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Credit Status for the Computerized Uniform CPA Examination

TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 2 - Examinations

§ 7.1. Credit Status for the Computerized Uniform CPA Examination.

(a) Upon the commencement of computer-based testing in California, an applicant may sit for the four sections of the computer-based Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination individually and in any order. An applicant who fails to pass any section of the examination may retake that section. When the applicant has credit for all four sections of the examination within an 18-month period as defined in subsection (b), the applicant shall be considered to have passed the examination.
(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d), an applicant shall retain credit for any section the applicant has passed for an 18-month period beginning with the date that the section of the exam was passed. At the end of the 18-month period, credit for that section expires, and that section must be re-taken and passed to re-establish credit.
(c) A first-time applicant who passes any section of the computer-based Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination during the six months immediately following commencement of computer-based testing in California shall retain credit for that section for a 24-month period beginning with the date the section of the exam was passed. At the end of the 24-month period, credit for that section expires. The section may be re-taken pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
(d) A candidate may sit for any unpassed section of the examination only one time during each testing window. A testing window is a three-month period as determined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants during which applicants may take the exam. There are four three-month testing windows in a year. To allow for routine maintenance, the exam may be unavailable for up to one month during each testing window.
(e) Credit for passed examination sections may be extended by the Board because the applicant was prevented from sitting for an unpassed section or sections before credit for passed sections expired pursuant to subsections (b) or (c) because of one of the following events:
(1) Death of an immediate family member. Documentation, such as a copy of the death certificate, must be submitted.
(2) Catastrophic illness, contagious disease, or major traumatic injury to the candidate or immediate family member (spouse, child or parent). Submit an original letter on letterhead from the physician, which includes the date(s), nature of the illness, and the physician's signature.
(3) Natural disaster (earthquake, flood, fire, etc.).
(4) Non-issuance of visa for travel to the U.S. Documentation, such as an official letter from the U.S. Embassy or a copy of the passport indicating a visa was requested, must be submitted.
(5) Other good cause.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 5010, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 5081, 5082, 5082.1, 5082.2, 5092 and 5093, Business and Professions Code.


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