AICPA Announces New CPA Exam User Experience

The AICPA announced the forthcoming launch of the next generation of Uniform CPA Examination technology. These technology updates will improve the user experience and enhance the tools and functionality available to exam candidates. The changes will become effective at Prometric test centers on April 1, 2018.

The improvements to user experiences come on the heels of the AICPA’s successful launch of an updated version of the exam in April 2017. That content-focused update had helped maintain the exam’s alignment with the work of a newly licensed CPA.

“These improvements and updates to the CPA Exam software and tools will modernize the candidate’s testing experience,” says Michael Decker, AICPA vice president of examinations. “Beyond that, this is an investment in the future of the exam that will increase our ability to make changes to both the technology and content. This added flexibility will help ensure that the exam remains aligned with the work being done in the profession.”

To aid candidates as they work to familiarize themselves with the new experience, the AICPA website has tutorial help files, web-based sample tests for each exam section and a video that takes viewers through the enhanced features of this software.

The launch of the software requires additional evaluation of test question performance for the 2018 Q2, Q3 and Q4 test windows, which necessitates scores to be held until the close of each window. In 2019 Q1, the Exam will return to the traditional rolling score release. Exact score release dates are posted to the Score Release Timeline page of AICPA website.