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Check out our blog to see what's new with the CFE/Modules/Challenge Exams and learn important helpful tips and hints as you work your way through the exam writing process.

Navigating the PASS Website

Published January 26, 2017 by Ira Walfish

Yes - the PASS website has a lot of information.  We know!  But, there is a good reason for this - students are in different situations and need different resources.  Our goal is to deliver the #1 CFE training and coaching prep course in Canada.  To do this, we have a lot of courses and resources to help you get your CPA.  So let's make it simple - find your situation below and just follow the instructions.  Students Challenging Core 1, Core 2, Assurance and Tax Go to the drop down menu "Courses"...

 

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Repeat Writers - How to Prepare for a 2nd Attempt

Published December 10, 2016 by Michael Levi

Okay, now that we understand how to interpret the results (please read our blog "Repeat Writers - Understanding my Result" before you read this blog), let's figure out what to do to make sure you are successful on the next CFE. Obviously, the way forward will be a bit different for everyone, depending on where you were weak the 1st time around.  So I'll try and make this general enough to capture all weaknesses, and you can see which specific points relate to your situation.Study PlanThe first thing...

 

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Repeat Writers - Understanding My Result

Published December 10, 2016 by Ira Walfish

There is no question it is disheartening to fail the CFE, but take solace in the fact that thousands of students over the years are now CPAs and they did not pass the first time around.  This is a bit of a game, and playing it right makes all the difference.  But before we focus on what to do next (see our blog posting - Repeat Writers - How to Prepare for a 2nd Attempt), let's understand what went wrong this past September. ...

 

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Gearing up for Sept. 2017 CFE

Published November 23, 2016 by Ira Walfish

It's now fall 2016 and winter is approaching quickly.  A common question among CFE candidates is "what should I do between now and Capstone 1, to help me prepare for the CFE in September"?  While there is no "one right answer" to this, there are definitely some productive actions that one could take during this time period.  Let's look at some of the possibilities.Writing Modules/Challenge Exams in March - For those students who are still completing Modules or Challenge Exams in March 2017, the approach is simple.  Prepare for...

 

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Musings on The First CFE Report - Sept. 2015 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Part 4 - The Ugly

Published April 8, 2016 by Ira Walfish

In this final blog of our 4 part series, let's take a look at The Ugly, from the 2015 CFE.Unfortunately, with every new system, there are some kinks to work out.  Most are tolerable and eventually get fixed.  However, we have noticed two particularly disturbing points that really should be corrected, in our humble opinion.  They are:1)     Poor Evaluation GuidesIn 2003, the UFE adopted a new marking scheme, in which candidates are slotted...

 

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Musings on The First CFE Report - Sept. 2015 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Part 3 - The Bad

Published April 1, 2016 by Michael Levi

Let's take a look at The Bad, from the 2015 CFE.In the previous blog we looked at "The Good" from the 2015 CFE.  And, there was a significant amount of positives in the new system.  However, as in any major change, not everything is good.  So....here is what we don't like:1)     Many Assessment Opportunities (AOs)We noted in the previous blog, when discussing "good" points, that the fact that there were many Assessment Opportunities...

 

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Musings on The First CFE Report - Sept. 2015 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Part 2 - The Good

Published March 25, 2016 by Ira Walfish

Let's take a look at The Good, from the 2015 CFE.  In no particular order, we think the following points work to candidate's advantage under the new system.  After considerable confusion and uncertainty about what the first CFE would be like, we now our first CFE Report; let's take a minute to appreciate some the better changes.  Here goes:1)     Day 2 - The Comp - Lack of Integration and Testing Fewer Competencies No question, the comp has...

 

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Musings on The First CFE Report - Sept. 2015 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Part 1 - Intro

Published March 18, 2016 by Michael Levi

It is finally here.  The 1st published CFE report has recently been published and students across Canada have lots of fun reading ahead of them.  We have spent a considerable time pouring over the CFE to make sure that our CFE preparatory courses really provide insight and guidance to CFE candidates.  Along the way, we have gleaned some insights from the report that we think you might find interesting.Some of these insights we think you'll like.  We are calling these insights "The Good".  Some are...

 

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The "Dont's" of Case Writing

Published March 1, 2016 by Michael Levi

A while back we wrote about what "to do" when writing a case.  We put together our top 10 list of "Do's" to maximize your chances to get competent and get the marker on your side.In our CFE prep course we stress both what candidates should do and should not do.  Sometimes the "don'ts" are even more important as one loses credibility when doing a lot of the wrong things.So now....let's look at the other side.  What should you "not do"?  What irritates...

 

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The "Do's" of Case Writing

Published January 25, 2016 by Ira Walfish

Students often complain that they don't know how to write cases.  Where do you start?  What are characteristics of a good response?  There is no question that the biggest factor in successful case writing is practice and more practice.  However, it also helps to get into good habits that you can do on every case. Here is our top ten list of "Do's" to maximize your chances to get competent and get the marker on your side:1)  Always respond to every required2)  Rank requireds and do a...

 

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