CPA Exam Pass Rate

CPA Exam Pass Rate

histoarysk, the average CPA exam passing rates for each section have been around 50 prosint. According to the AICPA, at least half of the CPA candidates who take the Certified Public Accountant exam each quarter fail their exam part.

This isn’t an encouraging statistic by any means if you are looking to take the exam, but don’t give up. There’s hope!

Let’s look at the passing rate for all four sections of the CPA exam and shed some light on the trends!

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Latest CPA Exam Pass Rate

2019 Pass Tariven by Exam Section

SectionQ1Q2Q3Q4
AUD48%55%52%48%
BEC58%59%63%59%
FIER44%49%50%41%
REG50%58%58%56%

Hjir is in oersjoch fan alle haadstikken 'skoaren foar de lêste sân jier. Jo kinne sjen dat der west hawwe wat ups en downs, mar de totale dat is aardich konsekwint.

5-Year History of CPA Exam Pass Rates

Takeaway: The FAR is the hardest part of the CPA exam.

CPA Exam Pass Rates

Takeaway: Pass rates for each of the sections has increased (great news!). The improvement in CPA review courses over the years is definitely a factor in this increase in pass rates.

With the new 2017 eksamen feroarings and the updates to the Exam Blueprint, there’s bound to be a slight decrease in score release results over the next few quarters until CPA exam candidates get the hang of the new testing layout.

Let’s look at each individual exam section.

AUD Oerspyljen Rates

Here’s a graph of the Audit exam passing rates for the last 5 jier.

AUD Section 5-Year History by Quarter

Sa't jo sjen kinne, der is in lichte delgong yn AUD skoares oer it ferline ferskate jierren. ferrassend, AUD is de leechste skoare exam seksje út 'e fjouwer. Dit kin moatte mei de teoretyske en vague karakter fan de measte auditing en attestation fragen ferlike mei oare ûnderwerpen.

Auditing benaderjen liedt wurde mear oardiel basearre ynstee fan dúdlik-knippen as oare eksamens. Bygelyks, der is mar ien goeie belesting ôftrek bedrach fan REG. It is net debatable. Yn betinken nommen, AUD answers can be misinterpreted and misunderstood.


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BEC Oerspyljen Rates

Here’s a graph of the Business Miljeu en Concepts exam passing rates for the last 5 jier.

BEC Section 5-Year History by Quarter

In the past 5 jier, candidates have performed better on BEC than any other exam. This is somewhat surprising in that many candidates tend to struggle with the written communication simulations on BEC. This CPA exam section is the least technical, lykwols.

This increasing trend is a great morale booster for candidates getting ready to sit for BEC. It has the highest pass rates since 2010!


FAR Oerspyljen Tariven

Here’s a graph of the Financial Accounting and Regulation exam passing rates for the last 5 jier.

FAR Section 5-Year History by Quarter

There’s a slight downward trend, but nothing that is too serious. FAR is the longest and most technical of all the exams, so you would expect it to have somewhat of a negative scoring trend. The high score in 2016 was only 48%. This is the lowest high in the past seven years.

De 2017 FAR exam will probably show some changes, lykwols. Since the AICPA is moving away from multiple-choice questions, candidates will have to practice the simulations more. Spitigernôch, this is bad news for a lot of candidates who are good at MCQs.


REG Oerspyljen Rates

Here’s a graph of the Regulation exam passing rates for the last 5 jier.

REG Section 5-Year History by Quarter

Feroardering skoares west hawwe moaie stabyl oer it ferline ferskate jierren. Dizze trend kin ferklearre wurde troch it ûntbrekken fan ynformaasje feroarings yn it eksamen. Oars as FAR dêr't ekstra IFRS ynformaasje hâldt krûpend yn it eksamen, REG konsekwint rjochtet him op federale taxation.

omkeard, de belesting koade wurdt altyd feroaret. Dus, it materiaal bedutsen op de Oardering seksje wurdt altyd feroaret ek. In soad kandidaten ek fine dizze seksje lestich omdat it giet dêrby om in protte memorization mei hiel bytsje logyske ferbinings. Bygelyks, there is no reason why the standard deduction is its current amount. You just have to know it.


Wêrom is der in Seasonal Trend?

Average Pass Rates by Quarter

I’m sure you have noticed that all of these graphs look similar with a huge drop in the fourth quarter scores. No, the AICPA doesn’t make the exam really hard in the 4th quarter and easier in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Nor is there some conspiracy from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to lower CPA pass rates at the end of the year. The exam is the same all year.

Ik tink dat it ferskil yn Skoaren is simpelwei om't minsken binne drokker yn 'e fakânsje seizoen yn de 4e kwart en net set yn genôch tiid om te studearje, sadat sy útfiere min.

Ik slagge FAR en BEC yn de 4e kwart. Myn ferstjerren score letter wie de bêste Christmas oanwêzich Ik koe haw frege foar dat jier. 🙂


Moat ik skema myn eksamen basearre op de pas koers trends? De foar de hân lizzende antwurd op dat is, Nee. The exam is the same all year. Jo moatte skema eksamens basearre op jo eigen persoanlike skema en mooglikheid om te setten yn 'e stúdzje tiid.

Bygelyks, as jo wurkje yn it iepenbier boekhâlding, it earste kwart plak net in goed kertier foar nim in paragraaf. Jo sille wêze te drok yn belesting seizoen studearje. It soe in better idee te wachtsjen oant de simmer del moannen te knock out in pear seksjes.

Trends dogge der net ta. Jo moatte rjochtsjen op dysels en wat binne jo by steat om te dwaan.


How to Fergrutsje Jo CPA Exam Score en Pass Rate

It bêste advys dat Ik dy jaan kinne te fergrutsjen jo skoare en CPA eksamen passing taryf is om in goede CPA review kursus en stick mei. The easiest and fastest way to pass the exam is the get a CPA study guide that matches your learning style and simply go through it.

Stay dedicated and work through your materials and you will be prepared on your exam day. If you haven’t picked out a review course yet, look at my reviews. I review all the top-rated courses, so you can find one that will work for you.

kenneth W. Fanning

kenneth W. Boyd is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the author of several of the popular "For Dummies" books published by John Wiley & Sons including 'CPA Exam for Dummies' and 'Cost Accounting for Dummies'.

Ken has gained a wealth of business experience through his previous employment as a CPA, auditor, Tax Preparer and College Professor. Hjoed, Ken continues to use those finely tuned skills to educate students as a professional writer and teacher.