CPA Exam Scores: Releasing


    Update 8/1: Scores are Releasing. The CPA Exam Forum has the details.

    Any CPA Exam veteran knows that taking the exam is the easy part.

    The hard part of the CPA Exam is the score release wait.

    A couple of things about the information on this page:

    1. This is for NASBA States.

    If you live in California, Illinois or any of the other “Indie” states, then your score release will happen after the NASBA release. Usually it’s 1-3 days after, depending on the State.

    2. The science behind the NINJA predictions is simple: Target Date – 1 Business Day.

    That’s it.

    It’s very simple, but rarely wrong.

    The NINJA prediction was a perfect 3 for 3 in Q1 and Q2 2014.

    3. On Score Release day, the only place to get up to date score release information is the Another71 Forum.

    CPA Exam Score Release Timeline: Q3 2014

    July 1-20, 2014 Exams
    Official Target Date: Monday, August 4
    NINJAs Say: Friday, August 1

    July 21 – August 14, 2014 Exams
    Official Target Date: Friday, August 22
    NINJAs Say: Thursday, August 21

    August 15-31, 2014 Exams
    Official Target Date: Tuesday, September 9
    NINJAs Say: Monday, September 8

    Score Release Discussion in the Forum:

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    Where do I Check my CPA Exam Score?

    There are three categories of states when it comes to releasing CPA Exam Scores: NASBA States, Indie States, and Snail Mail States.

    Most state boards of accountancy outsource their score reporting function to NASBA. NASBA is quick, consistent, and reliable when it comes to releasing scores. Once the AICPA releases scores to NASBA, the Indie States, and the Snail Mail States, NASBA is very quick to upload candidates scores – oftentimes the same day.

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    Confidence and Energy: AUD Studies Progressing Well

    Ninja_Phillip JamesPhillip is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I am two weeks into studying for Audit with about three weeks left until my Aug 17th test date. My studying seems to be progressing well.

    I feel that I am absorbing more of the material compared to studying for FAR, which gives me the confidence and the energy to study. I think its interesting that Audit seems way more intuitive for me than FAR as I have worked in Operations Accounting just about my whole accounting career.

    These are exciting times as my practice exams scores are way up compared to my FAR practice scores. I am hoping that this translates into passing scores on exam day.

    I have used every opportunity of free time I’ve had to read my NINJA Notes and Flashcards. It’s so re-assuring to have materials everywhere I go because my phone is never far from me.

    I am modifying the NINJA method a little as I am reading the notes in conjunction with the videos. I think this may be why studying seems to be going better as I am getting a double dose of Audit fun!

    I hope you all are getting to soak up the sun in these waning days of summer, I know that I am. I have a few fun things to look forward to other than studying.

    The biggest will be my family’s second annual end of summer trip to a local water park. My children, ages 4 and 6, will have completed their summer swim lessons, so they can show Daddy and Mommy what they’ve learned. It should be a blast!

    Until next time,


    August 01, 2014 NINJA CPA Review

    REG Lectures Done, Now Cranking out NINJA MCQ

    267930_10150714720330438_7265282_nShannon is a NINJA CPA Blogger.

    Hello fellow CPA Candidates!

    I was able to get through the lecture videos and immediately jumped into the 2014 NINJA MCQ. I am able to access these questions online, so I can use them during my lunch break while at work or if I have a bit of time, I can squeeze in a 5 question session.

    This past weekend I decided to crank out lots of questions and focus on Individual and Entities Taxation. I appreciate how the MCQ are broken down even further within each topic. For me, this makes it is easier to distinguish what subtopics I have mastered and which need further attention.

    Since I was trying to cover a lot of questions over the weekend, I tried to remember that it’s more about quality over quantity. When I was answering the questions, often times I would click on the definitions of the terms pertaining to that question and references to that topic, to enhance my studying even further.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the number of questions you do rather than really absorbing the information. Each question is an opportunity to learn more and could be the difference between a 74 or 75—or even helpful on part of a simulation.

    Within the NINJA MCQ, you are able to print a progress report. This report will show you very helpful feedback by showing you information such as your average trending score on each topic. Your dashboard (similar to a home page) also provides progress by categories and your last 5 session scores.

    I think these are good measuring tools to show you how well you’re progressing within this section of the exam and also shows you how much further you need to go. My next goal is to answer all the MCQ and then go back to rewriting the NINJA Notes. Until next time!

    July 29, 2014 NINJA CPA Review

    CPA Reviewed: CPA Exam Podcast #56 – NINJA Hotline

    The podcast is back. HIYA!

    In this episode, we had five NINJAs call into the NINJA Hotline.

    - Monica (FAR)
    - Sammy (BEC)
    - Sam (BEC)
    - James (FAR)
    - Mohammed

    There are two ways to get the podcast: YouTube, and an audio-only version that streams from the site. You can also subscribe on iTunes

    Have a question for the Podcast? Ask Jeff

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    July 15, 2014 Another71 Forum

    Exam Recap: FAR Round Three

    Ninja_Phillip JamesPhillip is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    Fellow NINJAs,

    “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

    I recently completed my third attempt at FAR. I am more than a little numb 3 days after the experience because I am unsure of how I performed. I want to believe that I did what I needed to do to pass because I never want to take that exam again, but I will have to wait until August for the result.

    I did not give myself much time between my 2nd failure and retake because I wanted to capitalize on the anger I felt with failing. My preparation for this retake was so much more intense than the first two times in that I had more “quality” study sessions.

    I directed considerable time to what I felt my major weaknesses were, reviewed my Diagnostic Score Report for my weak areas and focused MCQ sections on that material, and I answered SIMS in my study sessions.

    My practice session scores seemed to trend higher so that was a little encouraging. However, I still was not scoring in the 80%-90% range that so many people in the CPA Exam Forum mention as great scores to know you are ready, but I did not let that frustrate me.

    The week before the test was one of high anxiety. Externally, I wanted to project confidence, and strength while internally I debated as to whether I needed more time and if I was truly ready or was my anger clouding my judgment. So in order to clear my head of that negativity, I went to a golf driving range with a good friend of mine and hit balls for a few hours and had some beers.

    My head felt so much clearer after that and I envisioned passing FAR.

    On test day, I felt relaxed and ready. I went to a different testing site than the one I usually go to, so I woke up pretty early to make sure I had plenty of time to find the place. I listened to NINJA Audio on the way to the testing site to help me focus on the task at hand.

    As was the case with the first two tests, I was not overwhelmed by the MCQs but the SIMS seemed to be well above what I practiced in my review software. I really wanted to throw my hands up and walk out because I was so frustrated, but instead I took a deep breath and resolved myself to answer each question to the best of my ability because at this point all I could do was my best.

    In the time between now and score release, my plan is to study for Audit. If the date is open, I plan on scheduling my exam on the day FAR scores are released. I am in a tight window to achieve the goal of being a TX CPA by the end of 2014 so I do not want to waste time.

    Until the score release date, I will make the positive assumption that I have accomplished 25% of that goal.

    See y’all at the swearing in ceremony!

    July 15, 2014 NINJA CPA Review

    REG Study: Hit with a Wave of Optimism

    AshleyLAshley is a NINJA CPA Blogger.

    Hi NINJAS!

    There’s not much going on in my end of the Pursuit of CPA-ness world.

    I’ve purchased another NTS for my last two parts – REG & BEC – and I’ve restarted my CPA study plan. So far, I’m still on track! I’m not behind according to my schedule. Actually, I’m 2 days ahead if you can believe it.

    A major factor in that is that my new employer allows me to study a little bit at work each day. You can’t even imagine how helpful that is. I am so grateful.

    I’m still very fuzzy on negotiable instruments but I’m getting much better at the tax portion given the nature of my job now. I’m actually excited to take this exam again. I feel so much less depressed about it now that I have a plan.

    It’s crunch time now in regards to wedding stuff but I still feel optimistic about staying on track regarding my REG plan. Hopefully I can keep this mentality up.

    It’s exciting to think that within the next year I could have a CPA certificate along with my two degrees hanging on the wall in my office.

    July 15, 2014 NINJA CPA Review

    Studying AUD + Waiting on FAR Score

    TraceyTracey is a NINJA CPA Blogger.

    Hey y’all!

    Sorry it has been a little while since my last post, but I have been studying up a storm for FAR, which I took on July 8th.

    I hope I did better than last time, but FAR is one of those exams that you just never know. I studied differently this time, incorporating my own handmade flashcards of journal entries and calculations.

    I also purchased NINJA MCQ (which I do like and resembles exam questions more) after debating a few weeks if I wanted to buy yet more exam material. I completed hundreds of MCQ, which I analyzed to fully understand the topic and Sims to prepare. I hope this extra bit helped me get a pass on FAR.

    So until score release, I am studying for AUD, which I have scheduled for the end of August. I am looking forward to reading and understanding some different material.

    Hope everyone is having a great summer so far and enjoying the weather as much as possible. A few times I sat outside and would read or do MCQs. A change in scenery can be helpful to get a break from the routine.

    This upcoming weekend will be one of not studying and catching up on things that need to get done around the house and going to the lake for a day to relax. Going to enjoy it before things start to get crazy again and I am studying every weekend.

    Good luck to everyone taking exams this quarter! Happy Studying.

    July 14, 2014 NINJA CPA Review
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