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Definition: Analytical Review


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Analytical review is an auditing procedure that uses ratios to determine whether any significant changes have taken place.



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An analytical review is a auditing test used to gather evidence of the validity, completeness and accuracy of financial statements and accounting records. Analytical review is a kind of substantive test which can b used in the planning of, or undertaking of an audit. Analytical review works by comparing data, figures, financial and non-financial  data, either externally or internally to determine whether said data and figures are reasonable. The procedure used may vary, it could simply be a comparison of data, for example comparing the amount held in a current account with that held in the same current account last year. Or it could be a more sophisticated procedure which uses computer auditing software as well as advanced statistical procedures, for example, using multiple regression analysis.


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Definitions for Analytical Review are sourced/syndicated from:

  • Oxford Dictionary Of Economics
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th February 2019.