What every candidate needs to know about the updated CPA exam

May 12, 2021

By Nina Dorata, Accounting Today

As the accounting profession evolves to meet today's needs, the Uniform CPA Examination is also evolving to reflect these industry changes. On July 1, 2021, the CPA exam is shifting significantly to put a heavier focus on technology, digital mindsets, data analytics, and the other skills that newly licensed CPAs need to succeed. Candidates preparing to take the CPA Exam must take these updates into consideration.

Every few years, the American Institute of CPAs solicits feedback from professors, CPA candidates, and accounting firms who are hiring the next generation of CPAs, and recent feedback revealed that the current CPA Exam was not reflecting the skills and knowledge that firms and businesses needed from their new hires, which resulted in a new CPA Exam blueprint from the AICPA.

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