CFE EXAM Coach Newsletter
August 2013

Dear John Smith,



The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the Office of the Inspector General for the Import-Export Bank of the United States recently both recognized the CFE credential for hiring and promotional purposes. They have plans to work toward having all current agents achieve this valuable credential. These two recognitions are part of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s (ACFE) Law Enforcement and Government Partnership . These agencies join the ranks of government agencies such as the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Defense, and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal Revenue Service.


Employers around the world know the value of the CFE credential, and they seek out the expertise that comes with it. Becoming a CFE provides you with a strong foundation for a variety of career choices by equipping you with the tools you need to excel in the fight against fraud. Become a CFE!


Join the ranks of your colleagues who have already earned the CFE credential. The ACFE is here to help you along the way. Please feel free to contact me at any time.


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Good luck,
CFE EXAM Coach NewsletterAngela R. Archie, CFE

CFE Exam Coach

Study Tips


TIP #1 - Decide how soon you can start studying. Preparing for an exam begins with a conscious decision to start studying. We recommend that you begin studying with your strongest area to develop a comfort level with the material and the Prep Course. To begin a session in the CFE Exam Prep Course, select one of the four main sections and begin answering each question. After you choose an answer and click the Next button, the answer you chose, along with the correct answer will be displayed in a bar in the middle of the screen.

TIP #2 - Answer all questions to the best of your knowledge. You should guess when you are not sure. Why? Because if there are four answer options, you have a one-in-four chance of getting that question right. If you have ruled out one or two options as wrong, your chances are even higher. But if you do not guess, you have no chance at all. If you guess five times, you might get one or two more right.

TIP #3 - If you are having difficulty with a question, mark that question. Marking a question allows you to go back and review it at anytime. When you are ready to review your marked questions, please note that the program will only present those questions you have previously marked within the selected main section.



ACFE Program Director Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA, offers advice on how to handle questions that may be challenging to you on the CFE Exam Prep Course.

TIP #4 - Tell Yourself That You Can Do It! Self-motivation is important. Reward yourself with positive thoughts when you complete a section. Think about your values and goals and decide if you are reaching them. Decide on your best learning process for the remaining sections. Believe that you can succeed, and you will. 

Upcoming CFE Exam Review Courses

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September 9 - 12, 2013

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January 27 – 30, 2014

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CFE Highlight

This month we highlight CFE Exam Review Course participant Dr. Angela Woodland, CFE. Dr. Woodland shares her experience of how she prepared for the CFE Exam.

Congratulations to all members who became Certified Fraud Examiners in the last 60 days. More


Did You Know?

When taking the CFE Exam, you can review a section in the CFE Exam Prep Course before taking that exam section, but once you start the exam, you cannot flip back and forth between the prep course and the exam..


Study Tips

Take the CFE Exam Coach Newsletter Quiz for a chance to WIN a FREE CFE Frame

    Quiz question:
If two or more defendants in the same case are indicted separately, they must be tried separately.


B. False

** To qualify for a free CFE Frame, you must email the correct answer by September 10, 2013. The winner will be notified by September 12, 2013.


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Prep Forum

Visit the CFE Exam/Prep Discussion Group to exchange ideas about studying for the CFE Exam. Log in to reply or post your own question. Take a look at recent posts:

Topic: CFE References

Post (Victoria_61): Hello, I am having trouble finding three CFE references that had worked with me professional. Would I be able to take the test if I present a reference with a CISA or CPA certification?

Response (PMN-CFE): I dont think your recommenders have to be CFEs

Response (ACFE Staff) : Dear Victoria 61, Thank you for your question. PMN - CFE is correct; the CFE Candidate Recommendation Forms does not need to be completed by a CFE.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Member Services at 1 800-245-3321 or +1 512-478-9000.

Best regards,

Justin Dillon, CFE
Lead Member Services Representative
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Submitting Your CFE Application

1. Fill out the certification application. You may also apply online by using the following link: Apply Online.

2. Include proof of your education.

3. Include three CFE Candidate Recommendation Forms.

4. Submit application and documents to Membership Admissions at ACFE Headquarters.

5. Attach a passport-size photo of yourself to the application form.

Click here for more information about the application process.

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Fraud IQ Test

IQ #1 - Unless a witness is a non-adversarial, court-ordered witness, he cannot express opinions or draw conclusions in his testimony.


A. True

B. False


IQ #2 - Lawsuits which involve parties from different states and have more than $75,000 in controversy are known as:


A. Interdiction cases

B. Interstate cases

C. Intrastate cases
D. Diversity cases


IQ #3 - According to the Federal Rules of Evidence, which of the following is NOT a basis for a witness to be qualified as an expert?


A. Education

B. Skill

C. Reputation
D. Experience



Online Courses

Now available in a convenient online format. Expand your anti-fraud knowledge with our comprehensive self-study CPE courses written by the ACFE Research Team and other anti-fraud experts.

These self-paced courses allow you the flexibility to study at anytime from anywhere you have Internet access.

Visit us online:


Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the CFE Exam Prep Course, including tips on installing the program, exporting files, and more.


Contact the Coach

Ask questions or make suggestions. As your dedicated CFE Coach, I am available to answer all of your questions about the CFE Exam. You may send me an email or call me at (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000.

Member Resources

Local Chapters
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