Congratulations – you finished the UFE!

I think a BIG congratulations are in order to the thousands today that are finishing the UFE. You have, in many cases, put in a great deal of work to get here and each one of you should be proud of yourselves. Congratulations!

No doubt many (if not all) of you will feel not so great coming out of the UFE which is perfectly normal. You only have to go back to the comments here, here and here to see this is the same every year. Nothing new.

Enjoy the weekend, you deserve it.

Have an easy going day today and get a good sleep – Good luck for UFE 2014

I certainly hope you aren’t studying much today! Your primary objective today is to tire yourself out enough so that you get a great sleep tonight.

If you have to do something then keep it to no more than half a day of light review and if you are writing any cases then make sure they are feel-good mocks and nothing new.

The next three days are the only ones that count so a little advice there:

1. Don’t talk about the exam after the exam. If you’re going to be tempted or going to be around people that can’t help themselves then don’t put yourself in that situation.

2. Each day is worth about the same points. You will probably feel terrible coming out of each day and this is normal and common. Don’t dare get discouraged and put in half-effort any of the three days.

3. Relax after the exam each day and do something to keep your mind off of it. Continue to get lots of sleep and don’t study/look things up after each day.

The key is to stay motivated, not get discouraged and be your best for these three days. After that you can go back to whatever lifestyle you prefer.

Good luck and congratulations for making it this far!

UFE 2013 Globe and Mail Supplement

Just a reminder to all those who want the Globe and Mail newspaper insert of successful UFE writers of 2013, this will be out on Saturday, February 22nd according to CPA Ontario. Don’t forget to pickup yours!

Update: Sorry folks, looks like maybe this isn’t true. I was told by an ICAO (or CPA Ontario) rep that it would be today but judging from the comment it might not be accurate. Haven’t had a chance to check myself, yet.

So you think you failed the UFE – 2013 edition

For days..err…weeks after the UFE is finished one of the most popular searches that lands people here is something related to failing the UFE.

1 i think i failed the ufe
2 failed the ufe
3 i failed you + blog
4 i think i failed the 2012 ufe
5 i think i failed the ufe 2012
6 think i failed ufe
7 thought i failed the ufe for sure
8 ufe exam 2012 failed
9 what i can do after failed ufe

Certainly group #7 there is quite sure of themselves! Group #3 is probably not UFE related so not sure why they’re coming here. Group #9 may already be studying for the next UFE.

If you’re one of those in this year’s bunch who thinks they failed the UFE with a variety of levels of certainty, you’re not alone. I poke fun a little above but I get that this is a challenging time for many whose futures may rely on this. A lot of people feel this way after the UFE. Even Gold Medallists feel this way sometimes after the UFE. It may be the biggest exam of your life and it’s normal to feel like you blew it. 

I wrote about this last year so please go check it out. The advice stands for this year’s writers. Hang in there.

If any previous UFE writers have any tips for this year’s cohort on getting through the next few months please do share!

Congratulations – UFE 2013 is DONE!

Congratulations! The 2013 UFE is finally and officially over! All that hard work is now behind you and you get to let it all go (in good time, of course). Hard to believe it’s over.

No doubt most of you guys will have some sort of partying coming to you today or over the weekend. I know I felt pretty worn out on the Thursday.

Now the long wait begins.

We’ll have a few more posts coming in the next week or so about the long wait ahead, what happens to your response now, how you might be feeling and so forth. Not too long from now you’ll put the UFE behind you and, for a while, forget all about the UFE and UFE Blog.

My Thank Yous

I’d like to take this occasion to say THANK YOU to a couple of sponsors who have come along this year to help defray some of the cost of running this thing. Thank you to both exaMENTOR and CPA Formula who have stepped up and who I know have also been there to help many candidates get through the process this year. It’s been great to deal with the dedicated people at these organizations.

And even more importantly, I’d like to take this occasion to say THANK YOU to all of you who came by this year. Many of you took the time to write kind notes that this blog was helpful and that was much appreciated. It’s the real reason I do this and it makes it worth doing. So thank you who are reading this now. My only wish is that you pass on the information to the next cohort of writers that have started to trickle in and that you check back once in a while and offer the lessons you learned this year.

Congratulations again to all those who wrote. You deserve a great weekend, I hope you enjoy it!

UFE 2013 – Wednesday

Wow, you’re done 2/3 of the UFE. Hard to believe it’s almost over.

Remember, 1/3 is still left and this is still a significant chunk.

Tomorrow will be a hard day because you’re tired now and probably a little sick of writing so much. Certainly, the Thursday was my most difficult day. The 2010 UFE was heavy on procedures and I remember just being so sick of writing them on Thursday. They threw in some difficult tax stuff in Day 3 as well. I had imagined they might take it easy on us Day 3.

Get a great sleep tonight and push on tomorrow. It’s not over until tomorrow at 1pm. Don’t give up one bit until that time.

Good luck – you’re almost through it!

UFE 2013 – Tuesday

Congratulations on finishing the first day of the 2013 UFE!

I hope you stuck to my advice and avoided all talk of the UFE afterwards. Be sure to keep that going until you’re done on Thursday.

Don’t worry if you feel awful.  Even Gold Medallists feel this way sometimes. The key is to remember that each day is worth about 1/3 of the marks so you’ve still go plenty of roadway ahead to do well. Just about everyone feels not so great after leaving the UFE.

Hang in there, enjoy your evening, get lots of sleep and back full force and confident tomorrow! Good luck!

The time has come: UFE 2013 begins!

Your long journey, hard work and years of study are finally culminating in writing the UFE tomorrow.

Congratulations! You’re this years lucky bunch who have gotten yourselves here to this moment which few people get to participate in. The UFE is one of those shared journeys where you feel similar to everybody else in the room. It’s a unique experience and most CAs remember these moments well into the future.

You’re already champs in my book. Keep calm and know that somewhere along the way you’re going to say WTF to some of the stuff. That’s normal and most people have a few of those panic moments somewhere in the three days. Have confidence and write. When I wrote the UFE in 2010 it was all the ducks on the paper.

My last bits of advice: After each day, don’t talk about the UFE with anyone else that wrote it. There is little outside and much downside risk so it’s a bad decision. You could easily shake your confidence when you hear someone mention something you never even saw (this always happens!). So just don’t. Go home, go out but make it a rule not to listen or talk about the UFE until Thursday at 1pm. At least then, you can’t do any damage. Second, stick to your training and what you’ve been doing in the past month. Don’t choose a new approach because you got freaked out by something.

My sincere best wishes – good luck, friends!

Watch for those burnout signs

You’re about three weeks into your UFE study period. Don’t be surprised if about now you’re starting to feel some of that burnout that everyone keeps talking about.

Here are two big signs of burnout that you might start noticing:

  1. The idea of writing another simulation is pretty revolting. You just can’t bring yourself to write another simulation with your best effort.
  2. Your simulation results are starting to go down. You were scoring RCs and Cs before but now it’s RCs and NCs perhaps. Or your Cs are a lot weaker than they were earlier in the week.

Both these things start happening to a lot of people in their last week or so of study period. If you’re like most, you’ve been working pretty darn hard for a while now so it’s normal and certainly not deadly. But take notice and do something about it.

If you’re feeling this way or are seeing your marks dip from previous highs, you’ve got the UFE Blog permission to take the long weekend completely off. Give it a shot if you haven’t used one of your flex days yet. Even a National Gold Medallist was feeling it around this time, so do think about it. Do something more interesting (more interesting than the UFE, you ask?) and get plenty of sleep. While enjoying a solid party night might help, try not to overdo it the whole weekend as partying too hard (unfortunately) doesn’t tend to replenish your energy but we’ve got a solid motto on the blog: know thyself and to each their own.

I hope you’ll take this advice and have a great long weekend.

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