Is it taking longer to score now than a year and a half ago, or was my friend just lucky and didn't get any brand new simulations?
This is an excellent question and unfortunately, I don't have a clear answer. I get asked similar questions all of the time and ultimately, only the AICPA knows what is going on with their score release process.
In 2008 when I was taking the CPA Exam, a resource like another71.com that tracked CPA Exam results didn't exist, which is why I started doing it.
I will say this: the CPA Exam score release process seems more complicated and mysterious than it did even two years ago.
Is that just my imagination or have things really changed? I honestly don't know.