CAP1 & CAP2 Autumn 2020 re-sit exam results released

Dec 11, 2020

Chartered Accountants Ireland published the CAP1 and CAP2 Autumn 2020 re-sit exam results this morning, details of both sets of results follow.

CAP1 results

Overall the CAP1 results are behind prior results due to the strong Summer 2020 results. On an annualised basis the pass rates are in line with historical trends. 

In reviewing the results Ian Browne (Deputy Director of Education) noted:

  • 56% of students achieved a pass in all papers sat with a further 14% achieving a credit (i.e. passing one or more of papers sat). This compares to 74% and 15% in 2019. The number of students failing all subjects sat has risen from 11% for the September 2019 exam sitting to 30% in the Autumn 2020 sitting (17% for September 2018);
  • Paper pass rates: The pass rates on individual papers are weaker than prior years due to the strong Summer results. The weighted average pass rate across all papers (1st attempts only) was 75%, this corresponds to 89% in 2019. It is important to note that as this is a re-sit exam meaningful statistical analysis and comparison is very difficult;
  • The Flexible Route candidates have continued to perform well;
  • The distance education offerings have also performed well.

 More statistics on the CAP1 Autumn exam results are available here.

CAP2 results

Again, the results are weaker than last years’ CAP2 Autumn results, due to the very strong Summer 2020 results. On an annualised basis the pass rates are in line with historical trends.

In reviewing the CAP2 results Mr Browne noted:

  • 61% of students achieved a pass in all papers sat with a further 20% achieving a credit (i.e. passing one or more of papers sat). This compares to 71% and 15% in 2019. The number of students failing all subjects sat increased from 14% in 2019 to 19% in 2020;
  • Paper pass rates: The weighted average results were behind in the 2020 re-sit exam (for repeating candidates). On an annualised basis the weighted average pass rate for all papers was broadly in line with historical trends. On an annualised pass rate per paper basis all subjects were broadly in line year on year;
  • The Flexible Route candidates have continued to perform well.

More statistics on the CAP2 Autumn exam results are available here.

Mr Browne congratulated all students on their achievement, and he thanked all the training firms, lecturers, examiners and staff for their contribution towards these Autumn exam results.