Accounting: Entrance Exam

The Intermediate Entrance Exam is a 2.5-hour, 60 questions, competency exam for students who desire to enroll in Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 3311).

Registration for the Saturday, January 6th, 2024, exam will open on December 1st, 2023. Registration will close on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Registration for May 18th, 2024 will open Friday, May 3rd, 2024 by 5 pm.

Intermediate Entrance Exam 2023-2024 Dates

  • Saturday, January 6th, 2024
  • Saturday, May 18th, 2024
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2024
  • Saturday, July 13th, 2024
  • Saturday, August 10th, 2024

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 12:30 pm

You will need to bring a photo id and a #2 pencil. A Scantron and calculator will be provided to you.

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Entrance Exam FAQ

You are allowed two and a half hours to complete the exam, and should easily be able to complete the exam within that time. Plan to use the full two and a half hours to double-check your answers.

You can retake the exam as many times as you wish. We only maintain records of those who pass. You are not required to retake any course if you do not pass the exam. There is no mandatory waiting period for taking the exam again. The only limitation will be the frequency with which we offer the course.

There are no waivers of the exam requirement. However, if you took your introductory class (Accounting 2301) at UTA beginning with the Spring 2006 semester, and scored in the top one-third of your Accounting 2301's comprehensive final exam (with no less than a B on that exam) and a final grade of no less than a B in the course, it is more than equivalent to this entrance exam and will suffice. Your teacher will need to notify the Department of your satisfactory completion of this requirement. Otherwise, plan on taking the entrance exam prior to enrolling in Accounting 3311.

You should have at least completed Accounting 2301 or its equivalent. Check this site for information about times, locations, and registration processes. The next scheduled exam is listed at the top of this page.

The exam is given several times per year, usually near the end of each term and again shortly before the beginning of a new term. Just keep an eye on this website to monitor the exact schedule for upcoming exam dates.

The Department will maintain a list of persons passing the exam, and this list will be used to determine who is eligible to enroll in Accounting 3311. Students not on the list will not be permitted to enroll in Accounting 3311.

Once you are on the approved list (you passed!), you will not need to take the exam again. At the time you decide to actually enroll in Accounting 3311, you will need to email the Department at and let them know the specific section in which you intend to enroll. The Department will code MyMav to allow this enrollment to occur. When you email, forward the email you received confirming you passed. Also include the section number and semester you wish to enroll.

Note: Even if you are exempt from taking the entrance exam, you will need to get department consent to enroll.

First, ask yourself: Have I truly learned what I need to know about basic principles of accounting in my prerequisite classes (Introduction to Financial Accounting (also known as Principles of Accounting)? If you are certain of this, you should pass the exam. If you are uncertain, you should study from your textbook or other supplemental material such as: exam study materials.If you did poorly, you should consider taking (or at a minimum auditing) introductory classes again. A brief retreat to regroup is not a bad thing if it helps you achieve your longer range goals.

You can take what you brought, but nothing more. The exam will remain the property of the Department, and anyone attempting to remove the exam will be subject to strict disciplinary measures as provided by UTA's policies and procedures. Students will be required to sign an agreement not to divulge or otherwise discuss the specific content of the exam. This is in no way intended to limit student discussion about the general content of the exam. For example, its acceptable to report that there was a question on LIFO inventory methods, but it is unacceptable to report that Question No. X was on LIFO and the answer was "C."

Be sturdy, dust off, and try again. But, benefit from the message -- "You may not be prepared to succeed in Intermediate." You should definitely study more -- perhaps retake (or at a minimum audit) an appropriate introductory course.

A student's performance in Intermediate Accounting is often viewed as the single most important indicator of aptitude for success in the accounting profession. Prospective employers pay close attention to a student's performance in this course. Unfortunately, many students fail to do well in this course, not because of their aptitude, but because of their lack of preparedness upon entering the course. It is essential that a student's prerequisite knowledge be sufficient to prepare a student to succeed in Intermediate. The goal of the exam is make sure that our students are prepared to succeed, rather than allowing them to proceed to fail.

You will be scored on a pass/fail basis; however a score of 75% is definitely passing. Individual exams may be curved upward, and questions that prove to be answered incorrectly by most of the candidates will be tossed from consideration. If you know the subject, we will do everything we can to see that you pass!

Two valid picture IDs and a pencil. Don't bring crib notes, etc. Leave your books at home. No cell phones, cameras, calculators, computers or other devices will be permitted in the exam room.

The questions will change, but the subject matter will not (without prior notice). The exam will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions.