When Betty Xin put down her pen after the third and final day of writing the accounting profession’s Common Final Examination (CFE) this past spring she was just hoping for a passing grade.
“I did well on a couple of the days but the second day of the exam was tough because I second-guessed myself,” the 24-year-old says. “You had to go very in depth on one of the subject areas.
“I gave it my best shot, though, and just basically wrote as much as I could. I wrote non-stop.”
Turns out, Xin’s best shot was good enough to not only pass, but also win the Governor General’s gold medal and a cash prize of $5,000 from CPA Canada for the highest exam mark in Canada.