CPA Exam Score Release

CPA Exam Score Release

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Are you eagerly awaiting your CPA Exam scores? Score release dates are the most highly anticipated days on the road to becoming a CPA, as the results can determine the future of your accounting career.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) releases scores to candidates and the State Boards of Accountancy based upon the Uniform CPA Exam score release timetables. The CPA Exam Score Release Dates are updated biannually by The American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA).

Before creating your CPA Exam study plan, we recommend that you look at the CPA Exam score release schedule. It will keep you updated on when to expect your CPA Exam results.

CPA Exam Continuous Testing

Continuous testing for the CPA Exam began on July 1st, 2020. It brought relief to the candidates who have been requesting continuous testing for a long time. It furthermore relieved recent exam gaps caused by COVID-19 limitations.

Prior to continuous testing, candidates were only able to schedule to sit for the exam within designated CPA Exam testing windows. Under the testing window structure, candidates could not retake an exam section within the same testing window. For instance, if you had failed the FAR section, you would have to wait for the next testing window to retake it–giving you only 4 times per year to sit for that section.

With the launch of continuous testing, candidates no longer have to wait as long to retake a section. Candidates now only have to wait for NASBA to disclose their CPA Exam results. When you get your results, if any sections need to be retaken you can make the necessary preparations and reschedule your exam as soon as possible.

The transition from testing windows to continuous testing has resulted in a significant improvement in the CPA Exam testing process. Ultimately, continuous testing permits applicants to retake exam parts while the material is still fresh in their minds.

What Is The CPA Exam Score Release Process?

Once candidates have completed their exam, those exam data files are sent to the AICPA from Prometric, the testing center that administers the CPA Exam. The AICPA then forwards the scores to NASBA. Lastly, NASBA conveys the scores to the state boards of accountancy and the candidates. CPA Exam scores are released according to the timeline published by the AICPA.

“Candidates waiting for BEC scores may need to wait a week for the additional analysis required in written communication tasks.”

2022 CPA Exam Score Release Dates (January 1-June 30)

One of the most commonly asked questions of CPA candidates is when will they get to know their scores. The CPA Exam score release works in a timetable that is announced biannually by the AICPA. The scores should usually be available within 48 hours of the target release date. However, some states may take a day or two more to release the CPA Exam score.
If you took your exam on/before Your target release date
January 23 February 8
February 14 February 23
March 9 March 17
March 31 April 12
April 23 May 10
May 16 May 24
June 8 June 16
June 30 July 12
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2021 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

Refer to the below table to find out the CPA Exam score release dates for 2021.
If you took your exam on/before Your target release date
July 23 August 10
August 15 August 24
September 7 September 15
September 30 October 12
October 23 November 9
November 15 November 23
December 8 December 16
December 31 January 11, 2022

What Factors Determine CPA Exam Score Release Dates?

All of us are well aware that the CPA Exam is computerized. Naturally, questions arise when you have to wait for a long period for the results. The waiting period is a few weeks from the day you took the exam because the AICPA uses multiple quality assurance reviews to ensure the scoring accuracy of your answers. Scoring accuracy is given a high level of importance and attention to avoid any kind of miscalculations. Furthermore, The AICPA uses special systems to verify the correctness of a score if needed. For the written communications (WCs) portion of the BEC exam, a computer grading program is utilized to score your answers. A network of CPA human graders score your answers as well. For example, if your BEC score is close to passing, the human grader will consider re-scoring your WC answers. To ensure accuracy, the human graders will take a little extra time grading your answers. Hence, a small delay may occur when it comes to the BEC score release.
“Every candidate is judged against the same standards, and every score is an independent result.” The difficulty level of the question, as well as the pattern of correct and incorrect responses, is taken into account during the scoring process.”

How to Check Your CPA Score Online

Candidates from CA, IL, MD, KY, NV, OK, ND states will obtain their CPA Exam scores from their state board of accountancy’s website. All other candidates can obtain their scores from NASBA’s candidate portal.

List of NASBA States For Checking CPA Exam Scores

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, or NASBA, is an association founded to promote, supervise and improve the efficacy of the United States’ 50 state accountancy boards. NASBA states simply indicate the states that are under the NASBA jurisdiction.
Alaska Georgia Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island
Colorado Guam Massachusetts New Jersey South Carolina
Connecticut Hawaii Michigan New Mexico Tennessee
Delaware Iowa Minnesota New York Utah
District of Indiana Missouri Ohio Vermont
Columbia Kansas Montana Puerto Rico Washington
Florida Louisiana Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin

List of Non-NASBA States and Links To Check CPA Exam Scores

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Important CPA Exam Score Release Information

  • The AICPA announces the CPA Exam score release dates for the first half in December of the previous year and the second half by June of the current year.
  • Prometric, the testing center that administers the CPA Exam, sends your exam data files to the AICPA within 24 hours after completion of the exam.
  • The AICPA sends your scores to NASBA on the target release date. The scores are typically published on NASBA’s candidate portal within 48 hours.
  • The release date may vary from person to person. Candidates who sat on the same day for the exam may receive scores at different times because of quality control procedures.
  • The scores can only be viewed on your NASBA account within the current testing window; an expiration date will be indicated. Printing your score is highly recommended.
  • If you have not achieved the passing score and want to retake a section, it usually takes up to five days from the score release date for that section to be fully closed.
  • Continue to revisit the online application, which will indicate when the exam section re-opens and is available for re-registration.

FAQs

You will receive your CPA Exam score within a few weeks after sitting for the exam. The AICPA releases a target release date timetable twice per year. Your score is typically published within 48 hours of the target release date.
The CPA Exam score release time varies. The majority of candidates will receive their scores at midnight EST. However, scores may be delayed. This is most common in the BEC exam section, which includes written communication questions that require more time to grade.
On your target release date, log on to NASBA’s candidate portal and check if your CPA Exam score has been released. If it is not yet available, keep checking the online portal as your score may be slightly delayed.
The CPA Exam score release date may vary up to 48 hours from the target release date. In case of the BEC score release, it can take up to 7 days.
Typically, CPA Exam scores are not released any earlier than midnight EST of the target release date.
Your candidate performance report is given along with your score when you fail in any section of the CPA Exam.
The AICPA conducts intensive psychometric analyses, regular content review, and other quality control measures, leaving little room for error in administering, executing, and scoring the CPA Exam. However, if you believe there is an error in your score, there are score reviews and appeal processes available in many jurisdictions that can help you with the issue. Keep in mind, the likelihood of a review or appeal being granted is slim; you may instead end up paying fees, filling out paperwork, and then waiting for results that are disappointing.

CPA Exam scores are confidential. No one can check your score or how many times you have appeared for the exam. When you are finished with the exam, the data is transferred from the Prometric testing center to the AICPA. Then, the AICPA delivers that information to NASBA. Finally, NASBA sends your score to your State Board of Accountancy.

From the time you pass your first section of the CPA Exam, your 18-month expiration window begins. You need to pass the additional three sections within an 18-month window.

The NASBA CPA Candidate Account does not keep your CPA Exam scores permanently. Scores are only available for the current window. “Score available until” means you will not be able to view the score after the expiration date. Thus, it is recommended that you print out the score notice once it is available to keep for your records.

The eyeball method was devised by some candidates who were able to determine if they had passed or failed a section hours before the official result was released. The eyeball method appears to work only if you’ve already taken another CPA Exam section within the same testing period. Here’s how it works:

On the score notification form, there is a small eyeball icon. If you have a previous active score report, you can retrieve it by clicking on the eyeball. If the section reads “credit,” it means you passed it. Keep in mind, this trick lacks credibility. Before making any conclusions, you should wait for the official score to be released.

International candidates’ CPA Exam results are announced generally one day after the results of domestic CPA Exam results.

References

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