Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Sit for CPA exam without bachelors? (In FL)

Q211995Q211995 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member

I am a senior in university. It is possible to sit for the CPA exam without a degree? I know the requirements for licensure, but I wanted to know if I can sit for the exam before I graduate. I live in FL and meet all the requirements under the new rule, the 120 semester hours, accounting, and business classes... etc. Would it be possible to sit for the CPA exam before graduating with my Bachelor's?

Thank you,

Replies to: Sit for CPA exam without bachelors? (In FL)

  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    You need to check with the FL Board of Accountancy on that. Back in my day (before you were born) we were able to sit for the exam in our last semester of college before we earned our degrees. In those days, the exam was offered twice a year (on specific days).
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 22,886 Forum Champion
    ^^^Agree, the rules are not exactly the same from state to state so check the rules of the FL Board of Accountancy.

    Keep in mind that it is now required to have 150 credits to become a CPA but in most (if not all) states you can sit for the exam before that.

    @arc918 I probably took the test about when you did (no calculators either back then-- at that time in NYS you had to graduate college to sit for the CPA exam while in PA you did not -- so there was definitely variation from state to state. FWIW the exam is administered on the computer now, one part at a time, with the test taker arranging the time/date.
  • allyphoeallyphoe Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    From reading the board rules, I think the answer is yes. But it's trivial to get the only right answer that matters: call or email them and ask.
  • Q211995Q211995 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks, I called the board and they said their requirements don't mention needing a Bachelor's degree to sit. I think I'll just apply and see how it goes, hopefully they'll let me know the reason if I'm rejected.
This discussion has been closed.