Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger. I know it sounds awful, and it can be. However studying for the CPA Exam during a vacation can be a great way to keep current with your studying materials while enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation. As you travel to your destination whether by plane, train or automobile use that often boring time to study. If you are on a plane with WiFi access, it’s a perfect opportunity to do some NINJA MCQ, catch up on reading material or rewrite notes. If you are driving to your destination, as I often do, the NINJA Audio is a great tool to use hands free. I often bring my headphones because after about 15 minutes into the ride I get asked by my wife or kids to turn it off. Make sure you only use one headphone, I am not so sure about how
Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger. I sat for AUD this morning. I wish I could tell you that it went great, but I usually leave with the same feeling of not knowing how I did each time I leave one of these exams. I thought I failed BEC (scored 80). I thought I did not do so well on REG (scored 85). So I’ll just say that it was very hard and I hope I passed. This was my first exam under the new format and I did notice substantial difference in my methods of taking the exam. I have been practicing taking 35 NINJA MCQ in one sitting for about a month now. I did this in order to train my brain to prepare for the exam and it seemed to work out very well. By practicing 35 questions at a time I was able to efficiently and
Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger. I recently hired a candidate for a Staff Accountant role that was open for about a month. There was a good mix of candidates, some from public accounting, others from the private sector, as well as a few internal candidates. We hired an internal candidate that had been working in the cash applications function. I work for a Fortune 500 company with a relatively large accounting organization, and while there is usually a good amount of turnover, competition is extremely high for open roles. To land a job at a great company, sometimes it is worth exploring accounting career options besides the traditional route into the accounting group. For example, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cash Applications, Credit and Collections, and Temp Work are all great ways to get in the door of a great organization. If you have the proper degree to work within an accounting department
Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger. If you’re working full time, it can be tough to find time to study the recommended three times a day. Have you ever thought about using your current job to prepare for the CPA exam? If you work as an auditor, in a GL department, preparing taxes for a small CPA firm or in another accounting role, you can use your job to turn everyday responsibilities into learning opportunities. As an accounting manager for a public company, I get many chances to work with outside auditors on both audit and SOX related issues directly related to AUD. I review journal entries, depreciation schedules, and financial statements relating directly to FAR. Think about how your daily work applies to the exam. How you can make your understanding of the materials stronger by doing your day-to-day tasks? As the CPA exam evolves, it’s become more focused on real world scenarios than memorizing lists, terms or definitions.