2018 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

Score release dates for 2018 CPA exam

When it comes to the CPA Exam score release, 2017 has been an interesting year. The release of the CPA Exam scores for each quarter has not progressed as normal due to some significant exam changes, but the AICPA’s recent announcement of the 2018 CPA Exam score release dates indicates that the score release anomaly will not continue into next year.

2018 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

At the end of December 2017, the AICPA shared the following score release dates for 2018:

January 1 – March 10 (Q1) Testing Window

If you take your Exam on/before:

And the AICPA receives your examination data files from Prometric 11:59 pm (EST) on:

Target score release date is:

January 20

January 20

February 6

February 14

February 14

February 23

February 28

February 28

March 8

March 10

March 11

March 20

March 10

* After March 11

March 23

April 1 – June 10 (Q2) Testing Window

If you take your Exam on/before:

Target score release date is:

April 1 – June 10

AUD, FAR, REG: June 27 and BEC: June 29

July 1 – September 10 (Q3) Testing Window

If you take your Exam on/before:

Target score release date is:

July 1 – September 10

September 19

October 1 – December 10 (Q4) Testing Window

If you take your Exam on/before:

Target score release date is:

October 1 – December 10

December 19

The publication of these score release dates confirms that 2018 will continue to include the 10-day testing window extension the AICPA implemented in Q2 of 2016. This extension was temporarily suspended when CPA Exam transitioned to the new version in Q2 of 2017, but the extension was available again for Q3 and Q4 for 2017.

2017 CPA Exam Score Release Irregularity

The score release of 2017 has been unusual for CPA Exam history because exam candidates are more than halfway through the year and have passed only 7 score release dates. The score release for Q1 occurred normally with a total of 5 release dates, but the launch of the newest version of the exam delayed the release of the Q2 scores and consequentially decreased the number of dates down to 2.

The 2017 version of the CPA Exam debuted on April 1, 2017, and involved many major changes to the exam. The extent of the changes necessitated additional time to conduct a standard setting process that would involve statistically validating candidate performance and establishing the CPA passing score. This standard setting process delayed the Q2 CPA Exam score release until the end of August, which meant some candidates had to wait up to four months to receive their exam scores. For some candidates, the delayed CPA Exam score release left credit for their passed exam sections in jeopardy, but NASBA and the state boards of accountancy worked together to address the unique situations of each candidate in this position.

For Q3 and Q4, CPA Exam score release dates are a bit more on schedule, as candidates who sit during these testing windows will receive their scores within the last month of the quarter. However, there are still only two release dates for each of the testing windows remaining in 2017.

2018 CPA Exam Score Release Outlook

As the tables of 2018 CPA Exam score release dates above suggest, the AICPA should resume its regular score release pattern for the entirety of 2018. Candidates will not have to wait more than a few weeks to receive their scores, so they will hopefully experience less exam score anxiety than the candidates of Q2 2017 did.

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