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CPA Exam Score Release Dates [Updated for 2021+]

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The AICPA published its CPA Exam score release dates for the first half of 2021. We’ve gathered the dates here so you can see when you should receive your score after you sit for the exam. Mark it on your calendar!

2021 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

The AICPA calls the dates NASBA releases scores to boards of accountancy “target dates.” Some boards may require at least one additional day beyond the published target date to process and release scores. This means you may not receive your CPA Exam score on these exact days, but you should expect to have it soon after.

January 1 – June 30 exam dates

Below are the target dates on which you could receive your score if you take the CPA Exam in the first half of 2021.

Q1-Q2 2021 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

If you take your Exam on/beforeTarget score release date
January 23February 9
February 15February 23
March 10March 18
March 31April 9
April 23May 11
May 16May 25
June 8June 16
June 30July 13

Notes about the timing

  • After you finish your CPA Exam, Prometric sends the files to the AICPA within 24 hours. If the AICPA receives your Exam files after the cutoff time, your score will be released at the next target release date.
  • The BEC section may require additional time for scoring due to the written communication tasks, so you could receive your score approximately one week after the target score release date.
  • For some candidates, a delayed CPA Exam score release may leave credit for passed exam sections in jeopardy. When this happens, NASBA and the state boards of accountancy have worked together to address the unique situations of each candidate in this position.

NOTE: Not all boards of accountancy receive their scores via the NASBA website. CA, IL, KY, MD, and ND candidates will receive scores from their board of accountancy’s website. All other states will obtain their scores from the NASBA candidate portal.

Rolling Score Release Dates

From what we can see for the first half of 2021, CPA Exam candidates can expect scores to release every 3-4 weeks.

The CPA Exam went through major changes in 2017, which brought fewer score release dates. The AICPA reduced the number of score release dates in the subsequent testing windows to give itself time to set standards and validate the CPA passing score after the CPA Exam updates.

  • The 2018 CPA Exam score release dates continued in the same pattern, with only a handful of release dates scheduled after Q1 2018.
  • However, in 2019, the CPA Exam began using rolling score release dates again.

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