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Exam technique practice

Your knowledge is only worth the marks you can get for it in exams! You need to practice under exam conditions as early, and as much as possible. I will provide feedback on how to improve your technique

advice on what to do next

The sooner you do this, the better, because I can advise you on what to spend the rest of your study time on.

assess your communication skills

Your work never looks the same as the solution. In Auditing, it can be tough to figure out whether you'd get the mark or not. I can help you with you communication for more marks.

'Fix' and try again

(The 'Two Exam' option) Do the first one, get feedback from me, work on your fixes, then do the second one. This helps assess your improvement and see whether you're on the right track and improving your marks.

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One Sim Exam

Write. Feedback
R600
  • 100 Mark Sim Exam
  • Suitable for CTA; PGDA; ITC Level
  • Comprehensive feedback report
  • Exam technique; study guidance and advice

Frequently asked questions

Students feel that they need to wait until they’re ready to ‘pass’ the exams, or they’re finished their studying before they do this.

In reality, they need to do this as soon as possible, since this is a great tool to help you decide where to focus more attention, change the way you’re doing something, or fix your understanding.

One of the big challenges in Auditing is communication. When you write your exam, you know what you ‘meant’ to say. But is that what you actually write down?

Your work never looks the same as the solution. Will you still get the marks?

You can pay via EFT. Submit the form here, and I’ll send you bank details

Once you’ve paid and sent me a proof of payment:

  • I’ll mail you the sim exam case study and required.
  • You write the exam under exam conditions
  • When you’re done, scan your attempt and email to me
  • I’ll mark, and give you a comprehensive report on each question, your strengths and weaknesses, how to work on them, exam technique and further study guidance.

If you’re doing the second sim exam, take a  week to work on these, then do the second sim exam to assess your improvement.

For any queries, email me: yvonne@yvonneventer.com

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Student comments

"...now I understand why I always fail questions on risks and audit procedures"
"I truly appreciate you and that I have benefitted a lot from encountering with you. I did my undergrad with UNISA, self taught auditing through doing previous questions and I never had the privilege to be taught what I am learning here with you."
"Thanks a lot I really appreciate your positive remarks"
"I am trying to control pressure I am losing self-esteem I just panic once I take question. I have learnt the following: · Learnt to stay calm and plan before jumping to answering · Read and re-read required the required · Wear my auditing cap :)"
"Thank you for the feedback on the AUE sim exam"
"...it was really helpful and I did the stuff you suggested. And thank you for expecting great things from me."
"... the whole year I've been feeling like my theory is not thorough."
"I attempt a question, I fail and I revert back to theory. Just before I attempted the paper, I was deathly afraid that I had forgotten my theory and also the way I write my answers. I went through my notes, some questions I had done before and the last answer script I got for my June exam. Then I opened the case study. When I read the required, MY WORD! I was confused!
"In a time panic I know I rush reading which is my biggest downfall"
I would love to have a session with you to talk about audit procedures. I look forward to hearing from you and bettering my performance!
"Thanks for the feedback on the sim exams"
"That short-term goal you explained does make sense because over all my years of studying I have focused on doing questions but not under exam conditions. So I would work through questions in bite-sized portions and never do it under exam conditions. It is only since I started CTA that I have been doing questions properly under exam conditions, 90% of which have been 1-hour tests, so I definitely have to build the skill of keeping focused for long periods at a time."
"I went through your evaluation, thank you for being so honest"
I will re-attempt it with the focus on presentation as requested. I have been struggling with my handwriting all year (and to be honest since starting university and is probably the reason why I took so long with my qualification). Thanks 🙂

Student issues

Here are my common findings for students who have completed these sim exams so far:

Theory is not the problem

Most of the marks that students aren’t gettings are due to communication and application issues, not because they don’t have enough ‘knowledge’. I can see they know their stuff, but they’re not able to explain it properly.

Misreading the question

  • This is a really common problem. In the panic due to the time restraints, students read what they ‘think’ the question is asking.
  • If there’s more than one ‘thing’ the question wants, they often ‘forget’ or don’t see the second part of the required
  • They see ‘trigger’ words, but don’t read the words around it, which can change the whole question! (eg: they see the word ‘risk’ and immediately think they have to do risk assessment… even if the question asks them to discuss how to ADDRESS the risks

They don’t integrate their Fin Acc knowledge

For some reason, students totally separate their understanding and knowledge of IFRS, from Auditing. In Auditing you are ‘checking’ the company’s compliance with IFRS… everything you do in Fin Acc, you have to be able to ‘check’! You can’t ignore / leave your IFRS knowledge at the door. I expect that you know the accounting treatment for leases, because you’ll have to audit it!

Communication

This is by far the biggest reason students lost marks.
This is the trickiest to fix on your own. So many students tell me they don’t understand why they don’t get marks for stuff. It can be seriously discouraging, I know. It’s tough to figure out if your point is ‘close’ enough to the solution to get marks for it. Again, students often look at the ‘trigger’ words on the mark plan and think “Oh, I got that”, but they haven’t explained themselves properly, haven’t covered the components needed for the point, so they fail. 
Honestly, the best way to fix this is to have someone go through your stuff and give you an indication of whether you’re on the right track, or how to change your communication.

Planning a structure for their answer (Especially discussion questions)

A lot of questions require a structure, if you just start writing, there’s a good chance you’ll get stuck on one detail, or not cover everything. You need to have a ‘plan’ of all the things you need to cover, so you can keep track of what you’re writing, when to move onto the next point, and allocate your time properly. It feels like a waste to take 2 minutes to plot out your plan, but it’ll cost you a lot of marks if you waffled on about one concept for ten points and never got to the rest of the question because you ran out of time. 

Risk assessment needs work

Although students have been doing risk questions for years, I still find they struggle with the communication, and application of risk. Probably my best summary of this is that students don’t quite practically understand what ‘Risk-based Auditing’ actually is. They don’t quite know how to identify, rank, prioritise, and where risks arise. This isn’t going to get better by going back to textbooks either. Learning more about inherent risk doesn’t help you ‘spot’ and communicate it in a situation that you’ve never seen before. 
This is a BIG problem. Your risk questions (obviously!) are going to suffer, but so are your audit plan, strategy, and procedure questions.