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Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. Today I wanted to touch accounting software topic. This will be especially interesting for CPA candidates that are college graduates or still enrolled in school. It is my understanding that BEC and AUD sections of the CPA Exam touch a little bit of IT topic, however it’s more about the information security, IT department segregation of duties, etc. The exam does not test for the technical knowledge of various accounting software. As an accountant in big public corporation, I wanted to touch main accounting tools that are used in everyday life. For most accounting and finance professionals Microsoft Excel is one of the most used applications. Below are the main Excel features that I use every day, whether I create a Journal Entry or modify the report or: Table – allows to design a table in a predefined style Pivot Table – allows to

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NINJA CPA Review

Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. For this post, I would like to cover the work related topic. I am in staff position at big public corporation. One evening while preparing for REG section I started thinking if technical or soft skills are more important for the accounting profession. That is what I’d like to discuss below. A lot of people come out from universities with master’s degrees and with very poor communication and presentation skills. At the workplace I often face the situations where the communication is a key for resolving an issue. Sometime the problem itself arises because of miscommunication. Soft skills are not easy to quantify, however they facilitate the relationships, help people to become leaders. On the other hand, no matter how great communicator one is – the argument won’t have its weight if there is no technical point behind it. I believe its hard skills

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NINJA CPA Review

Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. Today’s topic is the CPA Exam for international students. There are multiple requirements for candidates to meet in order to sit for the CPA exam. In my opinion, the most difficult requirement to complete is educational. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Russia and completed a Master’s program in the US. So, in order to complete the educational requirement, I needed to have my Russian degree evaluated and the credits transferred into the American system. This meant my Russian university had to send a translated transcript to NASBA. Once that was done it took about two weeks for NASBA to finish the evaluation. When they were finished, they sent the results to me as well as to the committee which decides if you are eligible to sit for the exam. I have to say that evaluation is very reasonable – almost all of my classes counted

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Aida is a NINJA CPA blogger. I am on the fourth week of studying REG. So far it feels pretty good– I’ve already covered ethics and responsibilities, half of business law and individual taxation. This is what I’ve learned during the process: I split the computer screen so that I can see multiple resources at the same time in the simulation section (you can try it in the AICPA sample exam). I made notecards and stuck them under the keyboard at work. Every 15 minutes I grab one and test myself to see if I remember the content of the notecard. Unfortunately, I am now skipping lunches with my colleagues at work – instead I spend an hour or so to go through multiple choices. I believe (a colleague at work confirmed this) the exam covers conceptual legal concepts versus percentages and numbers that change every year. Try to identify

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