CPA Examination Scoring

The scoring information on this page is intended primarily for CPA Examination candidates. It includes a non-technical explanation of the scoring process, candidate performance report information, and scoring FAQs. Psychometrics is the discipline that provides the technical basis for many licensure and certification examinations, including the CPA Examination. The AICPA Technical Reports reflect recent CPA Examination psychometric research.

Score Review and Appeals

The Score Review and Appeals Processes FAQs provides information for candidates who wish to request a verification of their  Examination scores.  It also includes a description of the appeal process, available in some jurisdictions to candidates who wish to challenge an Examination question.

Psychometric Research

AICPA Examinations Team Sessions at the NCME 2011 Annual Meeting

AICPA Technical Reports

Research on topics relevant to the CPA Examination is an ongoing activity of the AICPA Examinations Team.  This collection of reports begins with research pre-dating CBT launch (in 2004) and continues to the present.

Score Release Timeline

View the CPA Exam Score Release Timeline for the 2018 score release dates. 

Practice Analysis

The AICPA engaged in a comprehensive research project, a Practice Analysis, to determine the knowledge and skills required of today’s newly licensed CPAs. The results of the research informed the AICPA’s proposal for the Examination that launches on April 1, 2017.

For more information please read:

Practice Analysis Final Report
Practice Analysis FAQs