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 2012 was recently released, and the results show the average overall pass rate for first-time candidates nationwide was 54.3%. 112 undergraduate and 27 graduate students from the Fisher School of Accounting took part or the entire exam during the 2012 year. FSOA first-time candidates (both undergraduate and graduate) distinguished themselves by scoring an overall passing rate of 78% for all parts of the CPA exam attempted during 2012. This pass rate placed 10th in the nation among 255 large academic institutions (defined as having at least 60 candidates) participating in the CPA exam during 2012. It also placed the FSOA 23rd in the nation among all 781 academic institutions (defined as having at least 10 candidates) taking part in the CPA exam during 2012.
Rankings comparing 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.