Becker + NINJA: How To Pass Any CPA Exam in 5 Easy Steps

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“Why We Chose It (Best Overall): Historically, Becker has been the most popular and trusted CPA exam prep course on the market. Becker provides students with peace of mind knowing that the largest CPA firms in the world trust Becker to prepare their employees for the CPA Exam.”

“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.”

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Introduction: Everyone Supplements Their CPA Review Course

Let's face it: everyone supplements their “main” CPA Review course to one degree or another.

Whether they're using free CPA Review materials, purchased an additional set of study notes or test bank, or simply used a CPA Exam Forum, co-worker, tutor, or CPA study group for help – they're supplementing their main CPA Review course.

The most popular types of CPA Review course supplements are Study Notes, Audio Courses, and Test Banks.

Let's take a look at how each of these types of study materials can make your life easier while balancing work, family & friends, and the CPA Exam.

CPA Exam Notes

The most popular CPA Exam Notes of all time (or the last decade, anyway) are the NINJA Notes. No other review supplement comes 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). You should read the NINJA Notes multiple times heading into your exam week and once on Exam Day.

Check out these Free Notes.

CPA Exam Audio

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 others mentioned. The popularity of the NINJA Audio and the biggest complaint about the NINJA Audio are one in the same: Me. 😀

I make jokes during the audio, come up with off-the-wall memory techniques which sometimes involve 90s rap references, and overall, don't take myself or the CPA Exam too seriously.

(it's just accounting info that you need to remember for a test – let's not make it so stuffy and self-important, shall we?).

Here are some Free Audios to keep you studying on the go.

CPA Test Bank

The secret to the NINJA CPA Test Bank's adaptive learning algorithm is coffee. (Please don't tell our aspiring competitors).

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 test bank like NINJA MCQ fixed that.

With 6,000+ MCQ and 200+ simulations, not to mention killer analytics, it's a no-brainer.

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

We have a Free CPA Practice Exam as well (which also comes with a free NINJA Book chapter to master concepts).

If we had any more free, we'd be the government. 😀

Now we're going to walk you through how to weaponize your Becker course with NINJA, the most-popular CPA Review supplement.

Want to go NINJA Only? Plenty of CPA candidates choose that path as well.

How To Pass Any CPA Exam Using Becker CPA Review + NINJA in 5 Easy Steps

Nail the Concepts

Nail the Concepts with your Becker CPA lectures.

If something is confusing in your Becker CPA 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 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.

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 NotesNINJA 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.

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

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