CPA Ethics Exam Missouri

Missouri Ethics Exam Requirements

Many candidates who pass the CPA Exam face one more important test before they earn a license to practice as Certified Public Accountants—an Ethics Exam. Missouri like many other states varies their ethics requirements for a CPA license just as they vary their requirements for the CPA Exam.

Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Missouri. You must complete a written exam in professional ethics acceptable to the Missouri Board of Accountancy to get a Missouri CPA license. The board requires the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Preparing for the Ethics Exam

You must complete and pass the Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course (PE) prior to receiving your Missouri CPA license. You must pass this course with a score of 90 percent or higher to qualify. The course explains the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and covers the basic tenets of ethical and professional conduct.

The ethics exam is an open-book, multiple-choice exam written and graded by the American Institute of CPAs. You can order the ethics exam from the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA). Exam materials include an auxiliary membership with the society.

It is not necessary to take the AICPA Ethics Exam until you are prepared to apply for the Missouri CPA license. The ethics exam does not need to be completed during the 18-month rolling window of the CPA exam.

The Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants provides additional ethics exam information here and offers candidates a hard copy ethics exam and an online ethics exam. Applicants may contact MOCPA’s Liz Schaetzel at (800) 264-7966 or lschaetzel@mocpa.org for more help.

How much study time will the Ethics Exam require?

You can expect to schedule between 10 and 20 hours to study for the exam. You won’t need to devote much more than 10 hours to prepare. Just make sure you don’t skim and miss important points.

Take notes so that you’ll hold on to the concepts long enough to pass the test. The multiple-choice questions can be tricky; read them carefully.

The exam format

The AICPA Ethics Exam is a timed, open book exam. You can look up answers in your textbook if you have enough time.
There are 40 multiple-choice questions that can either be taken online or on paper. The test offers all multiple-choice questions. Most are relatively simple.

However, since the passing score is 90, you can’t miss too many questions. You must be careful to select the correct answer when you read the questions.

How long are Ethics Exam scores good?

After you order the Ethics Exam, AICPA gives you one full year to study and take the test. You can contact the AICPA Grading Department at 1-888-777-7077 to ask for a 30-day extension if this is not enough time.

States that require the AICPA Ethics Exam usually set a deadline that results are valid for two years after completing the exam. A two-year limit is expected to allow candidates enough time to complete all their other licensing requirements. Check with the Missouri Board of Accountancy to make sure.

Receiving scores

Your manual will have instructions as to how you may submit your answers online. Submitting your answers online means you will receive your score immediately after the test is graded automatically. If you mail in your answers, you will have to wait up to six weeks for the results.

How much are exam fees?

Candidates must pay the following fees to the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants:
• $179 Online Format
• $199 Text Format

Retaking the exam

You are permitted to take the exam online up to three times. You will have to use the paper version and submit your answers by mail to retake it a fourth time.

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