Balancing Work with BEC CPA Review

    Carolina2

    Carolina is a NINJA CPA review blogger.

    After all of the CPA review cramming all I could handle, I took AUD on May 2. The test didn’t seem that hard, but that worries me. I just hope I passed.

    It was a rough week, but I was able to get it together and take the test. I took one day off of studying and started to study for BEC the next day.

    My BEC test is on May 29, and I still haven’t reach the review stage yet. My job has made it hard to study efficiently. By the time I start studying every night, I’m super exhausted.

    During the last two weeks, work has gotten worse. My manager resigned, and all his work has fallen on my shoulders.

    Also, the other lady that works with me has been interviewing with other companies, so if she leaves, I’ll be all by myself for a little while.

    I just wish any of this wouldn’t affect me and that my CPA review time would not be affected by me thinking about what to do next.

    I’ve been looking for another job, but not as proactively as I should because I’m trying to focus on BEC. When I was in college, I didn’t have such a hard time separating work, life, and studying. I always have had a high GPA and was able to manage it all at once.

    However, the CPA exams are just a different monster. They require more dedication and a healthy mind and body.

    All of the above is making feel drained, but my motivation is actually getting that little piece of paper saying that I’m a Licensed Certified Public Accountant. All that I have gone through will only make me appreciate the license more.

    May 28, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    No Excuses! NINJA AUD Helps Me Study During Wedding Festivities!

    Beverly is a NINJA CPA review blogger.

    When I realized my wedding was less than a month away and my AUD retake was scheduled for the middle of guests (who will be staying with me) arriving from abroad, I came to the realization there was no way I could pull a passing score.

    With the NINJA AUD Textbook broken down into 7 chapters I have been slowly reading each day till everyone gets into town. I have been reading a chapter and then working through the questions.

    I always go back and make sure I review a set of 30 to 50 questions a day on previously covered sections.

    I was tempted to set aside my books till after the wedding but realized that I would be wasting valuable time. With Jeff’s ELL plan I figured if I get to work early I have an hour to get through questions and then working through questions during lunch gives me another hour.

    I normally leave work at 4pm but plan on staying till 5pm which gives me another hour so in the end I would be putting in at least 3 hours a day.

    The nice thing with my new job is that I have an office so I can close the door during lunch and not be interrupted. If I continue on this track by the time my family arrives I will have covered quite a bit and will not have to start all over again.

    With the new study plan I feel I will be ready to take the exam on July 2nd. I will be traveling for a friend’s surprise party and do not want the exam looming over my head. I want to relax and then delve into BEC that following Monday.

    Having a solid plan and actually sticking to it has helped me in staying consistent with my studying and for once actually feeling confident that I can conquer this exam once and for all. In the words of Ben Franklin – “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

    Good Luck NINJAs!

    May 27, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    CPA Exam Score Release – Failure is NOT an Option

    Christina F

    Christie is a NINJA CPA review blogger.

    CPA exam score release was today. Thankfully, I have been so busy at home and work that I hadn’t given it a thought until yesterday.

    I didn’t want to look, but I needed to know what to study for, so I did.

    I failed. Again. This was my first time taking the BEC, but that still didn’t help me knowing I failed.

    I went through all of the emotions; wanting to cry, telling my husband I was going to give up and finally the realization hit me, I just didn’t study enough.

    Sunday night I asked my 7 year old daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her reply was that she wanted to be in accounting like me and take the CPA exam like I am.

    All of this was running through my mind as I was feeling sorry for myself for failing. I decided I could not fail her and show her it was ok to quit. I have to press on, put more focus into this exam and pass this thing. I will not stop until I have those 3 little letters behind my name.

    So instead of feeling sorry for myself, I looked at the calendar, chose a date to re-take this test and marched forward making a new study plan using NINJA notes, with more time to study than I had given myself the last time.

    I’m acting as though I never took the test the first time. Forgetting my score will help me pass because I don’t want that looming over me acting as though I will fail again, which I won’t. Hopefully.

    The pass rates show this is a hard test, and I know I’m not alone in this when it comes to not passing this exam. We CAN do it, we just have to find what works for us when studying. It may unfortunately take a few tries, but we will get this.

    If we want it bad enough, we will pass. Good luck to those still testing in Quarter 2.

    Using NINJA CPA Study Materials to Regain Focus

    AshleyAshley is a CPA Exam review blogger

    I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about my next move. Well, so am I! After some serious, careful, well-thought consideration, I declined the job offer mentioned here.

    It was hard. The opportunity was with a non-profit organization that I love, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the next step my heart and sights have been set on.

    With that coming to an end, I had a refreshed and renewed sense of what I am searching for in order to move into a new role. This has helped me hone in my focus on very specific opportunities. I am still pursuing, but this isn’t my main focus. I’m focusing on how and when I’m going to PASS these CPA exams!

    For the coming weeks my plans are non-stop NINJA CPA materials: NINJA MCQs, SIMS, rewriting the NINJA notes, NINJA Blitz, and NINJA Audio to fill in any gaps. I want to breathe FAR and pass on my first attempt, so I’m seriously considering revising my timeline just a little bit more.

    I don’t need to win any CPA Exam awards (though I certainly wouldn’t turn one down!), but I’m not going for the 300 Club either. I want to walk in and out knowing I will pass.

    I know I can, but I also know that this requires time to study without distraction. Interviewing for a new opportunity is a major distraction, especially when you are still trying to be successful at your current position.

    Stay focused. Be determined. Live in anticipation of all the good things that lie ahead. This process is such a small part of our bigger journey. And we are all destined to do great things!

    HiYA!

    May 25, 2015 NINJA CPA Review

    CPA Reviewed #60: REG Update, Club 74, & Staying Motivated

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    Patti – What are the major REG exam changes for July 2015?

    Hany – How many questions are in the NINJA MCQ and Simulations?

    Ryan– I have been taking the CPA Exam off and on for about 7 years now and have used multiple cpa review courses. I am getting 65 to 70 every single time. I am beginning to become discouraged and thinking of throwing in the towel. However, I have a new baby and this has given me motivation to FINALLY get this exam behind me. Do you have any tips for me?

    Tim– So I just got my AUD scores back last night, and I got a 74 after studying my butt off the past 2 months. What else can I do to help me get over the 75 mark to pass?

    Tammy– I am not the one who is taking the CPA exam, my boyfriend is. Since he is too depressed right now to ask for help, I guess I will be the one to seek help. He has been very hard working over the past two years but for some reason still hasn’t managed to pass BEC. So far he has taken it 4 times- 63, 72, 68, and 73 as of today.

    He has been using a review course along side NINJA MCQ and has being scoring pretty well and trending in the high 80% for ninja. Before the exam date, he would be doing 100 mcq & studying about 4 hrs on a daily basis and on weekends he would devote up to 6 hours. I feel like he has been doing everything he possibly can be doing but it’s just not reflecting on his test score.

    We are both frustrated… I am sure he is more upset than anyone else. He doesn’t know what else he could have done differently for his 5th BEC exam. Anything would help.

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    May 21, 2015 Podcasts

    Raised Score 13 Points with NINJA MCQs

    FrancineFrancine is a NINJA CPA review blogger.

    HiYA! I have finally passed AUD!! And it feels amazing. I increased my score by 13 points, just by doing the NINJA MCQs.

    I am half way there!! I am currently studying for REG, which I plan to take by the end of May.

    There have been so many changes at work. I was recently promoted and my responsibilities have increased. I feel as if I am doing the work of 2.5 accountants.

    My wedding day is next month and I’m starting to feel a little stressed. The wedding planner is taking care of pretty much everything, it’s my wedding party and guests are starting to annoy me.

    Since it’s a destination wedding, I am trying to arrange transportation for everyone and a lot of people seem to be waiting until the last minute to get things booked and paid for. I love to plan everything ahead of time and get it out the way.

    Honestly, my studies for REG have not been that great. I still have a couple more chapters to review. I have been doing a few MCQs on the NINJA website. It’s time to really buckle down and focus on studying.

    My fiancée graduates next week with his Masters, then we plan on having a graduation BBQ…. so many things going on.

    REG is not as boring as I thought it was going to be, so I’m hoping that since some topics in this section has sparked my interest that I will pass this one on the first try.

    Wouldn’t that be amazing! Pass on the first try! Let’s see what happens.

    CPA Exam Reviewed Video Podcast #59

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    1. Rob – Hi, I am scheduled to take the REG exam in the beginning of July and I am interested in purchasing NINJA material. However, it looks like the NINJA material for REG is for tax law that is tested until 6/30/15. Does this mean that NINJA materials purchased now would not encompass subject matter that will appear July 2015 and going forward?

    Evan – Hi Jeff, when will the REG Ninja MCQs and Blitz be updated for the July exam? I’m guessing they aren’t updates yet because people are still studying for the current test window. Great site/products and thanks a lot.

    2. Rana – Can you please also give me advice on how I can pass this section? I’ve taken it 3 times so far. The first time I didn’t study too well and got a 57. Second time got a 67 with MCQ weaker and Sims comparable. Third time got a 70 with MCQ comparable and Sims weaker. This time around i got comparable or stronger in all of my mcq subjects except Law, which was weaker. Any advice to give myself a push to get to that 75?

    3. Y – My doubt is about the Ninja Framework. I don’t know if I understand it correctly. What I understand of it is that I must see ALL the videos, but do I take notes while watching it? or Should I watch them all and then take notes with the book? I’m trying to be time efficient so thanks for your time!

    4. Chelle – Hi Jeff, What advise would you give to me who has been out of school for over 15 years? I have a bachelors degree in Accounting earned 15 years ago. I’m a mom with a 5 year old and a 13 year old. I currently work full time with a group of CPA’s and my managers encourage me to pursue the exam. Where do I begin? Do I take refresher college courses or can I just study the CPA reviews right away? I recently ordered for my transcripts and will send to the board of accountancy so they can let me know – what other courses I need to take to qualify to sit for the exam. Help!

    5. Myranda – I came across your site/products while trying to figure out which CPA study materials I would like to purchase. I downloaded and reviewed the sample products that you have available on your site and like what I see. I also read through the CPA Exam Survival Guide, which I found to be quite helpful. However, I am still stumped as to how to approach studying/purchasing materials. I actually like the NINJA model that you have developed. But I am still slightly confused. So my questions are a follows:

    1) Should I or do I need to purchase a separate program in addition to the NINJA program?

    2) Do I need to purchase just videos from another company and then supplement with NINJA products?

    3) In the CPA Exam Survival Guide it mentioned to “1. Nail the videos”…is this referring to the NINJA audio files? Or by purchasing other set of videos?

    6. Hi Jeff, do you have a sample of what your NINJA MCQ is like? online or a pdf, etc. Also, approximately how many questions are there? Thanks!!

    7. Varinder – Can you please send the 2015 AUD AICPA released questions. I am unable to find them on the website.

    8. Mack – I just finished my B.S in accounting here in MA. I’m Brand New to CPA review curses. Never purchase any review package. And, I need to take my CPA test. The point is. Today: I don’t have money to purchase the whole package now, and looking for a job. What would you do, if you were in my shoes?

    9. Matt – I took REG once and failed and was in need of supplementary material. I purchased the 10-point combo. Will I be receiving hard copies of the materials in the mail? Also, do you have a recommended study approach as to how many MCQ/sims should be tackled in a given day, vs. how much reading of the textbook/listening to the audio I should do? I will be taken REG again in Q3 in July.

    10. Steve – I am about to start my CPA journey for California and am looking for study materials to take the CPA exam. From the looks of it, the reputation of Ninja is primarily as a supplement to another primary review resource, but from what I understand this is before you introduced the Ninja Book and other resources. I am trying to save money for the study materials so Ninja is the most bang for my buck, but i also want to make sure I am prepared for the exams. Do you recommend using Ninja solely by itself as adequate to pass the CPA exams (10 point combo)? Or should I stick to supplementing? Thank you for any feedback.

    11. Allison – In the NINJA MCQs, what is the “review” stage? And, how do I get to it? I have answered all of the questions correctly once. Is there a “review” phase? Thanks!

    12. Gloria – I want to know what course do I need to buy for study?… Do I need Becker or Ninja or both?.. tell me which one do you recomenmmend.

    13. Brian – Jeff – great site. I have decided to get back into the swing and study and set for the CPA exam (after a 25 year hiatus….). I am a corporate tax manager, but am really weak in accounting. Should I start on what I’m strongest at (Reg) or worse at (reg) with the 18 month window looming? Thanks.

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    May 20, 2015 Podcasts

    Another step in the CPA Exam – Bring on FAR

    Joshua Graunke

    Joshua is a NINJA CPA review blogger

    What a month.

    Last we left off; I was interviewing for a job in public accounting and was feeling pretty good about my chances. Well I should have taken those instincts to Vegas with me because I was made an offer and accepted in April.

    I got in the door and, much like my new co-workers told me, “It’ll be like drinking out of a fire hose your first 5 weeks.”

    It was a busy month of orientation and conferences, but now that the dust has settled, it’s time to refocus on the CPA exam.

    I was under the impression that breaking in to the real accounting world would alleviate the pressure to get the certification done and that I would be able to take a little more time to truly focus and ease in to the exam. On an unrelated note, my face is the only thing used to define naïve in the dictionary.

    My group does accounting consulting and outsourcing, which is very exciting (to me) and actually provides a service that will help smaller and mid-size businesses report and forecast properly.

    The problem is my senior and my director are not currently, nor will they ever be, interested in taking the CPA exam, but the team needs a CPA to sign off on all of the financials.

    This would be the point in the comedy where all heads in the room turn to the guy scrolling through Buzzfeed on his phone, blissfully unaware of what’s happening.

    After my first 5 days of imagining a summer not spent at a desk and instead doing things like going to baseball games, bowling, seeing family members, remembering what my friends look like etc.,

    I have sent my application in to the Accountancy Board and am waiting for my ATT (and also praying they didn’t notice that the check bounced the first time they cashed it).

    I have laid out my calendar, requested my review materials and blitzkrieged my way through the remaining portions of my accounting classes. This is where the fun begins. This is what I’ve been looking forward to since I started my journey last fall.

    Bring it on FAR.

    May 20, 2015 NINJA CPA Review
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