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When Are the 2021 CPA Exam Score Release Dates?

Official CPA exam score release dates are updated yearly by the AICPA and sent to NASBA, which then releases all scores to candidates and state boards. Per the AICPA, candidates waiting on BEC scores may need to wait a week due to additional analysis required for written communication tasks.

Refer to our graph below to find all remaining 2021 CPA exam score release dates.

July – December 2021 Target Score Release Dates

If you took your exam on/before:Your target release date is:
July 23August 10
August 15August 24
September 7September 15
September 30October 12
October 23November 9
November 15November 23
December 8December 16
December 31January 11

Note: The target score release date represents when the AICPA will send the scores to NASBA. It can take an additional 48 hours for scores to be posted on NASBA’s candidate portal.

CPA Exam Score Release Quick Facts

  • The AICPA typically announces the score release dates for the first half of a new year in December of the previous year and the second half by June of that year.
  • Prometric sends your exam data files to the AICPA within 24 hours after you complete your exam section.
  • The AICPA sends your scores to NASBA on the target release date. All scores for that release date should be posted within 48 hours on NASBA’s candidate portal.
  • All candidates’ scores may not be released at the same time. Candidates who test on the same day may receive scores at different times due to differences in necessary quality control procedures.
  • If you believe an error was made in scoring your exam, you can take advantage of a score review and appeal process, which is available in many jurisdictions.
  • You can only view released scores on your NASBA account within the current testing window, so we recommend printing the score notice for your records as soon as it’s available.
  • If you received a failing score and need to retake the exam, it may take up to five days from when your score has been posted for that section to fully close.
  • Continue to check the online application to see when the section re-opens to re-register.

Are There CPA Exam Score Releases for 2022 Yet?

Yes. The score release timeline is now available for 2022. Please see below for exam dates and target score release dates.

Exam sections taken between January 1 – June 30, 2022

If you took your exam on/before:Your target release date is:
January 23February 8
February 14February 23
March 9March 17
March 31April 12
April 23May 10
May 16May 24
June 8June 16
June 30July 12

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Where Do I Find My CPA Exam Score?

If you are a CA, IL, or MD candidate, you will obtain your scores from your board of accountancy’s website. All other candidates will obtain their scores from https://candidate-portal.nasba.org/

When Does My CPA Exam Score Expire?

You are required to pass all four sections of the exam within an 18-month period. The clock starts on the day you sit for your initial exam with a passing score. Credit for passing expires 18 months from your exam day—not the day you received your score.

If you do not pass all four exam parts within 18 months of passing your initial exam, you then have to pass that initial exam again.

For example, maybe you passed your FAR exam, then your AUD exam a few months later, then your BEC exam. However, when it comes to taking the REG exam, maybe you waited until the day before your FAR credit expired—and you didn’t pass. This means you now have to retake the FAR exam in addition to still needing to pass the REG exam. Your new 18-month window starts on the day you sat for, and passed, the AUD exam.

To avoid this happening, pay particular attention to the expiration dates included on your score notice and allow time for retakes.

What Is the CPA Exam Score Release Process?

As mentioned previously, the AICPA typically announces score release dates for the first half of a new year in December of the previous year and the second half by June of that year.

This score release process goes as follows after you take your exam:

  1. For most candidates, Prometric sends exam data files to the AICPA within 24 hours after testing has finished.
  2. The AICPA will send the scores to NASBA. This is the target score release date noted in the schedule.
  3. All scores for that “release date” should be posted within 48 hours from when NASBA started receiving the scores. Exam data files received after the AICPA cutoff dates will result in subsequent scheduled target score release dates.

If you take the BEC section, you might receive your score approximately one week following the target release date due to additional analysis that may be required for the written communication tasks.

What Are the Factors That Determine CPA Exam Score Release Dates?

A few factors that determine CPA exam score release dates:

  • The date you took your exam
  • Whether or not you took the BEC section
  • How long Prometric takes to send exam data files and when NASBA receives the exam data files from AICPA

Need to Contact Your State Board of Accountancy?

NASBA provides a comprehensive list of CPA examination services in each of the 55 jurisdictions; use this list if you need to contact your state board of accountancy. Simply select the state in which you are receiving your license and proceed from there.

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