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Candidates: Take Note of CPA Exam Score Holds in 2017

The Q2, Q3, and Q4 2017 score release dates are posted to the Score Release Timeline page of the AICPA’s CPA Exam page. Candidates should pay special attention to the tables below as scores will only be released once following the close of each testing window. The score holds were previously announced in December 2016. For complete information regarding Exam scoring, please visit the Examination Scoring and Scoring FAQ pages.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy will release scores to candidates and state boards of accountancy based upon the target score release dates listed in the tables below.

Score holds

The score holds for Q2, Q3, and Q4 2017 are necessary to allow sufficient time for the Board of Examiners to conduct a standard setting process associated with the launch of the next version Exam on April 1. Once this process is complete, scores will be released within the noted timeframes.

Anytime an exam undergoes significant change, candidate performance must be statistically validated and a new passing score set so that the assessment remains legally defensible. This is common practice with any high-stakes testing.

*The AICPA, NASBA, and state boards are aware that some candidates testing in the Q2 2017 launch window may be impacted by the 10-week score reporting hold. In June and July, NASBA will notify state boards of all candidates testing in Q2 2017 with existing conditional credit who will be impacted by the score hold. The state boards will consider extending a candidate's conditional credit. Extensions of credit are handled on an individual case-by-case basis. Candidates do not need to contact their state boards. State boards will notify candidates if an extension is granted.



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