September 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm #2715225
So I got my score yesterday for AUD and I received a 29 on the exam, yep must be the worst score you all have seen.
But honestly, my failure was expected and I am not disappointed because I knew I wasn't prepared and I did not study effectively. AUD is especially hard because it is so subjective and does not have straight forward answers, despite people saying it is the easiest exam.
However, I am very shocked at my extremely low score, and I want to get more advice from people who passed, preferably people who failed and then passed AUD. How did you pass and what did you change from your failure to result in a passing score?
Thanks all. 🙂 (don't feel too bad for me haha, i knew i was going to fail)
Congrats to all the people who did pass their exams this quarter though!September 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm #2715240ElParticipant
“Despite people saying it is the easiest exam”. Whomever said that is twisted. AUD was the toughest exam for me. My advice is pass FAR first. My thinking is kind of like, how do you proofread something if you don't know how to write?September 19, 2019 at 7:16 pm #2715279TommyParticipant
Agree! Pass FAR first. AUD is the toughest in my opinion.September 19, 2019 at 7:19 pm #2715282RoParticipant
I agree with El! Although I have not passed a section, I took AUD back in 2016 and failed. Just picked studying back up and started with FAR and I will definitely say that a lot of FAR topics would have helped me understand AUD better.September 19, 2019 at 7:29 pm #2715306
Wouldn't FAR be even harder to pass? Also, should I try to take AUD again since I have the info fresh in my mind? I'm so conflicted lolSeptember 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm #2715330BobsacajawillieParticipant
How are you studying, it would be easier to give advice knowing thatSeptember 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm #2715477wentingParticipant
This is my second time test for AUD, and luckily I passed. I think for audit, the most difficult thing is that it is hard for you to identify the gap between what you think you understand all the concepts and what you actually don't understand the concepts. During my second time review process, besides reading the textbook and take notes, I'd like to make charts for comparison for different concepts and application scenarios. Always go beck to review and link to the material you study.
During exam process, it is very important to review the questions carefully. I really recommend you read each question twice, even a simple questions. If you can identify what it is actually ask and where is the trick point, you will be good for MCQs. For the simulation, I have no idea because I have same feeling to the SIM in both exams. I feel better about my MCQs on the second try.
FAR-N/ASeptember 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm #2715504alex260605Participant
Purchase ninja. And practice the multiple choice questions on repeat. As Audit is a highly conceptual exam, it should not be difficult at all to do countless multiple choice questions a day for the concepts to become solidified in your brain.
This alone is not enough to pass AUD, but should improve your score drastically.
Good luck!September 21, 2019 at 8:27 am #2717568iwantthiscpaParticipant
I would go for FAR now. AUD isn't really fresh in your mind because of your score; I'd say anything under a 60 you should re-study as if you never took it in the first place because there are a lot of gaps. You could study AUD again if you really wanted to… But far will probably be most difficult (due to the concepts and the amount of material) that it'll be good to get out of the way before your 18 months start. And then when it comes time to do AUD again after you inevitably pass far, =), maybe youll remember some of the AUD stuff you studied and aud won't be as difficult. One thing that helped me pass aud was making my own flashcards with charts on the different reports. I had other info i thought was important on my notecards too. I took those cards everywhere with me and when I had downtime I'd read them or have someone quiz me. I did a LOT of multiple choice questions. It's hard for me to focus so I only did sets of 10 questions at a time, but I did a lot of sets. For AUD, just do quiz after quiz after quiz. If you get something wrong, and it's something you think you won't remember for next time or a concept you see a lot, write it on your notecard.September 21, 2019 at 11:24 am #2717760limousine ridin’, jet flyin’ son of a gunParticipant
The fact that you think FAR is even harder to pass should motivate you to do that one first. What if you get AUD done the next time but then you struggle with FAR and it really eats up your 18month clock. It's a huge weight off your mind when you pass FAR first, trust me.September 21, 2019 at 11:51 am #2717784B4BeanCounterParticipant
AUD may be the easiest to ‘study for', but definitely not the easiest exam ‘to take'. You got it next time!September 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm #2718096CartmanParticipant
If you want honest advice, I would say that you need to study harder. You need to put in the time, and recognize that if what you're studying is becoming repetitive/ is boring you, then you are doing something right. For audit, I read over every chapter 3 times, and only did multiple choice. Def take notes on your weak points, but do not over indulge in note taking, as it a big time waster. I would just read the lectures, and not watch them.
This test is not easy, and is highly subjective as you said. I know this is simple advice, but its whats gonna get you that CPA. Try your best to not feel discouraged. You will pass this exam. In college, I once failed a tax exam with a 40. I didn't pay attention in class, and was blindsided lol. Recently I passed REG (with an 84) after 3 weeks of studying, and the material was mostly new to me. My point is, I had a killer comeback with Tax material, and you will have the same with AUD.September 22, 2019 at 11:43 pm #2719821bigstakkParticipant
I am pretty sure you hold that record for lowest test score in history. I am not sure what to tell you other than study really hard and pay very close attention to the wording of each question. AUD has been the easiest exam so far for me so it’s only going to get tougher. It sounds like you need to go back to school and get more accounting courses under your belt. That’s too low a score to chalk it up as poor studies.
My advise is go back to school and hold off on taking any more exams until you get through a few courses.
Good luck.September 23, 2019 at 8:58 am #2719980Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
It sounds like the poster took it know they were going to bomb. The shock isn't the fail – it's the degree of the fail. They would need to fail miserably again with 110% effort for more schooling to be a viable option, but even then – perhaps re-reading an advanced auditing college textbook might be in order…there's nothing special/efficient about taking college classes.September 23, 2019 at 11:39 am #2720142Lindsey_p87Participant
It's hard to give real advice without knowing the details of how you studied. Did you do a lot of questions (or any) before the test? Idk who told you that Audit was easy, but conceptually it was the hardest material for me to grasp. For me, the best thing I did was do a lot of MCQ (around 1600 total) in a short span of time. I would also echo others here and say maybe switch to FAR. It supposedly helps with AUD (although it's not necessary to pass it), and you'll have the “hardest” one out of the way first.September 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm #2720532JamesParticipant
I bombed Audit 3 times before I passed. First two I didn't put the full effort in. It takes full effort and being able to find the “trigger” words to really get the questions right. Also know the audit reports. Just re read them again and again until you feel comfortable. Audit is the only test I struggled on. I like to say you have either more of a conceptual mind or a operational mind. Also you need to put full effort in. Half effort will get you half the score. Been there done that and now about to take my final one at 30 with 2 kids… don't be like me.September 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm #2720556Biff TannenParticipant
It’s hard to give you an honest and thoughtful piece of advice when I know you did not take this exam seriously. When you’re ready to take this exam seriously, then let’s discuss.January 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm #2876751FutureCPAParticipant
Some great advice here. Glad you asked.January 7, 2020 at 12:56 am #2877624JonahParticipant
I failed audit with a 73, and three weeks later passed with an 84 (I think? I forget. Of course I remember my failing score…). It took me failing for me to be honest with myself. There were a few areas that I thought were boring and hard (sampling was one of them!) and I thought it was a small enough part of the exam that I would be okay. After I failed I went back and redid the lectures and multiple choice in the areas I knew I skimmed/didn't focus on and learned them. You have to be honest with yourself and put in the time even if it seems like a waste of time to learn it all. These exams are no joke, it comes down to being realistic with yourself and not skipping sections. You've got this!January 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm #2887935
Revisiting this thread after failing and I plan on retaking in a couple of weeks. Kinda sad to see that people are ripping me apart when I am a horrible test taker. I definitely could have put more effort in, but I definitely put time into studying and took studying seriously.
I hope to get at least a higher score this time around and thank you for all the replies.January 14, 2020 at 10:19 pm #2887944EclecticASHParticipant
Good luck. Keep going hard.January 15, 2020 at 11:28 am #2888349Lindsey_p87Participant
Lys, you can pass this exam. Good luck!January 15, 2020 at 11:37 am #2888367ApeStangParticipant
I disagree with taking FAR first. Take BEC first. It really is the easiest one because it is the least material to cover. I think you should build your confidence by taking BEC and hopefully passing it. Also, use Becker. It is the most effective study material. If you do all of the Becker course and do not pass, it is not the study materials that is the problem. It just may be the way you are reviewing or maybe you are not really understanding and more or less memorizing, which is bad because the questions will change on the test.January 15, 2020 at 12:57 pm #2888418ReckedParticipant
In all fairness… this is a quote.
“my failure was expected and I am not disappointed because I knew I wasn't prepared and I did not study effectively”
You sort of did make it seem like you did not study enough.
How many hours, how many MCQs?March 6, 2020 at 12:10 am #2955536cpaexamsParticipant
Only two people have said something rude but don't let these people get to you. Just keep going. I failed far twice but I won't let it get to me. Just keep trying 🙂 Will take a couple tries probably (happening with me rn and FAR lol) Just drill mcqs and sims but I would restart Becker. Focus on the hours you are studying to really study (no YouTube, phone, etc). Good luck!March 6, 2020 at 1:22 am #2955566jdParticipant
Hate to say this, but AUD In my opinion was the most fundamental exam (not saying it’s the easiest). Reg is the definition of subjective. Advice would be to take your time studying it, and hit thousands of mcq (completely random) on all the material. I personally thought studying one topic helped learned another topic. Pretty intertwined, which you don’t see as much in the other exams. No sarcasm intended, but have fun with it and compete with yourself.March 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm #2955812
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