AICPA, NASBA, Prometric successfully pilot computer-based exam.A pilot version of the computer-based Uniform CPA (Computer Press Association, Landing, NJ) An earlier membership organization founded in 1983 that promoted excellence in computer journalism. Its annual awards honored outstanding examples in print, broadcast and electronic media. The CPA disbanded in 2000. Examination was successfully completed recently. The pilot confirmed that the examination launches and performs properly in a live test center, and that all data flow correctly among NASBA NASBA National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
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See American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). and Prometric. The pilot project included volunteer CPA candidates who had taken the final paper-based exam in Nov. 2003.
Overall, pilot participants agreed that converting the CPA Examination from paper and pencil to computer-based format is a positive change. They also concluded there are various benefits associated with a computer-based version that are not offered in a paper and pencil format, including:
* Opportunity to take the exam during eight months out of the year instead of only two times a year. (Candidates also will have the option of taking the four exam sections individually.)
* Flexible scheduling options (www.Prometric.com/cpa, phone, onsite).
* Integration of simulations with technology to test candidates on higher-order skills required of entry-level CPAs.
"Moving to a computer-based examination allows us to change the content so that we can assess the candidate's research, analytical, judgment and communication skills," said Arleen Thomas, Vice President--Professional Standards and Services. "These skills are critical for CPAs to fulfill their responsibility to protect the public interest."
Beginning Apr. 5, the computerized exam will be delivered on behalf of boards of accountancy through 300 Prometric testing labs in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). , Guam, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. , and the U.S. Virgin Islands.