Monday, March 9, 2009

Viewing the AICPA’s Tutorial and Sample Questions

I decided to kick off my studying last week by creating a study outline for Audit. However, I haven’t done much studying after that and the number of days left until the Exam is dwindling.

To get a feel for AUD (since I have never taken the computerized version of that part, only the pen and paper version years ago), I decided to access the AICPA’s tutorial and sample questions at

The Tutorial is not specific to each test section. It gives you a general feel for the test. Navigating through the tutorial was a waste of time for me since I have taken the other parts in the computerized form of the Exam and I know what to expect. I thought my time would be better spent looking at the sample questions for Audit.

Sample QuestionsThe sample questions are customized for each part of the CPA Exam. You have to install a program on your computer that runs the sample questions. Then you can choose to see Multiple Choice Only, a Simulation Only or an Entire Exam.

I ran Multiple Choice Only first to get a feel for the questions asked. Without studying, I was able to get 4 out of the 5 sample questions right.

Also surprisingly, I was able to get most of the simulation parts correct. I guess my audit knowledge is still pretty good because I was able to get all parts of Audit Risk, Analytics, Adjustments, and Research correct. I was tripped up by Audit Procedures and they don’t grade the Communications section in this sample exam.

I feel better about studying for AUD now because it seems doable.

Have you used the AICPA’s Tutorial and Sample questions to help you navigate the Exam and get a sense for the types of questions that are asked on the Exam? Let me know.


  1. This is such a cute idea! (I love the "in the kitchen, not the books" caveat in your description!!)

    Will definitely add you to my accounting blog roll - and if you need any tips or tricks for the exam (my day job), you're welcome to get in contact :)

    Good luck to you!!

  2. Thanks! I added your blog to my blog roll, too!