Part I Exam – Guide For Success
PREPARING FOR THE EXAM
Repetition is the key to learning, and this applies to your preparation for each APSCA exam. To be eﬀective
and successful in preparing for your exams, ensure you read the most current version of the Auditor
Handbook including the Glossary of Terms carefully and in advance of your exam date. We recommend
you only take the CSCA exams in the language you are most advanced in. Your APSCA proﬁle should
accurately reﬂect your spoken and written language abilities. If the exam is not oﬀered in a language you
consider yourself advanced / ﬂuent in, we advise postponing your exam until it is available in your preferred
language. To ensure your APSCA proﬁle is updated to reﬂect your current language skills, contact APSCA’s
audit ﬁrm, and APSCA staﬀ can view your language levels.
A critical component of preparing for each exam includes testing your equipment and connecting to a live
technician via ProctorU. Detailed guidance on how to do this in advance of your exam date is provided in the
Auditor Handbook. Ensure you review and practice (i.e. “test your equipment”) accordingly.
We suggest running equipment checks in the weeks and days leading up to your exam. System and ﬁrewall
updates can impact your connection and / or equipment. Internet stability is key to your success. It is also
important to update all third-party software and your operating system with the latest updates. This will help
to reduce the chance of connection/interruption issues during your exam session.
ABOUT PART I EXAM
ELEMENTS OF THE EXAM
Part I exam is made up of 100 multiple choice and true false questions.
SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM
Prior to sitting any APSCA exam, you must obtain approval from your Member Firm.
Do NOT schedule an exam without having received permission from APSCA. Permission includes the ﬁrm
submitting an exam request sheet and invoices being raised. Invoices must be paid at least 14 days prior to
the exam being sat. Failure to follow the prescribed process may result in your exam being cancelled AND
will result in your exam results being delayed.
HOW TO PREPARE
Review the following:
(Member Firm to provide)
The Auditor Handbook is extensive and includes
elements for review ahead of each CSCA exam (Part
I - III), including but not limited to exam enrollment
process, testing of your equipment, sample
questions and topics covered in exams, frequently
asked questions, exam resources and other helpful
tips. Ensure your Firm has provided you with the
latest version of the Handbook prior to your exam.
following materials and resources:
Code and Standards of Professional Conduct
Glossary of Terms
Use of APSCA Number
Webinars – along with Exam Guides, Q&A
Carefully read the latest version of the Handbook
before each exam to familiarize yourself with any
new updates and information.
Summaries and more.
Firm Training / Learning Materials
Consult with your Firm on learning / training materials related to social compliance audits.
Version & Date:
APSCA Exam Guide Part I D-102
Version 1 - October 2020
This document is no longer version controlled once printed.
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