Ask Jeff – How Many Times Can You Reschedule a CPA Exam Section?

01 Aug 2010

Ask Jeff

By Jeff


Q: How many times are we allowed to reschedule a CPA Exam section? I already have rescheduled it once. Can I reschedule it again? I still have 31 days before my exam date.

-Rescheduled in Raleigh

A: As someone who rescheduled more than their fair share of CPA Exam sections, you can certainly say that I've ‘been around the block' in this regard. I could probably buy a nice vacation just with the rescheduling fees I paid – including dropping $95 to abort mission the night before my exam.

You can reschedule your exam as many times as you want, but there will be fees involved and a Notice to Schedule time limit to consider, so beware.

If your CPA Exam section is 30+ days away, the fee to reschedule is $0.

If your CPA Exam section is 5-29 days away, the fee to reschedule is $35.00

If your CPA Exam section is less than 5 days away, the fee to reschedule varies:

Auditing and Attestation (AUD): $111.60
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC): $62.00
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR): $99.20
Regulation (REG): $74.40

Technically, you are not allowed to reschedule an exam less than 24 hours prior to your exam.

However, I personally rescheduled less than 12 hours prior to one of my exams, but this tactic is very risky and I don't recommend doing it.

The number for the Prometric Candidate Services Call Center is 800-580-9648.

You can also reach them online at

REMEMBER: Make sure your reschedule date is within the date limit of your CPA Exam Notice to Schedule (NTS).

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Danelle 14 years ago

This is slightly off topic from the post but does anyone know whether I can sit for an exam in another state and still have it applicable to the state I'm trying to get certified in? The site just over the border is available on the day I want to test and is only another 20 minutes. Thanks for any info you can provide!!!

Melissa 14 years ago

Danelle - Yes, you can. I applied to Illinois for my certification, but I took some parts in Indiana. You just need to make sure you apply to the state where you want to be certified in. But you can take the actual test at any prometric location. Question for Jeff - So 20 hours before my exam, I changed my test date and it went through on the website. Prometric has even already charged my credit card. Since it's the weekend, I can't really get a hold of Prometric. Does this mean that I don't need to be there tomorrow and the reschedule went through? Or do I still have to show up since it's less than 24 hours prior? Thanks!

Jeff - 14 years ago

I am sending you an e-mail...

Hank 14 years ago

For the 5 days, does weekends count? Or is it 5 business days? I ask because the prometric site by me offers exams on Saturdays and Sundays!

Ramon Ajleiendro 13 years ago

How do i reschedule over the weekend? I tried getting a hold of prometric via the phone and it does not work. I am also trying to use their website but it isn't working. Please help!

Mike 13 years ago

I see the first relevant info on all the web to my question above...Prometric let me reschedule my exam within 24 hours, did this truly go through? I have confirmed 3 times using the confirmation option and noted no issues. Please let me know if the above had any issues.

IjustWannagetItOverwith 13 years ago

What about scheduling it the other way, if you want to take it sooner than you scheduled it for?

Olivia 9 years ago

I rescheduled my exam less than 12 hours and it went through on prometric. Did it really go through or do I need to attend tomorrow? Help!

Jeff - 9 years ago

I've done this before - I called the local testing center to be sure, but if you have your confirmation, then you should be good to go.

Olivia 9 years ago

Thanks Jeff!! I called and they said I was good to go!

Phil 8 years ago

I am scheduled to take my exam on the last day in the testing window. I would like to reschedule the exam to a different time, later in the day, on that same day but am unsure if I can. The Candidate Bulletin states, "Because you rescheduled fewer than five days before your originally scheduled appointment, you will not be able to reschedule to a date and time earlier than the original appointment time." Do you have any insight on whether or not I would be able to reschedule to a later time on that same day? Thank you

Jose 8 years ago

I am planning to re-schedule my exam 24-hours prior to my original appointment. I have the option to re-schedule in the Prometric website, but will my NTS get cancelled? Has anyone successfully re-scheduled it 24-hours prior to appointment?