Eligibility criteria are explained here.
The IQEX examination is offered during the first two months of every calendar quarter at Prometric Centers in major Canadian and U.S. cities. Detailed information is included in the USCPA-NOW course material. You may visit the Prometric website at http://www.prometric.com/cpa. The exam requires you to book a 4.5 hour time slot. The first half hour is for orientation and the exam itself is 4 hours.
Please click on Examination Application Procedures and Deadlines.
The estimated target release date is based on the following factors: the day you took your test by, and when the AICPA receives examination data files from Prometric, Usually, you can expect to receive your grade within two to three weeks after you have written the exam.
IQEX is accepted by 45 states and The District of Columbia. The following 5 states do not accept IQEX:
Unless you have a compelling reason to join a particular State Board, it is recommended that you apply to the state of Illinois or the state of Arizona. Further information will be provided with your course materials.
Although you may refer to yourself as a U.S. CPA, in most jurisdictions a license to sign audit reports is not granted automatically. Such license is also not granted by simply passing the full Uniform Exam in the U.S. Various states impose additional education and/or experience requirements for those CPAs seeking permission to sign audit reports. The NASBA website www.nasba.org lists all the individual State Boards along with contact information.
If you are want to prepare U.S. tax returns, it is recommended that you enroll in the online tax course that is offered at www.theincometaxschool.com There are two components, the first covering personal tax and the second dealing with corporations and partnerships. Both components offer many hours of verifiable Continuing Professional Education.
Passing the IQEX Exam and becoming a U.S. CPA automatically fulfills the recently implemented IRS tax preparer requirements. U.S. CPAs in Canada may obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and are exempt from the ongoing testing and continuing education requirements. A U.S. Social Security Number is not required.
Unsuccessful IQEX writers may make an email request for an updated USCPA-NOW study binder if updated materials are required. A request for updated materials must be made within 60 days of receiving your notification from NASBA that you were unsuccessful. You will have to pay printing costs of $30 U.S. plus shipping.
USCPA-NOW will respond and advise you of the shipping cost via USPS Priority Courier. USCPA-NOW must receive payment of $30 plus shipping costs by cheque before the materials are shipped. (If you reside in Canada, the cost is under $50. If you live in the U.S., it is around $15. Shipping to other countries should not exceed $100.)