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Frequently asked questions

Updated May 1, 2023

Does the discipline I choose impact my license?
No. The CPA license issued will be the same regardless of the discipline the candidate passes.

When do the 2024 exam changes take effect? 
The new CPA exam will launch in January 2024. 

What will the format be like in the new CPA exam?
The exam is expected to remain in the four-section, 16-hour format.

Will there be a credit extension for passed exam sections? 
The Minnesota Board of Accountancy approved an 18-month credit extension that addresses testing limitations and scoring delays ahead of January 2024. Candidates with passing scores in Jan. 1, 2024, will have their credits automatically extended to June 30, 2025. 

Note: This differs from NASBA's April 2023 amendment encouraging state boards of accountancy to increase the length of conditional credit from 18 months to 30 months. 

Do I have to repeat a failed section before moving on to another section?
No. While it's generally encouraged to retest a failed section — with additional studying and prep — while it's still relatively fresh in your mind, if you feel you're stuck, or are concerned about being discouraged if you fail again, you can move on to a different section and come back to the failed section later.

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Contact the MNCPA membership team at 952-831-2707 or with questions about the CPA exam.