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Blackout dates ahead of CPA exam changes

January 18, 2023  |  Anne Janotta Erickson

Blackout dates ahead of CPA exam changes A completely overhauled CPA exam will hit testing centers in January 2024. Newsflash: That’s officially one year away!

Now, I admit that I’ve got a little bit of a procrastinator in me. Maybe you do, too. But here’s the thing: These changes are a big deal. You can’t wait 365 days for this to hit your radar. 

What’s more, CPA candidates will be impacted way before the new exam launches in January 2024.
CPA candidates and supervisors, do yourselves a favor and mark these important dates on your calendars:

Nov. 15, 2023: Final date to register for BEC
NASBA to cease processing Authorizations to Test and Notices to Schedule for BEC.

Nov. 22, 2023: Candidates can apply to sit for new exam sections
NASBA to begin processing Authorizations to Test and Notices to Schedule for BAR, ISC and TCP.
Note: Codes for AUD, FAR and REG will not change in 2024. Therefore, candidates can continue to apply for these sections and have their applications processed and approved. Testing blackout dates do apply, however. 

Dec. 15, 2023: Final day of testing for all CPA exam sections
Candidates are not allowed to sit for the current CPA exam past this date.  

Dec. 16, 2023–Jan. 9, 2024: CPA exam blackout dates; no testing allowed
This testing closure allows for IT systems to convert to new CPA exam sections. 

We should note that these dates are subject to change. Stay tuned and trust that the MNCPA will update you as we learn more.

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Anne Janotta Erickson

Anne Janotta Erickson has been a part of the MNCPA membership team since 2008. When she’s not making corporate CPAs feel like rockstars or rescuing members from CPA certificate mishaps, you can find her at home embarrassing her kids with questionable karaoke choices, usually of the Elvis variety. If you get the chance, ask her about plant propagating, campfire building or dining out in Minneapolis where she and her family reside.

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