May 2022 CFE FAQ

The information in this document is current as of March 15, 2022. As public health and safety guidelines continue to evolve, the information in this document is subject to change. 

Candidates will write the May 2022 CFE in-person at multiple hotels across the country in the usual cities where examination centres were held in the past. Each candidate will be assigned their own hotel room for the duration of the examination. Within each room, candidates will have access to their own washroom and writing desk. Candidates will be provided with CPA-issued laptops that will have Word, Excel, and Folio Views installed (Surpass will not be used on this CFE).

During the examination, hotel room doors will remain open and the writing desks will be visible from the hallway. Candidates and their invigilator or IT proctor, as required, will be the only persons permitted to access the rooms.

Candidates will not be allowed to sleep in the rooms in which they write their examination but will have the option of booking another hotel room if they wish to stay at the same hotel.

Each region will have their own health and safety measures in place for the May 2022 CFE. In line with public health guidance, CPAWSB encourages vaccination and mask wearing to minimize risks associated with Covid-19. 
In addition, all writers and exam staff in Western Canada will be required to: 

  • Answer health screening questions before entering the exam centre.
  • Adhere to capacity limits.
  • Adhere to any safety measures in place at venues.

Writers will be provided an individual hotel room to write the exam and will be distanced from other writers at all times. Personal protective equipment as well as sanitizer and alcohol wipes will also be available at each exam centre. Individuals choosing to wear a mask are encouraged to bring their own masks. 

More information on the CPAWSB Safety Policy is available here.

You will be required to meet the health and safety requirements set out by the region or province you are writing your exam in. You will be contacted by that region directly to confirm the requirements and any applicable processes prior to the exam.

In line with public health guidance, CPAWSB encourages mask wearing to minimize risks associated with Covid-19. Alcohol wipes, sanitizer, and masks will be available should anyone wish to use them; however, individuals are encouraged to bring their own masks. For more information about protecting yourself against Covid-19, visit the following sites:

In line with public health guidance, CPAWSB encourages mask wearing to minimize risks associated with Covid-19. Alcohol wipes, sanitizer, and masks will be available should anyone wish to use them; however, individuals are encouraged to bring their own masks. For more information about protecting yourself against Covid-19, visit the following sites:

In line with public health guidance, CPAWSB encourages mask wearing to minimize risks associated with Covid-19. While alcohol wipes, sanitizer, and masks will be available should anyone wish to use them, individuals are encouraged to bring their own masks and can bring their own hand sanitizer. 

All laptops will be disinfected prior to distribution. Alcohol wipes will be available that you can use to clean your laptop, if you choose. The laptops will stay in your hotel room for the duration of the examination.

It is recommended that candidates who have visible seasonal allergies, or other conditions which would make them appear ill on the day of the examination, contact cpamodule@cpawsb.ca to discuss their situation prior to writing the CFE.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate ethical behaviour and follow public health guidelines if they test positive for COVID-19. This may include isolating until symptoms have resolved. Candidates who are unable to write their exam due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis should contact cpamodule@cpawsb.ca for information on their next steps.

The CPA profession is committed to meeting its obligations under applicable human rights laws in its administration of the May 2022 CFE. Candidates who require an accommodation on the basis of disability or any other prohibited ground of discrimination are encouraged to refer to the CPA Canada website.

No. Due to the complexity of planning for the May 2022 CFE, hotels will be preassigned to each candidate by their provincial/regional CPA body. The hotel you are assigned to write the CFE will be in the city you selected when you registered for the CFE. 

By April 28, 2022, candidates who have signed the acknowledgement of risk and waiver of liability will be notified of the hotel in which they will write the CFE, along with information about the option of booking a room at that hotel at a discounted rate if you wish to stay at the hotel. Candidates will not be permitted to sleep in the same room in which they write their examination.

If an individual is uncomfortable with the risk of writing an exam in a hotel, they have the option of waiting to take the next offering of the CFE. All withdrawals from the CFE are subject to the current withdrawal penalties.

To notify your exam invigilator that you are experiencing technical issues during the examination, you will need to stand in the doorway of your hotel room. If they need to enter your room, you will need to put your face mask on, and you should both need to ensure physical distancing is maintained.

You will be supplied with a laptop that has two USB ports and a keypad. The profession will not provide a mouse, but you are permitted to bring your own wired mouse. A wireless mouse is not permitted. External keyboards (wired or wireless) are not permitted.

The CPA-issued laptops will have Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel installed. The Surpass software will not be used on this CFE. For candidates writing Days 2 and 3 of the CFE, please be aware that the Day 2 financial statements will not be pre-populated in Excel.

No additional time will be provided to respond to the Day 2 case. The BOE has accounted for this in the design of the exam and the exam will be marked with this change in mind.

Each day candidates will receive two different booklets: one booklet with the case and a second booklet with scrap paper. A booklet containing the Capstone 1 case will also be provided on Day 1. Candidates are not allowed to remove any pages from any of the booklets.

No, only a single Word and a single Excel file may be open at the same time. For Day 3, all three cases will be written in a single Word file and a single Excel file (on the same tab). Candidates will need to clearly identify each case number.

There is no limit to the number of columns you may use in Excel.

Yes, autosave features will be enabled in Word and Excel, but it is recommended that candidates save regularly.

May 2022 CFE: 

  • Creative Toys v1

September 2022 CFE: 

  • CanDo Fitness v1
  • Waste Disposal Inc. v3
     

The May 2022 CFE will align with the 2020 Competency Map

Folio Views is the software that gives candidates access to the CPA Canada Handbook and Income Tax Act. All candidates will be granted access to Folio Views and will be able to practice using it through the Introduction to Capstone 2 and CFE module within D2L. All CFE writers will be granted access to this module by May.

The upcoming CFE is scheduled to be written on May 25-27 in-person at multiple hotels across Canada in the usual cities where examination centres were held in the past. If you are unable to return to Canada to write the May 2022 CFE, you would need to consider writing the exam in September 2022 or a 2023 offering instead.