CPA Exam Pass Rate

CPA Exam Pass Rates

The CPA Exam Pass Rate by year for the last 16 years (2006-2022).


The CPA Exam Pass Rate data shows some interesting 5-year Trends:

  • AUD increased approx. 7 points, and then tanked in 2021
  • BEC is way up, 2/3 who took it passed in 2020 (lockdowns = more studying), and then it dropped some in 2021
  • FAR leaped from mid-40s to the 50s (and then back to the mid-40s in 2021)
  • REG actually increased with the TCJA changes, and the CARES Act didn't change that either, according to the AICPA

The CPA Exam first time pass rate is around 25%, historically.


2022 CPA Exam Pass RateQ1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD CPA Exam Pass Rate4649
BEC CPA Exam Pass Rate5762
FAR CPA Exam Pass Rate4546
REG CPA Exam Pass Rate6061
2021 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD 4950474548
BEC 6263626062
FAR 4743484145
REG 5959635860
2020 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD 4865574853
BEC 6277706166
FAR 4663564450
REG 5576665862
2019 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD 4955524851
BEC 5860635960
FAR 4449504146
REG 5059585656
2018 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4955514951
BEC5660606059
FAR4249494546
REG5056575053
2017 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4352524849
BEC5055555553
FAR4344484344
REG4648494647
2016 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4549454446
BEC5556585355
FAR4546484346
REG4850504648

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2015 CPA Pass RatesQ1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD CPA Pass Rates4549484747
BEC CPA Pass Rates5358595556
FAR CPA Pass Rates4449504347
REG CPA Pass Rates4851514749
2014 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4749474246
BEC5358585255
FAR4448514648
REG4952524449
2013 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4548474346
BEC5356595456
FAR4749514548
REG4850504749
2012
Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4548504447
BEC4953585153
FAR4447544648
REG4550514648
2011 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4448474346
BEC4246524547
FAR4244504446
REG4145454444

2010 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4751494548
BEC4749514447
FAR4548534548
REG4952544751
2009 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4852524850
BEC4649524648
FAR4651514648
REG4852524750
2008 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4553514749
BEC4748504647
FAR4650544649
REG4649514949
2007 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4448514548
BEC4448474747
FAR4449524648
REG4248504747
2006 Q1Q2Q3Q4Year
AUD4144474444
BEC4243464344
FAR4243474548
REG3942454242

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