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Sunil Kumar wrote a piece called "CPA Exam Passing Rates and CPA Salaries on the Rise" for Accounting Today the other day that offers up a few theories on why CPA exam pass rates are up these days. Among Kumar's ideas why numbers are up:
Now, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the first four reasons are probably BS. Pass rates are up because the AICPA thinks there should be more CPAs out there, THAT'S IT. Yes, CPA exam candidates, next time you study your little butt off only to get a 74, you can rest easy knowing you're probably not a total loser but instead simply undershot a 75 and the AICPA decided there wasn't room for you among the future CPA elite.
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Source: Adrienne Gonzalez, Going Concern