Waterloo's Accounting and Financial Management program will prepare you for a successful career in finance, business, and public practice. In preparation for this exciting career, students need to think succinctly, write persuasively, and speak confidently.
What is the AFMAA
The Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment (AFMAA) is a two-hour assessment written under supervision. The goal of the AFMAA is to assist the School in the identification of students who will be successful in the AFM program. We are looking for academically strong students who will excel in both the classroom and the workplace. The AFMAA focuses on:
Written Communication The ability to read and comprehend, to write well, to make appropriate word choices, to correctly apply grammar rules, to use appropriate sentence structure, to organize and express ideas clearly, and to develop and support the main idea of the written piece, and
Critical/Analytical and Creative Thinking/Judgement
The ability to think analytically and creatively, form an opinion and support it, and to solve problems.
How are students selected for the AFMAA?
Applicants are selected and invited to the AFMAA on the basis of Grade 11 final marks and any interim or final Grade 12 marks received by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) no later than March 6th, 2013 and received by the University of Waterloo no later than March 8th, 2013.
Applicants with an overall minimum average within the low to mid-80's, and with a minimum of 75% in Grade 12 U English, a minimum of 70% in both Grade 12 U Advanced Functions and Calculus and Vectors are normally invited to write the AFMAA.
To ensure every applicant is evaluated fairly and without bias, all AFMAA's are evaluated on an individual basis, without the knowledge of the applicant's academic record or biographical information.
Applicants will be admitted in May based on their academic record, their performance in the AFMAA, and a review of their Admission Information Form (AIF).
AFMAA Invitation and Registration
If you are selected to write the AFMAA, you'll receive an email outlining registration information and the date in which the AFMAA will be held. Registration and payment for the AFMAA is done using an online form.
Please note the AFMAA registration fee is non-fundable and payable in Canadian dollars.
Confirm your intent to write the AFMAA. Once you confirm, you will be given further instructions and online links on how to pay the AFMAA fee of $75 CDN.
The final deadline to confirm to write the AFMAA is 11:59 p.m. EDTMarch 21, 2013.
If you require special accommodation for verifiable cognitive or physical health issues, provide details immediately to Nasim Soltanpour at email@example.com
Familiarize yourself with the 2013 AFMAA Guide to find out what information sessions and booths are offered at the 2013 AFMAA Event.
Plan your travel arrangements so you get to the writing centre 30 minutes prior to the start of the AFMAA. Check directions and the campus map on the 2013 AFMAA Guide to ensure you have allotted ample driving time.
Bring pens, pencils, photo ID, and your uWaterloo ID number. You will be required to write your uWaterloo ID on your assignment booklet(s) and your computer card. Your ID can be found at the top left corner of your AFMAA Invitation email.
You will be asked to present a piece of government issued photo identification with your signature. You will also be asked to sign a registration sheet to verify who you are.
If applicable, make special arrangements to write the AFMAA.
If applicable, arrange for an individual proctor. Online instructions will be provided to your proctor if your proctor request has been approved.
If you require an individual proctor, it is your responsibility to contact an appropriate person or institution, informing them of your intent to write the AFMAA. You will be required to write on Saturday, April 6, 2013 unless special permission is granted by the School of Accounting and Finance to write on an alternate date/time. Review the FAQ list for more details and instructions on arranging for an individual proctor. Proctors may be used:
If you live outside of the 400 km driving radius of the University of Waterloo. Applicants who live in Barrie, Markham, New Market, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and London are not outside the 400 km driving radius; therefore, you are required to write at the University of Waterloo unless special conditions apply.
If you cannot write on the scheduled date of the AFMAA, you may request approval to write on an alternate date/time with an individual proctor.
If you have medical, religious, or special circumstances that are approved by the School of Accounting and Finance.
The person you ask to be your proctor must not be related to you in any way (including by marriage or common law) and must not reside at the same address as you. The person you select may be (but is not limited to) a professional from one of the following occupations:
Teacher/educational professional (active or retired) above the pre-school level
Administrative employee of a university, school, or college
Religious institution official (e.g. priest, rabbi, pastor, minister, pundit, nun, monk)
Accountant (CA, CMA, CGA)
Law enforcement officer
Health care worker
If you need a proctor, you may want to begin making arrangements in February to have a proctor supervise the writing of the AFMAA in April. The AFMAA assignment package will be sent to your proctor prior to your scheduled writing of the AFMAA.
The format of the AFMAA is two or three questions that require an essay style response. The applicant should utilize his/her critical and creative thinking, problem solving, decision-making skills and potentially draw on his/her own experiences.
Questions may be scenario-based requiring a student to:
form an opinion and support that opinion in a concise and meaningful way in writing, AND/OR
defend or refute an opinion given to him/her in a concise and meaningful way in writing.
The 2013 AFMAA schedule:
There will be opportunities on the day of the AFMAA for you to meet and speak with some current students within the program, professors and admissions experts. While you're writing the AFMAA, your parents will have opportunities to browse an academic/student life fair and sit in on presentations that will provide them with more information about the AFM program, residence, scholarships and co-op.
You can review and/or print the event guide at the bottom of the page.
While this is a fantastic opportunity for you and your parents to visit the University of Waterloo, due to limited spacing we encourage you to bring a maximum of 2 guests per applicant.
AFMAA Registration12:30pm – 1:15pm
Students proceed to their designated room in the MC, M3, or DC buildings (see map of uWaterloo campus)
AFMAA Volunteers will be available to guide students to the MC, M3, or DC buildings
AFMAA Volunteers will register each student when s/he arrives to their designated writing rooms
Be prepared and have valid photo ID available – Driver's License, Health Card, passport. The photo must be a current photo.
Proctors and Assistant Proctors will administer and supervise the AFMAA writing
NOTE: The MC, M3, and DC buildings are used as a quiet study area during uWaterloo's final exam period for current uWaterloo students. Only student AFMAA writers will be permitted into these buildings during the AFMAA Event.
AFMAA Announcements 1:15pm – 1:30pm
Proctors to make final announcements before the AFMAA writing begins
Writing of the AFMAA 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Proctors and Assistant Proctors will move through the classroom and will be available throughout the writing period to answer questions
The AFMAA writing period will formally end promptly at 3:30 p.m.
AFMAA Volunteers will be available to escort student writers back to the SAF building to meet up with their parents.
Academic and Student Life Fair:
The SAF Academic and Student Life Fair 11:00am – 4:00pm
Located in the SAF wing of the Hagey Hall of the Humanities (HH) building. Information sessions will be held between the SAF building and the Arts Lecture Hall (AL).
Speak with current AFM students and learn more about the program, uWaterloo and the opportunities to get involved as an AFM student
AFMAA Volunteers, SAF staff and professors will be available throughout the day to speak with and answer questions from visitors
SAF Booths available:
Accounting and Finance Student Association (AFSA),
Waterloo Accounting Conference (UWAC),
SAF Fellowship Program,
SAF Academic Success Coaching,
Accounting and Finance Living-Learning Community (LLC)/Residence,
Accounting and Finance Orientation Week (AFOW),
ICAO Student Representatives,
CMA Student Representatives, hEDGE Conference, ACE Financial Services
Hear from current students as to what it's like to be in the AFM program
2 Student Panels will be held concurrently in HH 1104 and HH 1106 at the following times:
11:00am - 11:30am,
11:45am - 12:15pm, 2:00pm - 2:30pm and 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Info Sessions11:30pm – 3:30pm
Parents are encouraged to participate in the information sessions
4 information sessions will be presented concurrently through the day in AL 116, AL 113, AL 208 and HH 1101:
11:30am - 12:15pm,
1:15pm - 2:15pm and
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Co-op Education: find out how co-op works for the AFM program;
Fellowships & Scholarships: find out about the SAF Fellowship Program and scholarship opportunities available
Living-Learning Community and Residence: find out about this unique living and learning opportunity as well as other living options for students
The AFM Program: find out about changes in the industry and the new CPA designation
The writing of the AFMAA takes place at the University of Waterloo's main campus, located at 200 University Avenue West in Waterloo, ON.
Directions to uWaterloo
Car – from highway 401
Take exit 278 (from Toronto) or exit 278B
(from London) to highway 8 WEST Kitchener/Waterloo
From Niagara Falls, follow the Queen Elizabeth Way in the "Toronto" direction to highway 403 WEST; follow 403 West to highway 6 NORTH; follow 6 North to highway 401 WEST; follow 401 West to exit 278; proceed as below.
Exit at Highway 85 NORTH to Waterloo
Exit at University Avenue West – second University Avenue exit
Parking Lots A and C (corner of University Avenue and Seagram Drive – see map) is designated parking for all AFMAA writers and families. The parking will cost $5 (coins and credit card accepted)
AFMAA Volunteers will be available to guide and direct visitors to the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF wing of the Hagey Hall of Humanities) for the Academic and Student Life Fair or to the MC, M3, and DC buildings for the AFMAA writing.
See uWaterloo's campus map for directions.
Public transit in Kitchener-Waterloo
Bus - Greyhound Canada offers return trip and one-way fares to the Kitchener, ON – Waterloo's twin city. There is also direct service to the University of Waterloo's main campus only on select trips.
Local bus service – provided by Grand River Transit (GRT) – covers the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge. Bus terminals are located at 15 Charles Street West in Kitchener and 35 Ainslie Street South in Cambridge.
To reach uWaterloo's main campus from the Charles Street terminal, take route 7D, 7E, or the iXpress to the University of Waterloo.
Train - A VIA Rail train station is located at 126 Weber Street West in Kitchener, ON – Waterloo's twin city.
To reach uWaterloo's main campus from the Weber Street station you'll need to take a bus or hire a taxi.
The School of Accounting and Finance welcomes close to 1,200 applicants plus their families for the writing of the Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment (AFMAA). The writing of the AFMAA is the next important step for prospective students in the admissions process for the AFM program.
In addition to the writing of the AFMAA, guests are invited to attend the Academic and Student Life Fair, Student Panels and Information Sessions.