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Next Steps for Unsuccessful 2018 Candidates

On December 1, 2018

If you were unsuccessful on the 2018 CFE, your next step is to decide whether you want to appeal your results by the December 17 deadline. You need to weigh the cost of appealing against the likelihood of success.

 

If you failed Day 1, consider that your response was looked at twice and maybe even a third time when you are deciding whether to appeal.  If you failed Day 1 and wrote HEVW, you have one more chance in September 2019 to pass Day 1 based on that Capstone 1 case. If you failed Day 1 for FVT, you will need to write HEVW or the 2019 Capstone I case.

 

If you failed Days 2 and 3, here is some information to help you understand your results:

  1. Level 1 (Sufficiency) – You did not score Competent and/or Reaching Competence enough times on all of the assessment opportunities across Day 2 and Day 3. Your sufficiency grouping tells you how close you were to passing Level 1, with 1 being the closest and 10 being the furthest away.
  2. Level 2 (Depth) – You did not score Competent enough times on the Financial Reporting or Management Accounting assessment opportunities across Day 2 and Day. Remember, you only need to pass Level 2 for one of those competency areas.
  3. Level 3 (Depth) – You did not score Competent enough times on your role-related assessment opportunities on Day 2.
  4. Level 4 (Breadth) – You did not score at least Reaching Competence enough times on the assessment opportunities across Day 2 and Day 3 for each of the six technical competency areas.

 

Only a very small percentage of appeals are successful. In 2017, of the 173 Day 1 appeals, only 2 were successful.  Of the Day 2 and 3 appeals, only 5 of 347 were successful.  If you failed Days 2 and 3 at Level 1 with a decile ranking of 1, you may want to appeal. Keep in mind, though, that everyone with that result will not appeal successfully. Unfortunately, there is no sufficiency grouping for Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 so you don’t know how close you were to passing.  If you failed at more than one level, the chances of a successful appeal are even lower. 

 

Performance Analysis Reviews (PARs) are available through CPA Canada and must be requested by December 15 (December 17 in some regions). The PARs we saw for the 2017 CFE gave specific feedback on areas where candidates did not meet the minimum standard with guidance on how to improve performance. You will also receive feedback on areas where you performed well. You will need to decide whether the cost is worth it. If you have failed Day 1 more than once, we recommend that you request a Day 1 PAR and submit it to us for review and feedback.

 

In making your decision to request a PAR, consider your results. For example, if you only failed at Level 4 Finance and you know that you struggled with quantitative analysis and didn’t manage your time well on Day 3, we do not recommend that you request a PAR. If you failed at more than one level, you may want to consider getting a PAR. If you do, again we will help you analyze your PAR and how you might use it.

 

If you took our 2018 CFE Prep course or are registered for our 2019 CFE Prep for experienced writers, we will analyze your September 2018 CFE results. Send your results to us along with your tracking sheet from your study period so we can look at the information and get you pointed in the right direction for your next attempt. Ultimately, it is very important to understand what went wrong to cause this result. You will need to change something (and often more than one thing) in your next attempt to achieve a pass. We would like to help you understand what it is you need to change.

 

(The Densmore Team – December 1, 2018)






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