Introducing NINJA CPA Blogger Jennifer!

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    Jennifer is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I am Jennifer, I have a baby girl and a wonderful loving partner. I have been out of school for a very long time.

    I decided to get my CPA because even though I have my MBA, most jobs are now requiring a CPA too! Back when I graduated (over a decade ago) you either needed your MBA or CPA.

    I started my journey last year and was immediately deflated as I found out that my accounting degree didn’t cover all the classes I needed to sit for the CPA Exam in Florida – imagine my surprise.

    Going back to school is not an option for me, so I embarked on taking a class online to help meet the need. I finally finished that class in December and now have started to get everything together to start studying.

    I still have 3 more classes to take after I pass the exam, but in Florida you have time to meet the needs after you pass the exam. Of course with the changes coming in 2017 with the CPA exam, my first priority is to beat this monster of a test before then and this is why I am going to become a CPA NINJA!!

    February 11, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    Officially DONE: I Passed the CPA Exam!

    AngelleHeadshotAngelle is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Hey everyone!

    It’s been awhile since my last blog post, and a lot has changed since you last heard from me!

    I took BEC, and my exam experience was much different from any of the other sections. I actually walked out of the exam feeling confident, which scared me!

    A lot of people say that if you felt like the exam was easy, you probably failed because you didn’t perform well enough to receive a more difficult testlet. I tried not to dwell on these fears because I know that each person’s perspective is unique. You never know how well you did until you receive your score!

    I thought this score release would be the hardest because I knew it could be my last, but it actually went by quickly (thank goodness).

    At first I wasn’t sure if I should keep studying for BEC to keep it fresh in my mind in case I had to do a retake, but I ultimately decided to take a break and hope for the best. If I failed, at

    If I failed, at least I gave myself a much-needed break. If I passed, I made the right decision to leave those books closed!

    I have always moved on to study for the next section after taking an exam, so this is the first time that I have gone this long without studying since I began studying in May! It was surprisingly easy to keep myself busy during the waiting period, especially since it was the holiday season.

    It was surprisingly easy to keep myself busy during the waiting period, especially since it was the holiday season.

    I stayed with my family for about five days, which went by in a flash. I slowly chipped away at my long list of things to get done before I start my job. It also helped that I was able to sleep in late every morning. It’s amazing how fast the day goes by when you get up at 11 am!

    When score release day was finally here, I was so far out of “study mode” that I wasn’t even nervous. In a way I felt like I was already done, so it all felt surreal.

    When the countdown clock hit zero, I refreshed the page over and over and… Of course, the server had crashed. That’s when the nerves hit me.

    Thirty-five minutes and about five thousand page refreshes later, I got my score! And I passed! I am officially DONE with the CPA exam!

    Next on my to-do list: have a bonfire fueled by hundreds of flash cards, pages of notes and study guides! (I’m keeping the textbooks – they’d be fun to burn, but they might come in handy later!)

    Here is my advice to anyone who is considering taking the CPA exam, is just beginning this journey, or is struggling to achieve his or her goal of passing the cpa exam. I know you have probably heard this before, but it’s the truth: this exam is more about discipline than anything else.

    Ask yourself why it is important to you to pass the exam, and ask yourself what sacrifices you are truly willing to make. Write these things down and refer back to them when things get tough.

    Starting today, work as hard as you possibly can until you are finished.

    The longer you wait to make that commitment, the longer you will drag out this process. You have the ability to make it happen, you just have to put in the work! Good luck to you all. I wish the best for you, and I appreciate the support and advice I have received from everyone in the Another71 community throughout this process!

    February 09, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    CPA Reviewed: CPA Exam Podcast – Episode 64

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    The CPA Reviewed CPA Exam podcast is back! In this episode, we cover:

    • How to study for a CPA Exam retake (the right way and the wrong way)
    • How to deal with studying for the CPA Exam during tax season when looking down the barrel of an expiring credit
    • How to cram 4 exams in 10 months and leave some wiggle room for a re-take or two.
    • …and much much more!

     

    See also: Free CPA Review Materials

    February 05, 2016 Podcasts

    Moving Forward + Ready to be Done with BEC

    JennyJenny is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    A new testing window is here and I have already fallen behind. I had my exam set up for end of January but talked myself out of it.

    I am finding it hard to get motivated to study. I thought setting the date would light the fire and make me study but no such luck.

    Due to busy season and lack of confidence I have moved the test back into February.

    Despite working hours, I am going to be working on the NINJA MCQs daily and rewriting NINJA Notes. Here is to having BEC done and over with once and for all.

    Spousal Insight

    I think one of the hardest tasks amongst anyone taking any professional exam, is getting motivated after taking a little time off. That time off could have been for any number of reasons. I think the CPA exam is one that makes it difficult because there is a down month. So by its very nature you have a time off period.

    So as a spouse how do you help them get back in the groove? That is a priceless question. The answer really is finding those time to remind them to study. Maybe a reminder of the last exam score.

    In the case of NINJA there are many parts of the program. In my wife’s case the best thing is to get right back into the MCQs. So after work and weekends I am fully expecting her to be back in her “cave” answering questions.

    February 04, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    Review Stage: REG Exam is a Few Days Away

    Keona2Keona is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I’m a few days away from taking the REG exam. I feel no way completely ready but I am in my review stage.

    In my review stage, I constantly pound NINJA MCQs, start working sims, and also read over my notes.

    I will take my REG exam right after year-end close at my job, so it will be a busy time.

    My plan is to work and study these next few days. No social gathering and unfortunately no cooking (takeout will be my best friend).

    I noticed you need a lot of rest during this review/blitz period. We moved my father to a nursing home closer to us and I explained to him that I will not see him much until after my test.

    REG is not as bad as I thought it will be but like all sections you need to commit the time and effort. This is my first shot at taking the REG exam and hopefully my last.

    I will keep you posted.

    February 02, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    BEC Study: Starting Fresh in January

    JennyJenny is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Fun and games are officially over and it’s time to focus harder on studying. It took a while to schedule my retake but I now have the date set.

    I got my BEC study plan set and planning on hitting the NINJA MCQs hard. I was so close to passing last time I can’t give up now.

    Busy season is starting and life is crazy but I have to keep pressing forward. It’s going to be a rough month but I have an exam to pass. Here I go and let’s get this done.

    Spousal Insight

    Seeing your spouse come so close to passing just a couple months ago, it is important the fire is kept lit. If that means holding up a tarp to prevent the weather attacking the fire, then so be it.

    As a spouse it is our duty to do what we can to support them in this endeavor. In my case, I married my wife through the hard times and through the good times. So, while this time might be tough, I am here for her no matter what.

    January 28, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    CPA Exam Lessons Learned

    Keona2Keona is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I officially took each part of the CPA exam at least once. I’m hoping once my REG score comes out I will be 3/4 complete with the CPA exam.

    REG MCQs wasn’t too bad. I hope this is because I over studied. The sims weren’t too brutal but in no way were the sims easy.

    Coming off my one point failure with AUD, I completed 3000 MCQs for REG. I didn’t want to lose any points because of MCQs. I scored weaker in AUD MCQs but stronger in sims (I know most candidates score information shows the opposite.)

    I honestly was scared of REG that’s why I left it for my last part. My goal is to knock out AUD at the end of this quarter.

    Note to CPA candidates: you should only get one NTS for one section if you are working fulltime. I had no choice but to move on to REG because my NTS was expiring soon, I wished I would have retaken AUD right away. Lesson learned.

    January 26, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    Goal: Become a CPA Before September

    Joshua GraunkeJoshua is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    The BEC exam is called the hot dog exam by some due to the content being a little bit of everything. I see it as the hot dog exam because you can consume a bunch of it without much effort.

    The ease of learning has helped keep the momentum going through the beginning of the year, and hopefully sets up for a “one and done” scenario for this exam.

    Getting back on the horse after the holidays is a tall task. Leaving a month of parties, presents and carbohydrates is especially hard with my exam quickly approaching, leaving very little time during the year-end closes to cram in MCQs.

    The CPA is unforgiving to the rest of our lives, it leaves you no choice but to push forward and work through the rough nights ahead.

    2016 is a year of big changes for me; I will be getting married in September, I will be leaving the country for the first time soon after that, and I plan to do both of those things after becoming a Certified Public Accountant. After a rough stint with Audit, I am determined to course correct and get back in the rhythm of the NINJA method.

    After long nights partying in to the wee hours of the morning, it’s time to spend those same hours re-reading my text book and learning the difference between there, they’re and their for the writing portion (thank you text messaging).

    I am looking forward to kicking off this new year with a bang and getting to the halfway mark of the CPA exam.

    Hi-ya!

    January 22, 2016 NINJA CPA Review
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