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Here are my predictions for the January/February 2008 Wave 1 (NASBA) release. Keep in mind that approximately 75% of all eligible Wave 1 scores (exams taken January 2 – February 7) will get released in Wave 1. The rest will wait until Wave 2. If you don't get your score in Wave 1 and you should have, don't read too much into it. For those new to this little waiting game, the Illinois Board of Examiners site is the best place to go to see what is going on with score releases. Typically, IL, CA, and VA release their scores on their own state websites and NASBA follows suit with their score release one to two days later. By no means is this a perfect science, but the margin of error on any given prediction should be no more than two days. With that said, sometimes they switch AUD and

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Simulations

It is widely believed (and I held it to be true up until today) that only one simulation is graded on the CPA Exam. This is not true. Someone passed on to me some information from a contact at the AICPA in New York that both simulations are graded, but only one written communication is graded and the other communication is pre-test and doesn't count. This doesn't really affect anything that you do on exam day – it just reinforces the fact that budgeting enough time for the 2nd simulation is very important. Thanks for reading.

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Certificate/Licensing

I got a nice little packet in the mail last Saturday containing my four passing scores and their respective dates along with info about getting certified/licensed etc. The packet was from my state board of accountancy, but the scoring letter was from NASBA. NASBA apparently sends your state BOA the letter with your scores and then your state BOA sends it onto you in their “welcome to the club – sort of” packet. After I got my passing score online for FAR, I bought the ethics course from the AICPA, passed it, and submitted my paperwork to my state BOA before ever receiving any *official* confirmation from my state BOA. My state BOA had my certificate paperwork ($25 check for the certificate + a signed oath that I believe in the US Constitution and witnessed by another CPA who has to write down their certificate # along with their signature)

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CPA Exam Pass Rates

I'm not really sure why this is. I'm guessing that there's a logical reason why the CPA Exam pass rate dropped almost 9% overall in the fourth quarter compared to the third (feel free to clue me in if you know…maybe it's obvious and I just don't see it). The average passing rate for 2008 was 48.6% overall, which means that in a given sitting for a single section, 48.6% of the candidates passed that particular exam. Get the CPA Exam pass rates.

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Certificate/Licensing

Note – if you work in public accounting or plan on holding yourself out to the public as a CPA, then this information doesn't apply to you – you need to meet your state's CPA Exam requirements. This post will benefit those who are short on the 150 hour rule, but are only going to use the CPA designation as a “credential” within the private sector. Make sure you have full understanding on your respective state's rules on holding yourself out as a Certified Public Accountant. I have a friend who resides and works in a state that requires candidates to meet the 150 hour rule before they can even sit for the CPA Exam. He's 24 and works in SEC Reporting for a Fortune 500 company. After graduation, he sat for and passed the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Exam. He didn't have 150 hours and his current work load

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CPA Exam Rants

If you're sitting for a section(s) of the CPA Exam in the January/February 2009 window and have questions or want to share your Prometric testing experience for others doing the same, feel free to do so here. Obviously, please don't post any disparaging comments about review companies or entities (“Review Company X sucks”), other people (“hey anonymous at 1:15pm – you suck”) or anything that would violate the confidentiality terms that you agree to when you sit for the Exam.

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