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If You’re Waiting For Your CFE Score, You’re Going to Be Waiting a Long Time, Says CPA Canada

Show of hands, who here thought CPA Canada would, by some miracle, be able to get scores from last month’s clusterfuck of a CFE out on time? Anyone? Bueller? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Well today they finally got around to telling candidates not to expect a miracle. Sure no one is surprised. Let’s check out this “special message” from the benevolent overlords at CPA Canada:

We understand that it has been an anxious time for students who are waiting to receive their September 2019 CFE exam results.

There have been two parallel processes unfolding since the September CFE, which have not yet been completed:

  • An independent, third-party review conducted through Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) into the integrity and reliability of the examination;
  • The CFE marking process led by the Board of Examiners (a senior committee that oversees the official scoring of the exams) which includes accommodations for the extenuating circumstances that impacted exam-writers.

Given the complexity of these processes and the extent of the disruptions to this year’s examination, the Chair of the Board of Examiners has advised us that the time required to fully assess the exam results will be longer than usual. We want to ensure that all students are treated fairly, and that the due diligence completed is thorough. We know that our writers are anxiously waiting for the results and we are working hard to reach a fair and equitable outcome.

Unfortunately, student results for the September CFE will not be available on November 29th. We sincerely apologize for this delay, but we are confident that it is in the best interests of the students, and the integrity and fairness of the exam marking process.

Subject to the findings of the independent review and marking processes, we anticipate that results will be released in January 2020.

We want to assure you that the profession is working together to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Additional information will be posted to our website as it becomes available.


Joy Thomas
President and CEO
CPA Canada

Way to ruin Christmas for so many future CPAs, Joy! I’d say you ruined Thanksgiving too but Canadians are weird and apparently already had theirs. Whatever, you ruined that too. Note that CPA Canada “anticipates” a January 2020 score release, not that they pinky swear promise it will definitely be January when this crack team they hired to unfuck their fuck-up is able to deliver. So don’t get your hopes up. Oh who am I kidding, y’all are future professional accountants, you don’t even have hopes at this point.