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The Uniform CPA Examination will be offered in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates this year, marking the first time in the exam’s history that it will be offered outside the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.


The three organizations that jointly offer the CPA exam in the United States—the AICPA, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric––reached an agreement to administer the exam in those international locations.


The exam offered internationally will be the same as that offered in the U.S. It will be administered in English using the same computerized format. As in the U.S., the examination will serve to qualify individuals for licensure as a CPA through U.S. state boards of accountancy.


“Candidates for licensure as U.S. CPAs reside all over the world, but at present, they must travel to the U.S. to take the CPA exam,” AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon said in a statement. “International administrations are being offered as a service to them and to other international candidates who wish to seek CPA licensure.”


The CPA exam is already administered routinely to foreign nationals who take the test in the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.


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