The American Institute of CPAs intends to stop testing for knowledge of older auditing standards on its Uniform CPA Examination next year.
The clarified U.S. Auditing Standards, also known as the AU-Cs, issued by the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board in 2012, are effective for audits of financial statements for periods ending on or after Dec. 15, 2012. These clarified standards became eligible for testing on the Uniform CPA Examination beginning in the third quarter of 2013. At present, the pre-clarified standards, otherwise known as the extant auditing standards, or AUs, remain in effect and are also eligible for testing on the Uniform CPA Examination, according to the AICPA.
On Jan. 1, 2014, the AICPA plans to suspend publication of the extant auditing standards. This follows the normal timeline, where publication is stopped approximately one year after a new standard is issued.
Beginning in the first quarter of 2014, the extant standards will no longer be tested on the AUD section of the CPA Exam. The clarified U.S. Auditing Standards will remain eligible for testing, however.