CPA Reviewed: CPA Exam Podcast – Episode 64


    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.


    January 22, 2016 NINJA CPA Review

    [Video] 2017 CPA Exam Changes (The End is Near)

    [ ATTENTION ]: 2017 CPA Exam Changes – PASS NOW (The End is Near)

    Posted by Another71 on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    There’s something sad that’s about to happen…. presents: The 2017 CPA Exam Changes

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same

    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change, yeah

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same

    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change, yeah

    It ain’t easy now but it’ll be harder soon
    2017’s right around the corner dude

    Don’t wait until it’s too late, that ain’t cool
    Listen to my rhymes and you can be a Ninja, too

    This new exam, yeah it’s bound to stress you out, man
    That’s why I’m here and I’m warning you now, man

    It’s gonna be more advanced, no doubt, yeah
    So the exam, you better take that thing now, man

    Higher-order cognitive skills, oh no
    The four existing sections got my mind blown

    The new blueprints they making really scare me
    That’s why I’m taking my exam this 2016

    Task-based simulations, they got ‘em planned
    Added to the BEC section, oh man

    Total test time will increase by 2 hours
    16 hours, man that sounds kinda sour

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same

    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same
    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change

    The way they test your skill level’s gonna be changin’
    Get ready for Analysis and Evaluation

    Remembering & Understanding, and Application
    This 2017 exam is so bad-tasting

    No more CSOs, now they got Blueprints
    Trying to keep things fresh just like new mint

    But see, I don’t want change, I don’t wanna do this
    2016 is all for me, I’m so cool with it

    And now they got Document Review Simulation
    Testing Application, Analysis and Evaluation

    Increased time allocation, scoring weights changing
    And $20 more to take the test, I’m straight hatin’

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same

    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change

    It’s gonna change, yeah man it’s gonna change
    In 2017, it ain’t gonna be the same

    You better take it now and become a CPA
    Cuz in a little while, things are really gonna change

    See also:

    IFRS: King on this Street (FAR)
    Unmodified (AUD)
    Economic Cycles (BEC)
    Death and Taxes (REG)
    2017 CPA Exam Changes (The End is Near)

    January 19, 2016 The Best of...

    Finding Confidence in My CPA Study Method

    JennyJenny is a NINJA CPA blogger.

    I am not a big fan of waiting, but then again who is. I didn’t plan it this way but I was excited to see that I had scheduled my exam on a date that would give me a quick result.

    Thankfully I only had to anticipate my results for one week. This past week has been filled with distractions so I didn’t have a lot of time to think about the exam.

    Since I knew the results would come quickly I decided to enjoy the week and wait for the results. If I passed I would enjoy the weekend and pick the next section. If I failed then back to the multiple choice questions.

    I had some extra time this morning so I decided to jump on the result site prior to work. Unfortunately it was a 73. SO CLOSE!! Not too excited about the result but not that upset either.

    I definitely knew the material better than i thought and was very encouraged. I think I found a study method that is working. I just have to stick with it and work just a little harder.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations were shared with BEC. Back to NINJA MCQ in preparation of an exam in January.

    Spousal Insight

    So now we enter into a new phase of exam study time. Although she came up short, it was pretty darn good for not having taken an exam for 6 plus years, and juggling 4 kids, a full time job, and crazy schedules.

    I am quite proud of her and think she has done a wonderful job. Now we need to take this time to tweak what was working and eliminate that which wasn’t working.

    The NINJA notes and study system is unlike anything I have seen before. I think the way the program and materials are laid out provide for very productive study time, and ultimately we shall soon see very successful exams.

    As a spouse I will continue to try to help in any way possible. It is not about me, but it is about her finally getting the CPA designation she has wanted for so many years.

    January 19, 2016 NINJA CPA Review
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