The NINJA 50,000 MCQ Challenge is Back

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    The NINJA 50,000 MCQ Challenge is Back

    The last challenge took only 4 days for the NINJAs to hit 50,000 MCQ.

    Can they beat it?

    Here’s how it works:

    1) Start working as many NINJA MCQ as you can. Your fellow NINJAs will do the same.

    2) Post your progress in THIS thread the total # of MCQ you’ve worked.

    3) Once the total # of MCQ adds up to 50,000, then all active NINJA MCQ subscribers get NINJA BLITZ access for a month (31 days).

    Q: Do the MCQ have to be from NINJA?
    A: Yes

    Q: Are you going to double-check?
    A: No. If the profession trusts your integrity to protect the public interest, then so will the ninjas

    Q: Which BLITZ sections do I get if we hit 50,000?
    A: Whatever NINJA MCQ section(s) you have access to – you get BLITZ for those sections as well.

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    September 01, 2015 NINJA MCQ

    CPA Exam Score Release is Brutal, but I PASSED FAR!

    Joshua GraunkeJoshua is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I don’t think there is an experience like your first CPA Exam score release anywhere else in the real world.

    You spend hours and days on the idea that less than 100 questions will determine if you are competent in a subject.

    Originally, I was planning to ignore it because I had Audit coming up and I thought that regardless of how I did, the score would distract me from my next exam.

    I wanted to keep the blinders on for a few extra days and look after I had finished exam #2.

    NINJAs, a little word of advice about this: Unless you are taking a test the day after the score release DO NOT DELAY LOOKING.

    I sat in my office all day yesterday dwelling on the possible scores and quantifying how dumb each range of scores would make me.

    It was absolute torture to not know and there is no way I was making it to Sunday. Please learn from my very dumb mistake.

    Before I realized that having a giant CPA cloud looming over you would really suck, I sent my NTS to my girlfriend to hold on to so I wouldn’t be tempted to check myself.

    What I didn’t know is that she had gone rogue and checked without me. More on that in a minute.

    When I got off work last night, I drove like a madman to get home and log in to NASBA to see how badly I had failed. I figured the worst it could be was: I totally tanked, I’ll learn from where I was weak and what I could quickly absorb now that I am used to the exam and test day experiences.

    I got to my girlfriend’s apartment and immediately bolted for my computer. She was sitting on the couch saying that she surprised me with my favorite cupcakes and, good or bad, at least I’d have some comfort food. I decided to take a look at the cupcakes and have a small bite, but when I opened the box, all that I saw was “PASS 75”.

    I look up to see her filming me and immediately realize that this wasn’t a hoax, I had passed FAR! I don’t think I have ever gone from stressed, to shocked, to completely elated that quickly in my life.

    The 800lb gorilla that is passing your first exam was off my back and I was on the board. 1 down, 3 to go!

    Given that this was my first attempt at any exam, I squeaked by on the narrowest of margins (and maybe a computer error), I am not entirely sure what I did right or wrong to get me to my passing score.

    I know that listening to Jeff’s audio on the way to work definitely planted some easy to remember info in my mind and I believe that showed on exam day.

    I also believe that using the NINJA method (although I didn’t quite get through all of the note re-writing) was a much better way to study.

    To be honest, I do believe there was some luck involved as well with my exam. There were 2 or 3 subjects that I knew I could, and should, have done more with, but they were very sparse on my exam, or weren’t tested at all.

    Given how close I came to failing this exam, and how much easier it is to go to the second exam with the outline of how to study put together, I am buckling down and planning to spend the next 96 hours living breathing and sleeping Audit.

    I mentioned before how this exam is like eating an elephant, you just have to get through it one bite at a time. For me, this exam being in the rearview mirror has given me even more motivation to keep going and to trek through the remaining 3 exams.

    I always had a personal deadline of when I’d like to be done with this exam, but now I am facing the daunting deadline of 18 months until I lose this credit.

    I refuse to let that happen, and I believe that my study plan will help me beat that deadline with room to spare. Bring on Round 2 with Audit!

    Hi-ya!

    September 01, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Working Around Distractions While Studying BEC

    JennyJenny is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    What a week. I think I did everything but study. I can’t even blame it on having no time.

    Sure things were crazy and the schedule was full but there were windows of time I could have put some study time in. I just let those windows of time slip on by.

    We are busy getting my mom’s house ready for sale. As a result, I now have an extra large desk. It’s going to be great once its set up but right now it’s a large mess.

    Unfortunately I am letting this mess keeping me from studying BEC. It’s amazing how much more fun cleaning is when I have to study.

    I did try to squeeze in the NINJA flashcards and audio this week. This gave me at least some exposure to the material.

    This week is over, I can’t dwell on the missed opportunities to study. All I can do is move forward.

    Spousal Insight

    Life has a way of creeping into our lives. It always amazes how quickly the little things in life can distract us from studying.

    I am saying this mostly from my own experience when I was studying for the actuarial exams (of which I passed one, then stopped).

    No matter how hard I tried, EVERYTHING looked more entertaining to me than studying. It could have been the tiniest thing that was the lowest on my priority list to do, but it bothered me SO much that I had to take care of it. As a result, my studying efforts failed.

    Now that my wife is studying again, I am seeing the same thing happen, but this time to her. Unfortunately, with everything going on this past week, it is VERY difficult to get off the distraction train.

    Because we are getting my mother-in-law’s house ready to sell, I have become Mr. Fix It, and as a result my wife had to watch the kids.

    HOWEVER, I found it very refreshing that she found a way to not only feed a baby a bottle, but also arrange her flash cards so she could study at the same time. PROPS TO HER for figuring that out!

    With all of this going on, we find ourselves pressing on. The house will get listed soon, and that is one less thing to be distracted by.

    August 31, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    FAR Studying: Finding the Strength to Keep Going

    Carolina2Carolina is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I stated in my last update that I took a week off from studying due to my grandfather’s death. Afterwards, I started to study a little bit every other day.

    Then on August 10th at 11am, I started to have chest pain. I kept working through the day ignoring the chest pain.

    I got home and followed my daily routine of playing with my son a little bit, giving him dinner, and putting him to bed.

    At 9pm the chest pain got worse, so I decided to lay in bed to rest a little before studying.

    Oh my God, the chest pain only got worse and worse; I thought I was having a heart attack or something. However, I didn’t want to go to the ER, so I stayed home and took some pain killers and tried to stay calm.

    The pain decreased an hour later of taking the pain killers.

    I went to my primary doctor the next morning. He was going to send me to the ER, but I refused to. I hate going to the ER because they charge you more and then tell you that you need to see a specialist.

    So the doctor performed a heart rate exam, and told me that my heart rate was a little higher than it should be.

    He sent me to see a cardiologist and a gastrointestinal doctor (I was having abdominal pain a month before) and get some blood work done.

    It was hard to get an appointment with the cardiologist, but I was able to see the gastrointestinal doctor right away. I got an endoscopy done and everything looks fine in my stomach and intestine areas.

    The lab results for the blood work came back good with the exception of the white blood cells, which came out high.

    My doctor said not to worry too much about the white blood cells because it could be caused by stress and that we need to wait for the cardiologist diagnose.

    He also said that if the cardiology exams come back good it could be that I have anxiety, which I think it is the case because I have had two anxiety attacks in the past.

    I just didn’t want to go to the doctor to check if I really was suffering from anxiety. So, now all I have to do is to wait until they find out what is going on with my body.

    The chest pain has not gone away. It is still there, minimal, but there. I just believe that my body is telling me that I need a break.

    I have never taken a break. I have been working and studying since I was 16 years old. The only time I took a “break” from working or studying was when I was pregnant, but I was studying for my master’s degree.

    My life just gets better and better. I don’t know what is going on with me, but I don’t seem to catch a break. I don’t want my bosses to think that I’m an individual with too many issues, but everything seems to be falling apart. I haven’t studied anything since I don’t remember when. I think the last time I studied was on Saturday 8th.

    This weekend, I put a lot of thought on my next moves. I was thinking on taking a break from FAR studying and just work and spend time with my family. However, I know that if I take a break now from this CPA journey, I will never go back. Therefore, I decided to move (once again) my FAR retake to October 3.

    I just need to find the strength and the motivation to keep swimming.

    August 28, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Ready for Vacation + Back to BEC Studies

    Christina FChristina is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    So plans don’t always go the way I want them to. I’m leaving for vacation soon, yay!

    After all of the extended family drama I’ve dealt with over the summer, I’m ready for vacation. Believe it or not, I’m also ready to get back to studying.

    I’ve made a new study schedule, starting lightly on vacation. I’m going to take BEC the first chance I get in October. Then move on to AUD next. I’m actually excited to take these on, now that I’m (hopefully) done with getting sidetracked.

    I started out packing my book for vacation trying to decide if I wanted to continue with BEC since I had to take a break or if I should seriously start fresh with something else.

    I decided to stick with BEC because I’m pretty much starting fresh anyway.

    Sometimes having to step away to take care of life is a great idea because once that’s taken care of, you’re able to refocus back on the exams and get it taken care of.

    My new plan is to read the book and do the questions at the end of each chapter. In the meantime, I’ll be working on studying formulas so I don’t leave those until the end like I did the last time.

    When I finish each section, I also plan to work the corresponding NINJA MCQs and add in from all previous sections to review so I’m not losing anything. I’ve got a good plan this time and plan to stick to it.

    August 27, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

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    August 27, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    AUD score is in: Another 71!

    Rollie SRollie is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that I have failed AUD again with a fantastic 71. (You can’t buy this marketing, Jeff) I had a feeling that it was going to be close but it is still frustrating to continue to fail.

    I know that I cannot let myself give up because I will have regret that I did not complete the goal of being a CPA.

    It is tempting, but I would always regret it. I have also accepted that my REG credit will expire in December as I do not believe I can pass 3 exams by November 30th.

    I could try to squeeze it in but with all of the life changes, I am accepting the fact of marginal utility.

    What happens next? I am currently studying for FAR and I am more likely going to take FAR in October. I have more opportunity to study during the day as my new employer promotes professional development.

    Another reason that I have accepted expiration of FAR is that we are trying to close on a home at the end of August. From all the times I have moved, I am absolutely dreading the moving process. However, it is exciting to see the possibility of moving into a home as more realistic.

    With all of the work involved in the mortgage process and all of the crap we have accumulated throughout the years of apartment living, I have decided to take some time off to refresh and move.

    I am also hopeful that this time off will provide a chance to refocus and get rejuvenated so that I can start study after work again in early September.

    Currently, I get some FAR studying in at work and have some fun colorful flashcards for the journal entries. I will still continue to study and will be posting more frequently as we move into the season of Pumpkin Spice and NFL!

    August 26, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Studying for the CPA Exam is Like Eating an Elephant

    Joshua GraunkeJoshua is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    There is a weird feeling of satisfaction getting through your first exam, and then immediately looking forward to the next test.

    It is a high, followed immediately by the low of being ¼ of the way through this hellish exam (at best) and seeing the long road remaining to certification.

    It helps to keep the end goal in mind when staring at such a grim reality. For me, the reward is a company bonus, the weekends becoming mine again, and the idea that I can help with wedding planning.

    Since I had a 3 week gap between my FAR exam and the release date, and I felt better about Audit material on the front end than I did for FAR, I decided to make August a blitzkrieg month and try to study for Audit in a little under 4 weeks.

    I am currently finishing my notes and planning 2 solid weeks of 200+ MCQs a day. It will be intense and not at all fun, but the potential of getting 2 tests done in this window is a great motivator for me. Plus, anything that can keep my mind off the impending 8/24 score release is plenty helpful.

    I plan to take Audit in August, and REG in October if I pass FAR. If I were to fail FAR, I would retake in a short time frame, using NINJA MCQs as a refresher.

    Ideally, I would like to finish the year with at least 2 exams behind me, with REG and BEC as the only tests left to take. It is a non-stop push to keep myself motivated.

    I found the best way to keep myself going is to write down everything I get to do when I finish the exam and tape it to the cover of each test study guide.

    It seems trivial, but it helps to envision the idea of “Watch every Lord of the Rings extended version in one day” without having to do any CPA studying.

    Just like eating the elephant, you gotta get through this exam one bite at a time. Every extra 10 minutes of studying may put you 1 point closer to being done with another exam.

    My eyes are on the horizon and I’m pushing as hard as I can to get there!

    August 25, 2015 NINJA CPA Review
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