Huh? AUD is like Learning a Foreign Language

27 Jan 2014


Ben is a NINJA CPA Blogger.

I think I had a pretty challenging education. For my undergrad I had four financial accounting courses, not counting the two required intro classes.

I also had two tax classes, on for individual and one for corporate tax. Lastly I had one auditing class. I have to wonder why my degree had only one auditing class if there is a whole section devoted to auditing on the CPA exam.

I got my degree about two years ago and although there have been some changes since I still wish I had more exposure to the world of auditing before now to help prepare me for the auditing section of the exam.

I find myself going through videos on reports required in auditing and I often find say to myself “Huh????” It is literally like learning a new language to me.

Most of my friends taking the exam tell me it is all about memorization. This isn’t a big problem, but it is going to take some dedication to the subject matter. How do you find memorization works for you? I am planning on creating note cards for topics and using pneumonic to help me out.

I figure it is like anything else that is new. It is painful at first as my brain starts stretching to accept new information. But the more you do something the better you get at it. Remember that it is a marathon and not a sprint to the finish line.

I am also still waiting on my REG score. Waiting a month really bites. I do not have the patience to wait 4 weeks for my score. Hopefully it will be a passing score and I will not have to ever think about REG again.

If I can pass REG and AUD and BEC by May I will be done before our new baby arrives, and believe me I do not want to be studying while having a newborn in the home! I am praying the AICPA gods above will grant me my wish and grant me a passing score on REG so I can continue to move on.

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