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January 27, 2023

The First Batch of 2021 CPA Exam Pass Rates Are Out and They’re … Not Bad

In 2020, CPA exam candidates somehow managed to outperform 2019 with pass rates slightly higher than the prior year across the board. This feat was made that much more impressive by the fact that for at least a small part of the year they couldn’t even test thanks to the raging coof but thankfully that is soon behind us and the world keeps on spinning.

Should you crave a more detailed comparison between 2019 and 2020, you can find that here. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about 2021. Let’s jump right in.

2021 CPA Exam Pass Rates

Right off the bat we can see the year is off to a good start. When compared to 2020 pass rates, we get slightly higher pass rates across the board once again and a really impressive jump in REG specifically.

2020 Pass Rates

They started testing CARES Act content in REG in Q4 2020 so it’s possible that Q1 2021 REG candidates were just a bit better prepared since nothing inspires them to study harder than the prospect of encountering new material in the wild but other than that who knows why pass rates are up in that section. Feel free to wildly speculate.

Despite being the worst year on record since human beings first started recording years, the future CPAs of America came out strong in 2020. Obviously it will be some time before we get to see if 2021’s candidates manage to do the same but it’s looking good so far. Y’all got this!

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