Written By Guest Blogger John E.
Happy July, CPA candidates. I have almost completed week one of my final review of the AUD section of the CPA exam. I went ahead and booked my sitting, and I don’t really have much time left. The day that I scheduled my appointment at the Prometric center, I was adamant about giving myself exactly two weeks to perform a full review of everything I have covered over the past four weeks. I have been very specific about my time slot, too. I want to be fully energized coming into the exam. I also gave myself a two week window for my FAR final review. I think two weeks is adequate.
The good news for me is that it took me four weeks to cover all twenty study units using the Gleim AUD materials. I believe the quicker you learn the material, the more relevant it is in your mind by the time final review commences and exam day rolls around. I think the longer you drag your studies out the more “rusty” you will be. As far as my approach to a comprehensive review, I am breaking the twenty study units in the Gleim materials into five study units at twenty questions per practice exam. During my final week of review, I will bump up my practice test to thirty questions to ensure that I can get my time management nailed down.
My studying routine is to take each practice test using Gleim’s test prep until I score a 75% or better. And let’s say I take three practice tests back to back and only score a 70% on each. Then what? I will take another practice test until I hit 75%. No less. I know it sounds kind of grueling, but I prefer a stringent routine with a settle-for-nothing-less attitude over an exam re-take any day. I used the same method for FAR. Anyhow, I am pleased with my overall progress and my scores into week one of final review, but I still have a little more than a week left to get some of the kinks out and improve. Happy reviewing!