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CBT Application and Instructions

Please print, read and retain this sheet prior to completing the Initial Application for Admission to the CPA Examination.  It is important that you properly complete the application to insure that your information is reported correctly to the nationwide candidate database.  By following these instructions, your invoice and Notice to Schedule will be issued as quickly as possible.

All candidates for the computer-based CPA examination must file an initial application with the Board.  You may download the application by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.  Again, please read all information contained on this page prior to completing the application.

Also, it should be noted that the Notice to Schedule (NTS) is only good for 6 months.  Candidates are encouraged to apply only for the parts they reasonably expect to be able to complete within that six-month period.  More than one NTS can be open at the same time. 

It should also be noted that the six-month period covered by the NTS only allows candidates the opportunity to test for four out of the six months due to dark periods in the testing windows. 

Forms of Identification Required at Testing Center

Please note that the name you list on the application must exactly match the name listed on the primary form of identification you intend to use to enter the Prometric test site.  If the name on your application does not exactly match the name on your primary form of identification you will be denied entrance to the Prometric test center and forfeit your exam fees. Your primary form of identification must contain a recent photograph and a signature.  Acceptable forms of primary identification are:

  • An unexpired state or territory-issued driver's license with photograph and signature
  • An unexpired state or territory-issued identification card with a recent photograph and signature.  (Candidates who do not drive may have an identification card issued by the agency which also issues driver's licenses) 
  • An unexpired government-issued passport with a recent photograph and signature
  • A United States military identification card with a recent photograph and signature
A secondary form of identification will also be required.  Acceptable forms of secondary identification are:
  • An unexpired credit card
  • An unexpired ATM card
  • An unexpired debit card

The Board's fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy. Fees to be paid to the Kentucky Board

  • $30 - Initial Application Fee (To be paid by the candidate submitting an initial application.  This is a one-time fee and will cover the cost of processing the application)
  • $30 - Per Section Fee (To be paid for each section each time the candidate sits for the exam)
Once the application is approved, the Board will send an Authorization to Test ("ATT") to NASBA so it may be downloaded into the nationwide candidate database.  After downloading the information, you will receive a payment coupon from NASBA for the exam fees charged by NASBA, the AICPA and Prometric.  You will have 90 days to make the payment to NASBA. Failure to pay these fees within the 90-day period will result in the cancellation of the ATT and the candidate will have to file a re-exam application with the Board.

Once the fees have been paid, NASBA will send a Notice to Schedule ("NTS") to you.  Be certain to read all information contained on the Notice to Schedule.  The testing center has very strict rules that must be followed in order for you to test.  Failure to follow these rules will result in the cancellation test.

Scheduling a Date and Time

Upon receipt of the NTS, the candidate may contact Prometric to schedule a date and time to take the section(s) of the exam for which they have been approved.  Prometric may be contacted through their website www.prometric.com, External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. Click this icon to read our external link disclaimer. or by the toll-free phone number (1-800-580-9648). The NTS will be valid for 6-months from the date it is issued by NASBA.  If the candidate fails to sit for the applicable section(s) of the exam during that time period, the NTS will expire and the candidate will have to re-apply to sit for the exam.

Testing Center Locations

Candidates may take the examination at the following Prometric sites in Kentucky:

  • Louisville - 7400 New LaGrange Rd., #103 (502.423.0478) 
  • Louisville - U of L - 106 East Brandeis, Davidson Hall, Room 310 (502.852.6607)
  • Lexington - 2573 Richmond Rd., #260 (859.268.3338)

Kentucky candidates may also take the exam at any approved Prometric site.

Resources for Exam Candidates

Examination candidates should visit the CBT examination website at www.cpa-exam.org. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. Click this icon to read our external link disclaimer. This site contains numerous links to information for CBT candidates.  The AICPA has a tutorial for the computerized exam which offers candidates the opportunity to learn how to navigate the new format.  There is also a practice test that candidates may take.

The AICPA, NASBA and Prometric have compiled a booklet entitled "Candidate Bulletin-Information for Applicants", which is the computer-based exam version of the "Information for CPA Examination Candidates" booklet, which was sent to candidates for the paper-and-pencil exam.  The Board strongly urges CBT candidates to download the "Candidate Bulletin".  It contains a wealth of information about the computer-based examination and should answer most of your questions regarding the new format.  If for some reason you cannot print the booklet, please email the Board office and we will supply you with a copy.


Applications can be sent to the Board on a daily basis.  Click here for the application. CBT Examination Application (PDF Format-821K).

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Last Updated 8/15/2013
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