Understanding your exam results

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Exam results for Semester 2 2020 are now available

Your results are presented as a scaled score along with a grade and a candidate exam report. You can also print a professional copy.

Your scaled score

We use a scaled score model to assess exams. The CPA Program assessment scale has a range of 100 – 900. 

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Understanding scaled scoring

We create multiple versions of exams for every CPA Program subject to offer you a variety of exam dates and times. Great care is taken to ensure all versions of our exams have minimal variance, but exams aren’t able to be exactly alike, as different versions have questions examining different learning objectives within the subject.

The use of a scaled score provides a fair, equivalent score across the different versions of the exam. It reflects your performance more accurately than a percentage. We don’t report the percentage of correctly answered questions as this wouldn’t allow us to equally analyse your levels of underlying knowledge, ability and skills.

Your scaled score is an accurate representation of your individual exam performance. It is not an indication of how you performed on your exam against your peers.

Your exam grade

As well as a scaled score, your result will be expressed as a grade. The ranges of grades available for the CPA Program are:

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Special consideration

The Special Consideration Committee is made up of external individuals who are both CPA Australia members and senior academic staff from the university sector.

Applications for special consideration will only be considered by the committee if you:

  • sat the exam,
  • failed, and
  • your scaled score falls within a specific range below the 540 pass mark.

If you meet these criteria, the committee will consider your circumstances and may upgrade your 'fail' to a 'pass'.

Please note, being eligible for Special Consideration does not guarantee your ‘fail’ result will be upgraded.

If you receive a fail grade and your scaled score sits outside the limited range, your consideration will not be reviewed by the committee, and your results won’t change.

In line with the exam marking process, the special consideration process is confidential, and the committee’s findings will not be released. Applications are reviewed before the official release of exam results – as such, please be reassured that your published result is your final exam result.

If you’re disappointed with your exam result

If you haven’t performed as well as you hoped, 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 ensure the content of our exams remains relevant to new developments in the profession each year.
  • We have extra resources available from our registered tuition partners to improve your probability of an improved exam result the next time you sit.

Due to the rigorous procedures followed, we have a firm policy that we do not remark our exams.

For more information about your exam results, watch our ‘Marking your CPA Program’ exam video 

Marking your CPA Program

For more information about your exam results, watch our ‘Marking your CPA Program’ exam video.