CPA Exam Scheduling

CPA Exam Scheduling

Once you receive your CPA Exam Notice to Schedule (NTS), you have a limited amount of time to schedule the day and time of your exam(s) based on the expiration date listed on your NTS. Read on for everything you need to know about the CPA Exam schedule.

CPA Exam Testing Windows

The CPA Exam is offered the first two months of each quarter of the calendar year - these are called “Testing Windows.”

CPA Exam Blackout Months

The third month of every quarter is considered a “Blackout Month,” in which no exams are administered. That includes March, June, September and December.

Candidates are allowed to take all four sections of the exam during any one testing window. However, you may not take the same section more than once during any single testing window.


Test MonthBlackout
Jan - Mar 10MAR 11-31
Apr - Jun 10JUN 11-30
Jul - Sep 10SEP 11-30
Oct - Dec 10DEC 11-31

18 Month Rolling Window

You have an 18 month "rolling" window in which to pass all four sections of the CPA Exam. That window begins from the time you pass the first exam. If you don't pass all four parts within the 18 month window, you lose credit for the first part you passed, and the 18 month window rolls up to the next part you passed; this cycle continues until all four parts are passed within the time frame. As a Roger CPA Review student, take advantage of our customizable study planners to ensure you stay on track to pass within this window.

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Suggested Order to Sit for the CPA Exam

There are many theories for the order in which you should take the CPA Exam sections, but there is no requirement and the decision is entirely up to you. Roger CPA Review recommends beginning with the section you find to be the most difficult - for most, this is FAR - to ensure that you allow yourself flexibility, as the 18 Month Rolling Window only begins once you’ve passed your first section.

Once you’ve determined which section to take first, we recommend that you sit for that part of the exam immediately after studying for that same section. For example, study for FAR and then take FAR, and so on.


Study Take 1st Exam, then
Study Take 2nd Exam, then
Study Take 3rd Exam, then
Study Take 4th Exam

Scheduling to Sit at Prometric Testing Centers

The CPA Exam is administered by Prometric Testing Centers, open year-round, 6 days a week, with locations across the U.S.

To schedule an exam, register online with Prometric.

CPA Exam Costs & Fees

Although the CPA Exam is a costly endeavor, it is well worth it once you’re licensed! The associated costs and fees include:


State Board of Accountancy Application Fees $30-$200 (varies by State)
NASBA Exam Fees $729.08
AICPA Ethics Exam $125
CPA Licensure Fee $50-$300 (varies by state)