Tarun Mittal of India received his CFE credential this past summer after studying with the CFE Exam Prep Course. Mittal is in the banking and finance industry and preventing fraud at the various levels of his organization is important to him. He says earning the CFE credential provides him an edge and authenticity.
Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?
Mittal: I was certified in July 2019.
Coach: Please describe your experience using the CFE Exam Prep Course?
Mittal: The Prep Course is one of the most customized tools for making one familiar with the CFE syllabus. It builds one’s confidence upon learning and understanding the various concepts and the course’s content. Reading the full Fraud Examiners Manual is a tough task, which is why the Prep Course is one of the finest programs to become familiar with what CFE is all about.
Coach: What did you like most about the Prep Course?
Mittal: 1. The variety of questions asked during the practice tests and the explanations of the various topics under the answers of the Review Sessions.
2. The capability of the Prep Course helps in accessing it and studying and practicing at any time. As it is said, “practice makes perfect.” Accessing the Prep Course at any time is beneficial to building confidence.
3. The Prep Course provides practice tests with timed questions. This helps with keeping track of reducing the time it takes to answer each question leading up to the actual CFE Exam.
Coach: How long did it take you to complete the Prep Course?
Mittal: I accepted the April–June 2019 90-Day Challenge and passed the CFE Exam well within the challenge’s timeframe. I purchased the Prep Course on March 15, 2019, and I took the first CFE Exam on May 19, 2019. I passed the final CFE Exam in June 2019.
Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?
Mittal: I am working as an assistant director, Credit/Risk and Investment, at SAARC Development Fund (SDF) in Thimphu, Bhutan. SDF is a regional financial institution and project financing is the core activity. As a risk professional, I constantly adopt the approach to conduct robust credit appraisals and involve in the most professional risk management activities by writing credit memorandums for the sanctioning of the various project finance proposals for SDF Management. Getting the CFE credential provides an edge, authenticity, and professionalism in the various activities I undertake at SDF. and now the same is reflecting in my day-to-day work.
Coach: Would you recommend the Prep Course to your colleagues?
Mittal: Yes, definitely. In fact, I would strongly recommend reading the Fraud Examiners Manual, if needed, along with the Prep Course to clear various doubts and build confidence for each and every topic of the CFE Exam content.
Coach: How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?
Mittal: During the last 14 years, while working in the banking and finance industry, I have been working on the areas that cover credit and risk management. In bank finance, under the entire life cycle of financing, loans, and advances, fraud can occur at any stage resulting in severe financial losses to financial institutions. This not only leads to financial losses but also the reputational and operational loss for the organization. Preventing the fraud at the various levels of financing and in the organization is important for me to perform my job in the most efficient and professional manner.
Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun and what do you find enjoyable about it?
Mittal: As the Fraud Examiner, I enjoy knowing that my profession helps me in becoming a prudent and vigilant citizen of the country.
Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?
Mittal: After you purchase the Prep Course, adjust your target dates for completing each Review Session of the respective section and start taking the tests for the completed section.
• Build the confidence on the concepts, start preparing for the Practice Test.
• On the Practice Tests start scoring above 80%.
• Download the Fraud Examiner Manual and other study apps for their all-time access.
• Once you start scoring repeatedly between 95%-100% , you should think of writing the actual exam.
This way , chances are high to clear the CFE Exam well within 90 days.