Category: CPA Exam Pass Rates


CPA Exam Pass Rates – Q2 2017 Released

The AICPA has released the Q2 2017 CPA Exam Pass Rates. Additional insights from the AICPA: Candidates’ reactions to the recent changes to the Exam were quite positive with no significant operational issues to report. The percentage of candidates entering the pipeline and passing all 4 sections [annually] is the best indicator of candidate and Exam performance. The ’17Q2 Exam is a new exam with a new passing standard. Comparisons to past years and past quarters are of limited value due to the changes in the Exam. We do not know if ’17Q2 candidate performance is representative of future performance. Candidates’ performance on the Exam may improve over time as candidates become more familiar with the structure and content of a new exam. The Board of Examiners regularly monitors pass rates. Some thoughts… After tracking CPA Exam Score Releases and Pass Rates since 2009, I’ve seen a lot of changes […]

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Q1 2016 CPA Exam Pass Rates Released; BEC Continues to Dominate

The AICPA has released the Q1 2016 CPA Exam Pass Rates. Some ninjanalysis: 1. BEC continues to dominate with a pass rate over 50%. BEC was the only CPA Exam section in 2015 to have a cumulative pass rate over 50%. 2. The pass rates for FAR and AUD continue their trend of Q1 pass rates in the mid-40s. The only outlier was in 2014 when people really wanted to avoid the Clarified Auditing Standards change that was coming mid-year (pass rate of 47% vs the usual 45%) 3. Q1 pass rates for FAR (45%) is stronger than Q4 2015 (43%), which is unusual given the fact that the FAR content actually increased in 2016.   Link: Free 2016 CPA Review Materials

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2015 CPA Exam Pass Rates: Best Auditing Q4 in 5 years

The AICPA has released the 2015 CPA Exam Pass Rates. The NINJAs did some digging and ran a comparison of Q4 over the last five years, as well as a cumulative comparison going back to 2006. Some ninjanalysis:   1. Q3 is typically the strongest quarter of the year, with Q1 being the weakest. This wasn’t the case with FAR in 2015, as it was the weakest quarter of the year. 2. For the 3rd straight year, BEC finishes the year in the mid-50s. Well done, NINJAs! 3. AUD normally has the lowest pass rate, but it actually tied with FAR in 2015 at 47%. AUD also finished with its highest Q4 pass rate in 5 years. AUD happens to be the 2nd most-popular section of NINJA MCQ (behind FAR)…total coincidence, probably. 😉 4. Holy pass rate explosion, BEC. Up 12 percentage points since 2006. Notes: For readability, the pass […]

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2015 CPA Exam Pass Rates Released; Strong Trend Continues

  The AICPA has released the Q1 and Q2 2015 CPA Exam Pass Rates. A year ago, the Q2 2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates were the highest since 2010 and they remain strong a year later. AUD 2015 Q1: 44.56% Q2: 49.21% Q2 2014: 48.97% Q2 2013: 48.08% Q2 2012: 47.81% Q2 2011: 47.71% Q2 2010: 50.75% BEC 2015 Q1: 53.41% Q2: 57.55% Q2 2014: 58.20% Q2 2013: 55.71% Q2 2012: 53.17% Q2 2011: 46.48% Q2 2010: 48.86% FAR 2015 Q1: 44.14% Q2: 48.90% Q2 2014: 47.72% Q2 2013: 49.09% Q2 2012: 46.49% Q2 2011: 44.27% Q2 2010: 48.37% REG 2015 Q1: 47.94% Q2: 50.99% Q2 2014: 51.69% Q2 2013: 49.72% Q2 2012: 49.62% Q2 2011: 45.01% Q2 2010: 52.07%

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