An auditor uses variables sampling when she/he is attempting to

Determine if accounts receivable is based on a company’s credit policy

If it is suspected that a shipping department employee may be re-routing shipments to her personal address

The company is not including all of the accounts payable in their general ledger

You should use variables sampling in all of the above situations.

You wish to construct a variables sampling plan to audit the investments account and have a sampling risk at 5%, you would 

Certain that you will catch any discrepancies in the accounts

Is too low a sampling risk making it too inefficient to use sampling

Would be 95% confident that you will discover any discrepancies in the account.

You would use attribute sampling not variables sampling to audit the balance in the investment account

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