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State Board Report

March 2016

Utah once again came out as the jurisdiction with the highest Uniform CPA Examination candidate pass rate for the year and Wisconsin with the second highest, as reported in the 2015 Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination – Jurisdiction Edition, published by NASBA in February. In 2015 Utah candidates had a pass rate of 65.4 percent and Wisconsin of 60.5 percent. Last year Utah had a 62.3 percent pass rate and Wisconsin 58.8 percent. However, this year saw a change in the third highest passing jurisdiction: In 2015 it was Missouri with 58.5 percent, and in 2014 it was South Dakota with 58.3 percent. Looking at the 2015 Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination – University Edition, in 2015 the university with the most candidates was Baruch College of the City University of New York with 805, followed by the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign with 657 and the University of Southern California with 478.

In 2015 there were 42,439 new candidates taking the Uniform CPA Examination out of a total 93,693 candidates. Of those, there were 26,110 candidates passing their fourth section of the Uniform CPA Examination. Of those reporting their gender, women accounted for 47,693 candidates with a 47.2 percent pass rate and men accounted for 44,250 candidates with a 52.8 percent pass rate.

Both publications include statistical data from all four testing windows of the 2015 Uniform CPA Examination, as gathered from the State Boards’ submission of eligible candidate information through NASBA’s Gateway System. The reports have been redesigned this year to include candidate pipeline reporting, cohort tracking, and a breakdown of performance on the 23 content areas and four skills areas. Paperback copies of the Jurisdiction Edition are available at $100 each and of the University Edition at $200 each. Both publications are also available in eBook format. Orders may be placed through State Accountancy Boards are each receiving a copy of both publications without charge.

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