CPA Exam Changes Will Delay Score Release


Substantive changes introduced to the CPA Exam effective with the April 2017 (Q2) testing window. mean there will be a delay in releasing scores. The delay will allow enough time to statistically validate candidate performance on the newly launched Exam and set a passing score. Scores will be released only once following the close of the Q2, Q3, and Q4 testing windows. The single score release for all candidates will come approximately 10 weeks after the close of the testing window.

The American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) posts CPA Exam score release timetables on AICPA Insights and on AICPA’s website. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), which created the CPA Exam with AICPA, releases scores to CPA Exam candidates and the state boards based on those timetables.

The score release timetables can help you schedule subsequent testing. Finding out whether or not you passed can tell you when you to start studying for the next section. Are you’re thinking about taking a second section during the same testing period? Consider the impact waiting for the first score will have on your ability to study.

Scores Are Found on the NASBA Website

You can find your CPA Exam score on the NASBA website if your State Board of Accountancy uses NASBA’s online score retrieval service. NASBA’s service also will give you instructions on how to get your score if you don’t live in a NASBA state. If you reside outside a NASBA state, make sure to check with your state board on where to find your score comfortably ahead of the target release date. Scores will not be released until the candidate’s state board reviews and applies standard quality control procedures.

AICPA asks all CPA Exam candidates to remember these things if they don’t receive their scores within the listed tables:

All dates and times are based on Eastern Standard Time zone.

Candidates who take the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section may have to wait at least one additional week beyond the published CPA Exam score release target date for their State Board of Accountancy to process and release exam scores. The delay may come because the written communication task on the BEC requires additional analysis.

The AICPA receives examination data files from Prometric for the vast majority of candidate within 24 hours after a candidate complete the Exam. The scores for the examination data files received after the AICPA cutoff dates will be in the subsequent scheduled target score release.


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