Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and do a little jig to get rid of those anxious jitters because today is the first day of the year that CPA scores are released! Whew.
Who knew that this moment could be as nerve wracking as sitting for the exam? We did. And just in case you've forgotten how its scored in the midst of all the excitement, we've provided a general overview for you to weigh your results against.
Basic Information about CPA Exam Scoring
Many CPA candidates know that to pass the CPA Exam, they need a score of 75 or higher--but many candidates aren't exactly aware of what that 75 means. Section scores are reported on a scale ranging from 0-99. In order to pass, you need to have a total reported score of 75 for each section.
Here are the important areas to keep in mind and a nice breakdown of the exam for reference.
2. Take into account the difficulty of questions. As you probably already know, MCQs take their form in two levels: medium and difficult. Every candidate receives a medium testlet first, and depending on his/her performance, he/she will receive medium or difficult subsequent testlets. Scoring takes into account the difficulty level of each question and assigns it a numeric value; medium MCQs are worth less than difficult ones, so a candidate who answers 5 medium MCQs correctly doesn't score as much as a candidate who answers 5 difficult MCQs correctly. Heres a nifty chart that shows you what this Multi-Stage Testing can look like:
4. Remember the pretest questions. In every section of the CPA, the AICPA inserts pre-test questions: questions that enable the AICPA to measure and develop data on possible new questions to include on the exam and are not graded. However, these pre-test questions are indistinguishable from the regular questions on the exam, which means that every candidate needs to try their best to answer all the questions correctly. A breakdown of how many pre-test questions there are for each section can be seen in the chart of the exam content above.
We hope that gave you a better understanding of how the CPA Exam is graded and scored. And we wish you the best of luck during today's score release!