CPA Exam Mask Guidance to change September 1 - Monday, August 16, 2021

   Last month, Prometric announced that per changes in government mandates and updated advice from leading health organizations around the world, including the CDC and WHO, as well as guidance from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) epidemiologists and other third-party experts, they are adapting test center polices and training regarding COVID-19. 
Using a phased approach, Prometric went live on Monday, August 2, 2021, with the first phase of this resumption, which included re-enacting processes such as metal detector wanding candidates prior to entering the test room, frequent physical walkthroughs of the test room, and the use of erasable note boards and markers. The resumption of these various touchpoint processes was based on Prometric’s engagements with JHU and data from the CDC and WHO, which demonstrates COVID-19 transmission via touch is exceptionally rare.
In looking to launch the second phase of evolving test center policies, Prometric originally announced they would no longer require fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks in their global test centers, starting September 1, 2021. However, with recent updated guidance and data from the WHO and CDC, Prometric is pausing its mask rollback efforts and will continue to mandate everyone wear masks at their global test centers for the foreseeable future.
Exception: The only exception to the mask mandate rule at this time will be at sites on state universities in states where executive orders prohibit government agencies and institutions of higher education from mandating face coverings or restricting activities on their respective properties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates will still be allowed to wear masks according to their comfort level at these sites, but masks will not be mandatory.
If a country prohibits private businesses from enforcing mask mandates on government property, Prometric will adhere to such orders and masks will be encouraged, but not mandatory. At this time, Prometric is not aware of any orders prohibiting masks other than those state-specific orders regarding state property identified above.

Website: All candidate resources on will be updated this week to ensure candidates know what to expect. 

Other processes from Phase 2 - September 1: Please note that Prometric will still move forward with the other portion of phase two starting September 1, 2021, which states they will no longer accept IDs that are more than 90 days expired. Prometric will continue to accept IDs that have expired within 90 days of the exam date for the interim.
Prometric’s work has been and will continue to be designed to elevate their testing center procedures to ensure both staff and candidates are safe. Prometric will continue to monitor changes in guidance from both experts and law makers daily to ensure their policies are reflective of this mission.   

CPA Examination Information

This section contains information useful to candidates applying for the CPA Examination.  General information for CPA Exam candidates may be found in the CPA Exam Candidate Bulletin.  Applications may be found via the link to CPA Examination Services (CPAES).  CPAES is our agent for CPA Examination administration; applications should be sent to that organization.  A tutorial covering the CPA Exam may be found at the AICPA CPA Exam Website link.  Consult the CPA Exam Specifications link for information on new Exam content.  Students who wish to apply for financial assistance for their fifth year of college should consult the Scholarship Links section to the left.
The academic requirements for admission to the CPA Examination are:
Completion of at least 120 semester college credits (180 quarter college credits). NOTE: 150 semester credits are required to apply for certification as an Ohio CPA.
30 semester college credits (45 quarter college credits) in accounting course that cover the areas of financial accounting, cost/managerial accounting, auditing, and taxation.
24 semester college credits (36 quarter college credits) in business courses.  Business courses acceptable include finance, management, economics, and marketing, as well as "business" courses designated as such by a college or university (business law, business communications, business statistics, etc.).
A candidate who has met the accounting and business course requirements but not the 120 semester credits may take the CPA Examination if the candidate achieves a score of 620 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).  Note:  Four (4) years of accounting experience will be required for CPA Certification if you were approved under the GMAT.  Please consult the GMAT Information link for further information.
Note concerning accounting course requirement:  One course in computer information systems, if begun prior to May 7, 2003, counts as an accounting course, providing the course has a computer programming course as a pre-requisite.  However, courses in accounting information systems still count as accounting courses.
Note concerning business course requirement:  One course in each of the following subject areas, if begun prior to May 7, 2003, will count as a business course: (1) English or speech, (2) Statistics, (3) Sociology or psychology, and (4) Ethics (taken in the philosophy department). Courses in the above subject areas specifically tailored for business (business communications, business statistics, business ethics) still count as business courses.
All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application.  All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration.
You are able to apply for one or more sections of the Examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the Examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
The application and registration fees for the CPA Examination; effective January 1, 2021 are as follows:
APPLICATION FEE:  Regardless of number of sections            $180.00
REGISTRATION FEE: Regardless of number of sections          $100.00
Prometric is the Board's authorized CPA Examination vendor.
To apply for the CPA Examination, please visit NASBA’s Ohio CPA Exam Page.
The CPA Examination is offered at authorized Prometric computer-based CPA Examination sites.  These sites are subject to change.  The city listed is the Ohio metropolitan area closest to the exam site.
  • Akron:  1000 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd, Suite 104, Akron, OH 44333
  • Cincinnati: 11353 Reed Hartman Hwy., Suite LL50, Cincinnati, OH  45241
  • Columbus:  450 W. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite 210, Worthington, OH  43085
  • Dayton:  2600 Paramount Pl., Suite 190, Fairborn, OH  45324
  • Mansfield:  625 Lexington Ave., Suite 6, Mansfield, OH  44907
  • *Mentor:  8880 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH  44060
  • Toledo:  1745 Indian Wood Circle, Suite 110, Maumee, OH  43537
  • Youngstown-Warren:  950A Youngstown-Warren Rd., Square 1 Center, Suite D, Niles, OH  44446
Note:  An asterisk (*) indicates the Prometric computer-based CPA exam site is co-located with a Sylvan Learning Center.
The testing fees as of January 1, 2021 for the CPA examination are as follows:
Examination Fees
  • Auditing and attestation:                                                      $226.15
  • Business environment and concepts:                                  $226.15
  • Financial accounting and reporting:                                     $226.15
  • Regulation:                                                                           $226.15
All requests for a receipt for payment of CPA Examination fees should be sent to CPA Examination Services.

  John E. Patterson, Executive Director

Accountancy Board of Ohio

77 South High Street, Suite 1820

Columbus, Ohio  43215-6108


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