New 2006 Special Enrollment Exam Unveiled

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week that the new version of the 2006 IRS Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) is ready. The exam, required for those desiring to become Enrolled Agents (EA), has been substantially revised, as has the testing process.

The IRS worked with Thompson Prometric, a company specializing is assessment services, to develop the test and enhance the examination process. To make taking the test more convenient, the following changes have been made:

  • The examination will be offered throughout the year, providing candidates the opportunity to take the examination at a time that fits their schedules. The first testing window began October 5 and ends December 1, 2006.
  • The test will be administered at approximately 290 testing center sites across the country and around the world. The testing centers offer a highly secure, professional testing environment.
  • Candidate are no longer required to take the entire exam in one sitting.
  • If necessary, candidates will be able to re-take each part of the exam several times each year.
  • There is no deadline for registering. Candidates may apply online throughout the year and pay the $86.00 fee for 2006 with a credit card. Candidates sitting for the Special Enrollment Examination 2007 will pay $97.00 for each part of the exam they take.

In addition, a web-based tutorial will be posted on the site on October 26, 2006, and, starting in May 2007, candidates have their exam results in hand before leaving the test site.

The exam itself has been reformatted from four sections to three, in order to more accurately reflect the current state of the art in taxpayer representation. Each section will have about 100 questions. The content of the redesigned exam was derived from extensive involvement by subject matter experts from the Enrolled Agent community, which now numbers more than 42,000.

In other Enrolled Agent news, the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) last month announced the recipients of six national awards including:

  • Frank Degen, EA received the lifetime achievement Founders Award in recognition of his significant leadership and contributions to the growth and progress of the association.
  • Diana M. Thompson, EA was honored with the Enrolled Agent Mentor Award recognizing her significant contribution to the growth of the enrolled agent profession in general and the growth of the membership of the NAEA in particular.
  • In honor of their significant contributions to the quality and scope of the NAEA's education and development programs, David Mellem, EA and Mickey Reedy, EA were awarded the Excellence in Education Award.
  • Linda Ruckel, EA is the recipient of the Excellence in Public Awareness Award for her significant contribution on making “Enrolled Agent” and “EA” more readily recognized nationally, regionally or locally, as the tax professional of choice.
  • Bob Kerr, NAEA's senior director of Government Relations, received the Outstanding Supporter of Enrolled Agents Award in recognition of his significant contribution as an individual who is not an enrolled agent, on making “Enrolled Agent” and “EA” more readily recognized nationally, regionally or locally, as the tax professional of choice.

The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and enhancing the enrolled agent profession.

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