Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. I just about wrapped up the NINJA MCQs. I have exactly two weeks until my test date. It makes me nervous thinking about the new exam and what it entails, so I have been trying to prepare myself the best way possible. For the next two weeks my game plan is to drill and memorize as much of what I’ve learned as I can and be able to fully explain concepts without having to look them up. I printed out the blueprint of the new exam and have been making my study guide based off what will be on it. This has been time consuming, but I believe it will make me more confident on exam day. Unfortunately, April is busy season. I work in tax and the tax deadline is right around the corner. I’m not looking forward to the next two weeks
Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. Hello NINJAs! With my BEC retake coming up in the next month, I decided to switch up my usual studying and incorporate new study methods into my routine. Usually I would do all the MCQ and then review. At times I would incorporate flash cards here and there or NINJA Notes; however, it wasn’t consistent. With my recent score of 69, my study methods are obviously not enough to get a passing score. Recently, I joined a study group with fellow CPA candidates studying for the same exam that also have test dates around the same date. We hold online hangouts and go to review sections each week. Participating in the group helps me get a glimpse of how others approach the exam. It also exposes me to other people’s interpretations and understanding of the concepts. It’s been very helpful and I hope it will be beneficial.
Ashley is a NINJA CPA blogger. I wish I could give you good news about my recent BEC Exam score release but I can’t. My score was a 69! Unfortunately, I was not able to finish my last written communication and feel that it may have cost me a passing score. On the last few takes of BEC, I haven’t been worried about the writing portion because I’ve always scored comparable in that section. This was the first time I got a weak score in that area. During the exam, my last testlet was a lot harder. This, inevitably, caused me to spend more time then I had anticipated on the MCQ and less on the writing portion. I was scrambling to put words together as time was running out. I have already started studying for REG; however, I plan to drop that and go back to studying for BEC.
Vanessa is a NINJA CPA blogger. Recently I have been studying for Regulation. It’s been quite the challenge to say the least, having three weeks to study for REG is not enough time. I’ve been searching high and low for the best techniques to absorb as much material as possible in such a short amount of time. Many of my peers advised me to simply skip the videos and just work on MCQ. Unfortunately, I’ve tried this method before and it hasn’t worked for me so I am skeptical try it again. Right now, my plan of attack is to watch the lecture videos on only the tax portion and do all the and SIMS. So far, it’s been a tough process. Considering it’s busy season and I’m also in grad school, things have been hard to manage time wise. Rescheduling has come to mind, but that’s something I really