Highest CPA Exam Pass Rates Since 2006

2018 cpa exam pass rates

Right before the new 2018 CPA Exam blueprints launched, the AICPA released the final set of pass rates from the old CPA Exam. The numbers show that the CPA Exam received some of it’s highest pass rates since the AICPA began publishing them online in 2006. This quarter, we saw the highest average CPA Exam pass rate ever: 55%. On top of that, every section except FAR got their highest pass rates ever.

The latest passing data can help us understand how the new exam version will affect candidate performance, so we’ve analyzed the Q2 2018 passing percentages and compared them to pass rates from previous years and the 2017 pass rates.

Contents

2018 CPA Exam Pass Rates

Uniform CPA Examination Pass Rates 2018

Section

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Cumulative

AUD

49.27%

54.70% 52.14%

BEC

56.43%

60.31% 58.45%

FAR

41.59%

49.17% 45.47%

REG

49.99%

55.75% 53.09%

Observations about the 2018 CPA Exam Pass Rates

Notable observations about the 2018 CPA Exam pass rates include the following:

AUD

  • The Q2 2018 pass rate is
    • The highest AUD pass rate for any quarter since 2006*
    • 2.7% higher than the AUD Q2 2017 pass rate
    • Higher than the next highest AUD pass rate (53.09% in 2008 Q2) by 1.61%

BEC

  • The Q2 2018 pass rate is
    • The highest BEC pass rate for any quarter since 2006*
    • 5.22% higher than the BEC Q2 2017 pass rate
    • Higher than the next highest BEC pass rate (59.22% in 2015 Q3) by 1.09%

FAR

  • The Q2 2018 pass rate is
    • The 13th highest FAR pass rate (out of 50) since 2006*
    • 5.41% higher than the FAR Q2 2017 pass rate
    • Lower than the highest FAR pass rate (53.93% in 2008 Q3) by 4.76%

REG

  • The Q2 2018 pass rate is
    • The highest REG pass rate for any quarter since 2006*
    • 7.43% higher than the REG Q2 2017 pass rate
    • Higher than the next highest REG pass rate (54.03% in 2010 Q3) by 1.72%

* The AICPA’s online records begin with the 2006 pass rates, so information for years prior to this date is unavailable.

Predictions about the 2018 CPA Exam Pass Rates

  • Pass rates tend to rise in Q2 and Q3, and, with AUD and REG already confirming that trend with record-high Q2 passing data, these two sections have the potential to continue to break records and join BEC with pass rates in the high 50s come Q3. The 2018 CPA Exam changes created an easier testing experience for candidates, which only serves to increase the chances that AUD and REG will continue to achieve some particularly high 2018 CPA Exam pass rates.
  • Even though FAR’s figures were historically low during Q1, it has achieved one of its highest pass rates ever during Q2. As we stated previously, pass rates generally rise in Q2 and Q3. Secondly, the Q2 CPA Exam changes have improved the testing experience, and in particular, the integration of Excel has made performing FAR’s multiple-choice question calculations much smoother, so that benefit could add to the Q3 bump.

Your 2018 CPA Exam Pass Rate

Though we’ve made our pass rate predictions for the year, we know that you shouldn’t put a lot of faith in these numbers. Instead, you should trust in your own CPA Exam preparations, which can give you a passing CPA Exam score no matter the passing data. You can learn more about the CPA Exam and how to secure that passing score by accessing our free CPA Exam guide today!