Re-exam Application

The re-exam application applies to individuals who have taken the Uniform CPA Examination as an Illinois candidate and wish to re-take or take additional exam sections.  Re-exam status also applies

Steps

  1. Complete a Re-exam Application.

    Log on to the online system and complete a Re-examination Application. The primary purpose of this application is to specify which sections of the exam you wish to take. You may take as few as one section and as many as all four sections. Pay the fee online using   a credit card. The fee varies based on the number of exam sections:
           All four parts = $120; Three parts = $108; Two parts = $76; and One part = $40 Please be aware the Merchant of Payment will appear on your credit card statement as University of Illiniois.

  2. If you have a disability for which you need special accommodations complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form and send it to the Illinois Board of Examiners.
     
  3. Receive Payment Coupon from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

    The Illinois Board of Examiners notifies NASBA that they have approved you to take the  requested exam sections. NASBA coordinates all aspects of the exam. NASBA will send you a payment coupon either by e-mail or US mail depending on the preference you selected on your re-exam application. (If you selected e-mail be sure to add these addresses to your address book to prevent spam filtering interference: cbtpayment@nasba.org and cpaexam@nasba.org.) The payment coupon is for fees associated with administering the exam. The payment coupon is good for 90 days. If you do not pay the fees within 90 days your authorization to test will expire and you will have to submit a new re-exam application. You can pay your payment coupon online at NASBA’s website.
     

  4. Receive Notice to Schedule (NTS) from NASBA

    Once NASBA receives your payment they will issue you a Notice To Schedule (NTS). You will receive the NTS either through e-mail or US mail depending on the preference you selected on your re-exam application. The NTS instructs you contact Prometric, the testing provider, to schedule a date and time for testing. You should receive your NTS within 4 business days of paying your payment coupon. If you do not receive it within this timeframe call the NASBA candidate service representative at 866-MY-NASBA or e-mail cbtcpa@nasba.org.
     

  5. Schedule Test Date and Time with Prometric.

    Go to the Prometric Testing scheduler and schedule your testing dates and times. You can schedule to take each exam section on a different date and in any order. The NTS is valid for six months from date of issuance. This means you must schedule and take the exam sections for which you were authorized within that six month timeframe.

    There are four testing windows in a calendar year. Each testing window is a 60-day period. The earlier you contact Prometric to schedule, the greater your chances of getting the time, date and place you want to test. Per Prometric, if you request your choice of time and date 45 days or more in advance of your desired test date, your chances are greatly enhanced for getting the dates you want. All weekend and the two weeks at the end of the testing window fill up first.

    Testing Window No Testing
    January February March
    April May June
    July August September
    October November December

    You can not take the same exam section more than once in a single testing window. For example, if you take the BEC section on April 1 you cannot sign up to take it in May. The earliest you could take it again would be in July.
     

  6. Take CPA exam at Prometric Testing Center.

    a) Arrive at test center at least 30 minutes before your test time. A digital photo will be taken as part of the check-in procedures. Late arrivals may not be able to take the exam.

    b) Bring the correct NTS. Make sure the NTS lists the exam section you are taking and that it has not expired.

    c) Bring two forms of identification. The same version of  your name must appear on your application, the NTS and the two forms of identification.

    Acceptable Forms of Primary Identification:
    - Valid government issued driver’s license with photograph and signature.
    - Valid state identification card with a recent photograph and signature
    - Valid government issued passport with a recent photograph and signature
    - United States military identification card with a recent photograph and signature.

    Acceptable Forms of Secondary Identification:
    - Additional government issued identification from the above list
    - Accountancy Board-issued identification
    - Valid credit card with signature
    - Bank automated teller machine (ATM) card with signature
    - Valid bank debit card with signature
     

  7. Receive Exam Scores from Illinois Board of Examiners

    The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is responsible for scoring the exam. Testing data is sent from Prometric to the AICPA on a daily basis. When scoring is complete the AICPA sends advisory scores to NASBA. NASBA produces score notices which are sent to the Illinois Board of Examiners in two cycles of each testing window. Scores from exams taken early in the first month of the window are received by the Board during the seventh week of the testing window. The remaining scores from the first month and all from the second month are received by the Board two to three weeks after the testing window end.

    You will receive an official letter from the Illinois Board of Examiners reporting your exam scores. If you wish to see your results earlier you may go to the online system to view your unofficial advisory scores. Scores are loaded to the online system as they are received from NASBA.

    The passing standard for the exam will be set at a scaled score of 75 for each section. Pass credit for the exam is 18 months. This means that starting with the date that you passed your first (earliest) section of the exam you have 18 months to pass the remaining sections. For example, if you took and passed the FAR section of the exam on May 15, 2009, then you must take and pass the remaining three sections on or by November 15, 2010.          

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