CFE EXAM Coach Newsletter
November 2013

Dear John Smith,


Everyone has a different learning style that they have found works best for them. Some people find success studying on their own, but many people prefer face-to-face instruction. If you are best motivated in a live classroom environment in which you are able to ask questions and bounce ideas off others, the ACFE has a course just for you. The CFE Exam Review Course is a 3½-day, instructor-led learning event that will provide you with the essentials you need to pass the CFE Exam and become a CFE. This course, in combination with the CFE Exam Prep Course software, will provide you with an unbeatable combination for passing the exam.

Another benefit is that upon completion of the CFE Exam Review Course, you may sign up to take the CFE Exam and earn your CFE credential within days. You will have on-site access to coaching and counseling from ACFE instructors, as well as the CFE Exam Coach.


I am your resource to help you stay on track toward your CFE certification. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.



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

CFE Exam Coach

Study Tips


TIP #1 - Preparing for the CFE 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 start answering the questions. 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 - What happens if I choose the wrong answer? After you choose an answer in a Prep Course section and click the Submit Answer button, the answer you chose, along with the correct answer, will be displayed in a bar in the middle of the screen. The bar will be green if you answered correctly or red if you answered incorrectly. A detailed explanation of the answer is printed immediately below the colored bar. Below the explanation is the name of the reference material from which the question was taken, along with the page number. 

TIP #3 - Do I have to purchase any reference books? You are encouraged to review the Fraud Examiners Manual if you want more information than is provided in the CFE Exam Prep Course. The Fraud Examiners Manual comes with the Prep Course.


John D. Gill, J.D., CFE, Vice President – Education, offers advice on whether you should read the Fraud Examiners Manual before you begin the CFE Exam Prep Course.

TIP #4 - Study every day or as frequently as your schedule allows. You should study each section of the CFE Exam Prep Course with a time budget in mind. As you reach milestones on your timeline, you will see yourself moving one step closer to realizing the overall goal  succeeding on the CFE Exam.

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

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CFE Highlight

This month we highlight CFE Exam Review Course participant Steven Fletcher, CFE. Mr. Fletcher shares his experience of how he prepared for the CFE Exam.


Study Tips

Did You Know?

The key to passing the CFE Exam is managing the study materials and study time. Choose from the options below to determine the formula that suits your needs.

How quickly do you want to complete the CFE Exam Prep Course? Find out how many hours per week you need to spend studying. 
30 Day Plan
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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: New Member Inquiry

Post: Can I take the exam in four different parts? For example, can I take Financial Transactions, then Fraud Prevention and deterrence, then Law, and then Investigation? One exam per month?

Response: Dear Maitri Gandhi, thank you for your question. All four parts of the CFE Exam must be completed within 30 days of entering the CFE Exam Activation Key into the CFE Exam software. You can spread out the parts any way you would like during those 30 days; however, you must complete all four parts during that time.

Any parts not completed within the 30 days will be marked as failed.

If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at or by phone at 800-245-3321 or +1 512-478-9000 from 7:30am to 6:00pm Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

Best regards,

Justin Dillon, CFE
Member Services Assistant Manager
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.

Bookstore Feature

Computer Forensics: Evidence Collection & Management


ACFE Member Price: U.S. $69 Non-Member Price: U.S. $79

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Fraud IQ Test

IQ #1 - Generally, computer forensics investigations involve four phases. Which of the following is NOT one of those phases?

A. Reporting and testifying phase
B. Seizure phase

C. Image-acquisition phase
D. Opening the hard drive phase


IQ #2 - ________ are digital files created under the computer user's direction and include text-based documents, spreadsheets, databases, email, address books, presentation slides, audio/video files, image files, and so on.


A. User-created files
B. Computer-created files

C. User-protected files
D. None of the above


IQ #3 - Metadata normalization is a data-processing technique that fraud examiners can use to identify and eliminate identical materials in digital data.


A. True
B. False



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.

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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

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