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Unformatted text preview: Review Questions 7-2 The four major audit evidence decisions that must be made on every audit are: 1. Which audit procedures to use. 2. What sample size to select for a given procedure. 3. Which items to select from the population. 4. When to perform the procedure. 7-6 There are two primary reasons why the auditor can only be persuaded with a reasonable level of assurance, rather than be convinced that the financial statements are correct: 1. The cost of accumulating evidence. It would be extremely costly for the auditor to gather enough evidence to be completely convinced. 2. Evidence is normally not sufficiently reliable to enable the auditor to be completely convinced. For example, confirmations from customers may come back with erroneous information, which is the fault of the customer rather than the client. 7-7 The two determinants of the persuasiveness of evidence are appropriateness and sufficiency. Appropriateness refers to the relevance and reliability of evidence, or the degree to which evidence can be considered believable or worthy of trust. Appropriateness relates to the audit procedures selected, including the timing of when those procedures are performed. Sufficiency refers to the quantity of evidence and it is related to sample size and items to select....
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