New York (May 12, 2003) -- A tutorial aimed at helping accounting students to get acquainted with the upcoming computerized Uniform CPA Examination is live online at the CPA Exam Web site, .

The tutorial explains the design and operation of the computer-based test, and reviews the types of questions and responses used in the new exam. Users can also try out certain functions, such as answering a question. The tutorial doesn’t cover actual examination content.

“Since the revised exam also introduces a new case-study format called ‘simulations,’ we strongly encourage all CPA Exam candidates to review this tutorial prior to taking the computer-based exam,” said Arleen Thomas, AICPA Vice President - Professional Standards and Services. Exam candidates are encouraged to provide feedback about the new tutorial to the AICPA via the Contact Us button on the CPA exam Web site or by emailing .

"On average, it should take about 30 minutes to get through it," said AICPA spokesman Joel Allegretti. "We test piloted it (the tutorial) with educators and students and they…liked the process," he added.

The revised exam, which will debut in its new computer-based format in April 2004, will be offered up to six days a week, during two out of every three months throughout the year, compared to twice a year for the current paper-based test. The final paper-based version will be given Nov. 5 and 6, 2003.

Greg Johnson, AICPA’s Director-CPA Examination, said the online test is a real improvement on the paper-based method. "The computerized exam is designed to reflect the real world situation of entry level CPAs. In addition to testing technical knowledge, it evaluates research and communication skills."

-- WebCPA staff

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