Why Answers Are Not Provided On Failed Tests

Why Answers Are Not Provided On Failed Tests

One of the most common questions we are asked from individuals taking an Annual Filing Season Program course is…

“Why are answers not provided on failed tests?”

We understand that this is a frustrating policy. You put the time and effort to go through the material, study and take the exam only to find out that you didn’t pass. Plus on top of that, you can’t even look at what you got wrong.

Unfortunately, the IRS has a strict regulation regarding testing and providing evaluative feedback. You can read more about the testing FAQ's at the link below. 


"No specific evaluative feedback that includes the test question or answer is allowed. Providers may give participants a pass or fail notification and a percentage of correct answers for all attempts by domain and topic area"

You can, however, take the exam as many times as you need to pass. Just complete the course and pass the exam by December 31st of this year.

Even if we could provide feedback, the questions are randomized and come from a pool designed to not ask the same questions on the exam if you have to retake it.

Again this is not done to increase the difficulty on purpose, we are just following the rules. Each test question pulls from a bank of questions broken down into the required categories. These questions are randomly pulled into the exam with the idea that you will not have the same test questions on the next attempt.

While we can not bend or break the rules we are here to help. If we can provide any technical assistance or guidance please do not hesitate to contact us.