Welcome to the Accounting Gateway Exam!
The School of Accounting Faculty is delighted that you have chosen to continue with your education in accounting. We have found that students who are well prepared from the first two principles classes do well in upper division accounting classes. On the other hand, students who are not well prepared often have a less successful experience. To help all of our students do their best in the upper division accounting classes, we have created the Accounting Gateway Exam.
What is it?
The Gateway Exam is an exam that covers important topics from the first two principles of accounting classes (at Oklahoma State University these are ACCT 2103 and 2203). These questions are directly relevant to the material you will be learning in the 3000-level classes. You can view a “Topics Listing” of relevant material covered by clicking here.
The Gateway Exam will help you determine whether or not you understand the accounting principles you need to succeed in upper-division accounting classes. By studying for and taking this exam, you will have a good review of the fundamental material and be able to hit the ground running in the first week of class. This will put all students on the same footing, giving everyone the optimum chance of success.
Who has to take this Exam?
Everyone enrolling in ACCT 3013, 3103, 3203, and 3603 starting in Fall 2009 must take the Gateway Exam – no matter where or when they took principles of accounting. There is an exception – see the next question.
Are there any exceptions?
If you have taken and passed the Accounting Gateway Exam, you DO NOT have to take the exam again. There are NO EXEMPTIONS or EXCEPTIONS that would allow you to “skip” the exam. If you are having trouble passing the exam, you may consider retaking ACCT 2103 and/or ACCT 2203 at OSU.
When is it offered?
The Gateway Exam will be administered on multiple Fridays late in the semester at 9:00 am and 10:30 am in the Trading Floor computer lab in the Spears School of Business in Stillwater. Please See “How Do I Register For the Exam” for a link to specific dates. Seats will be limited and students are served on a first reserved, first served bases.
The Gateway Exam may also be taken at the OSU-Stillwater, Wes Watkins Center, or OSU-Tulsa testing centers for a fee and subject to the testing centers’ hours of operation and capacity limits. The exam will be available at the testing centers year-round. Note that most testing centers are NOT open on weekends or holidays and you must call ahead for an appointment.
You may view the hours of operation for the OSU-Stillwater testing center at http://uat.okstate.edu/testing/ or contact the testing center at (405) 744-5958. You must CALL and make an appointment to take the exam at the testing center.
You may call the Wes Watkins testing center (in Stillwater) at (405) 744-6390. You must CALL and make an appointment to take the exam at the testing center.
Information regarding the testing center at OSU-Tulsa is available at http://www.osu-tulsa.okstate.edu/lsc/testing.asp and you must CALL the OSU-Tulsa testing center at (918) 594-8232 to make an appointment to take the exam.
You will need TWO (2) forms of picture ID to take the exam. Be sure to bring a valid ID (OSU Student ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.) and your OKEY username and password to any Accounting Gateway Exam location. Results will be posted on the Online Classroom Gateway Exam page under “grades”.
What if I pass?
Congratulations! You simply continue with the class as usual – ready to learn new material.
What if I DON’T pass?
You will need to pass the exam BEFORE you enroll in your 3000-level ACCT class. Since you did not pass, you will not be able to enroll in an accounting course yet. If you have additional attempts available, please take advantage of them. If not, please speak with your advisor. Your advisor is available to help you with alternative classes. Please remember that you have until the of the first week of class during the Spring and Fall semesters to successfully complete the exam, but class size is limited.
Can I retake the Gateway Exam?
Yes! You may take the exam up to three (3) times for each semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall) as long as you do so by the exam deadline. In addition, you may take the exam as many semesters as you would like. Be sure to study the additional materials on online classroom and take the practice exams to help you brush up on your skills.
What do I get for Passing?
Beginning with the Summer 2013 Gateway Exam session, the OSU School of Accounting and McGraw-Hill have partnered together to offer a PRIZE for OSU students taking the Gateway Exam. The prize, sponsored by McGraw-Hill, is a free McGraw-Hill Connect Plus textbook. For those students who meet the eligibility requirements indicated below, the OSU School of Accounting will place their names into a drawing for the prize. From the names placed into the drawing, one winner will be chosen from each Gateway Exam session.
Gateway Exam participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a free McGraw-Hill Connect Plus text if:
- The participant obtains a passing score on the Accounting Gateway Exam;
- The passing score is obtained during the participant’s FIRST ATTEMPT at the Gateway Exam; AND
- The participant completes his/her passing attempt PRIOR to the prize cutoff date.
For additional details about the prize drawing, please click here.
How do I register for the exam?
You can now Register Online for the STILLWATER free exam. If you wish to reserve a spot at one of the testing centers, please see the testing center contact information above.
How can I prepare for the Gateway Exam?
Please note that you must have and OKEY username and password to access these materials. Please keep in mind, the exam will be administered from this site, so you will need to register PRIOR TO THE EXAM, regardless of where you take the exam.
Instructions for self registration to the exam preparation materials
Gateway Exam Workshop
A live workshop will be available to all students at the OSU-Tulsa campus prior the start of the new semester. The cost for the workshop will be $25, please contact the Tulsa Testing Center for details at (918) 594-8232. We have also provided a link to the video feed from a previous Gateway Exam workshop. This video and log in information is available for FREE on online classroom.
- We want everyone to pass this test, so there is also unrestricted review material available, please feel free to use this link to a free online accounting textbook.
What if my question isn’t answered above?
If you have questions that are not answered on this page or if you are having trouble registering for the exam please email: email@example.com