Daily Archives: January 8, 2020

cpa exam tax season
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It starts out so quiet, so innocent. It’s Monday January 6th and you settle into your chair. Tax season eh? Maybe this year won’t be so bad after all. But you’re wrong. It’s worse. January … then February … then March … 6 days a week … and then 7 days a week … … and then finally 8 days a week as it crescendos into a three-hole-punched-sign-here-sticker-zombie-utopia where you’re willing to slam day-old Folgers just to stay awake. Every Day is the Same. Every Day Sucks. At least you’re getting overtime. But wait – there’s more. You wanted to start the year off with a bang, so you back in December, you scheduled Financial Accounting and Reporting for April 21. No Rest for the Weary. How to Study for the CPA Exam 20 Hours a Week During Busy Season. To fit it in work, family/friends, sanity, and studying 20 […]

cpa review cram course
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Disclaimer: This is not a best practice, but if you’re under the gun, it can save your butt – and your 18 month credit that is expiring. I personally used this strategy to pass Auditing in less than three weeks. You wake up one sleepy Monday in August. June is a distant memory. July was a blur. In your groggy state, something begins to nag at you. August…? August…? What happens in August? Mental inventory: Car tag renewal … kids go back to school … … and then it hits you. “AHHHHHHHH – I have FAR in 20 days!!!” Your significant other pauses while brushing their teeth; tossing a weird look at you. You’re slightly embarrassed, but not as embarrassed as the time you thought you could sprint to the end of the driveway in your underwear to grab the newspaper, only to find your retired neighbors from three doors […]

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It happened: You failed the CPA Exam. On the bright side … You’re normal. It happens to one out of every two people who walk into a Prometric Testing Center. The statistics, however, don’t change the fact that it’s one of the loneliest feelings in the world, because let’s be real: Your friends and family, while sympathetic and supportive, simply don’t get it. Right now is a miserable time and it is easy to start believing thoughts that simply are not true. Thoughts like you’re not smart enough to pass, accounting isn’t for you, the AICPA hates you and does not want you in the profession, etc. I personally felt all those emotions and had those thoughts going through my head as well. A few years removed from the exam process, I can tell you that being on the other side truly is worth it. My problem was always commitment […]


Do you ever feel like no one close to you “gets” how hard it is to study for the CPA Exam? Have you ever dreaded telling a boss/spouse/father/nosy co-worker that you failed yet again? Are you sick and tired of the CPA Exam and ready to either pass this thing or quit? If you answered “YES” to any of these, then My Story may resonate with you. Family & Background My name is Jeff Elliott and I am married with nine children. (Yes – we get weird looks in restaurants – and Wal-Mart). I passed the CPA Exam when I was 30 and had three kids at home at the time: Two kids under the age of 5 and a newborn baby. I know what it’s like to study for the CPA Exam while trying to balance… …a full-time job… …a marriage… …a family… …church commitments… …a mortgage… …little league… […]

cpa exam working mother

Working mothers are in a category all their own when it comes to passing the CPA exam. We not only strive to balance work and family, but when you throw the CPA Exam in the mix, you’re going down a road only few can fathom. We are the rock of the family. We provide financial support, comfort, nutrition, stability, refereeing, homework checks, matching socks, boo-boo kisses, clean toilets, chauffeur service, etc. We give everything our absolute all and no one notices when we skip a beat because we are that good. That’s why it was so difficult for me to accept I could not reach my unattainable level of perfection while I tried to pass the CPA exam. Something had to give. For instance, I had a semi-decorated house at Christmas and at another time, I was 3 points shy of passing this exam. Being successful at it all is […]

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Dear CPA Candidate, As you’re reading this today, you likely find yourself in one of two camps: Camp #1: You’re ditching your CPA Review course (maybe it expired, or maybe you’re just simply “over” it) and going a different route. Camp #2: You have a full CPA Review course and want to supplement it with different materials. The average CPA Candidate fails at least two sections (per NASBA), so it’s a safe assumption that the majority of CPA Exam takers are somewhat frustrated with: 1. Their expensive CPA Review course 2. Their study habits …or a mix of both. This post, while somewhat long, (stick with it) will solve both of these problems for you – even if you never spend a penny on NINJA Materials. This methodology works with ANY CPA Review Course (and it has a 10 year track record to prove it). I get these questions all […]


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