NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 1, 2019 – The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), announces the release of Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination – 2018 Edition. Designed with both jurisdiction and university/accreditation analyses in mind, the publication features comprehensive statistical data from all (4) testing windows (AUD, BEC, FAR, REG) of the 2018 Uniform CPA Examination (Examination).

The all new, redesigned 2018 Edition combines jurisdiction and university statistical data into one book, and includes accreditation reporting and cohort tracking, university rankings, multi-year trending and degree type breakdowns. The publication offers the best overview of CPA Examination trends from around the world, and at the jurisdiction and university level.

Additional features include quarterly trending data and jurisdiction rankings for number of sections, number of unique candidates, average age and percent pass. Section descriptions are also included to explain each view of the performance metrics.

In 2018, the jurisdictions with the highest pass rates were: Utah (66.0%), Wisconsin (61.1%) and Oregon (58.5%). Performance metrics also indicate 85,855 candidates took the Examination in 2018 (of which 63,088 were new candidates) with 24,034 candidates passing their final section of the Examination.

Among the universities with the most candidates sitting for a First-Time section in 2018 were: Baruch College CUNY (622), University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (559) and Pennsylvania State University – University Park (423).

NASBA began gathering data on CPA Examination candidates in 1982 and has published reports on performance and selected characteristics since 1985, demonstrating NASBA’s role as a trusted resource to Boards of Accountancy, the academic community and accounting profession.

Background data for the publication was obtained from Board of Accountancy submissions of eligible candidate information into NASBA’s Gateway System, and then analyzed and assembled by Editor, Noël Winter.

Sold in softback format, the 2018 Edition is available for $200. Orders can be placed through

Questions regarding NASBA’s Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination – 2018 Edition and other candidate performance products, should be directed to [email protected] or (615) 880-4258.

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