Write September 2021 CFE if you Don’t Pass May 2021 CFE

Candidates who wrote the CPA Canada May 2021 CFE (Common Final Exam) are wondering if they can re-write the exam at the next offering in September, should they be unsuccessful.

Yes, you can write in September if you didn’t pass May

According to the learner support team at CPA Canada:

While candidates are welcome to choose to write the CFE in back to back offerings please be aware that the CFE is not designed to be taken that way.

If you write in May your results will be released in August – if you choose to re-register for September at that time you will need to register and write the CFE well before May CFE appeal results will be available (likely available in October) and significantly before PAR results will be available (likely February/March).

You will be able to add your name to the waitlist and register for the Fall CFE if you wish to do so after the results are released for the May offering. A waitlist fee will not be required and adding your name to the waitlist guarantees you a place in that exam.

So you can write it in September, but it’s not recommended by CPA Canada. I personally do recommend writing back-to-back because your technical knowledge and case writing skills are fresh. However, be sure to take time off, get coaching, and analyze your weaknesses.

What Day 1 cases are in September 2021, May 2022 and September 2022 CFEs?

For the September 2021 CFE, the following Day 1 cases will be tested:

  • Waste Disposal Inc. case (WDI) v2
  • Distinct Hotels Corporation case (DHC) v3

For the May 2022 CFE, the following Day 1 cases will be tested:

  • Creative Toys case (CTI) v2 – introduced in the May 2022 Capstone 1 module

For the September 2022 CFE, the following Day 1 cases will be tested:

  • Waste Disposal Inc. case (WDI) v3
  • CanDo Fitness (CDF) v1

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