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- Introduction to Becker CPA Review
- How to Study for the CPA Exam Using Becker & NINJA
- 5 Easy Steps to Smash Any CPA Exam & Finally Become a CPA
- Becker + NINJA: Step 1. Nail the Concepts
- Becker + NINJA: Step 2. Intense Notes
- Becker + NINJA: Step 3. Non-Stop MCQ
- Becker + NINJA: Step 4. Just Rewrite
- Becker + NINJA: Step 5. All Comes Together
- Exam Day is Finally Here
- NINJA as a Supplement Reviews
Introduction to Becker CPA Review
Becker CPA Review is the biggest name in CPA Exam prep. They've been around forever, and they're the most expensive course, typically.
If you're buying Becker, go with Pro or Premium, as I don't really see the point in the Advantage Package when it has significantly fewer options without much of a price difference when discounts are factored in (and Becker runs a lot of promotions).
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Becker CPA Review Courses
Becker CPA Review Premium is their “middle” package and has most of the features included with Becker CPA Pro (the “top” package), including Unlimited Access, except:
- Printed Flashcards
- Becker Final Review
- Academic Tutoring
- 1 Year of CPE
- “MCQ Bonus Bank”
The Pro package has a one-year CPE subscription. If the CPE subscription can be activated at any time, then this is a good value.
If not, it's kind of a pointless bonus because new CPAs won't be needing CPE right away. The Becker website is unclear on this point.
Either way: go with Becker CPA Pro if it's on sale (which it often is and, ironically, is sometimes cheaper than the Premium package) or is close in price to the Premium Course.
Becker CPA Discount & Promo Codes
The Becker CPA Promos are sometimes advertised on the Becker site, and sometimes not.
If you're shopping for Becker, reading this, and it's currently the latter scenario, I just saved you $1,000+.
No need to thank me – other than applying that money towards adding NINJA as well. 😀
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Becker CPA Review Course Summary
Summary: The grandfather of CPA study materials, Becker CPA Review is trusted by the Big 4 firms. The quality comes at a significant cost, as Becker is the most expensive CPA Review course.
Packages: Becker CPA comes in three CPA prep packages: Becker Pro, Becker Premium, and Becker Advantage.
Test Bank: Becker CPA Review does not sell a standalone CPA Test Bank
Becker Cost: Without discounts, Becker CPA Review costs range from $2,499 (Advantage) to $3,799 (Pro).
Discounts: Becker CPA discounts most of its course packages typically – especially Becker Pro.
Free Trial: The Becker CPA trial lasts 14 days and includes 30+ hours of lecture videos, 100 simulations, and nearly 1,500 multiple-choice questions.
How to Study for the CPA Exam Using Becker & NINJA
5 Easy Steps to Smash Any CPA Exam & Finally Become a CPA
Becker CPA Review is the most-popular CPA Review Course and has the trust of the Big 4 and many large public accounting firms.
NINJA CPA Review is the most-popular CPA Exam Supplement. The majority of NINJAs are also Becker students.
Becker + NINJA: Step 1. Nail the Concepts
Fire up your Becker CPA login and Nail the Concepts with your Becker video lectures (or Becker CPA books) & NINJA Audio. Time: 2.5 Weeks
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 start clicking the third time through, regardless of where you are in your prep.
Becker + NINJA: Step 2. Intense Notes
Take Intense Notes over your Becker CPA Review lectures or NINJA Book.
It doesn't matter.
Take Intense Notes while watching your Becker CPA lectures.
Becker + NINJA: Step 3. Non-Stop MCQ
Non-Stop MCQ – Becker CPA Test Bank or NINJA MCQ. & Take Notes. Time: 2.5 Weeks
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 MCQ and work backward, beginning with your weakest topic.
If this is a retake OR you've found yourself memorizing your Becker questions, 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.
If this is your first time taking this exam and you're memorizing the test bank questions (which is 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 your Becker test bank and NINJA MCQ. Depending on which of the Becker CPA Review courses you have (Pro or Premium), you may have a supplemental Becker CPA test bank as well.
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Becker + NINJA: Step 4. Just Rewrite
Rewrite Your Becker CPA Review notes or NINJA Notes. Time: 1 Week
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 I suggest that you re-write the NINJA Notes.
(Listen, I get it – re-writing notes sounds sooo boring. You know what else is sooo boring? Re-studying for a failed exam. Just Do It.)
Becker + NINJA: Step 5. All Comes Together
All Comes Together in a Final Review. Watch NINJA CRAM and the Becker Final Review. Time: 1 Week
If you're using your Becker Test Bank 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, 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 on to 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 MCQ … NINJA 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.
Total Study Time: 4 or 7 weeks. We have NINJA Study Planners for both timelines. Scroll down and we'll email them to you.
Exam Day is Finally Here
Take your exam with confidence and PASS.
Sleep. Celebrate. Repeat (the studying, not the celebrating).
NINJA as a Supplement Reviews
No matter which NINJA Study Path you choose, you're in good hands.
“I used NINJA MCQ for each of the exams as a supplement to Becker, which was provided by my work…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.”
Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner
“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.”
Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner
“I personally used NINJA when I studied for the CPA Exam (in addition to Becker CPA Review). Back then, NINJA was only a supplement, whereas now, it’s a full course. However, the NINJA Notes are still as concise and helpful now as they were when I sat for the CPA Exam. In my opinion, there’s no better way to quickly solidly all the topics covered in the AICPA’s CSOs than NINJA notes. And if you’re unhappy with your NINJA products, you’ll receive a no-questions-asked refund.”
Stephanie Ng, CPA
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“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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