Welcome to the Accounting Gateway Exam!

The School of Accounting Faculty is delighted that you chose to continue with your education in accounting. We found that students who are well prepared from the first two accounting principles classes (ACCT 2103 & ACCT 2203) 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. 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 on the Gateway Exam.

Why?

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 ONCE– no matter where or when they took principles of accounting.

Are there any exceptions?

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. In addition, you may consider requesting a FREE tutor from LASSO by going to https://lasso.okstate.edu/tutoring.

When is it offered?

The Gateway Exam will be administered on multiple Fridays after enrollment begins at 9:00 am and 11:00 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 or OSU-Tulsa testing center 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.

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 ID including ONE (1) picture ID to take the exam. Be sure to bring a valid photo 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” immediately after taking the exam. Grades will be posted to SIS within 1-2 to allow access for enrollment purposes.

NOTE: Grades will NOT be posted to SIS until AFTER the add/drop date if you take the exam after the official first day of school for that session. Please make sure you pass the exam PRIOR to the first day of school to ensure that you will be able to enroll for the desired semester.

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.

Can I retake the Gateway Exam?

Yes! You may take the exam up to three (3) times for each testing window 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. The testing windows are as follows:

Window I: January 1st – June 30th
Window II: July 1st – December 31st

Remember, exam scores will not be posted between the day class begins and the add/drop date. Please make sure you pass the exam PRIOR to the first day of class for the desired semester you are trying to take classes.

What do I get for Passing?

OSU School of Accounting and McGraw-Hill partnered 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, at least one winner will be chosen from each Gateway Exam testing window.

Gateway Exam participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a free McGraw-Hill Connect Plus text if:

  1. The participant obtains a passing score on the Accounting Gateway Exam;
  2. The passing score is obtained during the participant’s FIRST ATTEMPT at the Gateway Exam;
    AND
  3. 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?

  • Exam Preparation Materials

    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 may be available to all students at the OSU-Tulsa campus prior the start of the new semester. There may be a minimal cost for the workshop, 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.

Academic Integrity Violations

Violations of the OSU Academic Integrity Policy (http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu/) while taking the Gateway Exam will (1) result in an F on the Accounting Gateway Exam and (2) suspension from taking the Accounting Gateway Exam for at least 18 months for the first offense.

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: gatewayexam@okstate.edu or see the frequently asked questions on our flier.