in public practice, industry, government,and academia. The AICPA’s Board of Examiners write and grade the examination, aswell as ensure the continued validity and reliability of the exam; however, the CBAcontracts with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) toadminister the exam. In addition to delivering the examination, NASBA also collectsfees related to the administration of the exam, and provides special accommodations tocandidates with disabilities. You can schedule and take the CPA Exam at variousPrometric testing centers throughout the United States and its territories.The CPA Exam is a four-part, computerized exam, which tests auditing and accountingknowledge areas and skills that are necessary for entry into the profession and areessential for practice as a CPA. You must pass all four sections of the examinationprior to applying for licensure in any state. The following briefly describes each section: The Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section covers knowledge of generally acceptedauditing standards and procedures and the skills needed to apply them in auditingand other attestation engagements. The Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section assesses candidates’knowledge of a CPA’s professional responsibilities and the legal implications ofbusiness transactions, particularly as they relate to accounting and auditing. The Regulation (REG) section evaluates knowledge of principles and procedures forfederal income, estate, and gift taxation, managerial accounting, and accounting forgovernmental and not-for-profit organizations. The Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section appraises knowledge ofgenerally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises, including financialaccounting concepts and standards and their application in public accountingengagements.For additional information on the CPA Exam structure and content, including samplequestions and a tutorial, please visit the CPA Exam website at TheCBA does not provide study aids for the CPA Exam. Exam publications, CandidateBulletin – Information for Applicants and Uniform CPA Examination Alert, are availableat CPA Exam & Subversion of the CPA ExamThe CPA Exam is a nondisclosed exam, which means that present exam questions andanswers will not be published or divulged. You must sign a statement of confidentialitybefore sitting for the CPA Exam. Violating the confidentiality requirements subjects you2

to administrative and criminal penalties, in addition to expulsion from the CPA Examand forfeiture of scores.Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 123 makes it a misdemeanor for you, orany person, to engage in any conduct which subverts or attempts to subvert a licensingexamination or the administration of an examination, including, but not limited to: Impersonating any examinee or having an impersonator take the CPA Exam onone’s behalf.Communicating with another examinee during the administration of the CPA Exam.Copying answers from another examinee or permitting one’s answers to be copiedby another examinee.Having in one’s possession notes, written or printed materials, or data of any kind,other than the exam materials distributed or authorized to be in one’s possessionduring the CPA Exam.The CBA is committed to maintaining the security and integrity of the CPA Examprocess. If it is found that you have engaged in misconduct to subvert the security andintegrity of the CPA Exam, you will be referred to the CBA’s Enforcement Division forinvestigation. In accordance with Accountancy Act sections 5110-5113, CPA Examscores may be voided and candidates denied admission to future CPA Exams. Inaddition, the CBA will notify other states of any action taken under Accountancy Actsections 5110-5113.III.EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTSTo qualify to take the CPA Exam, you must meet the following minimum educationalrequirements: A baccalaureate degree or higher conferred by a degree-granting college oruniversity (or foreign equivalent evaluated by a CBA-approved foreign academiccredentials evaluation service) accredited by a United States regional institutionalaccrediting agency or national accrediting agency 24 semester units of accounting subjects 24 semester units of business-related subjectsOnce you have successfully passed all four parts of the CPA Exam, you must meet thefollowing additional educational requirements prior to CPA licensure: 150 total semester units20 semester units in accounting study subjects10 semester units in ethics study subjects3

Delayed Conferral of Baccalaureate DegreeCandidates enrolled in a program that results in the conferral of a baccalaureate degreeupon completion of either a master’s degree or the 150 semester units required for CPAlicensure may be approved to sit for the CPA Exam prior to conferral of the requiredbaccalaureate degree if certain conditions are met.In order to qualify you must have completed all baccalaureate degree requirements,including 24 semester units each in accounting and business-related subjects. You alsomust have your college or university mail your official transcript, or its equivalent,together or separately with a letter signed by the institution’s registrar, or its equivalent,directly to the CBA. The letter must include all of the following information:1. A statement that you are enrolled and in good standing in a program that willresult in the conferral of a baccalaureate degree upon completion of either amaster’s degree or the required 150 semester units.2. A statement that you have completed all requirements, including generaleducation and elective requirements, for a baccalaureate degree and the onlyreason the college