You may have heard of the CPA Exam Candidate Performance book
that NASBA releases on a yearly basis. This book covers the scores of rankings
of candidates who took the CPA Exam across the U.S. including statistics
covering pass rates, state by state information, and how well students from
individual schools performed.
However, NASBA has decided to release a completely new book
as a companion to the Cantidate Performance book which will be called, “The Uniform
CPA Examination School Performance Book.” Where this book differs is in the
individual school and regional information, as well as a new metric that
differentiates people who took the exam within one year of graduating with those
James Suh, the Director of Continuous Improvement &
Analytics said that the main reason this report was created was to look at the
true impact of education on a CPA Exam candidate. If a candidate has taken the
exam within one year of graduation, it more accurately shows how the education
“Students who sit within their first year after graduation,
tend to have 6-10% better score than those who waited,” said Suh. Analyzing
this data himself, Suh estimated that this percentage is accurate for about 90%
of the schools.
This only goes to show what we here at Roger CPA Review say
all the time – the earlier you can sit the better! Many of you may want to take
a break before starting work, which is definitely understandable. However, once
you start that job and are working 50-60 hours per week, you definitely won’t
want to do CPA Review. Our advice: keep pushing through, plan out your time, and take the exam as early as possible – after all, the data now backs it up!
Below is a report showing school performance data based on
first time candidates who sat within the first year of graduation. They are
ranked based on the number of candidates who sat.
Additionally, the new report will break down data into
regions, which has proven to show great differences in scores and pass rates
from region to region. Keep posted for more information about this at a later
What state/school are you from? We’ll try to include some of
your data in a future post so comment below!