What CPA scaled score do I need to pass the CPA exam?
CPA Students want to know what a CPA scaled score means, and what is the pass mark on CPA exams. Here is a short video that explains a bit about it.
CPA Australia do not provide a pass mark, but they do explain what a CPA scaled score is here. As a result, the team at KnowledgEquity have CPA practice exams that give you feedback about your current ability and where you need to improve. We also strongly advise you to focus hard on mastering the CPA study guide materials, rather than figuring out what a minimum pass might be.
CPA pass mark based on our CPA practice exams
We have compared our CPA practice exam results against the scaled scores students have received to create a comparison table showing an estimated pass mark for each CPA subject. Here is the comparison for CPA Ethics and Governance.
CPA Ethics and Governance Scaled Score comparison
Of course – it will not always be accurate. Some people who do poorly in our practice exams revise heavily and have lifted their results. Sometimes people who have done well in our practice exams are not as successful in the CPA exam. However, they are still accurate for most students, so they provide useful guidance.
Is a passing score of 540 / 900 the same as 50%?
No. The CPA scaled score is definitely not a percentage of the number of correct answers you achieved, and 50% is not the pass mark in your CPA exam.
Why isn’t there a simple ‘CPA pass mark’ so I know what to aim for?
CPA Australia have multiple exams for each subject to protect the integrity of the exams. Each exam may have a slightly different level of difficulty – so 45% in one version of the exam may be the same as 60% in another version. Therefore, scaling helps adjust the results so that each student receives a fair grade. This is why you can’t just give someone a percentage CPA pass mark.
Put simply, a CPA exam with harder questions will need a lower number of correct answers to achieve a pass. If it is an easier exam, you will need to get more answers correct to pass your CPA exam.
CPA Australia make it very clear in the following video that a scaled score of 540 is not 67.5%. (This would be very bad mathematics – because the scale is between 100 and 900 not 0 and 900).
KnowledgEquity’s CPA pass mark project
When you sit a CPA Practice Exam with KnowledgEquity you obtain a mark. When you complete your actual CPA subject you receive a scaled score. Now that we have several thousand practice exam results we have built a comparison chart between our CPA Practice Exam Results and the CPA scaled score you receive. You now have a clearer indication as to whether you are on track to succeed with your CPA exam, or if you need to start revising heavily.
KnowledgEquity practice exams
The team at KnowledgEquity have worked hard to create useful questions at various levels of difficulty. These are designed to help you prepare for your exams and be confident that you know the materials well. We have practice exams for all the CPA core units and 5 electives (we do not provide tuition resources for the CPA Financial Planning subjects). The core unit and AT and ATA practice exams include both an MCQ and written answer component, that matches the weighting in the actual CPA exam. The elective subjects are all MCQs as per the CPA elective exam structure.