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
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.