Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0020-01-.06 - EXAMINATIONS

(1) The examination required by T.C.A. § 62-1-106(d) shall test the knowledge and skills required for performance as an entry-level certified public accountant. The examination shall include the subject areas of accounting and auditing and related knowledge and skills as the Board may require.
(2) Eligible candidates shall be notified of the time and place of the examination or shall independently contact the Board, or its designee, or a test center operator identified by the Board to schedule the time and place for the examination at an approved test site. Scheduling reexaminations must be made in accordance with (6)(a) below.
(3) The Board shall cause the examination for certification to be graded by the AICPA. The Board may recognize the grades assigned by the AICPA. Applicants may request a grade review if the Board permits such, and the applicant pays whatever administrative charges that are assessed for a grade review.
(4) A candidate shall be required to pass all test sections of the examination provided for in T.C.A. § 62-1-106(d) in order to qualify for a certificate. The uniform passing grade shall be established through a psychometrically acceptable standard-setting procedure and approved by the Board.
(5) The notification given to the exam candidate regarding the grades and requirements that the candidate must achieve to pass a particular exam shall govern the grading of that exam.
(6) The following shall apply to the computer-based Uniform CPA Examination:
(a) Candidates may take the required test sections individually and in any order. Credit for any test section(s) passed shall be valid for a period of eighteen (18) months and be calculated from the actual date the candidate took that test section, without having to attain a minimum score on any failed test section(s) and without regard to whether the candidate has taken the remaining test sections.
1. Candidates must pass all required test sections of the Uniform CPA Examination within a rolling eighteen (18) month period, which begins on the date that the first test section(s) passed is taken.
(i) Candidates cannot retake a failed test section(s) in the same examination window. An examination window refers to a three-month cycle in which candidates have an opportunity to take the CPA examination.
(ii) Notwithstanding subpart (6)(a)1.(i), the Board shall allow a candidate to retake failed test sections within a continuous eighteen (18) month period without a three (3) month window restriction once the restriction has been eliminated by those charged with governance of the Uniform CPA exam.
2. In the event a candidate does not pass all required test sections of the Uniform CPA Examination within eighteen (18) months, credit for any test section(s) passed outside the eighteen (18) months will expire and that test section(s) must be retaken.
(b) A candidate shall retain credit for any and all test sections of an examination passed in another state if such credit would have been given, under then applicable requirements, if the candidate had taken the examination in this state.
(c) The Board may in particular cases extend the term of conditional credit notwithstanding the requirements of these rules, upon a showing that the credit was lost by reason of circumstances beyond the candidate's control.
(d) A candidate shall be deemed to have passed the Uniform CPA Examination once the candidate holds at the same time valid credit for passing each of the required test sections of the examination. For purposes of this section, credit for passing a test section of the computer based examination is valid from the actual date of the testing event for that test section, regardless of the date the candidate actually receives notice of the passing grade.
(7) An applicant may be required to pass an examination covering the rules of ethics and professional conduct promulgated by the Board. Such examination may be part of the examination required in T.C.A. § 62-1-106(d) or may be a separate examination.
(8) The Board may provide for a third party administering the examination to charge each applicant a fee for each section of the examination or reexamination taken by the applicant.
(9) The candidate shall schedule each test section with the Board or its designee and pay a candidate testing fee that includes the actual fees charged by the AICPA, NASBA, and the Test Delivery Service Provider.
(10) Notwithstanding any other provisions under these rules, the Board may postpone scheduled examinations, release of grades, or the issuance of certificates due to a breach of examination security, unauthorized acquisition or disclosure of the contents of an examination, suspected or actual negligence, errors, omissions, or irregularities in conducting an examination, or for any other reasonable cause or unforeseen circumstance.
(11) All CPA Exam scores shall expire ten (10) years after the first passing score is earned. However, upon written request by the applicant, the Board may, in its sole discretion, grant an extension of the score expiration date for good cause shown.
(12) Candidates who have been ordered to military service shall receive an automatic extension on any CPA examination credits, in order to complete the examination requirements of paragraph (6) of this rule, for the length of time that the candidate was ordered to military service.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0020-01-.06
Original rule filed June 9, 1981; effective August 17, 1981. Amendment filed June 3, 1983; effective July 5, 1983. Amendment filed April 20, 1994; effective July 4, 1994. Repeal and new rule filed June 10, 1999; effective August 24, 1999. Amendment filed January 24, 2003; effective April 9, 2003. Amendment filed October 17, 2003; effective December 31, 2003. Amendment filed August 15, 2006; effective October 29, 2006. Amendment filed March 26, 2012; effective June 24, 2012. Amendment filed December 11, 2013; effective March 11, 2014. Amendments filed October 28, 2016; effective January 26, 2017. Amendments filed October 17, 2019; effective 1/15/2020.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 62-1-105 and 62-1-106.

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