Daniela resides in the great state of Pennsylvania. She begins her CPA Exam journey with the perspective of a Masters in Accountancy and a new job as a Tax Staff Accountant with a top 100 accounting firm. Daniela passed FAR on her first try, and is now preparing to tackle AUD!
Its almost time to take the Auditing exam. I’m a week away from my test day but I feel like I am in pretty good shape. I’m hoping to finish up all of the videos before this weekend so that I can focus the rest of my time on homework and fine tuning. I would like to go through the homework questions at least once more this weekend and then I plan on doing practice sessions in the Wiley software until I want to pull my hair out! Ok, I probably will not pull my hair out but the more practice the better is what I found with taking FAR. I like to do 30 problem practice sessions at a time and I try to make myself finish each session without a break.
In between each session I’ll reward myself with a snack or a walk or even a little mindless television. During the sessions I take notes on the problems that really stumped me. The other reason I like to do as many problems as possible is because sometimes I know the answer to a question but I just did not understand what the question was asking for. So many times when I am going through problems I have a DUH! moment because the question tripped me up at first. I also like the Wiley software because it helps to highlight what areas you are strong or weak in. When I was doing the practice sessions for FAR, I would start to notice that I was doing really well in certain areas so then I would concentrate my efforts on the sections that I was not doing as well on. I even watched a few of Rogers videos again if I found there was a topic that I needed a refresher on.
The thing that I am most worried about right now is the task based simulations. Some of the simulations from the homework were really difficult and then others were a piece of cake. At approximately 6 points per simulation I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the latter on exam day. In the software I will usually only do a couple simulations at a time and I do not usually mix them in with my sessions of 30 MCQs. I guess I like to do the TBSs separately because that is how it is on test day.
Well, enjoy your Memorial Day weekend Ill be studying!