New Jersey | NASBA (2022)

Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination

Before applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services (CPAES), please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s educational requirements to determine if you are eligible to apply as a first-time candidate. You are also advised to read The Candidate Bulletin before submitting applications online. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.

NASBA Advisory Evaluation

New Jersey offers the NASBA Advisory Evaluation as an optional service. An Advisory Evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the Exam. Please visit CPA Central for more information about submitting an Advisory Evaluation in this jurisdiction. You must create a CPA Central user account to begin the Advisory Evaluation process.

You may register online via credit card. To apply for the CPA Examination online, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our online application tool. If you’ve previously applied for the CPA Examination outside of our online application tool (via paper application or other method), you will need to import your previous application information. To do this, you will need to know the jurisdiction in which you sat for the examination as a first-time candidate, and your Jurisdiction ID Number. If you need your Jurisdiction ID number, click here. Registering for a user account will allow you to apply for the exam, maintain your current information, view your scores, check your application status and reprint your Notice(s) To Schedule.

Send any additional required information or documents to:

CPA Examination Services – NJ
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for Examination

To take the Uniform CPA Examination, you must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character, and satisfy the following education requirement:
You may qualify for the Exam based on the following requirements:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, AND
  • Completed at least 120 semester hours of general college level credit, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in accounting courses, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in general business courses

Candidates found eligible for the Exam prior to July 1, 2017 will be permitted to continue testing but will be required to meet the new education requirements in order to qualify for a license.

After you successfully pass all 4 sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, if you did NOT meet the 150 semester hour requirements for CPA licensure at the time you were originally found eligible to take the CPA Exam, you must submit an additional Academic Credential Evaluation (ACE) Application through NASBA Licensing Services before you will be permitted to apply for CPA licensure. The purpose of ACE Applications is to verify an individual found eligible to sit for the CPA Exam under the 120 semester hour requirements for the state of New Jersey now meets the current 150 hour requirements for CPA licensure. All 120 semester hour applicants must complete an ACE Application as part of the CPA licensure application process. If you met the 150 hour requirements at the time you were originally found eligible to sit for the CPA Examination as a candidate of the state of New Jersey, you may apply for CPA licensure directly through the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy upon successful completion of the CPA Examination.

Please visit the link provided below for additional details:https://nasba.org/licensure/nasbalicensing/newjersey/

You may qualify for Licensure based on the following requirements:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, AND
  • Completed at least 150 semester hours of general college level credit, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in accounting courses, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in general business courses

If you completed your baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, prior to July 1, 2000:
You may qualify for the Exam based on the following requirements:

  • Completed 60 semester hours in liberal arts subjects: English, history, foreign languages, mathematics, general psychology, philosophy, biological sciences, physical sciences, economics, sociology, religion, government, political science, geography, fine arts and music; and
  • Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours in professional courses including:
  • at least 24 semester hours in accounting including municipal and government accounting;
  • at least 6 semester hours in business law;
  • at least 6 semester hours in finance;
  • at least 6 semester hours in economics; and
  • at least 18 semester hours in related business subjects.

All courses, not just the degree, must have been completed by July 1, 2000.

Transcripts

If you have completed all educational requirements at the time of application:

  • You must submit an official transcript from each school you attended. Transfer credits are not acceptable; you must submit a transcript from each institution.
  • Official transcripts are those that have been issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office and include the Registrar’s official seal.
  • The degree you have earned must be posted on your official transcript.
  • Your official transcript(s) must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Transcripts may be submitted electronically provided they are official. Some schools do not offer this service. Contact your Registrar’s office for additional information. If an email address is required for electronic delivery, use etranscript@nasba.org. Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied when you submit your transcripts, your education documents will be kept on file for one year. After that time, the documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents when you apply.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

If you have completed educational requirements at institutions outside the U.S., you must:

  • have your educational credentials evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services.
  • obtain the form to request this service from the evaluation service agency,
  • submit a translated copy of each international transcript used for the evaluation,
  • require the agency to evaluate as follows:
    • An equivalency summary that indicates the analogous academic degrees in the U.S. you hold;
    • A credential analysis that specifies:
      • The name of the country;
      • The degree awarded;
      • The year the degree was awarded; and
      • The entity that awarded the degree;
    • A course-by-course listing; and
    • A course credit analysis that includes:
      • Total credits earned toward the degree as stated on transcripts submitted;
      • Total accounting credits earned; and
      • Total business credits earned.
  • Completed original evaluations must be received by CPAES directly from the evaluation service at the time of application. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • A copy of the international transcript must be included with the report sent to NASBA for each individual evaluation from the evaluation service. The application will be considered incomplete without these documents and the processing of the application will not move forward until transcripts are provided.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied, education documents received will be kept on file for one year. After that time, these documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents at the time of application.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.
  • Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant or similar program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

NOTE: If you applied under 120 Hour Waiver but completed additional education after taking one or more parts of the examination, you can submit additional transcripts to our office to be placed in your file. However, a new educational evaluation will not be completed until you apply for licensure.

For more information, please see NASBA’s Licensing page for New Jersey.

Residency

There is not a residency requirement for the state of New Jersey.

Materials to be Submitted

  1. An official transcript from each school you attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to CPA Examination Services. Transfer credits are not acceptable. Your application is incomplete until all transcripts have been received.
  2. Notarization and Photo Form with 2×2 photograph taken within the last three months, showing your head and shoulders only. Submission by you to CPAES.
  3. International Evaluation, if applicable. Submission by NASBA International Evaluation Services.
  4. Testing Accommodations Request Form, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.

Please Note: Do not apply for the CPA Exam until your bachelor’s degree is conferredon your transcript.

Please allow two to four weeksfrom your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.

Note: If you have not sat for the examination since 2004, you must re-apply as a first-time candidate.

Applicants with Disabilities

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, examination administration accommodations are available, should you qualify. Please download the Testing Accommodations Request Form for more information.

Fees

First-Time Application

Allfirst-time applicantsare required to pay both anapplication feeand anexamination feeupon submission of the first-time application (Once you have been found eligible, your candidate status will change to Re-examination Applicant.)

Application Fee – $160.00

Re-Exam Application

Allre-examination applicantsare required to pay both aregistration feeand anexamination feeat the time of re-exam registration.

Registration Fee – $80.00

Examination Fees

When applying you may select one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.

Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – $238.15
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – $238.15
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) – $238.15
Regulation (REG) – $238.15

Refund Policy

There is no provision for withdrawing from the examination and/or requesting an extension of your current Notices to Schedule (NTS). Application and/or examination fees are not refundable. If you have an extreme circumstance, you may request an NTS extension or a partial refund of your examination fees under specific circumstances utilizing the Exception to Policy Form.

Exam Credit

You may take the required test sections individually and in any order, but are required to pass all four sections of the examination within a rolling 18 month period, which begins on the date the first examination section passed was taken.

Credit for any section passed shall be valid for 18 months from the actual date the examination sections were taken. Examination credit expires by section. You will lose credit for each section passed outside the 18 month period, and will have to retake those sections.

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USEFUL LINKS

Candidate Bulletin
Score Information
Score Reprint
NASBA Candidate Identification Cards
New Jersey State Board
Prometric
AICPA

FORMS

Exception to Policy
Transferring into New Jersey (FT only)
Information Change Request Form
Notarization and Photo Form
Testing Accommodations Request Form

CONTACT US

800-CPA-EXAM (800-272-3926)
International: (615) 880-4250

Email Inquiries:
contact-us

Mail Inquiries:
New Jersey Coordinator
CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469

FAQs

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New Jersey is one of the 50 federal states of the United States of America, located in the northeastern US mainland. It borders the State of New York in the north and northeast, Delaware, across Delaware Bay, in the south and southwest, and Pennsylvania in the west across the Delaware River.

What is New Jersey is famous for? ›

What Is New Jersey Known For? New Jersey is known for its beautiful beaches, casinos, entertaining boardwalks, and untouched nature. With its crucial role in American history and distinctive culture today, there is much to discover. New Jersey is also famous for its food.

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New Jersey is considered to be a great place to raise a family. The state and its residents have strong family values with somewhat of a small-town approach to looking out for each other. And, for the most part, the state is very safe.

Why living in New Jersey is the best? ›

This East Coast gem continues to attract individuals and families from across the globe looking for quality healthcare and education, exciting leisure activities, diverse geography, and much more. From central New Jersey, you can get to New York City, Philadelphia, the beach, or the mountains within an hour's drive.

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The cost of living in New Jersey is 15% higher than the national average. Housing is 38% higher than the national average, while utilities are 3% higher. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 7% higher than in the rest of the country, while clothing costs 7% higher.

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The cost of living in Newark, NJ is -35.6% lower than in New York, NY. You would have to earn a salary of $38,635 to maintain your current standard of living. Employers in Newark, NJ typically pay -5.1% less than employers in New York, NY.

What's it like living in New Jersey? ›

To start with, New Jersey is an excellent state with diverse lifestyle options, numerous attractions, and fun activities for all generations. Despite the numerous attractions, the state has various downsides, like the high cost of living, making living in the state worth a debate.

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New Jersey is home to more diners than any other state. Atlantic City is home to the world's longest boardwalk. Cape May, New Jersey is the oldest seaside resort in the United States. During the Revolutionary War, more battles were fought in New Jersey than any other state.

What kind of weather does New Jersey have? ›

As a result of these influences, New Jersey's climate is characterized by moderately cold and occasionally snowy winters and warm, humid summers. There is a west-to-east contrast of temperatures, with cooler temperatures in the higher elevations of the northwest and warmer temperatures in the east near the coast.

Which state is better New York or NJ? ›

New York was actually best in quality of life and 2nd in safety, WalletHub found, but fell a little bit in education and health (16th). Both states finished on the lower end in economy (NJ was 39th, NY was 37th) and, unsurprisingly, affordability (NJ was 48th, NY was 46th).

Is it better to live in New Jersey or Florida? ›

The Cost of Living in Florida is Less Expensive Than NJ

Compared to New Jersey, Florida is far more economical when it comes to living expenses. With cheaper housing, groceries, utilities, and transportation, and no state income taxes, the cost to live here is quite reasonable.

Are New Jersey taxes high? ›

New Jersey has a 6.625 percent state sales tax rate, a max local sales tax rate of 3.313 percent, and an average combined state and local sales tax rate of 6.60 percent. New Jersey's tax system ranks 50th overall on our 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Why do people move to NJ? ›

If you'd like to live in a state that's rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, without being too far away from NYC and Philly, moving to New Jersey is right for you. The Garden State is home to some of the best schools in America, the quality of life is high and you'll enjoy fresh produce from farmers' markets.

What are the benefits of living in Jersey? ›

The largest of the Channel Islands boasts a climate as sunny as its tax regime. Jersey islanders enjoy one of the finest climates in the British Isles, characterised by balmy summers and mild winters. The island is warmed by the Gulf Stream and usually avoids the Atlantic weather systems that so frequently soak the UK.

Is Jersey City considered New York? ›

Constituting part of the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City is bounded on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay.

How far is it from New York to New Jersey? ›

The total driving distance from New York to New Jersey is 181 miles or 291 kilometers. The total straight line flight distance from New York to New Jersey is 129 miles. This is equivalent to 207 kilometers or 112 nautical miles.

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Since New Jersey (NJ) and New York (NY) currently have equivalent time zones, you can call someone during your normal hours and it will be the same time in New York as it is in New Jersey. Remember to check daylight savings for any time changes if you are scheduling a call.

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