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February 5, 2023

ICYMI: Here Are the Ten States with the Highest CPA Exam Passing Rates

By some combination of bad luck and adult attention deficit disorder, we missed NASBA's announcement that they released their CPA exam stats book for 2012. No matter, we're confident you missed it too because no one sent us an email about it. 

Anyway, if you're interested in dropping $150 for your own copy we won't stop you, but Accounting Today reported some stats a week before the official announcement that are worth sharing, including the ten states with the highest average pass rates: 

1. Utah — 61.2%
2. Missouri — 57.7%
3. Wisconsin — 56.8%
4. Michigan — 55.8%
5. Iowa — 55.7%
6. North Carolina — 55.7%
7. Minnesota — 55.3%
8. Oregon — 55.2%
9. Florida — 54.9%
10. North Dakota — 54.7%

Wow, Missouri; not sure what got into you, but good show. 

And yes, Utah managed to embarrass everyone else — the percentage point difference between UT and MO being greater than the spread between MO and ND. I'm sure there's an explanation for this that includes salt water, a temple and maybe Moab, but it escapes me at the moment. If you have a theory, share it below.

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