A performance report is given when you fail an Exam section.* The report’s information, along with your score, provides an assessment of your Exam performance. You should keep in mind that these two items present different views of your performance and are determined separately.
Your score (official result) is obtained using Item Response Theory (IRT). It is calculated as a whole taking into account your responses.
The performance report shows your performance in each of the Exam’s content areas and overall performance by item type. You receive the report for informational purposes only as it has no bearing on your official score.
You are given a performance report to help you identify areas in which you should improve in order to pass. Your performance is compared to other candidates who have “just passed” – those who scored between a 75 and 80.
The report’s relative performance scale (stronger, comparable, weaker) is derived from the range between one-half of one standard deviation above and below the average score of candidates who earn between a 75 and 80. Performance within the range is considered "comparable," below the range "weaker," and above the range "stronger.“
While you may feel the need to study only the areas in which you are weaker, we advise that you study all areas before retaking the Exam. If you only study your weaker areas, you might do better on those but worse on others when you retest.
*Not all jurisdictions provide a candidate performance report. Check with your specific Board of Accountancy for details.