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The Prometric CPA Exam — What It is and Who Takes It?

Gone are the days of the put in writing and paper quiz that i took. The Prometric CPA quiz is the only way to take the quiz today. In a way it is good. There was a huge dearth jamb runs of CPAs when i was coming up in the ranks. Today there is less of a dearth thanks to the Prometric CPA quiz.

I don’t mean to imply the quiz is any easier than it was before. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But during the put in writing and paper days, you felt the need to take all four parts of the quiz in one sitting. Can you imagine the psychological pressure of having to do this? Can you imagine the tension an quiz taker must be under doing the quiz having to be fully prepared for four comprehensive topics?

Passing the quiz is one of the key CPA requirements. With the new Prometric CPA quiz, a candidate can take each of the four parts independently and at the candidate’s convenience. In the past, there were set dates that one had to prepare for. If you are not ready by the quiz date, you waited a full cycle until it was offered again. Not to mention you lost your quiz registration fees.

With the Prometric CPA quiz, you can take each part at your convenience when you feel you are ready. You can take the quiz at among the many locations locally and internationally. The process is certainly more convenient today, and in my opinion less time-consuming on a candidate from a psychological perspective. And just like in the past, you can choose to take a CPA course to prepare yourself for the quiz.

The Old Put in writing and Paper or. The Prometric CPA Quiz

Is the Prometric CPA quiz easier or harder than the old put in writing and per quiz? It’s hard to say unless you’ve gotten taken both versions. When i gave a talk to my son who recently passed the Prometric CPA quiz, I understood that the quiz was quite challenging.

He mentioned having to do numerous things that i didn’t have to, such as researching the tax code during the quiz. It seems to me that the Prometric CPA quiz is designed to be a little more interactive and mimicking a “real world” situation at work.

(Note: After passing the main quiz, you will have to take the CPA life values quiz as part of the overall licensing requirements )

Heading to the Quiz Site

I swear these electronic testing centers are located in the most remote, hard to find places, well deep within processes. There are no massive signs that call your attention either as they are often plain and boring old brown buildings that look like small office spaces.

If you live relatively near an quiz site, register to take the quiz at that location and plan on arriving at least half hour early. If a site is more than 20 miles from where you live, consider booking a cheap hotel room the night before at the quiz site. This will ensure you sleep well without the stress of having to make it to the quiz early the next morning.

What if You Arrive Late?

If you are late to your quiz, you are doomed that is it, no more chances. No really, if you are late in arriving at your quiz site, you can be dissmissed off the quiz at least for that day. What’s the big deal you say? Nothing really, except you lose out on the hefty quiz fees you paid to register for it.

This is why it is important to stay at the quiz site the night before. Book a cheap hotel room here. Another few things to note before heading to the quiz site:

• Make sure your IDs are current and have your photo and signature (not expired)
• Map out the destination — the best part is visit it on a day prior to your quiz
• Go through your quiz paper work and ensure there are no mistakes (your name for example)

What It is Like at the Quiz Site?

When you get to the quiz site, you first have to sign in. A representative will take your mug shot (a beautiful digital photo of you) as well as fingerprints. My son laughed and said he felt like he had committed a crime. Once the initial screening is done, you will have to go through advanced screening, which is going through metal sensors similar to air terminals and courthouses. I wonder why? You will then be seated on your workstation and handed the exam’s policies and procedures to learn to read over.

I recommend leaving your personal valuables at home or safely hidden in your vehicle. Once you are at the Prometric CPA quiz site, you will be asked to keep everything with you in a small locker outside. However, you will need to keep one form of ID with you in the event you need to break for water, the restroom or a back stretch. The lighter you travel that day the better.

What if you are in an International Location? Don’t worry. Go to the Official Prometric website which provides all the information you will need about the Prometric CPA quiz, available testing sites, site selection, the registration process, site closures and the actual test event itself.

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