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Nida says: Looking for help or guidance on the following. Is it possible to pass the CPA exam during the following times: start studying August through November 2017. So pass all four in three months? Is that three months? Yeah, that’s three months. It’s certainly possible. So there’s only, let’s say, 30% of people who pass the CPA exam the first time, and I don’t know what the statistics are on people who pass in three months, but it’s extremely low. How many hours for each section is needed? Please indicate the hours as though the person does not have any financial background. I don’t really think that matters as much. And I would say 120 to 130 hours per section on average, studying 20 to 25 hours a week. And finally Nida says, should I apply for an NTS for all four CPA Exam parts at once? If no,

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CPA Exam Study Motivation with August 2017 CPA Exam Score Release – CPA Reviewed #79 Holi – I am a recent college graduate going to work for a Big Four Accounting Firm in the fall. Because I have some time before then, I budgeted four months to take all four sections of the CPA. I started with the beast, and I studied for FAR. I really put in the time and took the exam last week. But I cannot shake the feeling that I failed and it’s weighing heavily on me. Because of the new exam format and changes, however, my score is being held for 10 weeks — until mid-August. By then, I would have hopefully taken all four sections without knowing any of my scores. This is a terrible feeling because I am starting to become unmotivated without knowing if I am tracking score wise. And worse case

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Working Moms and the CPA Exam – CPA Reviewed #78 Andrew: I’m about to begin studying for the CPA and just received my NTS for FAR. I’m planning to use the Ten Point Combo and have a few questions. 1.) Will there be any updates to the Ninja Book and/or NINJA Notes this year for any of the sections? 2.) I’m one of those people that are terrible at taking notes. Do you know if people have had good results with copying the Ninja Notes word for word? 3.) I’m trying figure out a rough 8-week study schedule for how to use the Ninja study framework for FAR. Could you let me know what you think of the plan below and if there’s anything you would tweak/change? • Week 1 – 4 i. Read the Entire Ninja Book ii. Copy Ninja Notes iii. Listen to Ninja Audio • Week 5

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Donovan says, “I want to start studying for the CPA while getting my Masters of Accountancy. Which section do you think will be the best to take concurrently with my masters program? Hoping to pass all four within six to eight months.” That is a tall order. I don’t know if I would do it if I were you. You have a pretty big load studying for your Masters of Accounting. I would look and see how your semester lands up. If you’re taking some financial accounting classes, like some heavy financial accounting classes your first semester. Most Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) programs, unless you’re taking night school, it’s like two semesters. If it’s heavy financial then take FAR. It probably has financial tax and audit, so all those being equal I would take FAR. However you’re taking it concurrently so that’s a problem. What I would say is, finish

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