CPA Exam Score Release (#1) Day is Here

    It’s Score Release Day!
    Posted by Another71 on Monday, August 3, 2015


    The AICPA has released the Q3 & Q4 2015 CPA Exam Score Release Dates for July/August and October/November exams.

    Typically, NASBA releases the score results early in the morning on the “target date” at 1am Eastern.

    For instance on August 4th, the scores will come out at 1am Eastern, which is 11pm Pacific time (and technically, August 3rd).

    Clear as mud?

    As always, the CPA Exam Forum has you covered for all things CPA Exam Score Release.

    (Be sure to share this news with others who taking the CPA Exam) :)

    July August 2015 CPA Exam Score Release Dates

    Source: AICPA

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    July 24, 2015 NINJA MCQ

    Studying for the CPA Exam is a Family Affair

    Christina F

    Christina is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I am committed to this exam. Why isn’t anyone else in my family? I am finally taking a vacation for the first time in who knows how long, but it’s scheduled per everyone else’s schedule and pushes back my CPA testing.

    Then other family issues pop up and somehow I’m the only one that can take care of them?

    I know I’m not alone in CPA exam land with this. I’m already distracted easily and it takes me scheduling and practically shutting myself away to be able to get studying done, but add problems on top of all of that – forget it.

    To keep motivating myself I log onto the forum a lot. I don’t always post, but sometimes it helps seeing that others are having issues getting studying done as well.

    I keep telling myself it will be easier to study when my oldest goes back to school in a little over a month, but I really don’t want to wait that long.  We have family plans being put on hold until I pass this exam, and I’d really like to be done by next summer.

    It keeps rolling in my mind that all of this is just an excuse to not study, but I realize that not only do I have to be committed, everyone else around me has to be committed in some way as well because they have to take over and deal with things I’m unable to. I still work on MCQs and I do ok, but I obviously need more studying and practice.

    So instead of getting upset and worried about my self-set timelines, I’ve set a goal. If I can get the studying in for the next few weeks I want to, I’m going to set up my test for the last possible date I can in this quarter.

    If I don’t, I’ll push it back to the very first possible date in October and take a few tests next quarter. When you want something bad enough, you have to go for it, even if it means hurting someone’s feelings or making someone else take on something you can do.

    Here’s to finishing this quarter out strong!!

    August 04, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Studying for the CPA Exam: It’s a Balancing Act


    Jenny is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    My name is Jenny, and I work as an accountant at a firm in our hometown.  My husband, Jon, and I have TWO sets of TWINS (Yes, you read that correctly).  They are 3 years old and 8 months old.

    Needless to say, we don’t get much sleep, have much free time, and our house is always a disaster.  Playing 2-on-4 is sometimes unfair.  However, we wouldn’t change it for the world.

    I started working in the accounting field in 2004 at a local firm.  My main focus was taxes, specifically small businesses and individuals. Unfortunately due to downsizing I found myself job-hunting a few years later.

    Luckily this hunt was short and I found a job working at a midsize firm in town.  The focus there was still taxes but larger businesses and more partnerships.  After a year, I again found myself job hunting due to downsizing; this time I decided to return to my roots and work at a small firm.

    Due to personality issues, I moved onto my current firm, where I have been for the past 5 years and loving it.  I get to work with variety of different industries and provide various types of services.

    I have sat for the Exam a number of times

    BEC – 44 (Feb 07), 67 (Aug 07), 68 (Jan 08), 67 (Aug 08)

    FAR – 54 (Oct 07), 46 (May 08)

    REG – 56 (Feb 05), 66 (Jan 06), 69 (Aug 06), 79* (Nov 06)

    AUD – 61 (Oct 04), 69 (Aug 05), 62 (Nov 05), 58 (May 07), 60 (Nov 07), 68 (Feb 08), 66 (Jan 09)

    Today is the day that I am making the commitment to move on and finally, once and for all, pass these exams.

    Today I am committing to the following:

    • Burn (literally) old outdated materials
    • I am saying goodbye to my old materials from other sources and starting fresh with the NINJA CPA Review Materials.  (All the other materials are collecting dust and outdated anyway)
    • Spend Time Wisely
    • I will commit to spending less time playing games on the phone, browsing Facebook constantly, and watching TV (time is limited enough already).  Lastly, I will schedule study time and stick with it.
    • Weekly Blog Posts
    • I will commit to making weekly blog posts to keep myself accountable to the world.  I want to be able to document my FINAL journey in taking these exams.  (Yes, I used the term FINAL, because I will finish this journey this time)
    • Whatever it takes
    • I will commit to doing whatever it takes to pass these exams.  I might miss my kids, or might miss my spouse, but I am done saying the words, “WANT TO PASS”
    • Today I will begin saying “GOING TO PASS”
    • Spousal Insight

      Over the course of many years I have seen my wife struggle to take and pass the exams.  This time it’s different.  This time we have children.  And not just one, not two, but four (under the age 4).

      So, what is this going to take from a spousal perspective?  

      I have come up with a few items that I (as a spouse) am going to have to commit myself to:

      • Assisting her in finding time to study
      • I will work with her to devise a workable study time schedule.  I will help by entertaining or taking care of the kids. This might mean, taking the kids out of the house, or getting her out of the house to go study somewhere.
      • Assisting her in staying committed
      • This is my spousal duty to support her 100%.  There will be times when she is going to get mad at me for suggesting that she goes and studies, and that is OK.  I will commit to taking that.  As a spouse, I must continue to support her and keep her committed to her task.
      • Be willing to separate from my spouse (metaphorically) temporarily
      • In order to fully support my spouse in this effort, I must be willing to see less of my wife (at times) so that when this period of time is over, I will be able to spend much more time with my spouse
      • Assisting her to find a space to study
      • Study areas can kill your study efforts. Therefore, I need to make sure that her study environment is comfortable, accommodating, peaceful, and organized.  Since we just moved into a new house a little over a year ago, we have a fresh slate to make this happen.
      • As I have done for many years, I will support her in this effort.  In the end, I want to be able to say that she has finally passed the exam.  Whatever it takes to make that happen, I am willing to commit to.

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    August 03, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    It’s a Beast: What I Learned Studying for FAR

    AshleyAshley is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Finally, after months of studying for FAR and rescheduling, I did it! I sat for FAR. I didn’t take a break.

    I spent the entire four hours testing. I got caught in what appeared to be a tropical storm on my way to the test center. And now I wait.

    After finally sitting for my first exam in nearly five years, I learned a few things and I will be tackling my next exam’s study schedule a bit differently. My approach was to use the NINJA Framework and, as with anything, practice makes perfect.

    I started off strong with N: Nail the Concepts. I read through each FAR NINJA book cover to cover, I took some notes, and thought I gained a fairly good understanding of the concepts.

    When I moved onto I: Intense MCQs; I became discouraged. Out of the gate, my scores were not trending where I needed them to be.

    I did raise them, but my tenacity also started to wane as the curve balls and obstacles started getting in the way. I began rewriting the notes, but didn’t get very far.

    And the two days and morning prior to my exam, were spent cramming NINJA Blitz. Unquestionably, the Blitz gained me, at least, a couple points.

    For BEC, my plan is to study the notes and begin reading the books simultaneously later this week. I’ll do this by splitting my daily study time into book, notes, etc. With FAR, I never felt I had time to get back to the notes, so with BEC, I’m working them in from the beginning.

    Also, I’m going to start reviewing the Blitz sooner. As I mentioned, this definitely gained points. My hope will be that with the notes, Blitz, and books, all being incorporated into the N, Nail the Concepts, portion of studying, that my MCQ scores will not be as discouraging in the beginning.

    I’m hoping that with less material, I’ll be able to feel some traction sooner and not wane through the middle.

    Finally, I hadn’t sat for an exam since the first year I was out of school, and even though I’ve been working in the profession, FAR was still a beast.

    And, if I were to do this over again, I wouldn’t start with FAR. It was really too much material for me to start with. It might not have been, if I hadn’t had so many other distractions, but that was the reality. And about the time I got into a good groove, something else happened.

    I think if I had selected another exam to take first, I might have been able to push without waning. However, now that I have studied and sat for FAR, I feel like I can do anything! So, there’s that. We’ll see if that holds when I get my score.

    Until next time, NINJAs, HIYA!

    July 31, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    The Hardest Part of the CPA Exam

    Christina FChristina is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Nobody said CPA review would be easy. Sometime I can’t imagine how this could be so hard.

    Scrolling through the forum, I see a lot of people that are looking for motivation or losing their motivation to study lately. I’m totally there right now.

    Every time I get really going on studying, something happens in life that has to have my attention and my studying streak goes out the window.

    Alternative study places are one major suggestion I have to distractions, but on the weekends when my husband and dad both work, I have no choice but to be home with the kids and no studying gets done.

    Now that my husband has decided we’re going home to Arizona for vacation, completely messing up the timelines I had set up by the way, I’m moving up my testing date and need to kick in high gear to get through the material and MCQs. I’m not giving myself an option to fail, I want to get past these exams, as we all do.

    When I want more motivation, I tend to look up motivational quotes. One of my favorites is “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    When I don’t get as much studying done one day, I realize that the next day is a whole new day to get studying done and I don’t need to let the lack of studying the previous day define today.

    I know I want this, that’s not the issue; it’s getting everyone else to understand the time I need that’s the hard part.

    If you are trying to find the motivation to continue studying, remember why you started doing this in the first place. I look at my kids and remember I’m doing this for them; even if they won’t leave me alone.

    At least I can work lots of NINJA MCQs while watching them play or while they nap. Finding any time during the day to study can add up and help you pass.

    I plan to find it any way I can, and continue to try to stay off of social media and not doing anything extra because this is important, and the faster I get through these exams, the faster life can go back to whatever normal is.

    July 27, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Getting Creative When Studying for the CPA Exam

    AshleyAshley is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Recently, my husband and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.

    Usually we try to plan our major vacation around our anniversary, but with his CISA, my CPA exams, and work commitments, it just didn’t work out this year.

    Trust me, if I were in Aruba on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, I’d be getting plenty of studying in. Unfortunately, I am not, and instead, I’ve been busy working through an internal audit, and haven’t been getting enough studying in.

    When my husband and I are both busy juggling work and home, we have a hard time slowing down to talk about things other than scope creep, deadlines, and groceries.

    Trying to juggle work’s unexpected demands and an intense study schedule leaves very little room to invest in yourself. No matter the circumstances, we all need some down time.

    So, to celebrate, we took a day out of town to shop a little, enjoy a new restaurant, take a painting class, and savor a nightcap. It was just what we needed!

    We are both ridiculously analytical and task-oriented; for us, it is incredibly refreshing to slow down and think only about creating something beautiful.

    Sometimes a change of scenery, even if it doesn’t involve interstate or international travel, is still a good thing. And taking time to invest in your marriage is always a good thing.

    Needless to say, I didn’t get nearly the studying in I could have or should have, but I did what I desperately needed to do. Sometimes, it is okay to give up a day. This time, it absolutely was.

    If you are married and studying for the CPA Exam, schedule a time to go on a date with your spouse. Hire a babysitter, if you need to, and get out of town. I’m sure you both need it.

    And if you’re like us, and don’t use the creative side of your brain enough, incorporate something to spark some creativity into your time. You will thank me later.

    Until next time, HIYA!

    July 26, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    Finding the Motivation to Keep Studying FAR

    Carolina2Carolina is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Hello NINJAs,

    It’s been a while since I last wrote. I have been very busy at work and a little bit away from my studies.

    I got so discouraged during my last rounds of these tests that I have not studied much.

    I did study for a week or two, but started to procrastinate. I started to notice that I would find any excuse just to not study.

    These tests have me drained, but I know I have to do it. More now than ever because my job has agreed to pay all my expenses related to my CPA license.

    The reason they are willing to pay for my expenses is because I recently got promoted and they want a CPA. Now, I have more pressure to finish these exams, but I don’t know where to find more motivation to study.

    Also, this new position came with a lot more work and responsibilities, so now I’m tired most of the time. Every night when I come home, I feed my son and put him to bed and I try to study but most of the time I fall asleep.

    I have moved my FAR exam 4 times already and I will move it one more time because I am very far behind. I hate to keep doing this to myself, but I don’t know what to do anymore.

    I know that if I don’t put the effort needed to pass these tests, I will never be able to pass them and I will be suffering for a very long time.

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

    July 25, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    A New Job and a New Test: Studying for FAR

    Rollie SRollie is a NINJA CPA blogger.


    Another AUD attempt is in the books and now the wait for the first August score release continues.

    It was so nice to have the rest of the 4th of July weekend to spend relaxing and catching up with all the of house chores.

    Plus it gave me time to accept a job offer! That is right NINJAs, I am moving on to a credit union to work in their accounting department. It will be a great opportunity.

    I have given up on trying to diagnose what level of difficulty I received in regards to my testlets.

    It not only psyches you out, but it also makes my mind focus on items that are not important or relevant at all during the exam.

    I feel that the test went a little better than last time, but it is so hard for me to tell anymore. I am just hoping to have positive results come early August!

    What is next? I am hoping to knock out FAR on the 29th of August. With FAR being such a beast and my time running short, I wanted to get an attempt or two in before I lose my credit for REGL.

    This is also includes a trip to Winnipeg to see Jeff’s favorite boy band minus one member. It should be a relaxing time for my wife and I.

    Not only will we be staying in a B&B, but hopefully I can shut my brain off for a couple days. Keeping the marriage alive is very important. And it will make for a more supportive wife J.

    The plan is simple. I need to start nailing the journal entries for FAR and pounding the NINJA MCQs. I hope I have not lost all of the FAR material from the last time I took FAR. It will be a good ride…

    Good luck all!

    Well – NINJAs – in an ideal world, I will pass FAR and AUD this window J. Let’s hope for the best!!

    July 24, 2015 NINJA CPA Review
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