Should I Appeal an Exam Score?

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  • #161973
    momof4
    Member

    I know this sounds like sour grapes from the start but I have two reasons I am considering paying the $400 to see my exam.

    1. When I signed out after the exam Prometric lost my exam and could not find it. Another employee said it just looked like it was lost but really was not. They did not find it before I left the testing center but he assured me it was fine. I believed him until I saw my score report.

    2. I felt extremely confident on MC and especially on Governmental. I teach a class on governmental accounting so I know what right is. My exam review said I was weak in Governmental, strong in not for profit, comparable in everything else to passing candidates. Then at the bottom weaker overall in MC.

    If they did locate my exam and these are my true scores then I am really confused about where to go from here. I need to see it to see what to change because I would have bet my house that I did really well on MC and governmental. I concede that my simulations were not as strong. I could have failed based on Sims but I don’t see it based on MC.

    Can anyone offer any advice?

    BEC 84
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    AUD 85
    REG 78

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  • #301314
    mla1169
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    from what I understand nobody is ever successful in appealing an exam score. I'm sorry and under any other circumstances and with any other situation I'd say fight for it. This time, I think your energy is better spent moving forward.

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    #301315
    mla1169
    Participant

    (and for what its worth I am not sure in an appeal that you get to see your answers vs correct answers anyway?)

    FAR- 77
    AUD -49, 71, 84
    REG -56,75!
    BEC -75

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    #301316
    kandisjoy
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    I wouldn't appeal. I've never heard of a successful appeal. Also, like mla said, I am sure that they wouldn't let you see your test anyway. Sorry… better luck next time.

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    AUD: 62, 78
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    #301317
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I could be wrong but even if you appeal, I don't think you get to see your exam…

    #301318
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I agree with mla1169. Judging from what I've read on different forums, it is rare that someone is ever successful with an appeal. With an appeal, I think they only re-grade the exam. You won't see your actual exam. I could be wrong though. I can understand your frustration, but I think you should use the $400 for your retake.

    #301319
    Herbieherb
    Participant

    Did you study for govt acctg for cpa exam? The cpa exam is its own monster. Like why you think some auditors fail audit section of cpa exam? Because they figure hmm I'm an auditor I don't need to study.

    NEW YORK- DONE

    #301320
    momof4
    Member

    Herbieherb,

    I did study and I felt like I recognized all the questions. They were really superficial stuff.

    Surely the launch codes make sure that they are grading the correct exam. I'm baffled! I think the $400 version of an appeal allows you to see your actual exam. That is why it is so expensive. I just want the satisfaction of knowing it was mine and not related to the problem of not seeing my exam when I left the testing room. I'm kicking myself for not reporting that. That may be the biggest lesson for this FAR exam for me.

    BEC 84
    FAR 80
    AUD 85
    REG 78

    #301321
    kandisjoy
    Participant

    I really, seriously doubt that they let you see your exam. You should call and find out.

    FAR: 71, 77
    BEC: 70, 82
    AUD: 62, 78
    REG: 71, 68, 85

    CA Licensed 11/2011

    #301322
    Herbieherb
    Participant

    I never believed the score report was accurate or worth anything. If I was a you I'd be very curious, especially if they ‘lost your exam'…

    NEW YORK- DONE

    #301323
    momof4
    Member

    The process for appeal is outlined on the NC CPA Examination page. You do get to review your answers and the exam if you appeal and pay the $400 fee. You don't get to take anything with you of course. If you want to dispute a question that will cost you $100 per question in addition to the $400 to see it. I don't believe the review would change the fact that I must repeat the exam but I am very curious about the misalignment between how I interpreted my confidence with MC and specifically Governmental and the back of the score sheet. If they said I was comparable or stronger on MC and weaker on SIMs I would have not had any questions worth pursuing but this has really left me with questions. I'm going to think about it before I decide to pay the money just to know…even though it won't change a thing except how I feel about studying in the future.

    BEC 84
    FAR 80
    AUD 85
    REG 78

    #301324
    Megan
    Participant

    I'd agree with everyone else here and say not to do it. I had stronger and comparable on everything on my score report, overall stronger on MCQ, but weaker on simulations. I was stronger on governmental, and I still didn't pass with a 74. No offense, but with a 67, I don't think it'd bump you up to a passing score if you disputed anything and won. I know you'd probably just be doing it for the principle of it, but I can think of a million more uses of $400. But, if it gives you peace of mind, and it's your money, so by all means check it out if you think something fishy happened!

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    REG 75
    FAR 50, 60, 70, 74, 83...DONE!!
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    #301325
    Peanut
    Participant

    One of my live course teachers for Becker said, he had been teaching for 15+ years and has never once seen a score change. People who apply for a score change are people with 74s.

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    #301326
    MikeInMIA
    Member

    It is weird to hear that they lost a test. If it was me I would have had every single staff person sign a statement on the back of the paper they hand you that said something. I would have also called ..someone immediately after. Basically if you don't have any proof of this lost exam scenario I wouldn't bother.

    #301327
    jeff
    Keymaster

    Nope – appealing is worthless…I cover it in a podcast…

    https://www.another71.com/cpa-exam/cpa-exam-podcasts/

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    #301328
    NolaCpa2Be
    Member

    Honestly with 400 dollars, you could retake the test twice. Besides I doubt the aicpa is going to admit any error on their part. You may get to see the test. And the answers, but you don't know the scoring process. They may say the questions you got wrong were worth significantly more than the questions you got right. I would suggest moving forward.

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