January 20, 2021

Here’s Your CPA Exam Score Release Schedule For the First Half of 2021

For those who get a special thrill out of meticulously planning your future, you’ll be stoked to hear the CPA exam score release schedule for 2021 is out — for the first half of the year, anyway. Considering the current state of the world, it’s nice to have something solid you can kinda sorta rely on, insofar as The Powers That Be have done an excellent job sticking to their end of the bargain as best they can under chaotic and ever-changing conditions this year.

You’ll see it looks pretty similar to the second half of 2020 with seven score releases spread over the six-month period and an eighth scheduled for the following half of the year.

If you take your exam on/before: Your target score release date is:
January 23 February 9
February 15 February 23
March 10 March 18
March 31 April 9
April 23 May 11
May 16 May 25
June 8 June 16
June 30 July 13

via the AICPA

By the time we reach the end of this period, it will have been an entire year since the launch of continuous testing for the CPA exam. Hopefully South Carolina will join the other U.S. jurisdictions (and India!) offering this improved year-round testing by sometime next year. Michigan and Connecticut are also in the process of a necessary legislative transition in order to extend continuous testing to candidates in these jurisdictions; however, it’s expected that process will wrap shortly. When we last checked in on how states were preparing for the transition to continuous testing after a launch date was announced last March, 14 jurisdictions were still in the process of getting things in order.

Graphic via NASBA March 2020

Here’s the updated map as it appears on NASBA’s site as of the publication of this post:

Graphic via NASBA November 2020

Although coronavirus and the related Prometric closures earlier in the year certainly affected exam scheduling and availability, in a perfect world continuous testing offers up more than 75 testing dates throughout the year than candidates had available to them under the previous model.

Perhaps by 2021 the world will be a better, less cootie-infested place and candidates will be free to take advantage of the increased available dates. That’s all we can hope for really.

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