Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) Test

 Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) Test

Introduction:

Any person who performs accounting and legal work should be well-informed about his specialization as well as able to use his knowledge in addressing any issue within his competencies.





About the test: 
The test measures the efficiency of persons willing to obtain the Fellowship degree from the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), in terms of theoretical knowledge and ability to apply it with skill, level of awareness of professional responsibility, and the behavioral qualities that a certified accountant must exhibit.

The test consists of five subjects including: accounting, auditing, Zakat and tax, jurisprudence of transactions, and commercial laws. 

Test Duration and Time:
The test committee sets the test schedule; the test is held at least twice a year. An applicant for the test must complete all registration procedures for the test within the period specified by the test committee. 

Total test hours for each subject
Details of distribution of test hours for each subject and test times.



Test Preparation:
The test does not directly depend on specific references or study courses. It rather depends on the test-taker’s cultural background and accumulated life experiences, in addition to his extensive knowledgeability. Therefore, the test-taker is required to check how questions are formed and how to answer them  (link to the information booklet). The test also does not require complicated calculations, as it uses simple ones that can be done mentally or by using easy methods. 

Test-Taking Dates:
The Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) holds the test twice per year. Therefore, the Commission would like to recommend  follow-up of the test page on its website.  


General Guidelines:

  • Please check the Commission’s website on a regular basis for information on test locations and dates. 
  • Make sure you take the test at the specified place, date, and time that you registered for it. When you arrive at the test site, go and meet the person in charge of your test group in the reception committee in order to review the papers and documents you carry, and ensure that you meet the conditions required to sit for the test. Just then, you will be allowed to enter the test room and will be directed to the seat preset for you.
  • Once all test-takers enter the test room, question sheets will be distributed with answer sheets inside; this is a form read by a scanner; so, you have to keep it safe. Afterwards, based on the instructions given by the test room supervisor, you will, in conjunction with your colleagues, fill out the first side of the form (personal information page). As for the second side of the form (the answer page), listen carefully to the supervisor's directions on how to fill it in. Then, all test takers will be allowed to open their question sheets and start the test.

  • If you have any question or request for help, you only need to raise your hand so that a supervisor may come for help.

  • All the test questions are of the multiple choice type (A, B, C, or D). Upon taking the paper test, students are required to shade the circle of the letter corresponding to the correct answer for each question in the answer sheet with an HB-2 pencil. A liquid or dry ink pen is not allowed to be used altogether. Pencils will be distributed in the test room, but it is preferable for students to bring with them an HB-2 pencil and an eraser as a precaution.
  • Calculators are not allowed in the test room, nor any other machine functioning as a calculator because test questions do not require the use of any such devices.
  • Total test duration is (20) hours divided over four days.
  • There will be approximately a sixty-minute interval between entering the test room and the beginning of the test; therefore, test-takers must be prepared to sit for about (5) hours for paper tests. As for computerized tests, the test-taker is required to arrive at the test location (15) minutes before the time previously set for him. In such case, he must be prepared to sit for the test for approximately (4:15) hours.










An applicant for the fellowship test must have a university degree in accounting. Non-graduates of accounting departments at universities must meet certain special requirements set by the test committee.

Results are announced through SOCPA.
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