You've studied hard, sat your exam and are making great progress towards entry to the CPA Program.
Results for your foundation exam will be issued directly from the facilitator as you depart the exam location. They can also be accessed from My CPA Program or clicking the button below:
Access my results
You will receive your exam results expressed as a scaled score along with a grade.
Your scaled score
At CPA Australia we use a scaled score assessment model to mark exams. Foundation has a scale tailored to each individual exam with a unique pass mark.
The scaled score range for Foundation exams is changing
From 1 September 2017 Foundation exams will use the same scaled score range as the CPA Program. This means standardising the scaled score range to 100 – 900, with a pass mark of 540 across all subjects. This change will make it easier for you to interpret your exam results.
Note, the pass mark for the each of the Foundation exams has not changed, only the scaled score range used to display your exam results has been updated.
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 the exams have minimal variance, exams are 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 is not 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 invested a lot of time preparing for an 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 where the passing score is 175.
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 available grades for foundation 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.
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:
- There is no possibility of a scaled score assessment model negatively affecting marginal results as all foundation exams are pre-assessed for difficulty.
- A scaled score indicates your exam performance more accurately, regardless of the exam version you sat.
- 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 learning objectives tested. This will help you focus your study next time you attempt your exam.