FP&A Exam Preparation Boot Camp
January 22, 24, 29, 31 & February 5, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
The FP&A Exam Preparation Boot Camp prepares candidates for taking the FP&A certification examination. This intensive program consists of four learning modules that focus on the FP&A exam’s key knowledge areas. The majority of each session’s time allotment will be dedicated to exam preparation. Following a review of the specific knowledge area, participants will review multiple choice questions and task-based simulation problems. These questions will challenge participants to apply their FP&A knowledge to specific subject matters and prepare to walk into the testing center.
Module 1, Financial Statement Analysis: January 22
This module covers financial statement analysis and financial ratios. Specific topics include:
- Constructing and analyzing financial statements
- Calculating and interpreting financial ratios
- Using financial statements and ratios to assess firm performance and to perform risk analysis
Module 2, Capital Budgeting: January 24
This module focuses on the application of capital budgeting measures to investment decisions. Capital budgeting measures covered include the payback period, discounted payback period, net present value, internal rate of return, and profitability index. Specific topics include:
- Calculations and interpretations
- Model assumptions
- The strengths and weaknesses of each model
- Risk assessment via sensitivity analysis and scenario analysis
Module 3, Managerial Accounting: January 29
This module covers key aspects of managerial accounting that aid in assessing the viability of operations. Specific topics include:
- Cost behavior
- Cost-volume-profit analysis
- Break-even analysis
- Variance analysis
Module 4, Applied Statistical Concepts: January 31
This module focuses on the application of statistical concepts to the FP&A environment. Statistical tools are used primarily in the context of capital budgeting to forecast financial values and to assess risks. Specific topics include:
- A review of measures of location (e.g., mean, median, and mode) and measures of dispersion (e.g., range, variance, and standard deviation)
- Confidence intervals
- Regression analysis
This session will provide a forum for open dialogue and general Q&A. In addition, general test-taking strategies will be discussed.
SpeakerMatthew Hill, PhD, CTP, FP&A
Assistant Professor of Finance, Arkansas State University
Dr. Matthew Hill is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Arkansas State University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Southern Mississippi and the J. Ed Turner Chair of Real Estate at the University of Mississippi. His research focuses on real estate investment trusts (REITs), corporate liquidity strategies, and political connections. Journals publishing his research include Financial Management, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Real Estate Economics, and The Financial Review.
Matt teaches courses on commercial real estate investment, real estate finance, and short-term financial management. He completed his Ph.D. in Finance at Mississippi State University in 2006.