COVID-19 CPA Exam Updates & Information

How to Stay on Track During Challenging Times

Last updated April 24, 2020

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and its impact to the CPA candidates, students, professionals, instructors, and employers we serve.  Our team is committed to continuously updating you on any changes related to the CPA Exam that may impact your study plans.  Please check this page regularly for updates as they become available.  We will also continue to update you via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn channels as well. 

Prometric Exam Center Closures and Safety Precautions

Please check for the latest information on closures, rescheduling and safety precautions by visiting:

Information will be updated often as AICPA, NASBA and Prometric continually monitor the virus situation.

Emergency Testing Period

In anticipation of the reopening of Prometric test centers and in response to the COVID-19 situation, NASBA, AICPA and Prometric have made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period to provide additional testing opportunities. As part of this procedure, the 20Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020. Check the Prometric website  for updates and to schedule your testing date.

Continuous Testing

Current test center closures will not affect the plan for Continuous Testing, which launches July 1, 2020.

Notice to Schedule (NTS)

All NTS with expirations between April 1 – June 30, 2020, have been extended until September 30, 2020. At this time, no action is required by candidates and there is no need to contact NASBA or your Board of Accountancy. If your exam credit expires outside of this window, you will need to follow normal policies to request an extension.

NASBA has identified all candidates who have an open NTS and credit expiring through June 30, 2020, and provided this information to Boards with a recommendation to grant an extension of credit if the candidate is impacted by circumstances beyond their control. Due to the closure of many board offices, the decisions to extend conditional credit will not be finalized until Boards resume normal operations. There is no need to contact Boards at this time.

18-Month Window Extension

CPA Exam credit extensions will be considered beyond the 18-month window on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your state board to request an extension.

CPA Exam Score Release

Q2 Score release dates will be delayed by a minimum of 16 days. Release dates listed below are subject to change.

If you take your exam on/before: Updated score release date:
April 20 May 4 May 20
May 15 May 26 June 11
May 31 June 8 June 24
June 10 June 19 July 5

Semester Hour Changes

Several state boards of public accountancy have passed temporary emergency measures to change the number of semester hours for in-person classes. Many universities are moving classes online amid COVID-19 concerns, which is what prompted this decision. CPA Exam candidates, we encourage you to review your specific State Board of Public Accountancy to understand changes in your state, specifically the start/end dates and if the changes are retroactive.

Free Support from Wiley

“We are living through one of the most significant events in history. No one can predict what will happen, but you can keep focused on your goals and objectives. Focus on the things that you can control and stay the course in your studies. Take a deep breath – we will get through this. Believe it or not, we are being given a precious gift – the gift of time – use it wisely.”

Pam Smith, PhD, CPA

Free Extension of Online Access

If you are using Wiley CPAexcel and your exam date has been impacted, please contact our customer service team for a free extension of your online access.

Free Access to Wiley CPAexcel Virtual Classroom Series

We are offering free access to our Virtual Classroom Series, including the entire archive of recorded classes and live lectures, through April 30, 2020. Our online classes are led by expert instructors who discuss the most difficult CPA topics, while students get the opportunity to ask real-time questions.

Here’s how to access the Virtual Classroom Series for free:

Visit the Wiley CPAexcel Virtual Classroom Series product page for details and class schedules.
Add the product to your cart and enter code FREECLASSES at checkout.
You will be asked to create an account (or log in to your existing account). You will NOT be required to enter your credit card information.
Log in to your account to access the product and begin participating in classes.

Additional Resources

For the latest information, please visit the following sites for important messages and continued updates.

AICPA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
Prometric Closures

Help Stop COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a series of guidelines and tips for any individual who has questions about COVID-19. To view more information on COVID-19 risks and symptoms, go here. For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit here.

Despite uncertain times and uncontrollable circumstances, Wiley is here to help you. We are doing all we can to ensure that you have the tools you need to keep studying, and we will communicate any changes or updates as COVID-19 unfolds.

Until then, stay safe and keep studying.