New York (Feb. 24, 2004) – With just weeks to go until the long-awaited launch of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination, the American Institute of CPAs has made free online sample tests available for candidates preparing for the new test.

Anyone interested in getting a feel for the new exam before its April 5 debut can go to www.cpa-exam.org/lrc/exam_tutorial.html to download a sample set of multiple-choice questions and a case-study simulation for appropriate sections of the exam. The sample tests use the same software as the actual computer-based exam, to enable candidates to become more familiar with the test’s new format.

The sample tests, created by the AICPA, offer four sets of questions, one for each exam section. The sets for financial reporting and accounting, audit and attestation, and regulation each contain five multiple-choice questions and one simulation or case study. The business environment and concepts set contains only multiple-choice questions.

Test makers advised that the sample tests are not representative of a complete exam and should not replace standard practice materials. Candidates are also urged to take the the exam tutorial, also available at www.cpa-exam.org.

The computer-based exam is a joint effort of the AICPA, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, and Prometric -- a Thomson business. The AICPA creates and grades the exam. NASBA is responsible for the national candidate database, through which information about all candidates who apply for the examination will be channeled. Prometric will deliver the exam electronically to candidate testing centers nationwide.

-- WebCPA staff

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