Portland, Ore. (June 16, 2003) -- A potential monkey wrench in the upcoming new electronic version of the CPA Examination surfaced at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy western regional meeting, here.

Two NASBA delegates said that many prospective CPAs would be unable to prepare for one of the new exam's major innovations - a requirement to perform Internet-based research. Many colleges, particularly small ones, cannot afford to buy access to the Internet research programs used in the test, which inhibits their students' ability to prepare, said Harold Wilde and Bobbi Barnhill, NASBA delegates from North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively.

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