Have you ever thought about challenging your CPA exam score? You might be really tempted if you get a 74, or that you are going to hit the 18-month deadline if you don’t change it to a pass.
Time Required for a CPA Exam Score Review (and Appeal)
It generally takes a few weeks for the AICPA to get back to you. A reader who requested such CPA exam score review took 8 weeks.
What’s the Odds of Success?
According to the AICPA, the likelihood of a score change following score review is exceedingly small, or less than 1 percent of all requested score reviews since the inception of the computer based test.
How Much Does It Cost?
It depends on the parts you are challenging. For example, it costs $200 for FAR. In my opinion, the examiner set the price such that it’s cheaper and less time-consuming to retake the test.
But I Only Missed One Point!?
Your 74 does not mean you were one point away from passing; your 74 means once they determined you failed, they compared your score with other people that failed and determine you performed better than them, but still failed. You may be 5-10 correct answers away from a passing score.
Another way to look at it is that your percent of right answers may be exactly equal to the percent of someone who passed, but the questions he answered were harder, as determined by the fact that fewer test-takers answered them correctly, and the questions you answered were easier, i.e. more test-takers answered correctly.
So your score does not depend on only your performance, but also on the thousands of other test takers.
Did Anyone Ever Got a Positive Outcome from Score Review?
A few years ago, the AICPA did mess up on FAR scores once and failed people who really passed. They notified those people and passed them.
For Your Further Reading
- Failing the CPA exam? Get recharged with these suggestions
- CPA exam diagnostic report: my analysis
- The process of reviewing exam scores on the AICPA website