Yesterday, UWorld Roger CPA Review met with the AICPA, NASBA, IMA and Prometric Testing Centers to discuss key topics surrounding CPA Exam testing. One area of focus was on the changes Prometric has implemented within their facilities to ensure safety precautions for test-takers amid COVID-19. We found the information shared in this portion of the meeting to be especially helpful for CPA candidates who are feeling apprehensive due to the ongoing pandemic. Read on for a quick recap of what we learned and why now – more than ever – is the right time to sit for the CPA Exam.
Safety Training & Protocol
At the onset, Prometric worked closely with several third-party experts, including epidemiology experts from John Hopkins University Bloogmerg School of Public Health, to create their enhanced COVID-19 Safety Plan. These policies and procedures include: increased training for test center staff, staff health checks, in-depth cleaning guidelines, mandatory mask-wearing (bring your own, and ensure it has no exhalation valve!) and reduced or flex capacity.
It should also be no surprise that social distancing protocols are in place at all times, and that instructions from staff and signage are to be adhered to while at a Prometric facility.
Prometric continues to ensure that site occupancy remains compliant with the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines on a local government level. While there’s a misconception that centers are overburdened with backlogged candidates, Prometric assured yesterday’s meeting attendees that all Prometric Centers that reopened (which is approximately 90% of all Prometric centers) have available seats for test-takers in the new modified and safe environment.
Increases in communication protocols have been instituted to ensure candidates have the most up-to-date information as they approach their exam day. It is advised that candidates with upcoming exams check their email and/or phone before leaving to take their exam–just in case there are any unexpected impediments, or adjustments to protocol. Prometric also encourages candidates to frequently visit their designated COVID-19 webpage listing the latest details or test-taking updates.
Prometric continues to audit the situation, including conducting surveys on a regular basis to ensure their facilities remain safe and accommodating to test-takers.
Sit for the CPA Exam – What are you waiting for?
Prometric has implemented an effective plan to keep you safe – what are you waiting for? With so much uncertainty in today’s environment, one thing remains the same: CPA licensure is the gold standard. Future-proof your career to outlast economic uncertainty, and re-focus on your professional goals to become a CPA.