CPA Exam Performance
For many accountants, the highest professional distinction one can earn is the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition to meeting stringent educational and ethical requirements, CPAs must also pass a series of four examinations covering: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). Performance on these exams is also an important measure of success for accounting programs.
Most Recent CPA Exam Results
Exam performance for 2015 was recently released. This year, for the first time, results were reported for people who took the exam within one year of graduation. This data better represents the CPA exam preparation students receive at their respective schools. The results show the average overall pass rate for first-time candidates nationwide was 55%. FSOA first-time candidates distinguished themselves by scoring an overall passing rate of 85.5% for all parts of the CPA exam attempted during 2015. This pass rate placed 3rd in the nation among 271 large academic institutions (defined as having at least 60 candidates) participating in the CPA exam during 2015. It also placed the FSOA 4th in the nation among all 821 academic institutions (defined as having at least 10 candidates) taking part in the CPA exam during 2015.
One Fisher School graduate was a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2015. A total of 93,742 individuals sat for the Examination in 2015, with 75 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.
Rankings comparing 2015 FSOA student performance relative to the performance by students from peer academic institutions are provided in the links below. The links also provide similar tables comparing FSOA student performance to that of other academic institutions in Florida.