CFE Results 2020 | Where To Find Results & Next Steps if You Failed

CPA Canada announced that the Common Final Exam (CFE) 2020 results will be released on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. PST. Find out if you passed using the links below:

(Note: CPAWSB students can check the detailed transcript at https://www.certificationenterprise.net/CPAcp/cpLogin.aspx)

Honour Roll

The list of CFE 2020 Honour Roll candidates will be made available at the link below:

How to Read the Transcripts

You will receive Day 1 and Days 2/3 transcripts.

The Day 1 transcript will have “Pass” or “Fail” only.

 

 

 

 

The Days 2/3 transcript will have 4 levels of assessment:

  • Level 1: Sufficiency – The combined number of Cs and RCs.
  • Level 2: Depth in FR or MA – The combined number of Cs in FR or MA
  • Level 3: Depth in Role – The number of Cs in your role (Day 2 only)
  • Level 4: Breadth – The minimum number of Cs and RCs in all competencies

The transcript will show pass or fail at each of the levels. Only Level 1 will show sufficiency grouping from 1-10 (1 means you were close to passing, 10 means you were far).


What to Do if You Failed

Day 1 and Days 2/3 are assessed and graded separately. For example, you can pass Day 1, but fail Days 2/3. Similarly, you can pass Days 2/3 ,but fail Day 1.

If you were unsuccessful at any of the CFE days, you can:

  • Request review and re-marking
  • Purchase Performance Analysis Report (PAR)
  • Retake the next exam

Review and re-marking will have your exam re-marked by a senior marker. There are specific deadlines and fees for application. About 8% of candidates in 2019 requested re-marking and only 1% of them were successful. Read if CFE results are worth appealing here.

Performance analysis report (PAR) is available for Day 1, Days 2/3, or all days. There are specific fees for each type of PAR report.

Before retaking the next exam, make sure you fully understand your transcript and the reasons you failed..

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You Can Now Write More CPA Core 2 Practice Cases

Congrats! You made it to Core 2. Unlike Core 1, you have a higher statistical chance of passing, there are less topics to learn and you have an exam writing experience under your belt. That’s not to say that Core 2 is easy, however.

CPA candidates struggle with Core 2. A lot. From my experience, the main reasons come down to:

  1. Weak Management Accounting (MA)
  2. No excel templates in mind
  3. Time management issues
  4. Bad case writing skills

As much Core 1 focuses on Financial Reporting (FR), so does Core 2 focus on MA. In fact, according to CPA Canada blueprint, 50-70% of the exam is going to be MA.

It’s All About Management Accounting

Here are some common MA topics that you need to know for the Core 2 module exam:

  • Budgets
  • Variance analysis
  • Relevant costing
  • Break-even analysis
  • Contribution margin analysis
  • Cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis
  • Transfer pricing

The secret to getting good at these topics is to write as many cases as possible. With every case attempt, you learn a new MA format, a new approach, and improve your case writing skills.

CPA Canada provides eight (8) cases in Core 2. These are helpful, but at times they are repetitive. Most candidates who took Core 2 say that the exam had different AOs compared to practice cases. They suggest to get more cases and practice more.

Where can you get more Core 2 cases?

I provide four (4) original CPA Core 2 cases that are representative of the exam, in both format and content. They cover a range of AOs, including:

  • Special order analysis
  • Buy vs. lease decisions
  • Business environment evaluation
  • Responsibility centres
  • Contribution margin (CM) with constrained resource
  • Profitability calculation
  • Financing sources
  • Break-even analysis
  • Variance analysis
  • Transfer pricing

Head over to the cases section of my website to learn more. Some of the above topics are not covered in the Core 2 module, but they come up on the exam over and over. If you have any questions  or need additional help, I’m here for email support.

Core 2 Practice cases and Solutions

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Here are September 2020 CPA CFE Cases for Download

CPA Canada released the September 2020 CFE exam cases (without solutions) in November 2020. These are the original exam cases for Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. You can download the copies below.

September 2020 CFE Day 1:

September 2020 CFE Day 2:

September 2020 CFE Day 3:

  • Download PDF here, includes all three cases:
    • Jump Inc.
    • Festival Inc.
    • Dreamy Donuts Co.

How do I prepare for the CFE?

There are several steps to preparing for the CFE. Generally, these 10 steps are necessary in your strategy:

  1. Create a study plan
  2. Find a study location
  3. Find a study partner
  4. Obtain study materials (through Capstone 2 or through a prep program)
  5. Learn technicals
  6. Understand case writing
  7. Study and practice Day 1 cases
  8. Practice Day 2 cases
  9. Practice Day 3 cases
  10. Final Review

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May 2021 CPA CFE Cases

Similar to prior Common Final Exams (CFEs), the May 2021 CFE will have Day 1, 2 and 3 cases. The following Day 1 cases will be tested in the next two CFEs:

May 2021 CFE:

  • Waste Disposal Incorporated (WDI) v1
  • Distinct Hotels Corporation (DHC) v2

September 2021 CFE:

  • Creative Toys Incorporated case (CTI) v1
  • Distinct Hotels Corporation (DHC) v3

Where can I get these cases?

If you are registered for the Capstone 2 module, you will receive the cases before the module start.

If you are someone challenging the exam, such as an internationally trained accountant applying under MRA/MOU, you can obtain the cases at my CFE Review course.

How do I prepare for the CFE?

There are several prep methods for the CFE. You will need to focus on these three items:

  1. Technical knowledge
  2. Case writing skills
  3. Strategy

I speak a lot about these items on my YouTube channel and webinars. You can check out my latest webinar.

Technicals:

  • Know the key topics on each of the competencies
  • Distinguish depth from breadth
  • Debrief

Case writing skills:

  • It’s all about following the CPA Way
  • Know your case inside out
  • Integrate throughout the case

Strategy:

  • Prepare a study plan
  • Obtain study materials
  • Get support and resources

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Here Are CPA Core 1 Practice Cases and Solutions

It’s no secret that Core 1 is one of the most challenging modules in the CPA Canada’s PEP program. In fact, it has the highest failure rate among all modules. The main reasons are:

  1. Self-lead studies
  2. Wide range of topics
  3. Time constrained exam
  4. Challenging cases

Like with all problems, adopting a proper strategy and plan will help you win:

  1. Create a study plan for Core 1
  2. Focus on the blueprint, not the competency map
  3. Study in advance
  4. Practice case writing

Just write more cases

The majority of candidates who don’t pass Core 1 struggle with the case portion. You will face several Financial Reporting (FR) AOs mixed with one or more competencies (Assurance, Tax, Finance). You can guess on MCQs, but you can’t guess your way out of a case.

The solution is to write as many cases as possible. With every case attempt, you learn a new scenario, a new approach, and improve your case writing skills (speed, formatting, time management).

CPA Canada provides eight (8) cases in Core 1. These are helpful but at times they are repetitive. Most candidates who took Core 1 say that the exam was different than the practice cases, especially the AOs. You will want to get more cases and practice more.

Where can you get more Core 1 cases?

I provide six (6) original CPA Core 1 cases that are representative of the exam, in both format and content. They cover a range of AOs, including:

  • Revenue recognition (IFRS 15, ASPE 3400)
  • Leases (IFRS 16)
  • Liabilities
  • Government assistance
  • NPO
  • PP&E and betterment
  • Onerous contract
  • Taxes payable
  • Special engagements

Head over to the cases section of my website to learn more. Most of the above topics are not covered in the Core 1 module, but they come up on the exam over and over.  If you have any questions  or need additional help, I’m here for email support.

Core 1 Practice cases and Solutions

Preview and purchase the supplementary mock exam cases to improve your case writing skills and take on the challenging Core 1.

Gevorg Grigoryan, CPA interview with CBC News Toronto

I had a chat with CBC News about this year’s CPA exam hotel room format and the level of difficulty.  Full article below:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/thousands-of-accounting-students-are-checking-in-at-hotels-across-canada-and-no-it-s-not-for-a-vacation-1.5719704

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5 Free CPA Exam Resources

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 strategy is challenging.  Some seek mentors, study partners and the majority sign up for a a prep or a coaching program. Here are 5 free supplemental resources that you can use to prepare for your exam:

1. Reddit

Reddit’s r/Accounting is a community of accountants who actively discuss their school and career lives. You can use this resource to ask help with exam questions and discuss exam strategies. Head over to the sub-Reddit, search your question or make a new post. If you make a new post, make sure to use [CAN] tags, as both US and Canadian accountants post there.

2. YouTube

Filled with technical videos and exam reviews, YouTube is a great resource to prepare for the CPA exams. My YouTube channel regularly publishes videos and webinars tailored for CPA students. Search for exam strategies and technical problems to better understand the concepts you’re struggling with.

3. CPA Canada website

CPA Canada has Certification Resource Centre (CRC) with mock exams, exam reference schedules, and CFE reports. Use it to understand the exam structure and practise past exams.

4. Study partner portal

CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) has a Peer Study portals that lets you connect with a study buddy. Use it to connect with a like-minded peer to share resources and mark each others’ cases.

5. HTKAcademy

HTKAcademy is a website with free CPA study notes. I find HTK’s notes to be easy to read and tailored towards the CPA exam writers. Head over there and look up ASPE or IFRS standards that you find difficult to understand.

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How To Become a CPA in Canada

PEP STUDENTS

The majority of candidates pursuing the CPA designation are part of the PEP (Professional Education Program) program. This program consists of two Core modules, two Elective modules, Capstone 1, Capstone 2 and the CFE. More information about the PEP program can be obtained at CPA Canada’s website:  https://www.cpacanada.ca/en/become-a-cpa/cpa-professional-education-program-becoming-a-cpa

INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED ACCOUNTANTS (ITA)

If you are an internationally trained accountant, you can apply through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), Reciprocal Membership Agreement (RMA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). You can read more about it at CPA Canada’s website: https://www.cpacanada.ca/en/become-a-cpa/international-credential-recognition/international-recognition-agreements/international-members-seeking-canadian-cpa

A detailed article on the MOU application can be found here: https://www.notsoworkholic.com/post/ca-to-cpa-canada

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CPA Canada CFE Review – CFE Sep 2020 Days 1, 2 and 3 course now available

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Candidates,

I would like to invite you to my upcoming free webinar How to Succeed at the CFE: September 2020. This 1-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

  1. Structure of the CFE
  2. Passing profile
  3. What to expect this year
  4. Study strategies
  5. Key technicals
  6. Efficient case writing
  7. Why candidates succeed or fail
  8. Q&A

Register now >

Additionally, I’m excited to announce the release of my new CPA CFE 2020 course: CFE Review: The Honour Roll Prep Program. This is a comprehensive prep and coaching course for CPA Canada’s September 2020 Common Final Exam (CFE).

What is the CFE Review course?

CFE Review is a supplementary coaching program that teaches approach, case writing skills and strategies towards the CPA Canada’s Common Final Exam (CFE) Days 1, 2 and 3, based on Honour Roll methods. The course includes:

  • Case writing walkthroughs
  • Efficient outlining strategies
  • Quant analysis templates
  • Time management methods
  • Memory aids
  • Qual formats and templates
  • Technical study notes
  • Access to 8-hours of engaging video lessons
  • Historical CFE AO data (bonus)
  • Honour Roll student interviews (bonus)

Learn more >

What support do I receive?

The program offers you a 360-coverage of the CFE and includes the following learning materials:

  • Video lessons (unlimited access until you pass)
  • Free 30-minute coaching consultation
  • Step-by-step breakdown of a Day 1, 2 and 3 case
  • Sample answers
  • Supplemental practice drills
  • Case writing templates
  • Quant templates
  • Study plan for September 2020 CFE
  • Case checklist
  • Technical review checklist
  • Immersive video lessons as opposed to voice-over audio lectures
  • Access to 1.5hrs of exclusive CPA Honour Roll technical interviews

Course preview >

Learn more and sign up at my course platform.

Warm regards,
Gevorg, CPA
Instructor & CPA Coach