CFE Prep

Prepare for the Common Final Examination

Go into the CFE with confidence. Densmore provides the highest quality exam prep to help you obtain your CPA designation and kick off your career.

Learn the skills needed for CFE success

Densmore’s CFE Prep materials are designed by experts, with everything you need to pass. Our resources and courses help you practice the best strategies for tackling each day of the exam.

  • Courses provide training on case writing and both technical and soft skills
  • Daily study plans simplify the process for you
  • Practice cases mirror the true CFE experience
  • Practice cases include full marking guides, marker grids, and online walkthroughs to help you improve your case approach and writing
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Which CFE Prep course is right for me?

We’ve designed a range of CFE Prep solutions to best meet your unique needs. Choose from onsite or online, with or without marking, and more.

“It helped me go into the CFE confident, and made me way more prepared to handle any curveballs…I followed the study plan and debriefing techniques to a tee and it definitely paid dividends to my confidence and skills as a writer.”

Jakob Walsh, CPA

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the locations of the onsite CFE Prep courses?

Toronto course

Toronto Metropolitan University, TBD

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Edmonton course


Vancouver course

University of British Columbia, TBD

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Halifax course


Calgary course

University of Calgary, TBD

Why should I purchase CFE Prep before the start of my time off study period?

Many resources are provided to writers who enroll before they are off from work on study leave.  For May CFE writers, we post technical review materials in mid-November. For September CFE writers, we post the technical review materials in early March. 

The technical review materials include sessions to explain how to focus your technical review on CFE case writing. We also mail out Densmore’s Scenario Flowcharts Workbook, which is the basis for your technical review of commonly tested topics.  This should be used in conjunction with the Densmore Skill Drills to improve your technical knowledge and case writing skills in each technical competency area.  For experienced writers, we also provide three CFE Day 3 practice cases to keep your case writing skills sharp.

When are the course materials available?

The technical review resources are available beginning in mid-November for students writing in May, and in early March for students writing in September. The full course materials are released in mid-March for students writing in May and late June for students writing in September.

How many hours are required to work through Densmore’s CFE Prep course?

Our CFE Prep course contains over 35 hours of work related to technical review that is available before the course begins, including sessions on technical review, and our Densmore Skill Drills and Scenario Flowcharts Workbook. The CFE Prep course contains over 90 hours of sessions, webinars and practice case materials. Please note that this does not include the Capstone 2 requirements or the use of prior CFE cases as additional practice in the study plans.

To successfully complete all of the course content, we recommend writers register early for the course (mid-November for May writers and early March for September writers), to take full advantage of the technical review resources before our CFE Prep sessions are scheduled to begin. We also recommend that writers take at least four weeks off prior to CFE, especially if they are also enrolled in Capstone 2, to ensure that they have time to work through all of the required materials.

Are the CPA Competency Map Study Notes included with my CFE Prep course?

This resource is not included with your CFE Prep registration. However, you may choose to add it on to your CFE Prep registration or purchase separately if you are looking for technical reference material. The CPA Competency Map Study Notes publication can be purchased here.

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