Faye is a NINJA CPA Blogger.
I just found out that I passed AUD with an 83! Thank God! I refreshed the screen just to make sure I am not seeing things. One more exam to go and I’ll be done.
Here are some of the things I learned from studying for this test.
1. Auditing is a very tricky test because of the way questions are worded. I feel like auditing tests my reading comprehension and knowledge of the material at the same time. I don’t have auditing experience and the last auditing class I took was 6 years ago. I forgot most of the material already so I have to find a strategy that will help me pass the test.
2. FAR and AUD are interrelated. If I could do it over again, I would have taken AUD right after FAR. Instead, I took BEC thinking it was an “easier” test. I noticed my review material has several FAR related MCQs and sims so made sure I re-read my FAR NINJA Notes before exam day.
3. Understand the concepts. I caught myself memorizing the answers instead of understanding the concepts. So I changed my strategy and asked myself “Why is the question correct?” and “Why are rest of the choices wrong?” for each question. Sometimes it’s just one word that makes a choice wrong.
4. Do the MCQ and sims at least twice. The more MCQ I did, the more comfortable and prepared I felt about the test. I did about 2,400 MCQ and about 150 sims. Each person is different. Some do less than that and still pass. Personally, doing tons of MCQ and doing them at least twice works the best for me.
5. As I’ve mentioned on my previous blog post, the NINJA method works for me. I think it’s a great method of studying and passing the exam on the first try.
Congratulations to all who passed. For those who didn’t make it, keep in mind that you are not alone in this journey. Another71 is an awesome CPA Exam Community with people who know exactly what you’re going through.
Don’t give up. Surround yourself with people who support your goals and encourage you. I wouldn’t have done it without my supporting husband, family, friends, and the Another 71 community.