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Evaluation-related FAQs

Evaluation content and structure

1) How is integration evaluated?
2) Are sample questions available?
3) How can I prepare for the evaluation?
4) What is the evaluation structure for each module?
5) Are the readings covered on the MCQs?
6) How are the multiple choice and written questions weighted?
7) CASB suggests students spend more time on Module 3 MCQ - does this mean that that the questions are harder?
8) How do I enter responses to multiple choice questions?
9) Why aren't multiple choice questions included in all of the module evaluations?
10) How many CNAs can I get in an evaluation before I receive CNA in the module?
11) How will I know how long to spend on the written questions in the evaluation?

Assessment feedback

12) How do the elements affect my overall assessment on the evaluation portion of the module?
13) How do the issues affect my overall assessment on the evaluation portion of the module?
14) How do the MCQ's impact the overall assessment?
15) How is the information in the MCQ summary form compiled?
16) How is assessment feedback distributed?
17) What information is distributed to training offices?
18) What information is distributed to students?
19) Are evaluation responses returned to students?

General

20) What time do evaluations start?
21) What can mentors do to help students prepare?
22) Does Securexam (CA) allow for multiple cases?
23) What happens if I do not achieve competency in a module?
24) How can I request an evaluation accommodation?



Evaluation content and structure

1) How is integration evaluated?
In addition to reporting on the technical competencies (governance, strategy, and risk management; performance measurement and reporting; assurance; finance; management decision making; and taxation) the written question assessment material reports on communication and critical thinking.

Integration and conclusions are assessed and reported under critical thinking and communication is assessed and reported on separately. Breadth and analysis is incorporated into the scores for each technical competency.

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2) Are sample questions available?
Yes, there are sample questions and assessment guides available and when students log into their modules, additional practice questions will be in their Desire2Learn sites.

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3) How can I prepare for the evaluation?
You could write and debrief a sample case and spend three-or-four evenings reviewing the tasks and readings from the module.

If you are unsure of a topic, ask your facilitator for further explanation and information.

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4) What is the evaluation structure for each module?
This table outlines the evaluation content for each of modules 1 through 5.

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5) Are the readings covered on the MCQs?
MCQs may cover key concepts that are included in the readings. You are not expected to memorize the materials, but should understand the key concepts well enough to articulate them fully.

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6) How are the multiple choice and written questions weighted?
The components of each evaluation are weighted differently according to question length and complexity. We discourage you from focusing all of your time on one or two written questions at the expense of other written questions or multiple choice.

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7) CASB is suggesting students spend more time on Module 3 MCQ - does this mean that the questions will be harder?
The MCQs for modules 1 through 3 are based on module content; Module 3 questions tend to be more technical, so we suggest that students spend more time on them.

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8) How do I enter responses to multiple choice questions?
For the MCQ portion of evaluations, enter the responses into a spreadsheet, using column A and the numbered rows. For example, the response to question 5 would be entered in A5.

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9) Why aren't multiple choice questions included in all of the module evaluations?
Modules 1, 2, and 3 are more technical in nature and using multiple choice questions allows us to measure those technical competencies efficiently.

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10) How many CNAs can I get in an evaluation before I receive CNA in the module?
This will depend on each evaluation.

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11) How will I know how long to spend on the written questions in the evaluation?
The suggested time will be printed on the cover of each question in the exam booklet. CASB will recommend how much time to spend on each section, but you will decide how to spend your four evaluation hours.

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Assessment feedback

12) How do the elements affect my overall assessment on the evaluation portion of the module?
The elements are specific competency indicators that (1) determine your performance on the issues (which we use to determine your overall assessment on the evaluation) and (2) determine your assessment for each competency (which appears on the written question summary form).

(1) Determining performance on issues:
To determine your performance on an issue, we look at the elements that relate to that issue. Some specific elements are required to meet certain assessment levels, so there isn't always a direct relationship between the number of elements achieved and your final assessment.

For example, consider a PM issue with ten elements, with one element relating to recognizing a going concern problem. Because of the importance of the going concern problem, that element is required to achieve BC or CD.
  • If you achieve the other nine elements, but don't discuss the going concern problem, you will likely be assessed at MC on the issue.
  • If you achieve five elements and discuss the going concern, there is a possibility that this issue could be assessed as BC.
Use the number of issues you achieve, rather than the number of elements, to understand your final assessment level.
(2) Determining assessment on competencies:
Each element in a case is assigned to one of the eight competency areas: PM, Assurance, Tax, MDM, Finance, Governance, Strategy and Risk Management, Communication and Critical Thinking. We look at the number of elements from each competency area that you achieved over all of the written questions compared to the total available, and this assessment appears on the written question summary form.

Consider an evaluation that has 20 PM elements across the written questions:

  • If you achieve 10 elements, you may be assessed at MC on PM in the written question summary form.
  • If you achieve 19 elements, you will likely be assessed at CD on PM in the written question summary form.

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13) How do the issues affect my overall assessment on the evaluation portion of the module?
We use the issues to determine your overall assessment on the evaluation. We consider how many issues you've covered (breadth) and how much detail you've gone into (depth). We consider breadth and depth when establishing the passing profile, and set the requirements for a passing profile separately for each evaluation.

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14) How do the MCQ's impact the overall assessment?
The MCQs are grouped into issues and combined with your results on the written question issues to provide the final assessment level for the evaluation.

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15) How is the information in the MCQ summary form compiled?
Each multiple choice question is assigned to one of the six competency areas: PM, Assurance, Tax, MDM, Finance and Governance, Strategy and Risk Management. We look at the number of questions from each competency area that you achieved and this assessment appears on the MCQ summary form.

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16) How is assessment feedback be distributed?
Module results are posted online according to candidate number.

Assessment feedback will be available in Candidate Portal for students and CATO Portal for CA Training Offices according to the schedule, typically one-to-two weeks following the evaluation.

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17) What information is distributed to training offices?
Module results are posted online according to candidate number.

Through CATO Portal, training offices receive a copy of the feedback form for each written question, written question summary form, MCQ summary form (modules 1 through 3 only), transcript, and academic history for each student registered with their office.

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18) What assessment information is distributed to students?
Module results are posted online according to candidate number.

Through Candidate Portal, students receive a copy of the feedback form for each written question, written question summary form, MCQ summary form (modules 1 through 3 only), transcript, and academic history.

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19) Are evaluation responses be returned to students?
Student responses are not returned to students or training offices.

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General

20) Will the evaluation start time change?
Evaluations start at 9am. Please arrive at least one hour early to ensure that you have time to sign in and set up.

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21) What can mentors do to help students prepare?
Mentors can use the sample question and assessment guides to help students practice shorter multi-subject questions.

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22) Does Securexam (CA) allow for multiple cases?
Securexam (CA) is already enabled for multiple cases, as it's used during the UFE in the same way. Each simulation has its own clearly-labelled worksheet.

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23) What happens if I do not achieve competency in a module?
Students who are not eligible to proceed to the next module must retake the module in its entirety. Each of modules 1 through 5 is offered at least twice annually. Check the module schedule to determine the next available offering of any specific module.

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24) How can I request an evaluation accommodation?
CASB provides reasonable test accommodations to individuals who have documented disabilities.

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