Delayed CPA Exam Score Release

Delayed CPA score release dates

The AICPA has shared the score release timeline for the remainder of 2017, and this timeline features far fewer target release dates for the testing windows to come than the testing window that has ended. As a candidate taking sections of both the old and new CPA Exams, you may worry that the reduced number of score release dates will cause a conflict with your 18 months of exam credit and the conditional credit rule, but new information from the AICPA and NASBA confirms that you should not worry, you should simply learn more about how these organizations will handle the situation.

The Effects of Delayed CPA Exam Score Release

As you may know, the credit you receive for passing a section of the CPA Exam only lasts for so long. While the length of time your credit is valid varies by state board, the majority of jurisdictions allot a maximum of 18 months to pass all four sections. The 18 months begin as soon as you pass a section of the CPA Exam, and if you do not pass the remaining sections within 18 months, you will lose credit for the earliest section passed.

If you passed sections of the previous version and need to take sections of the new version to pass the CPA Exam, the AICPA has confirmed that credit for passed sections from both versions can be combined. Any arrangement of old or new exam sections passed can be used to meet licensure requirements as long as all sections were passed within 18 months.

However, the minimized amount of score release dates scheduled for 2017 could impact your ability to finish the exam within 18 months. If you sat during the Q2 testing window, you may have to wait up to 4 months to receive your score, which could jeopardize any retake opportunities. While being concerned about this scenario is perfectly natural, the AICPA, NASBA, and the state boards plan to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue and mitigate your concern.

2017 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

April/May (Q2) Testing Window

If you take your test in:

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

Target score release date:


April 1 – May 31

August 17 (AUD, FAR, REG)

August 22 (BEC)


July/August/September (Q3) and October/November/December (Q4) Testing Windows

If you take your test on or before:

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

Target score release date:

September 10

September 11

September 19

September 10

**After September 11

September 25

December 10

December 11

December 19

December 10

**After December 11

December 25

**The Examination data files the AICPA receives after September 11 or December 11 will be included in the final target score release date

The Solution to Delayed CPA Exam Score Release

The state boards determine how long credit for passed exam sections lasts and can grant extensions on a circumstantial basis. With the possibility of candidates losing exam credit in the wake of the delayed score release, several state boards have already submitted a statement about their approach. To see how your state board has responded, you can call them or check their website.

NASBA has also promised to work with the state boards to help candidates. In June, after the first testing window of the new CPA Exam closes, NASBA will identify all candidates who sat during that time frame and review their testing history to determine if they may be negatively impacted by the score timeline. If a candidate’s exam credit is at risk of expiring, NASBA will recommend to the state board that the board extend conditional credit to that candidate. After that, NASBA will notify those particular candidates.

Due to the effort that NASBA and the state boards are making, you really do not need to worry about how the delayed CPA Exam score release will affect your exam credit. If you would like to be proactive, you can reach out to your state board, but you do have NASBA’s assurance that they will coordinate with the state boards to address your situation if problems arise.

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