The CPA Exam score release dates

CPA Exam score release schedule

Until recently, candidates had to take the CPA Exam during four testing windows, with four CPA Exam score release dates within those windows. 

For example, the old CPA Exam score release schedule for Q4 of 2019 looked like this:

Previous release schedule - Q2 2020: April 1 - June 10

If you took the CPA Exam on or before: Your target score release date was:
April 20 May 4
May 15 May 26
May 31 June 8
June 10 June 18

But effective July 1, 2020, the CPA Exam is available for year-round continuous testing. That means no large waiting windows in between your testing attempts. However, even on the continuous testing model, there’s still a schedule for the CPA Exam score release based on when you take the exam.

The following answers some of the most common questions about the CPA score release schedule.

When will CPA Exam scores be released?

For the remainder of 2020, the CPA Exam score release dates are as follows:

If you take the CPA Exam on or before: Your target CPA score release date is:
July 23 August 7
August 16 August 25
September 8 September 16
September 30 October 9
October 23 November 10
November 15 November 24
December 8 December 16
December 31 January 12

 

To align with the CPA score release dates, you should plan to take the exam within the dates specified above.

Note that South Carolina will not implement continuous testing until 2021. The state has some extra steps to take to change their legislation to allow for continuous testing. But you can take the exam in any state—it doesn’t have to be in the state in which you are applying for your CPA license.

Are the CPA Exam scores always released on one date?

The CPA score release schedule are targeted dates. Scores should be posted within 48 hours of the CPA release dates. In some cases, scores may be available on NASBA’s website one day prior to the target score release date. On the other hand, some states may require an extra day to process and release exam scores. Also, if you take the BEC section, you could receive your score about one week after the CPA Exam release dates because of the additional analysis that may be required for the written communication tasks.

What time of day are CPA Exam scores released?

For the most part, scores are released at midnight Eastern time on the target CPA Exam score release date.

Where can I retrieve my score?

In most states, you can obtain your scores from NASBA’s candidate portal. Candidates in California, Illinois and Maryland, however, must obtain scores from their state’s accountancy board.

How long is my CPA Exam score available to view?

You can only view your  CPA Exam score release for the current testing/release window. When you check your scores on the NASBA website, you’ll see a “score available until” date, after which you will no longer be able to view your score or the score notice. Once your CPA Exam score release is available, it’s a good idea to print a copy for your records. Also, after the viewing window has passed, you can still check your scores on the CPA Central website or your state’s board of accountancy website.