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Accounting students and alumni from Tennessee Tech University will put their pencils down and turn on computers to pre-test the new Uniform Certified Public Accountants’ exam to be introduced in early 2004.

The new exam will feature a computerized format and structure, replacing the traditional pencil-and-paper format. Before the re-vamped exam is introduced next spring, qualified students and recent graduates of TTU will take the exam on Nov. 7 and 8 to help the American Institute of CPAs evaluate the test’s design.

“Our students have an opportunity to participate in shaping and learning the quality of the computerized licensing examination and to benefit the profession at large,” said TTU’s Department of Accounting Chairperson Robert Elmore.

Tennessee Tech was one of only a few universities in the state to be chosen for the pre-test by the American Institute of CPAs. TTU was chosen for the size of its accounting program and for its excellent technical support.

The participants from Tennessee Tech will benefit from early exposure to topics and simulation exercises that will be included in the computer-based exam. Comments and opinions gathered via the pretest will be used by AICPA to guide the design of the new exam.

An AICPA team will travel from New York to administer the exam in TTU’s Johnson Hall to Tennessee Tech participants.