CFE Exam Coach Newsletter


Q and A with Kathleen Riggi, CFE


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Kathleen Riggi of Ohio recently became a CFE after attending the Chicago CFE Exam Review Course. She enjoys playing softball and being a coach in her spare time. The new CFE had taken time off from sports to earn her CFE credential. Becoming a CFE benefits her professional goals by providing additional assurance and credibility to her current role as a director of computer forensics/investigations.


Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?
Riggi: I became a CFE in September 2013.


Coach: You attended the CFE Exam Review Course in Atlanta, and following the course, you sat for the CFE Exam on-site. Please describe your experience of participating in the 3½-day course and then sitting for the exam immediately after.
Riggi: The course has a lot of material to cover. However, the instructors were prepared and followed the proposed agenda. I used the break time to review the materials that were just discussed.


Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Review Course?
Riggi: The class schedule and materials provided helped me prepare during class for the Exam. The books provided in class were resourceful and provided key elements and condensed sections of the Fraud Examiners Manual without removing important information. It made it much easier to follow along.


Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?
Riggi: The certification benefits my current profession by providing additional assurance and credibility to my role.


Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day?
Riggi: I prepared each day for the section that would be covered in class. I used this time in conjunction with the Prep Course to determine areas requiring improvement.


Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Riggi: I would recommend this course to other colleagues. This course gave me the ability to focus on what I needed to study and accomplish without the distractions at work or home.


Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs? 


  1. Take the pre-assessment through the Prep Course software.
  2. Review the missed questions to determine areas requiring additional review.
  3. Focus on the areas where you did well first (leave the area needing most improvement for last).
  4. Read the related sections of the material in one-hour increments until each section is complete.
  5. Take the Prep Course exam two or three times if below 85.
  6. Review the missed questions and review those sections.
  7. Retake the Prep Course exam again.



Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun? 

Riggi: I am involved in various sports as both an athlete and coach. Softball is my favorite sport that I play and coach.


Coach: What do you find enjoyable about that activity? 

Riggi: I love coaching kids and helping them builds confidence. Sports are a great way to build confidence and friendships.


Coach: Thank you for your time and congratulations on your new CFE credential. 

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