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UFE 2014 – What's next?

Want to get up to speed quickly? UFE Blog publishes Your UFE Questions Answered, an e-book that helps you understand the details about how the UFE works, how it’s marked and practical tips to succeed. Check it out if you want to take the short cut.

Good for you if you’ve been taking a bit of a break the last few weeks. Assuming you got good results from SOA earlier today then no doubt you are thinking about what’s next. It’s time to dust off the laptop and get to work again (after the celebratory weekend, of course!).

Before you fall into a UFE panic, the good news is that we’re going to ease into things. Always remember, the goal is to be at your best on the UFE writing days, not after, not before. Many of you will be going on UFE prep courses over the next few weeks. Use those well as they’re solid learning opportunities, and also a great place to have some fun after classes before the full-time study in August.

Speaking of August: the typical UFE intensive study period will be the four week prior to the UFE when you will start doing UFE case writing 5 days a week, full 8 hour days. Before this, don’t go too crazy with the cases. Do what your prep courses recommend or do the 1-2 (max) per week of the older UFE cases to get into the groove of things and learn how they differ from SOA cases if that applies to you.

Some additional suggestions for next week:

  • Get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. If you wrote SOA you’ll get feedback about where you performed well and where you performed poorly. This is a good basis, but remember that you wrote a bunch of other cases during June so go back and look at your marks to see any trends. Most people should have a good understanding where they need work. This is what you’ll focus on first in your UFE study period. You want to target your weaker areas first with cases that test them.
  • Make sure you download and print out the full set of UFE cases for the past three years at least. UFE cases are found in the UFE Report for each year which can be found on your Institute’s web portal.
  • If you’re an Ontario writer, open up an old UFE cases and see how it’s different. Look at the marking guide/solution. SOA cases are marked different from UFE cases.

That should keep you busy and get you a good start to this year’s UFE season.

UFE 2014 – What’s next?

Want to get up to speed quickly? UFE Blog publishes Your UFE Questions Answered, an e-book that helps you understand the details about how the UFE works, how it’s marked and practical tips to succeed. Check it out if you want to take the short cut.

Good for you if you’ve been taking a bit of a break the last few weeks. Assuming you got good results from SOA earlier today then no doubt you are thinking about what’s next. It’s time to dust off the laptop and get to work again (after the celebratory weekend, of course!).

Before you fall into a UFE panic, the good news is that we’re going to ease into things. Always remember, the goal is to be at your best on the UFE writing days, not after, not before. Many of you will be going on UFE prep courses over the next few weeks. Use those well as they’re solid learning opportunities, and also a great place to have some fun after classes before the full-time study in August.

Speaking of August: the typical UFE intensive study period will be the four week prior to the UFE when you will start doing UFE case writing 5 days a week, full 8 hour days. Before this, don’t go too crazy with the cases. Do what your prep courses recommend or do the 1-2 (max) per week of the older UFE cases to get into the groove of things and learn how they differ from SOA cases if that applies to you.

Some additional suggestions for next week:

  • Get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. If you wrote SOA you’ll get feedback about where you performed well and where you performed poorly. This is a good basis, but remember that you wrote a bunch of other cases during June so go back and look at your marks to see any trends. Most people should have a good understanding where they need work. This is what you’ll focus on first in your UFE study period. You want to target your weaker areas first with cases that test them.
  • Make sure you download and print out the full set of UFE cases for the past three years at least. UFE cases are found in the UFE Report for each year which can be found on your Institute’s web portal.
  • If you’re an Ontario writer, open up an old UFE cases and see how it’s different. Look at the marking guide/solution. SOA cases are marked different from UFE cases.

That should keep you busy and get you a good start to this year’s UFE season.

SOA 2014 Results!

Congratulations to the very many successful SOA 2014 writers who received good news today! Phew, it feels good to be on to the last hurdle. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good weekend coming to you! More coming later today about next steps. For now – congratulations and get celebrating!

View the Results at the link below!

http://www.cpaontario.ca/soa2014/

To those who received the dreaded bad news today – it sucks. We all know it sucks and you should take the weekend to mope, complain and come to grips with it. Dust yourself off quickly because you’ve got a unique opportunity – no time before do you have another chance so soon. There is an SOA makeup session prior to the final UFE in November and you have a real shot at getting through it and only a few months behind your colleagues.

SOA Results Tomorrow

That sure went by fast… At least for those who aren’t waiting for results.

Tomorrow is SOA results day and the end of the painful wait that most of you are enduring. Almost there.

For those getting worries again and need something to do today, here’s an activity I suggest: go through previous years’ SOA results, in particular the breakdown of what percentage of people scored at which level on the final. You’ll see it’s still quite common to score NA and NC on the final. This will hopefully ease your worries about those few things that you know you missed. You can also go through the past comments and you’ll see plenty of people missing various things – perfectly normal. If that doesn’t work, well, at least we’re less than a day away now.

Reminder, SOA results are released at 10AM at the link below.

http://www.cpaontario.ca/soa2014/

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