Careers: Tips From Your Peers

Passing the CFE is not easy. Below are some words of advice from students who recently passed their exams.

Kaitlyn Lee

  • Stick to a plan. During the study process, having a plan allows you to track your progress and stay on track. During the exam, a plan helps overcome emotions that may make radical decisions.
  • Always ask for help if you need it! Better to have a question answered than have it linger during your entire study process.
  • Practice writing cases and studying with the handbook to simulate the exam.
  • Stay organized. Keep track of topics and cases to review.
  • Don’t give up! Always remember that if you have one bad day, you will overcome with a good day next.

Anna Graham

  • Be patient with the learning process. It is not a cramming type of exam but rather a build-up of knowledge. Tackle each day as a building block.
  • Know the areas you are weak in – don’t avoid them or leave until last. Learn them earlier to gain confidence.
  • Always keep the mindset that you can pass. You have to believe it to do it!

Adam Leibel

  • Never panic. Expect that you will approach something you haven’t seen before. Breathe, think and take it one step at a time!
  • Never leave unresolved issues – always provide your client with solutions.

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