CPA Canada allows candidates to attempt the PEP Core 1 and Core 2 modules three times. At each unsuccessful attempt, candidates can ask for re-marking (appeal). This is done for a fee, and only within a specific timeframe outlined by CPA. In this article, I’ll discuss under what circumstances you can submit an appeal.
Look at the decile ranking
When deciding to submit your Core 1 or Core 2 exam for a remark, it’s important to understand the concept of decile rankings, as this helps to make your decision. It’s important to note that a decile ranking is only provided if you failed the exam.
Decile ranking is a statistical measure that tells writers who were unsuccessful how close they were from passing. If you received a decile ranking between 1-3, this means you were close to passing. If you received decile ranking above 7, this means you were far off passing.
Should you ask for re-mark?
To decide, first check which exam portion you didn’t pass: MCQs, case portion, or both. If you didn’t pass due to MCQs, there is no point in asking for re-marking, because MCQs are objective.
If you did well on MCQs, but didn’t pass the case-portion, then look at your decile ranking. Decile above 2 is further from passing and submitting a remark is not recommended. If you receive a decile 1 or 2, a remark is a possible option for you.
Note that the chances are very low that your remark will be successful (~1% success rate). For this reason I don’t recommended it for most. However, below I’ve given guidelines based on my experience of successful remarks:
- If you received 3 NCs in the case, no matter what your other grades are, I don’t suggest asking for a re-mark.
- If you received 2 NCs in the case, the rest of your results are C, and your decile is 1-2, you can try asking for a re-mark.
- If you received 1 NCs in the case, the rest of your results are C, and your decile is 1-2, you can again try asking for a re-mark.
As noted, the chances are low and you’re better off re-attempting the exam with the help of a tutor.
Extra Core 1 and Core 2 resources are available at PEP Review courses.