The CPA Exam is changing in 2018

Starting April 1, 2018, the AICPA is overhauling the exam process to improve candidates overall exam-taking experience.

Frankly, it’s about time they joined the rest of us in the 21st Century. The interface has looked like something from the 90’s for a while now.

Here are the changes to expect:

Modernized User Interface and Experience

It’ll basicallyย look like something that was created post-2010. Better design, colorful, and more user-friendly.

High Definition 23″ Monitors.

The larger high definition monitors would allow candidates to comfortably split the screen into two with one side showing the questions and answer choices and the right side a “workspace” for all the tools they provide such as Authoritative Literature, Calculators, Excel, etc

Microsoft Excel

Excel will replace the previous spreadsheet function. You’ll be able to drag and resize excel to suit your needs. You’ll also be able to use Excels full formulas, including functions like sort and filter.

Additionally, when you navigate away from the excel function, your work is automatically saved. This way you can switch back and forth between Excel and exhibits, where it may apply.


You can now highlight information in exhibits provided for Task-Based Simulation. Exhibits suchย as financial statements, emails, invoices, etc.

This is particularly useful when working through the Task Basedย Simulations and trying to make a note of the what’s relevant in a sea of superfluous information.

You can practice with the sample tests provided by the AICPAย here if you want to get familiar with the new interface.