FAQ: CPA Exam Score Release Timeline 


 
The scoring of the CPA Exam 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 July/August and October/November 2016 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 exam scores.

Q: What is the testing window?

A. Candidates may sit for the Exam during the first two months of each quarter, or testing window, that is during the months of January and February; April and May; July and August; and October and November. Scores are released four times for each testing window.

Q. When can I expect to receive my scores?

A. A general score release timeline including score release dates for the third and fourth quarters of 2016 is provided in the table below. The target release dates indicate when scores for the CPA Exam 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.

July/August (Q3) 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:

July 20

July 20

August 4

August 14

August 14

August 23

August 31

August 31

September 9

September 10

September 10

 September 11

**After September 11

September 20

September 27


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

October/November (Q4) 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:
October 20
October 20
November 4
November 14
November 14
November 22
November 30 November 20 December 8
 December 10  December 11 December 16
December 10 **After December 11 December 21

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

KEEP IN MIND:
  • All dates and times are based on Eastern Standard Time zone.
  • For the vast majority of candidates, the AICPA receives the 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 Exam website for information about score release and the scoring process.

For updated information, please visit nasba.org.



Q. Why does the Q2 window include June?

 A. In order to accommodate the anticipated demand for test center seats prior the launch of the next version Exam, the testing window was extended through the 10th of the third month of each testing window, beginning with the second quarter of 2016 (June 2016, September 2016, December 2016 and March 2017). During the anticipated launch window of the next version of the Exam (April-June 2017), the 10-day extension will be suspended. Suspending the extension for the launch window will be necessary to allow time for the AICPA to properly calibrate the Exam for scoring. The 10-day extension will be reinstated for Q3 and Q4 of 2017.
 
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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