I received an email from NASBA this morning regarding the update to the CPA exam. In 2011, CPA candidates will be tested using the new Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSO). Which most candidates, including myself, already knew, but what is new is that the AICPA just released the sample exam on their website for this specific update. You can try out a sample of the new CSO/SSO’s and see how you like it. Just go to:
They have both the old and new sample tests up at the moment. I tried the AUD and REG. I didn’t see anything new on the AUD that was worth pointing out, but the REG portion had a sample tax return you needed to fill out. I think its a VAST improvement over filling in random questions. But despite the update I should remind people it looks like you may have to put up with the outdated software from the previous exams. You would think they would do a major overhaul of this exam when putting out an update like this.
If I do not receive a passing score on REG I might be subject to this, but at this point I am feeling pretty good about passing and I haven’t felt the need to continue to study. I also have another quarter to take the old exam before they release this update, so if I don’t pass I can try once more before the release.