Written by Guest Blogger Anne R.
I found out late last night that I passed Audit! Not only did I pass, but I scored a 94! I was so relieved and excited. I felt like I had passed, but with these exams you never know. In a nutshell, I think I did two main things well: first, I learned everything the first time; and second, I reviewed well.
By learning everything the first time, I mean that I took the time to really understand each piece of information the first time through. In the past, for difficult topics, I’ve thought “Oh, I’ll save this for later” or “I can study this more when I’m reviewing.” Well, “later” never seems to come! While studying for Audit, I spent extra time on difficult topics the first time through. When review time came, it was exactly that – reviewing, not learning it for the first time.
I reviewed differently for this test than I have for any other test. I did A LOT of multiple-choice questions, and I think that made a difference. Also, as I was answering the questions, I kept a list of topics and questions that I had. After I finished the question session, I looked up and studied all the topics I had written down. Again, usually when answering questions, I will think “I need to review this topic,” but I don’t remember later. Making this list really helped me pinpoint the areas I didn’t know well.
Writing for the Gleim Blog also really helped me stay on track and focused. If I was behind on studying, I would try and catch up so I would have something to write the next week! I didn’t want to report that I was still on the same study unit after several weeks. Having some kind of accountability always helps motivate me!
I plan to take FAR in July, and I think it is the hardest of all the exams. I hope that I can walk into the FAR exam feeling like I felt about AUD – that I had plenty of time to review and I felt like I knew everything. The one tip I would offer is allow plenty of time to review – at least one week, two if you can. It makes such a huge difference.