You’ve studied hard, sat your exam and are keen to understand how you've performed.
Results will be available from the advertised date.
You will receive your exam results expressed as a scaled score and a grade along with a candidate exam report.
Your scaled score
At CPA Australia we use a scaled score model to assess exams. The CPA Program and Practice Management assessment scale has a range of 100 – 900.
The pass mark for all CPA Program and Practice Management exams is set at 540.
Understanding scaled scoring
To offer you greater flexibility and ensure maximum security of our exams, we create multiple versions of the same exam. Whilst great care is taken to ensure all versions of our exams have minimal variance, they're unable to be exactly identical in their levels of difficulty.
The use of a scaled score equates exam results across multiple versions, taking into consideration the level of difficulty of the exam paper sat. This provides a fair, equivalent score and reflects your performance more accurately than a percentage. We don’t report the percentage of questions candidates answered correctly as a percentage score doesn't take into consideration the level of difficulty of an individual exam version.
It’s important to note that your scaled score isn't an indication of how you performed on your exam against your peers. It's an accurate representation of your individual exam performance.
Scaled scoring in practice
In the below example, exam version A and version B are created for the same subject. Exam version A is assessed as containing harder questions, and therefore fewer correct responses are required to achieve a pass mark. Conversely, exam version B is assessed as containing easier questions, and requires more correct responses to achieve a pass.
Mina and Paul have invested a lot of time preparing for the same exam and have acquired a similar amount of knowledge and skills. To ensure the security of their exams and to offer flexibility in their exam date, Mina was issued exam version A and Paul was issued version B.
Upon completion of their exam, Mina answered six answers correctly and Paul answered eight questions correctly. Initially, it seems Mina hasn't performed as well as Paul. However, as the examination committee had already determined Mina’s exam to be of slightly greater difficulty, their initial results are converted and placed on a scale. Mina and Paul have now been issued a scaled score which accurately reflects their performance and they have both passed the exam.
Your exam grade
In addition to receiving a scaled score, your result will be expressed as a grade.
The ranges of grades available for the CPA Program are:
The range of grades available for the Practice Management subject are:
Candidates can access their results at their convenience, anywhere in the world through My CPA Program. Candidates can also print a professional copy of their results as required.
Your candidate exam report
This report contains your grade, your scaled score and an indication of your exam performance in relation to each module in the subject study guide.
For more information on understanding your exam result, watch the below silent YouTube video. Press the pause button to read the messages at your own speed.
If you’re disappointed with your exam result
Though it can be unsettling when you’ve not performed as well as you had intended, it’s important to remember:
- A scaled score indicates your exam performance more accurately, regardless of the exam paper you sat.
- We recruit a panel of over 450 CPA and FCPA designated accounting professionals with specialist subject knowledge to assess exam papers. These professionals also ensure the content of our exams remains relevant to new developments in the profession each year.
- Due to the rigorous procedures outlined above, we have a firm policy that we do not remark our exams.
- If you have failed an exam, your Candidate Exam Report will demonstrate your performance against each of the modules tested. This will help you focus your study next time you attempt your exam. We also have extra resources available from our registered tuition partners to improve your probability of an improved exam result the next time you sit.