Some candidates have asked why they sometimes receive scores before or after others when taking the same exam on the same day. The issue is that some exam forms contain experimental multiple-choice or Simulation questions that require review and analysis before they can be scored. These forms take longer to grade.
Recall that NASBA sends CPA exam scores to the various boards of accountancy twice per testing window, once about one week before testing ends and again about two weeks after the last day of testing. If you receive an exam form with new testing items and your colleague taking the same exam on the same day does not, then you may receive your scores in the second wave while your colleague receives them in the first.