Information on the CPA Exam, COVID-19 & More
Important Updates from the MSCPA
"Your Next Step" Student Career Workshop Live Webinar (5/13)
Please encourage your students to join us on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:00 6:15 p.m. to learn more about their next step! In this FREE live webinar, students will learn about what to expect in a career as a CPA and how to navigate their path to set themselves up for success. Students will hear three unique perspectives from CPAs, young professionals and PwC human resources representatives, who will help prepare them to move forward, no matter where they are in their academic journey. Attendees will also participate in a live Q&A at the conclusion of the webinar.?
Who should attend?
This event is open to all undergraduate and graduate college students.

How will students access the webinar?
*A link granting access to the webinar will be sent to all registrants prior to the virtual event.

NASBA: Continuous Testing for CPA Exam Candidates  
NASBA has announced that they will begin continuous testing for CPA Exam candidates starting on July 1. There will no longer be testing windows and restrictions on when the Exam can be taken. Candidates will be able to sit for the Exam year-round, other than waiting to receive scores from prior attempts of the same section or when there is a major change to the exam. We will make a formal announcement when this change goes into effect in Massachusetts.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Exam Candidates?  
Find answers to questions regarding the following topics in an informational blog post from Roger CPA Review and the AICPA. Below are the highlights. Please share this information with your students.
  • CPA Exam Notice to Schedule (NTS):
    • The Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy Massachusetts has agreed to extend NTS for CPA candidates scheduled between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 until September 30, 2020. We will share the official statement when it is released.
  • The 18-Month Testing Window:
    • NASBA has every intention of supporting CPA candidates during this difficult time. CPA Exam credit extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact NASBA directly with questions. 
  • Prometric Testing Centers:
    • Prometric has decided to extend the closure of test centers in the U.S. until May 31. If your Exam appointment is impacted by these closure extensions, you will receive an email notification informing you that your appointment has been cancelled, and instructions for how to reschedule for a future date.
  • Pass/Fail Courses for CPA Educational Requirements in Massachusetts:
    • The Massachusetts State Board of Public Accountancy accepts pass/fail grades provided that they are listed on an official transcript from an accredited school and that credit hours received for the course will be listed as well.
Read the full blog post here. To view information regarding the acceptance of pass/fail courses in Massachusetts, please view NASBA's site here.
Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for Students, Borrowers and Parents  
In March, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. If know a student who has any questions regarding financial aid or student loans, click here.
COVID-19 Resources for You
The MSCPA is paying close attention to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center for FAQs, upcoming webinars, professional resources and information and more. This page will be frequently updated to ensure we are providing the most accurate content. Additionally, you can find more COVID-19 resources on our website here.  
The MSCPA is Here to Help!
These are unsettling times and our world as we know it has been put on hold, throwing us into a new normal. Now, more than ever, we must support one another and come together as a community. We are here for you as we navigate these uncharted waters and will get through this difficult time together. Please show your support by taking a photo holding up a sign with the hashtag #CPAStrong to send to Brendan Sullivan for us to share on our social media platforms.
Nominate a Student for #MemberMonday
Do you have an extraordinary student we can feature on our social media accounts? On the third Monday of every month, the MSCPA highlights an MSCPA member on our Facebook, LinkedInInstagram and Twitter. We also include this person in our weekly Friday@Five e-newsletter. If you know a student who would be a great #MemberMonday, email Brendan Sullivan at If you have any students who aren't a student member with us, please encourage them to join here.
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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us directly. We are here to help! 

Erica DeBiase
Director of Academic & Career Development 

Jessica Yu
Academic & Career Development Specialist


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