30-Month Exam Credit Window
The Board has started the process to make the 30-month Exam credit window official. Until the change is approved by the Office of Administrative Hearings, Exam candidates who sat for the Exam in January 2021 or later may benefit from the Board retroactively applying the longer credit window. Upon request, the Executive Staff will review a candidate’s Exam history to determine if a 30-month credit window (the original 18 months plus an additional 12 months) would benefit the candidate by reinstating lost Exam section credits.
To request a review, please send your full name, the Exam section(s) passed but expired, and, if available, a copy of the score notice(s) showing when the credit(s) expired to the Board’s Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, the Board maintains the official records for each NC CPA Exam candidate, from initial CPA Exam application to CPA licensure and beyond. Communications from NASBA, such as score reports, may not reflect changes made at the Board level. Please direct your questions about section credits and score expiration dates to the Board.
Introductory Examination Screens
Time is of the essence! Make sure you work through the introductory Exam screens quickly. Once you enter your Launch Code, the subsequent screens operate under a 5-minute time limit. While there is adequate time to review the screens and respond, there is no time for candidates to take notes, leave the testing room, or do anything other than reading and responding to the screens.
If you exceed the 5-minute time limit, the session will automatically terminate, and you cannot restart the Exam. If that happens, you must leave the test center, forfeit fees, receive a score of 0, and re-apply for that Exam section.
After entering a Launch Code, you must proceed through the introductory screens and start the Exam. The computer screen will display a countdown timer, letting you know how much time you have left to finish the Exam. The Prometric test center appointment time includes the testing time plus 30 minutes. An additional 30 minutes is allocated to the Exam login, the candidate survey at the end of the Exam, and the standardized break. It is not extra testing time; candidates are given only four (4) hours to take the Exam. Candidates with approved testing accommodations should contact the Board for the time they have to take an Exam section.