AUD – Transaction cycles killing me

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    Hey guys,

    Im using becker and the 4th chapter is killing me. I've been gettin in the 50s and 60s for the mcq with transaction cycles. The MCQ are just very difficult and I don't know how to tackle them. It's almost like you need real world experience with them. Any tips of on these cycles would be great. Thanks.

    FAR - 44, 76 (02/2019)

    AUD - 40, 70, retake TBD (08/06/19 score release)



    Review the book and then draw out each of the various transaction cycles including the relevant documents that are part of each process. Then layer on top the typical tests an auditor might perform within each cycle. Once you've drawn it out, review it…and then start from scratch and attempt to draw it out. Understanding the beginning to end for each process is important in answering the questions.



    I agree with @olddognewtricks,

    You can't take shortcuts. Becker often offers shortcuts and memory tricks in lieu of (more) detailed explanations.

    So, OldDog is right. Just take an hour or so. Sketch out all 5 major business cycles. See how the controls are implemented. I'd use your old textbook from college. Don't use the hour like you're trying to understand the MCQ. Use it to teach yourself.

    Sometimes, you need to take a step back as opposed to knocking your head against the wall. For me, it helped with Basis transactions or calculations on REG. And budget problems on BEC.

    You'll get it.

    AUD - 90
    BEC - 79
    FAR - 77
    REG - 77
    They don't trust JUST ANYBODY to count beans

    Jimmy Dugan

    I would absolutely follow the advice on making a little diagram for the transaction cycles. Also, it was helpful for me to focus on the ARC (authorization, record-keeping, custody) mnemonic; many of the transaction cycle questions focus on segregation of duties.

    AUD - 95
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 84
    REG - 90
    You're killing me Smalls


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