Becker + NINJA CPA: How to Quickly Pass Any CPA Exam & Be a CPA in 2022 (and Actually be a Fun and Smiling Person Again)


DIsclosure: NINJA CPA Review has an affiliate relationship with Becker CPA Review


Brian Wright - Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

Brian Wright – Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

* Not a typical result. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“The questions and practice tests were extremely useful, they helped me find some weak spots I didn’t even know I had and gave me the extra practice I needed to get my best score of any of the exams.”



“Back by popular demand, we’re happy to once again partner with Jeff Elliott and NINJA CPA Review to help you pass the CPA Exam even faster.”

– UWorld Roger CPA Review


Introduction: Ready to Get Your LIFE Back (and be Fun Again)?


If you're reading this, it means one thing: you're neck-deep into the CPA Exam – or about to be.

If that's the case, then this is also likely true: the “CPA Study” version of you is not much fun to be around.

You stay up late studying.

You get up early studying.

You study over lunch.

Your friends have stopped asking you to go out on Friday night because you're studying.

Your significant other knows it's another lonely night binge-watching Netflix while you sit at the table and study.

Your kids know the answer to “can we go do (fill in the blank) today?” is a firm “no” because mommy or daddy has to study.

“But it's Saturday!” Yes – which means you'll be studying even more.

You're tired.

You're grumpy.

You're living on questionably-fresh coffee, snack bars, and whatever else you can find, because – who has time to go to the store?

The “CPA Study” you isn't fun.

It's time to get a study plan.

It's time to upgrade your study materials.

It's time to pass the CPA Exam.

It's time to be a CPA.

It's time to smile again.

It's time to be fun again.

It's time to get your LIFE back.

It's TIME.

“Few people are more familiar with the stresses of exam prep than Jeff Elliott, licensed CPA and the face behind Another71.com. ” – Wiley


How to Combine Becker CPA Review + NINJA


Nail the Concepts

Nail the Concepts with your Becker CPA lectures.


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Note: NINJA works with any CPA Review course or as a standalone review (NINJA Only). This example uses Becker.

For questions about whether NINJA will work with your review course or unique study situation, email me personally at jeff@another71.com.

I'll be candid. 😀

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS) | NINJA CPA Review | Another71.com


If something is confusing in your Becker CPA Review materials, look it up in the NINJA Book or NINJA Notes.

Start listening to your NINJA Audio. Never drive to work without it on. You can listen to fun things when you're a CPA. Let that motivate you. 🙂

If your commute is 1 hour round trip, then that's 1 hour of NINJA Audio per day (and that's for the commute alone … if you can work and listen to the NINJA Audio: even better.)

Start reading the NINJA Notes in your downtime, especially at work. It's ok if you haven't studied the section before. It will all start clicking the third time through, regardless of where you are in your prep.


Intense Notes

Take Intense Notes over your Becker lectures.


First Time? Retake? 15th Retake? It doesn't matter. Take Intense Notes while watching your Becker Skillmaster videos.

Used the proven method provided in the NINJA Study Framework.


Non-Stop MCQ

Non-Stop MCQ (Becker or NINJA MCQ).


If this is your first time taking this exam, then do Non-Stop MCQ with your Becker CPA Test Bank and then in the review phase (A – All Comes Together), then you switch to NINJA and work backward, beginning with your weakest topic.

If this is a retake OR you've found yourself memorizing your Becker MCQ, then switch 100% over to NINJA MCQ for this phase. When it comes time to do the SIMS, switch back and forth, according to which software you like better.

Again … if this is your first time taking this exam, use your Becker CPA questions for N (Non-Stop MCQ) and use NINJA MCQ for A (All Comes Together) as you review. You can also mix in your Becker supplemental multiple-choice questions.

If this is your first time taking this exam and you're memorizing the test bank questions (which is really bad because it causes false confidence … you're scoring in the 90s, but on exam day, you score a 65 and can't figure out why), then switch over to NINJA MCQ 100% for both (N) and (A).

SIMS – First time or retake alike: switch back and forth between the two platforms.


See Also: Becker CPA Discounts


Just Rewrite

Just Rewrite Your Becker Notes.


We know you took killer notes over your Becker lectures … re-write those 😀

If taking notes just wasn't in the cards this time around and you did the best you could do, then we suggested re-write the NINJA Notes.


All Comes Together

It All Comes Together in a Final Review.


Actual* CPA candidates leaving Prometric after using Becker + NINJA. *May not be an actual photo of this, but it should be.

If you're using your Becker Questions in the Non-Stop MCQ phase, this is where you switch over to NINJA MCQ (if you've already switched, then keep using it here as well).

Start with your weakest topics first and work backward. You can let the software feed you questions, but since you're in a final review phase, I recommend doing topic-specific mini testlets and really drill down.

Do a set of 20 over your weakest area. If you're weak in several areas, then choose the one that keeps you awake at night first.

The one you DREAD seeing on exam day.

If you are hitting in the low-70s (70-75), then move on to your next weakest area.

The reason why you don't go for mastery here is that you have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time for your review. It's better to get all of the topics into the 70s and then come back and hit them again vs get a few into the 80s/90s and run out of time before you can get to the rest.

For instance, if you're taking Financial Accounting and Reporting and your weak area is Bonds, then do 20 question mini-testlets until you're scoring in the 70s (which may take 3 or 4 sets) and then move onto your next-weakest area, which might be Leases. Repeat this with Leases, and then move onto the next one – which might be Governmental Accounting, etc.

As you head into your exam – hammer MCQ, and read the NINJA Notes every spare millisecond you have.

(Note – if you have 5 minutes to spare – DON'T spend it on Facebook…knock out two pages of NINJA Notes instead).

Everywhere you go – car, gym, sitting at your desk at work, it's NINJA Audio, NINJA Audio, and … you guessed it NINJA Audio.

(I get it – the content is boring, and my voice won't be confused with Morgan Freeman anytime soon but hit Play anyway. You can listen to your Spotify Playlist of 90s Pop Hits AFTER your exam).

NINJA MCQNINJA Notes NINJA Audio on repeat…even up to the minute you leave your vehicle and head into Prometric (what if the extra 3 minutes of some nuance of Corporate Taxation was the difference between a 74 and a 75 on exam day?).

THEN … walk through those Prometric doors with confidence, barf out all of that knowledge in your head, and go sleep for 3 days.

You've earned it.


Matt Durette, Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

Matt Durette, Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

* Not a typical result. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“I used NINJA MCQ for each of the exams as a supplement to Becker, which was provided by my work. I asked advice from my brother, who had passed the exams a few years prior, and he suggested to work through as many MCQs as I could, so I did just that. I worked through all the Becker MCQs, then did about 50-60% of the NINJA MCQs. I thought the NINJA ones were more difficult than the Becker questions, which was a good thing. I was trending about 7-10 points below my actual exam scores for each of the sections. The NINJA product was great because it showed me where I was weakest, and I was able to focus on that section until I felt really comfortable with it. I would say the NINJA MCQ were essential to my success.”


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Free FAR Materials

“Why We Chose It (Best Price): NINJA CPA Review works nicely as an inexpensive supplement to an online course. This is an efficient studying tool that can be used as your main course but serves best as an auxiliary study aid with an excellent online support community.”

– Investopedia: The 5 Best CPA Prep Courses of 2022


NINJA CPA Review is the most-popular study supplement on all of CPA Exam land.

You have no doubt seen NINJA copycats prowling around, but don't be fooled by their shenanigans. 😀

NINJA is the ONLY AICPA-Licensed supplement with a full CPA test bank, review book, audio course, study notes, live tutoring, and a 30-Day Money-Back No-Drama Guarantee.

Competitors may copy our marketing, but that's where the similarities end.

Here are Free FAR Materials for you to check out, as well as how each of these NINJA Study Weapons can make your life easier while balancing work, family & friends, and the CPA Exam.


NINJA Notes


“Thank you Jeff.  I got an 88 in FAR because of NINJA notes & book.  I was only hoping for a 75 and I was given more.” – Melody

The most popular CPA Exam Notes of all time (for the last decade, anyway) are the NINJA Notes. No other review supplement comes remotely close.

The NINJA Notes have been used by 100,000+ CPA candidates to pass their exams since 2011. What makes the NINJA Notes popular is their straight-to-the-point, all facts/no fluff, attitude.

Weighing in at around 100 pages per section, they are short, sweet, and pack a punch.

There have been people who say they have passed using just the NINJA Notes (although I don't recommend this approach).

How to use NINJA Notes with Becker: You should read the NINJA Notes multiple times heading into your exam week and once on Exam Day. If you didn't take notes over your Becker CPA materials, then re-writing the NINJA Notes is highly recommended.

How NINJA Notes will impact your CPA Review: Not everything on the CPA Exam is in the NINJA Notes, but everything in the NINJA Notes will be on your CPA Exam. I guarantee that there will be at least one critical topic in the NINJA Notes that “clicks” with your brain better than in your Becker materials, which will save you crucial points on Exam Day.


Here's a downloadable demo of the NINJA Notes (FAR):


Shulem Rosenbaum – Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

Shulem Rosenbaum – Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

* Not a typical result. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“I used the NINJA Notes to summarize my notes and eliminate topics that aren’t tested heavily. I owe it to the NINJA Community. You have been my rock, and I hope to contribute the way you contributed to my success.”


NINJA Audio


“Last year I purchased the Ninja Notes and Ninja Audio from you to help me with one section. I love that I can load the audio files on my phone and listen on my commute to work. That is “found” study time.” – Daren M.

“I never found it boring. Your lectures were easy to digest. Just recommended them to another CPA candidate. My wife, on the other hand, was a little bored on our 4-hour car ride to northern Michigan back in July haha.” – Anthony C.

She fell asleep while listening to the NINJA Audio. In fairness, it was BEC Corporate Governance and there are only so many ERM jokes one can make.

Want to study on the go? Smart Move.

A CPA Exam Audio allows you to study when you otherwise couldn't.

It's the ultimate study hack.

At the Gym? Study.

Driving? Study.

Doing Laundry? Study.

Watching your Kid's Game? Study.

Staring at a Spreadsheet and pretending to Work? Study.

Like the NINJA Notes, the NINJA Audio is the top CPA Exam Audio in the land.

In the decade+ that I've been doing this, I've rarely seen other audio courses mentioned.

You will get annoyed when I repeat things over and over.

You will also silently thank me as you sit there in Prometric on Exam Day.

I get emails all the time from people thanking me for the NINJA Audio, but also rejoicing that they never have to listen to it again. 😀

How to use the NINJA Audio with Becker: Start listening to the NINJA Audio on day one. Turn your “downtime” into study time. Listen multiple times – once per week, if possible.

How the NINJA Audio will impact your CPA Review: My voice – as annoying as it may be (some people say that I smack my lips a lot – I can't help it 😀 ), will guide you on Exam Day. I've had countless people tell me that they came to a trouble spot on their exam, and it happened to be a section that I repeated over, and over. The NINJA Notes and Audio alone could literally be the difference between a 75 and a heart-breaking 74.


Here's a downloadable sample chapter from the NINJA Audio (FAR):


NINJA Book


“For my FAR rematch, I decided to switch exclusively to NINJA. I have been reading the NINJA book and NINJA Notes and enjoy how much more straightforward they are compared to the other CPA courses textbooks. ” – Rafael

“Thanks for proving a system and alternative to the mainstream, and for dedicating the time and energy to helping others pass these daunting exams.  – Alicia D.

In a world of bloated CPA Exam books, chock-full of FASB overkill, and IRS regs, we set out to make a better CPA Review textbook.

Our goal with the NINJA Book was simple: All Killer, No Filler.

NINJA Book is … wait for it … is also included in NINJA Monthly.

How to use the NINJA Book with Becker: With Becker, I wouldn't read all of the NINJA Book. Instead, I would “skim” each chapter and mentally walk through the examples.

How the NINJA Book will impact your CPA Review: Skimming the NINJA Book chapters and mentally walking through the examples will solidify your Becker concepts. If you were “so-so” on a topic, the NINJA Book will change that.


Take a look at our NINJA Book (FAR) demo and see if we succeeded.


NINJA CRAM


“Passed AUD with 89.  Feels incredible because I walked out of the exam without a clue if I passed or failed and was almost in tears.  That has never happened in my life.  I have been out of school for 10years and am 50 years old.  This has been hard but very fulfilling. The cram session was super helpful in passing And will for sure use again. ” – Kelli B.

“I ended up getting a 90 on BEC, and I would not have been able to do it without Ninja. I do have (expensive course) but basically, the last week leading up to the exam I only used Ninja and it was the difference-maker in me understanding the material.” – Andrew D.

Complete your full prep course and need a good last-minute cram?

Up against losing an exam credit and/or an expiring NTS?

Completely procrastinate and now looking for a silver bullet to rescue you from certain failure?

A good CPA Review CRAM course can save the day – and possibly your CPA Exam life.

The NINJA CRAM is included with NINJA Monthly for this very reason.

Check out this demo of the FAR CRAM:

Yes, NINJA Mike has a thick accent (he's from India), but most people can get past that and love his teaching, based on the emails I (Jeff) get.

(I think NINJA Mike is becoming more popular than me…my heart will go on, my heart will go on) :(‘

Here are some comments from the live NINJA CRAM chats:

“Thank you, Mike. These sessions were very helpful. I appreciate it very much.” – Darshan S

“Thank you Ninja Mike. This was great.” – Karen

“You're the best Mike! Thanks for walking through everything with us.” – Josh

“You killed it and I really really really appreciate the excel documents!” – Morgan E.

“Thank you so much! This has been extremely helpful!” – Alex

“Thank you Mike!! This has been so helpful!!…you da bomb.” – Rebeca

“I’m grateful for everything this weekend.” – Elka

“My brain is fried! Perfect! Thank you.” -Jaxon

“I took an insane amount of notes.” – Ethan

“This session is excellent.” – Bharati

“Thank you for the cram session!” – Jared

“Thank you Mike and the staff. It has been awesome!” – Markos

“Thanks Ninja Mike!” – Price

“Thank you. Feeling very confident now.” – Naiya

“Thanks for today's review, Mike. I think it was helpful for me.” – Jeremy

“Thank you so much, Mike! It's been an excellent session!” – Toi

How to use the NINJA CRAM with Becker: In your final week of review, watch the NINJA CRAM 3 days out from your exam and spend 2 days watching it. The final day will be for reviewing MCQ and your NINJA Notes.

How the NINJA CRAM will impact your CPA Review: Every CPA candidate has anxiety walking into their exam. There are at least three (or 10) topics that they pray they don't see on Exam day. NINJA CRAM will kick that anxiety to the curb. If you ran out of time during your prep and are going to throw a “hail mary” on Exam Day, NINJA CRAM will turn that 60-yard desperation throw into an easy first and goal from the 2. (I'm not sure how I got sucked into a football metaphor – do NINJAs play football? Something for you to ponder throughout your day.)


NINJA Sparring


“Hey Jeff, Passed FAR with an 80 and 6 weeks of studying. Just wanted to take some time and give a little feedback on the Ninja course as I start to study for AUD. It’s awesome! You and the crew provide excellent material and challenging questions with great explanations. I focused on MCQs primarily but what I think really pushed me over the hump a week out were the Sparring replays. If I was struggling with a section you guys had already covered it and the explanations were great. ” – Parker W.

“Hello Jeff, I am excited to say that I have passed all four sections and completed the necessary steps to officially be a licensed CPA.  I would like to send a huge thank you to you and Mike.  I actually started my journey with (expensive course) and failed FAR twice.  I began using Ninja near the beginning of 2021 and was able to pass all four sections in a row.  I never failed a test after utilizing Ninja.  I know the Sparring videos were critical in my success.  I was able to grasp numerous concepts that I was not picking up on just hammering the MCQ’s. I truly appreciate you and Mike so much in making this dream a reality.  I graduated college in 2008 and was too intimidated to take this test, so I did not pursue the additional hours until 2019.  It was a very unenjoyable three years, but I am so glad it is done.” – Jared H.

There are a lot of searches for “CPA Exam tutor near me”, so that told us that there was a real need in the CPA Exam marketplace for a legit CPA Exam tutoring service that people could actually afford.

With some of the crazy rates that CPA tutors charge, you might as well be hiring an attorney.

Our CPA Tutoring Solution: NINJA Sparring.

The hourly rate we charge? $0. It's included with NINJA Monthly at no additional cost.

(Needless to say, the CPA Tutoring services out there don't like us.)

5 tutoring sessions a week, with unlimited replay viewing – all included with your NINJA Monthly subscription.

(Yes, our competitors scratch their heads at how we can actually offer that)

The weekly live tutoring sessions are done via Zoom and all NINJA Monthly members can attend and ask questions.

They are hosted by NINJA Mike, a member of the NINJA editorial team, and an expert on all CPA Exam & CMA Exam topics.

He's also the Best CPA Exam Tutor out there.

No one knows their stuff better than NINJA Mike.

If you can get over this thick accent (most people do), then you've hit the CPA tutoring jackpot.

We run four live tutoring sessions a week with the following schedule:

  • Monday – FAR
  • Tuesday – AUD
  • Wednesday – REG
  • Thursday – BEC
  • Saturday – Open Sparring (any topic is fair game)

Most sessions include an accompanying Excel worksheet.

Replays are available the following day and there are currently 300+ hours of replays available for NINJA Monthly members, broken down by CPA Exam topic.

NINJA Sparring videos have been viewed over 115,000 times by NINJA Monthly members, so they're quite popular. 🙂

Check out this Sparring session on Accounting Basics (FAR):

“I'm canceling my subscription today…But first, I want to say thank you. I may have been able to pass with a different review course, or with just the Ninja materials alone, but Ninja Mike helped me understand the concepts and answered so many questions, I feel like I had a much better understanding of the material. I almost exclusively used the excel notes and lectures for REG and passed with an 81. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” – Angela

How to use NINJA Sparring with Becker: If you have a topic you're unsure about – FAR (Leases) for example, then go watch the FAR Sparring sessions on Leases. If you run across a specific question about Leases, then submit it to NINJA Sparring and we will answer the question for you via video. Pretty cool, eh?

How NINJA Sparring will impact your CPA Review: Studying for the CPA Exam can be a very lonely experience. What do you do if you need help – and want an actual human to talk things over with? NINJA Sparring is your lifeline as you navigate the murky and scary waters of CPA prep.


NINJA MCQ


“Dear Jeff, I wanted to let you know that I am about to cancel my NINJA subscription.  However, I really wanted to send a note first to let you know that my cancellation is not because I don't like the product – but because it totally worked!  I am a NINJA success story.  I joined NINJA in March 2020 after failing my first attempt at FAR with a 70.   When I resumed studying after a pandemic pause, I applied the NINJA framework and passed FAR in November 2020 with an 89.  After following the NINJA method to “Just Rewrite Your Notes” and listening to the NINJA audio constantly – things really did come together for me.  I also really love the way the MCQ test bank and “trending score” work.  It really helped me drill down on my weak areas.  After my boost from passing FAR, I continued to apply the NINJA framework in 2021 and passed AUD (78 – March 2021), BEC (93 – July 2021), and REG (87 – Dec 2021) each on the first attempt.  The only change to the NINJA program I made was to add more weeks of study to the “Nail the Concepts”.   I knew that I needed a 12-13 week study plan for each section to really feel confident (and balance family commitments) rather than your suggested 7, but otherwise, I followed the plan. Thank you for sharing your personal story on the website.  I found it very inspiring and I think I read it about 100 times for encouragement to keep going.  I also listened to the chapter in the Reg audio “How I scored a 92 on Reg” about 20 times.  I kept repeating to myself (especially after I walked out convinced I had failed) “never quit the CPA exam.”   I am a 47-year-old mom to 3 tween boys.  It took a lot of discipline, schedule juggling, and hard work to pass but because of your framework, I got organized, focused, and did it.  I am not exactly sure what I will do next, but my resume just received a huge boost! Thanks again and keep up the good work.” – Sarah H – Michigan

“Thanks for all you do in helping so many people achieve success in their CPA quests. NINJA is truly a great review course: it’s simple in its presentation, yet highly effective and efficient in capturing the essential contents of the exams. And your software is really amazing! I highly recommend NINJA to anyone who wants to prepare for the CPA exam.” – Stephen K.

While all AICPA-Licensed CPA Review courses get their questions from the AICPA, the differences among CPA Exam Test Banks are notable.

Adding a second CPA Test Bank is a really good idea. Here are three (quick) reasons why:

  1. You will start memorizing your “main” course questions. A false sense of accomplishment could lead to disaster on Exam Day.
  2. If your Test Bank doesn't have a Trending Score as part of their algorithm, you're missing out on an invaluable study tool that lets you know if you're on track for exam day victory – or if you're walking into an embarrassing ambush.
  3. Using two CPA test banks is an important hedge against missing out on important points or concepts that one course emphasizes while the other course lightly covers (if you've ever had a “WHAT!?!?!” moment on the CPA Exam, you know what I'm talking about).

I've included a bonus FAR Sparring session (woo hoo! party!) that showcases NINJA MCQ so you can demo it:

NINJA MCQ ($67 monthly) has 6,000+ MCQ and 200+ Simulations and is the most-affordable CPA Test Bank on the market.

NINJA MCQ is also the best value among study software options, as comparable CPA test bank alternatives range from $600 to $1,000, compared to $67.

You can start and stop your NINJA MCQ access as needed.

Using a second CPA Test Bank is a must – especially if you're retaking an exam. Do you ever work test bank questions and wonder if you're answering them correctly because you're seeing repeats?

A supplemental CPA test bank like NINJA MCQ fixed that.

With 6,000+ MCQ and 200+ simulations, not to mention killer analytics, it's the best value in CPA Review.

NINJA MCQ is $67 and you guessed it – included with NINJA Monthly.

“I passed (BEC) with a score of 90 which shocked me, as I went in certain of failure. This was my first section. Your study tips really paid off.” – Kathy

How to use NINJA MCQ with Becker: If this is your first time taking the exam, use your Becker Test Bank for the Non-Stop MCQ phase, and then switch to NINJA MCQ for the All Comes Together (Review) phase. If this is a retake, then only work NINJA MCQ, with the exception of working some Becker simulations to mix and match with the NINJA simulations (we have 200+ sims, so there's more than plenty of those to keep you busy) 😀

How NINJA MCQ will impact your CPA Review: A common reaction from CPA candidates who have used one course's test bank and start using NINJA MCQ is that they feel like they've been in a cage fight. This is by design. It's better to be humbled during a brutal sparring session than on fight night. If you have a weakness, NINJA MCQ will expose it and help you turn that weakness into a strength on Exam Day. It could very well be the difference between restudying for a failed exam for another 8 weeks and experiencing the freedom of passing the CPA Exam on score release night.

Choose Freedom.


Olga Timirgalieva - Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

Olga Timirgalieva – Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

* Not a typical result. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“NINJA MCQ – A must! Solving through all of the MCQ, understanding solutions, and adding new information nuggets to your notes — absolutely critical. With the NINJA Notes, I printed out the notes and used them as a knowledge check closer to the exam. Information is high-level, so you can quickly run through and get a comfort level on what you should go back to review in detail. NINJA Audio is nice to use during the commute or if you are an auditory learner. The Audio MCQ is nice to keep you engaged.”