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CPA Canada 2023 Pass Rates Released

February 16th, 2024

CPA Canada has now released the 2023 PEP and CFE exam pass rates. The 2024 pass rates will be released in February 2025. 2023 CFE Pass Rates Below are the official exam pass rates as reported by CPA...

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Marking Guide of CPA Canada CFE Day 1

December 29th, 2023

When preparing to write and pass Day 1 of CPA Canada CFE, you’ll encounter many questions on the exam format. One of the most common questions I receive from my students is how many competent (“C”) gr...

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CPA PERT: Here’s MA2 Template and Example

December 26th, 2023

If you have experience working with budgets or forecasts, you should target MA2 in your CPA Canada PERT reporting. It’s an area that anyone exposed to budgets or forecasts can get at least Level...

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Full Guide to CPD Hours for Canadian CPAs

November 8th, 2023

As a designated CPA in Canada, you’re probably aware of the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements necessary to maintain your membership. In this post, I’ll guide you throu...

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CPA Study Guide: Core 1 Module Unit 1

August 23rd, 2023

In this article, you will learn Unit 1 of the CPA Canada’s Core 1 module. If you’re new to Core 1, I recommend reading the CPA Core 1 Module guide for introduction on the module and bluepr...

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Review of CPA Canada Finance Elective

July 29th, 2023

I’ll guide you through the key aspects of CPA Canada’s Finance elective module, including its structure, assignments, range of topics, examination, and study tips to help you pass. Related...

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Study Guide to CPA Canada Taxation Elective

July 3rd, 2023

CPA Canada’s Competency Map has over 90 high-level topics that can be tested on the Tax elective exam, compared with 75 in Finance, 47 in PM, and 25 in Audit. This is why students say that CPA C...

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May 2023 CPA CFE Cases and Answers (Download)

June 30th, 2023

Similar to prior Common Final Exams (CFEs), the May 2023 CFE had Day 1, 2 and 3 cases. The following Day 1 cases were tested: Kingsdale Tea Inc. (KTI) v1 (Download) Creative Toys Inc. (CTI) v2 (...

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CFE Day 1 Dilemma: V1 or V2 Case?

May 27th, 2023

In the CPA Canada Common Final Examination (CFE) Day 1, there are two versions of cases offered. The first version (V1) is the new case released in the new Capstone 1, while the second version (V2) is...

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How Many AOs Can you Miss in CFE Days 2/3?

May 25th, 2023

Let’s face it, time management is one of the biggest challenges when to comes to passing CPA Canada’s CFE.  Inevitably, you may be wondering whether you can “skip” some AOs and...

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Which ASPE and IFRS Standards Are the Same?

May 24th, 2023

As you’re preparing for CPA Canada PEP and CFE exams, you may be wondering about variances between Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) and International Financial Reporting Stand...

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Do You Need to Discuss Both Quant and Qual?

May 19th, 2023

A frequent obstacle for students preparing for CPA Canada’s PEP and CFE exams is whether is an AO needs need to be discussed both quantitatively (quant) and qualitatively (qual), or just quantit...

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CPA Canada Core 2: Your Complete Guide

May 13th, 2023

In this article, we’ll dive deep into CPA Canada’s Core 2 module. We’ll cover all major aspects: format, assignments, topics, exams, how it’s assessed, and of course, study tip...

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Ultimate Guide for CPA Canada Core 1

April 29th, 2023

In this article, I will provide information about the CPA Canada’s Core 1 module, outlining the basics, format, assignments, assessment, examination, and tips for successfully passing the module...

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CFE Pre-Loaded Tables: Exam Strategies

April 27th, 2023

In a recent update, CPA Canada announced a change to the May 2023 Common Final Examination (CFE). Starting from May 2023 CFE, all tables on the CFE that contain 10 or more lines of financial informat...

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CFE Day 1: Why Capstone 2 is Not Reliable

April 16th, 2023

As you’re progressing through the CPA Canada’s PEP program, you will eventually enroll into Capstone 2 module. Capstone 2 module is designed to help you prepare for the Common Final Examin...

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CFE Day 1: Can You Write Qual Before Quant?

April 11th, 2023

For each strategic issue in Day 1 of the CFE, candidates will be marked on a qualitative (qual) and quantitative (quant) component. In this article, I’ll discuss if this should be done in a specific o...

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How to Access CPA Canada Handbook

April 6th, 2023

During CPA Canada’s PEP and CFE exams, you’ll be using a lockdown software called SurPass. This program gives you access to the CPA Canada Handbook, which you can use to answer Financial R...

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CPA Canada 2022 Pass Rates Released

March 23rd, 2023

Update: CPA Canada 2023 pass rates are now available, you can find it at this updated post. CPA Canada has now released the 2022 PEP and CFE exam pass rates. The 2023 pass rates will be released in F...

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How to Get CPA Canada Capstone 2 Materials?

March 22nd, 2023

If you’re a student re-writing the Day 1 exam, you have taken Capstone 2 long time ago,  or you’re an internationally trained accountant who opted not to take Capstone 2, then you will be ...

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End of CFEs and PERT from 2025

March 12th, 2023

Update January 2024: CFEs to continue until 2027 Per recent updates, the CFEs may be offered until at least 2027. According to the CFE registration portal and stakeholder update meeting (see screensho...

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How to Integrate and How CFE Day 1 is Marked

March 9th, 2023

Prior to answering the strategic and operational issues on CFE Day 1, you are required to complete a Situational Analysis (SA). This will include assessing the company’s current mission / vision / val...

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Should You Write Old UFE Cases for CFE?

March 2nd, 2023

Are you planning to take the CFE exam? If yes, then you might be wondering whether you should write the old UFE cases that you’ll gain access to once you start Capstone 2. If you’re not fa...

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How to Download CPA Canada PEP Program Syllabus

January 9th, 2023

The CPA Canada Profession Education Program (PEP) Syllabus (formerly Survival Guides) provide a summary of readings every week for each PEP module. The readings are divided into 8 study units which ma...

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Why You Should Take PM Elective After Core 2

December 8th, 2022

After you’ve passed both Core 1 and Core 2, you’ll be at the point in your CPA Canada PEP journey where you have to choose your first elective. There is no right or wrong on which elective to ta...

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FR Competencies for CPA Canada’s Core 1

November 4th, 2022

Core 1 covers Financial Reporting (FR), Assurance, Tax and Finance competency areas. I’ve written about Assurance, Tax and Finance common topics in other posts, I’ll cover the FR topics he...

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Failed CPA CFE 3 Times? You Still Have Options

November 4th, 2022

CPA Canada allows candidates to attempt the CFE three times. At each unsuccessful attempt, candidates can appeal and ask for re-marking. After three unsuccessful attempts and remarkings, candidates wi...

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Can You Leave Your Outline in CPA Canada Cases?

October 15th, 2022

When preparing electronic outlines for CPA Canada PEP and CFE cases, many writers question whether this can be left in their memo or should it be deleted before submission. The answer is YES, you can ...

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What Can be Tested in CPA Canada CFE Day 2?

October 6th, 2022

Day 2 of the CFE is considered by many to be the hardest of all CFE days. You have to ensure that you achieve depth (ie, score C/CD) in as many AOs as possible. This article will help you find the key...

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Ultimate Guide to CFE of CPA Canada

September 23rd, 2022

The Common Final Exam, or the CFE, is the last exam of the CPA Canada’s PEP program.        CFE is made up of 3 days of continuous examination: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. Day 1 is 4...

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CPA Canada Capstone 2 Study Guide

September 20th, 2022

You’ve successfully completed Capstone 1 and have one final module before you can arrive at the CFE. You’re almost there! Below is a guide to ensure you are well prepared for this next 8-week course. ...

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CPA Canada Capstone 1 Study Guide

September 19th, 2022

If you’re preparing for Capstone 1, you’ve successfully completed all your module exams and are one step closer to writing and completing the CFE. This article will help prepare you for what to expect...

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5 Study Tips for CPA Canada Finance Module

September 14th, 2022

Candidates often select the Finance module due to their financial professional background. However, Finance has many similarities to Core 2 and prepares well for Day 1 of the CFE. Below are some helpf...

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What Does Gevorg Mean?

July 5th, 2022

Gevorg, also known as Georgios in Ancient Greek, is a first name. It’s an Armenian form of the name George. Gevorg is a masculine first name derived from two Greek words: geo (earth) + ergon (wo...

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Which Role to Choose for CPA Canada CFE?

June 12th, 2022

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed which elective to take as part of your CPA Canada PEP program. In here, I’ll speak about which role to take for CFE Day 2. Understand the CFE The C...

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Choosing Your Elective for CPA Canada PEP

June 7th, 2022

If you’re at the point where you must choose on which elective to take as part of your CPA PEP, this means you have successfully completed Core 1 and 2. Congrats! With no clear guideline on which ele...

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May 2022 CPA CFE Cases and Answers (Download)

June 7th, 2022

Update: Please see this post for September 2022 CFE exam cases download: September 2022 CFE download Similar to prior Common Final Exams (CFEs), the May 2022 CFE had Day 1, 2 and 3 cases. The follo...

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May 2022 CFE Results Countdown

May 27th, 2022

The following is a countdown to the May 2022 CFE results day, scheduled for August 12, 2022, at 7am PST. Update: Results are now released:

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Should You Take CPA Canada Capstone 1 and 2?

March 15th, 2022

If you are an Internationally Trained Accountant (ITA) and the accounting body you are associated with has an MOU/MRA in place which gives you an exemption from Capstone 1 and 2, you may be wondering ...

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How To Become a CPA In Canada In 4 Steps

March 9th, 2022

The process of getting the Canadian CPA can be an overwhelming journey. With multiple pathways to consider and exams to navigate, it’s often difficult to know where exactly to start. Below information...

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CPA Canada PREP vs PEP: What You Need to Know

February 24th, 2022

As you transition from CPA Canada preparation courses (PREP) to the professional education program (PEP), you may wonder what are some of the differences and what can be expected as you embark on the ...

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5 Smart Tips for Studying CPA While Working

February 13th, 2022

For most CPA Canada students, the greatest challenge with the exams is finding the time to study. Between full time jobs, family commitments and other priorities, most of your spare available time is ...

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CPA Canada 2021 Pass Rates Released

February 4th, 2022

Update: 2022 pass rates are now released. Please see the updated post here. CPA Canada has now released the 2021 PEP and CFE pass rates. 2021 CFE Pass Rates Below are the official pass rates as rep...

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Is a CPA Study Partner Right For You?

January 11th, 2022

While many of us have studied independently throughout our education career, studying for CPA Canada PEP and CFE exams offers a unique opportunity to stay disciplined during the exam process. The foll...

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CPA Canada CFE September 2021 Results

December 3rd, 2021

Big congrats to GevorgCPA students who passed!! For additional support on what to do next if unsuccessful, please refer to the blog post:

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How to Debrief a CPA Canada Case

December 1st, 2021

As you continue on your journey towards your CPA designation, being able to debrief and achieve competency efficiency becomes increasingly important. In fact, debriefing will likely become your main s...

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Tax Competencies for CPA Canada’s Core 1

June 3rd, 2021

One of the most frequently asked questions I get as a CPA Exam Coach is what types of Finance and Tax topics can be tested in Core 1. I’ve covered Financial Reporting (FR), Assurance and Finance...

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We’re Hiring CPA Canada Tutors and Mentors

May 25th, 2021

Are you a professional accountant with a CPA designation looking to help university students get through their accounting courses or candidates in CPA Canada’s PREP/PEP programs get through thei...

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CPA Canada 2020 Pass Rates Released

February 2nd, 2021

Update: 2022 pass rates are now released. Please see the updated post here. CPA Canada has now released the 2020 PEP and CFE pass rates. This was the first year when PEP exams where written at home a...

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May 2021 CPA CFE Cases and Answers (Download)

October 18th, 2020

Update: You can download the May 2022 CFE cases here. September 2022 cases are here. Similar to prior Common Final Exams (CFEs), the May 2021 CFE had Day 1, 2 and 3 cases. The following Day 1 cases w...

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5 Free CPA Exam Resources

September 11th, 2020

Majority of candidates writing the CPA exams look for supplemental resources. The materials provided by CPA Canada are abundant, but understanding the tough technicals and building a solid exam strate...

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Practice Case#1 – SF CFE Day 3 Case

June 28th, 2020

This practice CPA Common Final Exam (CFE) Day 3 case focuses on Financial Reporting (FR) and Assurance (A) competencies. Download SF CFE Day 3 Practice Case (PDF) Please sign up for the CFE Review ...

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May and September 2024 CFE Day 1 Cases

February 8th, 2020

 You can choose from the following cases for Day 1 of the CFE: May 2024 CFE: Neptune Point Fisheries Inc. (NPF) v1 Kingsdale Tea Inc. (KTI) v2 September 2024 CFE: Amuzu Parks Inc. (API) v1 ...

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How To Get Depth in CPA Cases

December 28th, 2019

When you start CPA studies, you learn concepts such as Required, Issue, Depth and Breadth. Becoming familiar with these terms and understanding the difference between a Required and an Issue is key to...

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How To Write CPA Cases On Time

December 27th, 2019

One of the most frequently asked questions from my CPA students is how to write cases on time. Most students go over the time limit by several minutes, even hours. This is especially true if you are i...

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