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April 2014

The NASBA 2013 Uniform CPA Examination School Performance Book, covering the four 2013 testing windows, is now available in both softback and eBook versions. Compiled to meet the needs of educational institutions, the Book is intended to serve as a companion publication to NASBA’s 2013 Uniform CPA Examination: Candidate Performance, which was released in late January. By having a narrower focus on the performance of first-time candidates who take Examination sections within one year of graduation, the Performance Book more closely associates an individual’s performance with his or her most recent education experience.

The NASBA publications report that during 2013, the jurisdictions with the most candidates were: California (14,315), New York (9,859) and Texas (5,661). Those with the highest pass rate during 2013 were: Utah (61.3 percent), Wisconsin (59.1 percent) and Oregon (58.5 percent). According to NASBA’s figures, there were 94,154 candidates who took the exam (of which 41,629 were new candidates) with 26,998 passing their fourth section of the Uniform CPA Examination.

James Suh, NASBA Director of Continuous Improvement & Analytics, explained that the Performance Book takes a closer look at the specific performance of a school’s accounting program for each of the four testing windows: “Accounting program faculty and administrators will greatly benefit from the publication’s statistics on first-time Examination takers and students that have taken the Uniform CPA Examination within one year of graduation.” The publication can help track variables such as changes to the curriculum and admission criteria. It also clearly shows a school’s comparative performance by region and program size. There are detailed school reports which contain four year trending for several key data points for the 100 top institutions. Schools that seek custom reporting beyond what is found in the publication can contact CPB@nasba.org for additional information.

Background data for these publications was obtained directly from the State Boards of Accountancy’s submission of eligible candidates’ information into NASBA’s Gateway System and then analyzed and assembled by Editor Matthew Wilkins and Associate Editors Tim Wright and Brentni Henderson-King.

Soft cover copies are priced at $150 each for 2013 Uniform CPA Examination: Candidate Performance and $250 for 2013 Uniform CPA Examination School Performance Book. They are also available in eBook format at $100 for Candidate Performance and $200 for School Performance. Orders may be placed through nasbareport.com.

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