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CPA CFE (common final exam) 2019


CPA CFE (common final exam) 2019

CPA Canada Common Final Exam 2019 consists of

•Capstone 1
•Capstone 2
•Common final exam, (a) Day 1 (b) Day 2 (c) Day 3

Capstone 1:

•A group assignment among 6-7 students
•A case analysis of around 45-50 pages
•Individually need to present with markers
•The case is related to day 1 final exam
•All students mostly get through in this work

Capstone 2:

•A group assignment among 6-7 students
•A case analysis of around 45-50 pages, role base
•Individually need to submit the reply
•The case is related to day 2 final exam
•Student should select his role from Performance Management, Finance, Audit and Taxation in advance
•Mostly all students pass this module

Day 1:
•one case analysis of 4 hour duration (about 50 pages) based on enabling competencies related with ethics , problem solving, leadership and communication skill.
•This is an extension of Capstone 1 case with different scenario. The focus is not on technical competencies but ethics, big picture and problem solving.
•Answer should be based on a) situation analysis b) analysis of major issues c) conclusion and advise d)effective communication with holistic approach ( i.e. from all aspects)
•Student need to separately pass this exam
•Grade is either pass or fail

Day 2:

•one case analysis of 5 hour duration (about 50 pages) based on technical competencies related with financial accounting, management accounting, and chosen role
•Answer should be depth in financial or management accounting and in selected role
•Grade will be for each issue, a) not address b) Just identify c) reaching competent d) competent e) competent with distinction
•Day 2 will be graded combine with day 3

Day 3:

•Three case analysis of total 4 hour duration based on technical and enabling competencies
•Answer should be depth in financial or management accounting
•Answer should be integrated with breath of other courses like taxation, audit, strategy and governance
•Grade will be for each issue, a) not address b) Just identify c) reaching competent d) competent e) competent with distinction
•Day 3 will be graded combine with day 2

Day 2 & 3:

To pass day 2 & 3, student should write answer with
•Sufficient with aggregate all issues….Level 1
•Depth in MA or FR ……Level 2
•Depth of issue in selected role…Level 3
•Breath of issues …..Level 4

Students must reply satisfying all 4 level in all major issues. Passing grade /limit will be decided for each exam by CPA Exam Board. Students should be familiar with all technical course are to pass this exam.

•Financial Accounting
•Management Accounting
•Finance and Financial Planning
•Taxation
•Audit
•Strategy & governance

Students also should have mastery and expertise knowledge in preparation of financial statements for all legal entities in Canada like Private , Public , Not for Profit corporation and Government.

Students will be provided with two booklets, one for case exam and other for rough work. Students will also get CPA Canada Handbook and Income tax act (valid up to Dec 31 2018) PDF version.

To pass this exam, student should have a through technical knowledge along with applicability of related accounting standard in the final exam.

Exam questions are little complicated and students should remain very careful about what exactly is the requirement.

CPA want a reasonable professional judgement which student should have under normal circumstances. Speed and accuracy are equally important. Time constraint will be observed by the students particularly in Day 3.

To pass this exam at first attempt, students should know the techniques of writing this exam. They need proper guidance to approach this exam with some practice and feedback for improvement from an expert tutor.

Professionally qualified students from India & Pakistan in particular, need some more efforts to understand Canadian taxation law and accounting standard.

If you require expert guidance and coaching, contact www.beyond.coach.
Tutor Paresh Desai CPA-CGA, CMA(USA) FCMA(INDIA) …..he will also published exclusive book CFE Technical Guide 2019 shortly…his cell no 6475056648

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