Written Statement Analysis (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 2 
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None


Written statement analysis is the process of detecting deception by evaluating the contents of a documented statement. The underlying concept is that a deceptive person describes events from their imagination, rather than memory, and is therefore likely to manifest dishonesty in recognizable patterns of speech and word selection. Because of this, written statements can play a key part in evaluating deception during a fraud examination. 


This course will help you understand how every word plays a part in a statement and how to identify signs of fabrication that could be staring back at you from the written page. 

Key Takeaways:  

  • Red flags related to the fabrication of information 
  • How to uncover dishonesty using patterns of speech 
  • Using parts of speech to validate or invalidate a statement 
  • How to differentiate between honest and dishonest responses from subjects 

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Identify strategies for using word choice and sentence structure to discern deception 
  • Recognize the potential implications of changes in voice and tense 
  • Recall the distinctions between responses from truthful and dishonest subjects 
  • Ascertain the relevance of parts of speech in determining a statement’s veracity 
  • Recognize the difference between balanced and unbalanced narratives 





Table of Contents:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Establishing a Baseline
  • Lesson 3: Syntax
  • Lesson 4: Narrative Balance
  • Lesson 5: Temporal Lacunae
  • Lesson 6: Nouns
  • Lesson 7: Pronouns
  • Lesson 8: Verbs and Tense
  • Lesson 9: Adverbs and Adjectives
  • Lesson 10: Voice
  • Lesson 11: Prepositions
  • Lesson 12: Conjunctions and Articles
  • Lesson 13: Qualifiers and Non-Confirming Statements
  • Lesson 14: Rationalizations, Excuses and Oaths
  • Lesson 15: Questions and Explanations
  • Lesson 16: Conclusion

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System Requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

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Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

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