Written By CPA Candidate Jaime C. for the Gleim CPA Blog.
Up to this point, I have been answering AUD questions in study sessions of one to three study units at a time. This week, I started creating shorter study sessions (usually 20 questions) containing questions from all of the study units. This way, I cannot rely on the previous questions to give me hints for subsequent questions. I feel that this gives me a wide variety and really tests my knowledge. As my testing date gets closer and closer, this will help me determine which areas need additional focus and further clarification. When I was in college, I remember hearing that we tend to focus our studying on areas we already know. I need to make sure my studying focuses on the areas that result in low scores on the practice exams.
I have been writing down the study topics that I want to address in a small notebook. There are several topics that are still tripping me up in the study sessions, such as audit testing to confirm valuation, existence, completeness, and rights and obligations. In addition, I want to make sure I spend more time concentrating on audit reports and the various modified versions. I also need to make sure that I spend plenty of time using the simulations online and in the book.
Although I am reaching the final stages of studying for AUD, I am nervous that I will have to study again and retake the exam in the second testing window. I will, however, carry on with a positive attitude and not worry about the possibility of failing. I am ready to get this done, and I am excited to start looking at new material for another section of the CPA exam.