The next iteration of the CPA Exam launches on April 1, 2017.
Total testing time increases from 14 to 16 hours.
There will be a greater focus on the higher order cognitive skills, which is outlined in AICPA's Blueprint at www.aicpa.org
One 15-minute break per section will be introduced that won't count against testing time.
The CPA Exam remains structured in the four sections of AUD, BED, FAR, and REG.
Responsive to candidate feedback, each quarter of testing will be extended by 10 days beginning in 2016. (This will be suspended April - June 2017 with the launch of the new exam and will be reinstated after this period. NASBA intends to continue the 10-day extension beyond 2017 after a formal approval.)
Candidates may pass a combination of the current version of the Exam and the next version to qualify for licensure.
Specific to Illinois: candidates with provisional status will sit for the Exam in the last term, in which at its end, you will have met the current educational requirements. This status requires that the applicant must adhere to the testing schedule outlined by the ILBOE. Visit www.ilboe.org for more information.