Written By Guest Blogger John E.
Hello, everyone. So week six has come and gone for the AUD section of the CPA Exam. Wow, six weeks of review for AUD went by very fast. I finally took the exam on Friday. I didn’t think the exam was too bad. There were a few questions that stuck out that I could not remember. This is so routine. I think it is impossible to remember everything. All the testlets were roughly the same in difficulty. Maybe the third testlet was slightly easier, but I don’t remember flagging too many questions. I met my budgeted time throughout each testlet. I left roughly an hour and forty-five minutes to complete my simulations. This was just enough time for seven task-based simulations. I had four minutes to spare to quickly review my answers before settling.
My point of attack on the exam, whether it be testlet questions or the task-based simulations, was to quickly answer the questions that I definitely knew. This allowed me more time to simmer on the questions I was unsure about. A few of the simulations involved some guesswork and deductive reasoning. It came down to regular auditor judgment. The rule of thumb is to never leave any of your simulations incomplete. I was able to answer all of my simulations and testlet multiple-choice questions in their entirety. Overall, I felt I did pretty well. I left the testing center just like any exam taker: disoriented and optimistically unsure. Now it is time to catch up with some BEC.