CPA Examination Score Release Timeline 


 
The scoring of the CPA Examination is treated with a high level of importance, due diligence and attention to accuracy. Responses to all questions go through multiple quality assurance reviews to ensure accuracy in scoring. Read How the Exam is Scored? for an explanation on the scoring process.

The score release timetables below are for the Q1 and Q2 2017 testing windows to help candidates plan their testing schedule.

Scores for the Uniform CPA Exam will be released by NASBA to candidates and state boards of accountancy based upon the target score release dates in the tables below. Note: Some boards of accountancy require at least one day beyond the published target release date in the table to process and release Examination scores.

Q: What is the testing window?
A.
Candidates may sit for the CPA Examination during each quarter, or testing window. They are: January 1 - March 10 (Q1), April 1 - May 31 (Q2), July 1 - September 10 (Q3), and October 1 - December 10 (Q4). Scores are released four times for the first testing window while scores will be released once after the close of the Q2, Q3 and Q4 testing windows to allow for a review of candidate data and setting of the passing score.

Q. When can I expect to receive my scores?
A. A general score release timeline score release for the first and second quarters of 2017 is provided in the table below. The target release dates indicate when scores for the CPA Examination will be released by NASBA to state boards of accountancy.
 
Please be advised some boards of accountancy require at least one day beyond the published dates listed in the table to process and release exam scores.

January/February/March (Q1) Testing Window

If you take your test on or before:

And the AICPA receives your examination data files from
Prometric by 11:59 PM (EST) on:

Your score will be released by
the target release date:

January 20

January 20

February 7

February 14

February 14

February 23

February 28

February 28

March 8

March 10

March 10

March 11

**After March 11

March 21

March 24


**The examination data files the AICPA receives after March 11 will be included in the final target score release date.

April/May (Q2) Testing Window

If you take your test on or before:
And the AICPA receives your examination data files from
Prometric by 11:59 PM (EST) on:

Your score will be released by the target release date:
April/May
April 1 - May 31 August 16 - August 18+

+Due to the substantive changes to the CPA Examination, which become effective with the 2017 (Q2) testing window, time is required to statistically validate candidate performance and set a passing score. Scores will be released only once following the close of the Q2 testing window.

KEEP IN MIND:
  • All dates and times are based on Eastern Standard Time zone.
  • For the vast majority of candidates, the AICPA receives the CPA Examination data files from Prometric within 24 hours after a candidate completes the Exam.
  • The scores for the examination data files received after the AICPA cutoff dates will be in the subsequent scheduled target score release.
  • Some candidates who take the BEC section might receive their scores approximately one week following the target release date due to additional analysis that might be required for the written communication tasks.
We encourage candidates to visit the Psychometrics and Scoring page on the CPA Examination website for information about score release and the scoring process.

For updated information, please visit nasba.org.


Q. Why will there be a score hold for the CPA Examination in Q2?

A. Anytime the CPA Examination undergoes significant changes, candidate performance must be statistically validated. This hold will allow time for the Board of Examiners to conduct its review process and set the passing score. Upon completion, the scores for all Q2 candidates will be released once.

Q. What if the Q2 score release delay impacts my ability to complete the CPA Examination within 18 months?

All state board jurisdictions are aware of the score release delay. Candidates who are potentially impacted by this delay should contact their state board of accountancy for guidance. 

Q. It is past the target date for my score release, and I still do not have my score.  What happened to my score?

A.
A vast majority of the scores will be released on the target date; however, these dates are still targets, not a guarantee.

There are several factors that can influence the score release. First, the target date reflects the day that NASBA distributes scores to state boards of accountancy, and the turnaround required for each state may vary. Secondly, some scores can be delayed due to a scoring inquiry that requires additional psychometric analysis. And finally, some scores in the BEC section might be delayed to a subsequent score release due to additional analysis required for the written communication task (see below). 

Q. What about score releases for candidates testing under the international testing program?

A. The scoring timeline for candidates testing under the international testing program can be found in the International Testing FAQs.




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