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For more than 20 years, the CalCPA Education Foundation has prepared and graded the Professional Ethics for CPAs exam for all CPA candidates in California. The following questions have been designed to assist candidates in understanding the exam process and format.
Anyone applying for CPA licensure in California for the first time and cancelled California licensees applying for reissuance must pass the Professional Ethics for CPAs (PETH) exam.
Candidates do not have to meet specific education requirements in order to sit for the PETH Exam. The PETH Exam is one requirement for CPA Licensure, to view the education requirements for CPA Licensure in California, visit http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/applicants/tip_sheet.pdf.
Yes, although most candidates choose to sit for the PETH Exam after completing the Uniform CPA Exam since they must meet all the CPA licensure requirements within two years of passing the PETH Exam.
Unlike the Uniform CPA Exam, the PETH Exam is available year-round.
There is no application deadline for the PETH Exam. Candidates must complete their CPA Licensure application within two years of passing the PETH Exam. Learn more about the overview of the CPA Licensure application process here.
You do not need to submit an application to the CBA to sit for the PETH Exam. Following are easy ways to order the PETH Exam.
Phone (800) 922-5272
CPA Candidates are eligible for one year of free membership in CalCPA. To sign up, visit calcpa.org/join or call (800) 922-5272.
As part of your order you will receive the self-study course in either an online or text format. For text purchases, candidates should allow 5-7 business days for delivery (rush shipping is available for an additional fee). The online course may be accessed through the candidate’s account on My Activities. The self-study course is approximately 300 pages and provides clear, detailed explanations of the rules that will assist candidates in answering tough-to-call ethical questions.
You have one year from the date of purchase to take the PETH Exam for the first time.
The PETH Exam is made of 50 multiple choice questions.
Candidates should allow for a minimum of 16 hours to thoroughly review the course materials and complete the exam online.
The full instructions will be available in your PETH Exam purchase. You will submit the answers to the 50 multiple choice in the online answer sheet.
Yes, candidates who require special accommodations should inform the CalCPA Education Foundation at (800) 922-5272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key topics on the PETH examination include:
At the end of each chapter in the self-study course, there are several review questions on key points that will prepare candidates for the exam. Candidates should be confident answering these questions correctly before taking the exam.
Yes, the Professional Ethics for CPAs Exam Preparation Course is available to all members for no cost and nonmembers for $50. The goal of this course is to help you prepare to pass the Professional Ethics Exam (PETH). It does this by reviewing the content and sample questions from prior PETH exams that may be expected to be prominently included in future exams. This course is on demand video only with no written materials. All examples are within the on demand video.
A passing score on the PETH Exam is 90% or above (no more than five missed questions).
Yes, candidates are expected to behave in an ethical manner and not disclose PETH Exam information, content or form.
Yes, during the exam you can go back to questions until you submit your answer sheet.
You will receive your score via email immediately after you submit your answer sheet.
You have up to six attempts to pass the PETH Exam, after that you will have to repurchase the self-study course. After the third attempt, you will need to request the course be reactivated by CalCPA Education Foundation Customer Service at (800) 922-5272. You may retake the PETH Exam at any time within one year of your purchase date.