How Does COVID-19 Affect CPA Exam Candidates?

I received the following from the MSCPA newsletter yesterday, March 25, 2020.  I thought students would be interested in this information, specifically the last bullet point regarding Pass/Fail Courses.  Read on to make sure you are fully informed!

Find answers to questions regarding the following topics in an informational blog post from Roger CPA Review and the AICPA. Below are the highlights. Please share this information with your students.

  • CPA Exam Notice to Schedule (NTS):
    • The Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy Massachusetts has agreed to extend NTS for CPA candidates scheduled between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 until September 30, 2020. We will share the official statement when it is released.
  • The 18-Month Testing Window:
    • NASBA has every intention of supporting CPA candidates during this difficult time. So, CPA Exam credit extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact NASBA directly with questions.
  • Prometric Testing Centers:
    • Prometric currently anticipates re-opening their testing centers by April 15, however this is dependent on COVID-19 circumstances that are changing daily.
    • Prometric is reaching out to all CPA candidates who had CPA Exams scheduled between April 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020 to reschedule, at no cost to the candidate.
    • CPA candidates will not have to pay rescheduling fees to Prometric during this time.
  • Pass/Fail Courses for CPA Educational Requirements in Massachusetts:
    • The Massachusetts State Board of Public Accountancy accepts pass/fail grades provided that they are listed on an official transcript from an accredited school and that credit hours received for the course will be listed as well.

Read the full blog post here. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.


By Melissa J. Sawyer
Melissa J. Sawyer Senior Associate Director/Operations Manager, Undergraduate Career Development, Pulsifer Career Development Center Melissa J. Sawyer