South Dakota CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements Other Requirements
Hours Required for Exam: 150 24 hours in accounting courses 24 hours in general business courses Residency Requirements: None
Required for Licensure: Successfully pass the Uniform CPA Exam One year work experience.  Accounting experience can be in Government, Industry, Academia, or Public Accounting. Minimum Age: None
Degree Required: Bachelor's Application Fee: $30.00 Audit and Attestation $220.35 Financial Accounting and Reporting – $220.35 Regulation – $201.25 Business Environment and Concepts $201.25
Additional Requirements for licensure: Successfully pas the Uniform CPA Exam One year work experience. Accounting experience can be in Government, Industry, Academia, or Public Accounting Initial application fee for individuals qualifying August 1 to January 31, inclusive, is $50.  The fee for applications not submitted with the 90 days for individuals qualifying August 1 to January 31, inclusive, is $100.  The initial application fee for those qualifying February 1 to July 31, inclusive, is $25.  The fee for applications not submitted within the 90 days for individuals qualifying February 1 to July 31, inclusive is $75. Additional Notes: Students may sit for the exam prior to completing their education requirement, as long as they are scheduled to complete the education requirements within 6 months.
Preparing to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam can be a long and arduous process. To complicating things just a bit, different states vary with regard to requirements that must be fulfilled before the exam can be taken. In order to keep these guidelines organized and assure they are met, it is important to prepare a checklist of the tasks that need to be completed before applying for the CPA exam. In South Dakota, the checklist should include the following. Please note that these requirements may not be all inclusive and can change at any time, so it is best to contact your state board of accountancy prior to applying for the exam or paying any fees.

Educational Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate with 150 semester hours
  • 24 hours in accounting courses
  • 24 hours in general business courses
Note: Students may sit for exam before completing education as long as education is completed within six months of sitting for first exam

Application and testing process:

      • Initial fee and completed application must be submitted to the state board of accountancy prior to scheduling an exam.
      • All official transcripts are to be submitted at time of application.
      • A “Notice to Schedule” will arrive within 8 weeks after the application has been submitted.
      • All tests are offered online at local Prometrics testing centers.
      • The first test can be scheduled within six months of the accepted application and taken during the proper testing window.
      • Applicants have a total of 18 months to take all scheduled exams; scheduling up to 4 months in advance is strongly recommended.
      • If necessary, students who need to retake an exam must do so when its next testing window opens.

On the day of exam students need to bring:

      • NTS official form and photo ID
      • Photo ID information must match the NTS form precisely or student will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
      • There are no refunds provided for improper ID.

Before Scheduing your exam(s), prepare with:

Receiving scores:

  • Students may check for posted scores at the end of the first month of a testing window and then every two weeks after that date.
Though the process of preparing to sit for the uniform CPA exam can be grueling, many have found success by applying several strategies to the process. Local chapters of related professional organizations can be a great place for test takers to network and find a study group. Mentors who have already completed the process may also be especially helpful for study strategy tips. In addition to these strategies, enrolling in an online CPA review course is also strongly linked to success on the CPA Exam. With flexible scheduling and just the right amount of structure, an online review course can add the momentum and support needed to complete exams successfully. For more information about enrolling in an award-winning online review course, visit: https://www.cpaexam.com. For more information about sitting for the CPA exam in South Dakota, and to peruse the most current state requirements, also visit: http://accountancy.sd.gov/cpa_exam.aspx#eligibility.

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