CPA Exam Results March 2010

March is upon us and as candidates are going postal patiently waiting for their CPA Exam results, here are some things to keep in mind:

March 8, 2010: Due to the crazy weather on the East Coast, the January/February 2010 window was extended to March 8. According to NASBA, exams taken in March will be part of the Wave 2 score release.

Keep in mind that the March 8 extension could wreak havoc on the score release process. Then again, it may not. I wouldn't be surprised either way.

The following are predictions based on historical trends:

Monday March 15, 2010: AICPA releases BEC

Once the AICPA starts releasing CPA Exam scores, California, Illinois, Virginia will follow suit. NASBA usually releases scores within two business days after the AICPA release.

Tuesday March 16, 2010: AICPA releases REG

Tuesday evening March 16, 2010: NASBA releases BEC at approx 10pm Eastern

Wednesday evening March 17, 2010: NASBA releases REG at approx 10pm Eastern

Thursday March 18, 2010: AICPA releases AUD

Friday evening March 19, 2010: NASBA releases AUD at approx 10pm Eastern

Monday March 22, 2010: AICPA releases FAR

Tuesday evening March 23, 2010: NASBA releases FAR at approx 10pm Eastern


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CPA Exam Score Release Wave 2 FAQs:
Q: I sat for my exam in early January, but didn't get my score in Wave 1. Am I “borderline”?

A: No. It likely means that you had a brand new, never-before-tested simulation and are therefore in Wave 2 automatically, per my Interview with the AICPA.

Q: I didn't get my score in Wave 2!!! Am I borderline?

A: Possibly. Keep in mind that the AICPA will release a section like Regulation and then release 1,000 more REG scores with Auditing.

However, once Wave 2 is complete, an additional wave of scores usually come out 2-3 days later. This is known unofficially as Wave 2.5.

Historically, people who get their scores after Wave 2 usually fall in the range of a 72 to 76. Granted, there will be some outliers here (i.e. a 90), but people who fall into this “Wave 2.5” almost always end up reporting scores in this range.

Get CPA Exam score release updates at the CPA Exam Forum.


Jeff Elliott



209 comments on “CPA Exam Results March 2010”

  • Just got my result back for last part-FAR-PASS!!!!!!! Good luck to all of you! I am going to burn my study materials now-only kidding.

  • Pam, Don’t Worry, you’ll get ur result, keep checking. They might upload it sooner or later. But its definite that u’ll receive it by US post, as Sandra mentioned earlier.

  • Hi s,

    I have send my papers for evaluation only yesterday, so am not expecting it to be send to NASBA at least for next 3 weeks. I guess the only option now i have is to wait.

  • Pam, I got my Reg result at the same time when everyone got but previously when i did not submit my evaluation, i got the result 2-3 days late. but then i submitted my evaluation papers at the earliest. Now they have my papers and find me eligible so that might be the reason that i got my results with everyone.
    Did u get ur evaluation done?

  • Hi S,

    Did you receive your online results at the same time as everyone else or did it come a few days later. REG was released by AICPA on Mar 22, almost everyone have gotten there results by Mar 24.
    I did check with NASBA, they said they have my result but will not release untill they find me eligible.


  • Pam, Hopefully u’ll get ur result online in few days, might be before u receive the US mail. U can also call nasba whether they have ur scores, to be sure that u receive them. All the Best!

  • VK / S,

    I am from CO too…still waiting for REG results, can’t see them online hoping to get them by US mail by monday. I just started my evaluation which will be available by end of april…I am just hoping I don’t have to wait that long to see my results considering this is my last part

  • Matt – i am also waiting for CT, have been waiting since first week in Jan, this is a little ridiculous.

  • I took it in MA on Feb 20th and nothing for me yet. Hope this wait ends soon with a passing score for me

  • Got my AUD results in CA TODAY, so I was behind some people. Passed with an 85. I feel like the order the scores were leaked had to do with when you took the test. Took the test 2/25, the last day of the testing window

  • VK, I am from CO too, i got my scores online. even??????? i got my evaluation done in middle of my exams and haven’t heard anything from them yet. I think they are releasing the scores for everyone. If your scores are not showing up then it might be coz that nasba have not uploaded them yet but i dont think CO mail has anything to do with that.

    Can you tell, what did they mail you?

  • Just got AUD scores back for MA. Passed with an 84!! I clicked referesh for about an hour and it finally popped up on the NASBA site. Might work for you guys too.

  • did anyone in NY NOT get their score yet for AUD? im starting to get worried now after hearing some of you guys already got it.

  • I check my AUD on Loopholes link- for CO sate.
    Ystr Night it was gray – not allowing me to click on AUD (Pass?).
    Nxt Day morning it is changed and allowing me to enter.. Means what???

    I got an email from reevaluation of my CA India Degree earlier.
    Nasba is not displaying my score on line.

    What to do did any one passed thru such situation????????

  • Just called NASBA for my AUD scores in MA.
    They received my scores this morning and it will be posted online in 24-48 hours.

  • To Donald – “Historically, people who get their scores after Wave 2 usually fall in the range of a 72 to 76” – thats what i mean

  • Does anyone know when the AUD scores for January window are going to be released? I took the exam the first week in Jan 2010 and still have not received my grade.

  • I just called NASBA, ME scores have been released. That means I’m borderline. Last part – I pray for 75!!!

  • To napo,

    Suppose to be in May (Wave 1) but you never know, might delay to June (But less chance of delay).

  • Dear all

    If I take the exam in the beginning of April, do you know when we will expect the redult?

    Thanks alot

  • At least you don’t live in Mississippi, where they still mail them out. I still have to wait til next week to get my AUD scores… MS catch up with the times and use a computer!

  • Nasba told me that scores for MA for AUD have been posted but I still get the error
    Message. What does it mean.

  • I GOT ANOTHER 71 on Aud!! Argh!! I felt as if I ‘ACED’ it!! I got a 76 on Reg. and I actually feel I did WORSE on Reg. than Aud. Any comments? Do you actually have to score darn near 99 to even be ‘considered’ for a 75, or what??

  • Pam, I think even if u pass all the parts u have to get ur evaluation done,its just that if you read their requirement they say, that the scores shall be invalid if the person do not meet the eligibility criteria. This might results in difficulty in getting ur license or transferring the scores credit in future.

    Also i asked abt the prospective application of the new rule they said that its mandatory for all the students taking exams after the changed rule, whether or not they received NTS before. Hope this helps!

  • Hi S,

    Thanks for your response. Actually the thing is it is my last section. So if I pass, why should I spend couple of 100 bucks to get evaluation done. Also can you tell me what do you mean by “scores may become invalid”

  • This is re-donkulous! I am in CA and I still have not received my AUD score. I am convinced it is a bunch of monkeys running the CPA test.

  • Pam,

    I think now the CO is releasing scores for everyone. I got mine on the website only. US mail came later. But its much better if you submit the papers as soon as possible, else the scores may become invalid.

  • It’s my understanding that the eligibility paperwork has to be submitted before NASBA releases the score.

    I want my AUD score and I want it now!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • S, Do you know whether CO releases scores on NASBA website for those who haven’t send their eligibility yet, or as Sandra mentioned earlier we have to wait for the US mail.

  • Hi KS, Sandra,

    If you are still checking this site, then just wanna let u know i had sent the papers to them. Did u hear anything after sending the evaluation papers, i mean eligibility status?

  • Still waiting for AUD in FL… I wonder how many times you can hit reset on the website before it crashes? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Just check to see if AUD was released in Texas…no go. I took the test January 9th! Should I be worried?

  • Amy,
    I am in CA also waiting for Audit. It is excruciatingly long!! I have all my other results except this one, and I took this test 2nd.

  • Still have not received REG in NJ and it was released from the AICPA to NASBA over 24 hours ago, has anyone else received it? Also what is the “ohio loophole”?

  • CPAexcel is pretty good to me. I passed 3, using CPAexcel only. Still waiting for REG result in TX. Good luck everyone!

  • I got my REG score 2 weeks after I took it. I took it on Feb 11th and got eh score on the 25th. Still waiting for audit though ๐Ÿ™

  • Did anyone get REG in NJ yet? That is my last part and I am anxiously waiting for it. I believe they released to the AICPA around 4 o’clock yesterday. So would it be safe to assume that NASBA will update the scores prior to 4:30 today?

  • AICPA hasn’t released AUD yet, so we’ll probably see it tomorrow. Everyone says they release it after 9pm. I don’t think government workers work that late!

  • TO MIMO,,,

    Great news,,,, I am DE state and not sure when it will be released!

    I wish i pass as well in REG…….. ๐Ÿ™

    Good Luck to everyone!

  • To Nash
    Very thanks now I have received REG score 80% hope evry one pass realy Iam soooooooo pleasure.
    thanks all friends

  • TO MIMO,,,,

    I Hope we receive REG score today with passed score.

    Is there anybody received REG score who appeared in FEB?

  • more than a month to get my result, I need to start studying either for the same part (Incase failed) or other new part. I am just worried that the one i passed will get expired and i have to repeat it again.

    I am waiting for REG result? anyone got the result of REG! we are in 23rd of the month and still the score not released!!!

    Wish everyone all the best

  • NY FAR score are up. I don’t understand, the more I study for a test than the last, the worst I do…?!?!

  • First, see my first post at top of page for intro….its the longest post here and near the very top. 2nd…..just failed FAR for the 3rd time(note: its the only test i have havnt passed) got 87, 81, 75 on other 3. SO….70, 73,70. Note 2 of those scores is with ZERO studying and the 73 is with like a month “studying”. I have now taken full offense to these stupid tests….they mean nothing. But now I only have 1 shot more shot before my 87 runs out and I am offended by the aicpa. I’ll be reporting a 95+ on this stupid peice of (insert a magnitude of things here).

    Note: the best part of our tests….its the only profession were actual PROFESSIONALS who have been practicing for 20 years would have 0% chance of passing any of the 4 exams…..good job aicpa…real meaningful test. Every other profession in the U.S. the more experience you would get in the field the easier the exams to get certification would become. Sorry for the rant just sick of wasting time studying instead of doing important things I need to do to further my career.

    Summary. AICPA is a joke

  • Kerrie, I haven’t received AUD yet either and I took it on Feb 26th. I didnt know about them extending either!! When I registered it was blocked off! I would have definitely used that extra week to study.

  • I am still waiting for AUD as well. I tested on Feb. 19th in CA. I received the scoresof the other exams I took, even the 2 exams I took the week of Feb 25th :(.
    I didn;t know they extended another week, I would have not crammed 2 exams in 1 week! I ended up with a 73 on FAR, I had the worst headcold the whole week before and day of the test and I got a 71 on BEC , but I only had 1 afternoon ot study, so I would have been more surprised if I had passed. All the formulas I memorized, I didn;t need and all the ones I didn;t study, I needed, figures! I will know all of them this time. I did pass the REG section with 75, which was great! Just hoping AUD has a passing score. Is waiting longer a good or bad sign?

  • MD’s FAR scores have been posted, I passed my first section with a 94! says when scores are released to NASBA, then it’s 24 – 48 hours (1-2 BUSINESS DAYS) for them to be posted.

    good luck everybody

  • Anyone has received REG? I am not sure if they release the score in the weekend,, i guess we have to wait for two days more!!!

  • To Lastone I have received my FAR score yasterday evening 78%. hope all member pass. Now i wait REG score.

  • Waiting on my REG score in Indiana. I guess it will be next week. Always makes me nervy when I’m late getting scores. Makes me think they must be double checking something and I’m borderline. I really don’t want to take REG again…come on 75!

  • Thanks CPA Bound for bestowing your great wisdom upon us ordinary people. Actually for some of us the “faster or slower” does matter as to the step we have to take next. But GREAT post!

  • Techology has spoiled so many. Before everyone continues to be so impatient about score releases remember it use to take six months for scores to be released. WE are lucky to be able to recieve scores as quickly as we do. Any faster or slower will not change the outcome or what step you’ll need to take next. So take a deep breathe and remember good things come to those whom wait.

  • im in the same position as you amy ๐Ÿ™ want my AUD result too..though i have a feeling it won’t come til sometime next week.

  • Will the AUD result come out anytime this weekend?? ๐Ÿ™ It’s been a very long waiting time with all the delay…wish I can know the scores by Sat….

  • HI everyone,

    CO BEC scores are up! Passed with a 80!

    Jeff, do you have any idea when REG scores will be released?

  • Ohio BEC was in last night. I passed AND my alma mater Ohio University pulled off a huge basketball upset. Double bonus. Good luck everyone.

  • Got my BEC results this morning for Jersey and I got a 77. 3 parts down and I’m waiting on REG to be released for this testing window. Does anyone know when the REG results will come?

  • Jan, yes. It seems like they are released by the CBA in batches since some people had their scores last night and mine came this morning. I bet more will keep leaking out. Keep checking.

  • Hi, Tyler! Congratulations!
    As I mentioned earlier, I am in CA as well. Is the CBA the first source of information on test scores?

  • I am in TN and I did not get my BEC grade as of yet. I did not take till 2/27. Maybe they will release another group today or tomorrow.

    Congrats to all those with a Pass…great accomplishment!!!!

  • Congratulations Tyler!!! BEC is the first exam I have taken so I am going insane and checking the website. Does anyone know if they send you a notification when they have posted the grade? or do I just keep checking until something is posted?

  • I am in California. After checking all night last night, I received my BEC score at 7:30am this morning. Passed and that is all four down. I am done. Good luck to everyone still fighting the good fight.

  • I took the first test last Feb, and honestly, I do not know where to view the results upon release. NASBA scores? Accounting board examination association per state? By mail? I am in CA. Pls. pardon my ignorance.

  • How many release’s of BEC do they do?

    If I’m not part of the first 6,000 is there an estimate of when the others will be released?

  • CPA Bound – which state you are?

    I am waiting for the BEC score, i hope i get it by today and plan for next exam, the delays is killing me!!!!!

    Wish everyone all the best!

  • Just received a 75 on BEC! 3 down and 1 to go. Must complete FAR by 4/30 or will AUD will fall off. This is going to be a very busy 5 weeks. Time to file extensions and study!

  • Thanks for the info guys!! I guess I can stop checking every hour now. lol it is just so hard to focus sometimes ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Just call nasba and they said scores will be out at the end of next week. Are those nasba representive reliable?

  • Wow guys…

    It’s pretty straight forward if you read his initial prediction, and then just wait for the first shoe to drop (AICPA score release). After that, everything will fall into place.

    I’m just as anxious as anyone about getting my score (REG, my 4th and hopefully last test), but you’re all going to go crazy if you don’t just be patient and check when you know the score should be there. As Frankie says… RELAX.

  • Susana, “an error or saying score not found” means the score is not posted by NASBA, I am getting the same….!

    I am checking every hour and still NOTHING!


  • I took BEC on FEB 28th in Texas and checked the NASBA website but it gives me an error saying score not found.

  • Anyone received BEC score? I took the exam on 22Feb!

    Anyone can help with any information about the BEC score release!


  • I took AUD on Jan 22 and still havent heard back. Friday will make a full 8 weeks.

    Am i reading that right that the prediction is for Friday?

    Why wasnt I in wave 1?

  • According to Jeff (in the CPA Exam Review Forum section of this website), BEC should be released by AICPA tomorrow.

  • I called Nasba this morning and they had not received anything from AICPA yet. Anyone has any info , please share.

  • This is hopefully my last test. I wouldn’t have even worried about getting the results except I read on this site that it should be out today. Now I can’t concentrate on anything else.

  • Wouldn’t we all like to know by now! I can only refresh the IL board of accounting website so many times. Can we get some info please!

  • Mel, it takes a few days until IL Board updates your info in the system. I had the same issue with every test. It will eventually say “Waiting for Score”.

  • Hi Jeff –
    I took AUD on March 8th, and I’m registered in IL. Usually, after I take my exam and I look for the score, it will say “AUD – Waiting for Score.” But now it doesn’t say anything. No “AUD”, no “Waiting for Score.” Anyone else have this problem? Did AICPA accept my exam?

  • Robin – the prediction is next Tuesday night (the 16th)…I’m waiting for a BEC score, too.

  • Hi – my husband took the BEC part of the test on February 25, smack in the middle of the snowstorm — when can we expect his grade to be posted on the NASBA website, anyone have any idea?

  • I do agree somewhat with what Dilux said. I mean they say clearly that not all questions are worth the same amount of points. So they have to weigh them somehow. Whats the best way of doing this? Take everyone that had the same question and see how many got it right. So I agree in that I believe your grade somewhat depends on others. And by doing this it would certainly keep the grading consistent throughout the windows.

    I still think its fair tho. The fact of the matter is if you study longer and harder then the majority of the people taking it you should be able to answer the questions people normally would miss. So in that regard I think the test does a pretty good job.

    thats really odd you went up 10 points without studying more. I’d imagine your in the minority there. If you happen to be the majority, I would begin to question the validity of the test big time.

    I dont know the SD and varience of the entire population of people taking the test is but you’d expect 68% to fall within 1 SD and 95% to fall within 2 SD…….maybe your part of the 5% that fell outside that.

  • In lieu of passing my 4th exam and getting my certification I’ll exchange my license for for 1 round in the octagon with the board of the AICPA in charge of administering the cpa exams….and yes I am talking about me vs all of them at the same…Seriously, if anyone knows how to plug this into the correct channel let me know. I think it would be a great way to raise money for charity as well as reliquinish me of something that I really don’t care to have anymore. Took AUD 4 months ago and knew EVERYTHING…got a 71. I wait 3 months and take it again with ZERO studying and only about 1/2 the knowledge still in my brain….I get an 81. Good job AICPA, sure…its not curved…I believe that…laugh…not to mention that the test shouldn’t involve that much luck.

    Side note: I have studied Item response theory and I think the tests are graded as such. They say there is no curve…sure…then what takes so long to get your grade, or for like new simulations you have to wait till 2nd wave. And yes I have read a million discussions on this matter and here is what I have concluded. Sure, the only questions of yours that count towards your grade are the correct answers. From there, in your given testing window individual questions are matched with other candidates that had the same question….the less candidates that get it right, the more points its worth. So, if you happen to answer the same questions everyone else gets right your not going to score high. Its that simple, thats what takes MONTHS to get your grade back because they have to wait till they get the correct weighting down for questions. Also, the ENTIRE test is computer graded, even the written. And just so happen the pass rates every window have only a few % points variance….thats also NOT POSSIBLE without with essentially curving the grades by using a weighting system like I have described. If it was not like that 1 window might have 75% pass and the next 25%. How is it that I was less intelligent in Jan of this year then the end of 09 and scored 10 points higher? Its because its busy season and who the hell wants to study for and take AUD then…NO ONE. However, I can guarentee everyone busts their balls studying EXTREMELY hard at the end of the year because they know they can’t test for like 4 months because of busy season. Congratulations AICPA, you’ve created a test that not only makes everyone hate their lives but also is no indication of how much they actually know. I’m starting to consider maybe the IRS has something to do with all of this considering how pathetic the system is….but the IRS is a different topic for a different day.

    get money

  • I took the exam on March 4th in CA, so the time seems to have been extended for all states as Dan mentioned. I rescheduled a Feb. 25 test on Feb. 21.

  • I received my scores yesterday and I’m finished! Thank you for being an inspiration to me throughout my process. I have been out of school for 20 years and didn’t know if I could pass the exam because of all the changes that take place. After reading your blog and finding the Yaeger products, I knew that I could do it. Perserverance and dedication are the keys to success. It took me about 18 months to finish the process, during that time my mother was very ill and passed away last summer. I know that she is watching from Heaven and is so proud. Thank you again for sharing your story and keep up the good work!

  • That’s odd because late February I tried rescheduling it again and March was blanked out so I just went ahead and took it on Feb 20th. I’m in Georgia so maybe they just excluded the peach state.

  • Why did they create a week extension into march? I didn’t think you could sign up for tests in March? Is this just something special they did for those northeastern states where whoever signed up got to take their test in march as well?

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