Thursday, January 1, 2009

Re: VITA Intro and Intermediate course

This was an email message received by the webmaster of

I did the beginers course self study using thetext books and completed the test. Should ISend in the hardcopy for evaluation or could Iuse the online test. What I'm asking are theOnline test questions the same as the textbook questions? It is a very interesting course. I Especially enjoy the book keeping work.

  1. The online test questions are close to and similar to the paper test but not the same.
  2. You can do either one. However, if you sign up online and take the exam on-line you can get the results right away, and get a certificate printout right away and have yourself registered is some database. Not clear who has access to the database since so far the local IRS Relationship Manager does not seems to have access to it, and volunteers have to take their certifications to the Site Coordinator anyway.
  3. If you do the paper test and send it in, then you need to figure out where to send it and wait for the grade. This works best if you are in classroom training and take a test at the end.
  4. Hope this answers your questions. If you need to continue this conversation, you can add to this post by clicking on the Comment below this message.


  1. Hello,
    I took the basic course via self study and passed the test. Then I got a certificate printout right away. But I don’t know what I should do next?
    Thank you.

  2. Hello Sandy,
    Congratulations on passing the exam and getting the certificate.
    Your information is now available to the VITA program, and in theory someone should contact you, but if you are a motivated volunteer you should get in touch with the relationship manager possibly at the IRS office closest to you.
    That information can be found through the "Vita Volunteers Custom Search Engine II" at the top left hand column of this page by typing in the city and state where you would like to volunteer.