Sampling Strategies in Financial Statement Audits: Updated Guidance

Mastering AICPA Standards and Latest Sampling and Risk Guides to Devise a Sampling Methodology

Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, July 20, 2017
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This webinar will prepare audit specialists to select appropriate sampling techniques for financial statement audits. The panel will explain the rationale for and technical terms of generally accepted standards for sampling methodologies, based on AICPA accounting standards and guides and on professional practices.


External auditors these days must stay up to date on sampling methodologies, as applied to examinations of clients’ internal controls or substantive details during financial statement audits. Several recent developments that directly affect sampling practices merit practitioners’ attention and study.

For example, within the AICPA recodification of standards, a new “performance materiality” concept was added to the new AU-C Section 320, and the “isolated exception” warning was dropped from SAS 107. Our webinar will provide a review of the AICPA’s updated guide on assessing risk in audits and any revisions on sampling keyed to the requirements in the new codification.

Best practices and insights from an experienced professional augment technical guidance when it comes to planning a sampling strategy, quantifying a right-sized sample under a given set of client circumstances, achieving the required level of evidence, and deciding what to do with sample results or errors.

Listen as our financial audit veterans lay out the framework to improve your use of sampling methodologies for financial statement audits.


  1. Impact of AICPA standards codification
    1. How new “performance materiality” concept affects documentation and sampling
    2. Responding to absence of “isolated exception” references
    3. Terminology changes
  2. Review of new AICPA sampling, risk assessment guides
  3. The audit risk model and its applicability
  4. Current sampling priorities and best practices
  5. Frequently faced issues


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Understanding implications for audit sampling in the AICPA recodification of auditing standards
  • Developing best practices from the new AICPA sampling and risk assessment guides
  • Creating a well-planned sampling approach that follows the audit risk model
  • Identifying the proper size of a sample needed for a substantive details test or for an examination of internal controls
  • Extrapolating small and large errors to the sample population

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discern best practices for alternative statistical and non-statistical sampling methodologies in conducting an audit of financial statements under AICPA standards and guidelines
  • Identify the proper size of a sample needed for a substantive details test or for an examination of internal controls
  • Determine how to extrapolate small and large errors from the data sample population


Duane Reyhl, CPA, CGMA, Partner
Andrews Hooper Pavlik, Midland, Mich.

Mr. Reyhl has 35 years of auditing and financial reporting experience, including six years as the technical director for the Peer Review Program of the California Society of CPAs. He is the firm’s director of consulting, and leads audit, review, compilation, and peer review engagements for a variety of industries, including education, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and employee benefit plans. He also performs fraud prevention and investigation services.

Gregory H. Soule, CPA, CISA, CISSP, CFE, Senior Manager
Andrews Hooper Pavlik, Auburn Hills, Mich.

Mr. Soule has a broad public accounting background which includes financial statement audits, operational and internal audits, IT audits, business consulting, IT security services, and fraud examinations. In addition, he has performed service organization control (SOC) examinations, network vulnerability assessments, social engineering, and disaster recovery consulting. His industry experience includes financial institutions, insurance companies, closely-held businesses, service organizations, governmental organizations, and manufacturers. He is a presenter and author for various professional organizations on topics including internal controls, accounting & auditing, fraud, and cybersecurity related subjects. In addition to being a CPA, Greg is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

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