cpa review courses

CPA Review Courses: 7 Things You Must Know

1: Cost of CPA Review Courses range from $67 to $3,500+.

Disclosure: owns NINJA CPA Review and has affiliate partnerships with the courses on this page.

Self-Study? Online? Subscription? Lump-Sum? There is a wide range of choices, features, and costs with CPA Review courses.

Here are 6 CPA review courses to check out and compare:

2. The Smartest Buy in CPA Review is NINJA

The smartest buy in CPA Review is easily NINJA CPA Review at $67/month.

Of course, we're biased!

Here's what Investopedia wrote when it rated NINJA as one of its top-5 courses:

“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 2021

It's a complete course that literally gives you everything you need to pass the CPA Exam:

  • Textbook to learn the CPA Exam concepts
  • Review videos to reinforce the concepts and hit trouble spots
  • Adaptive Learning Testbank that knows what you know (and what you don't)
  • Study Notes for review
  • Audio Course so you can study on the go
  • Live Tutoring 4x a week
  • CRAM course for each exam.
  • AICPA-Licensed content

NINJA has the firepower of a complete CPA Exam Review with the flexibility to be added to any course.

Since NINJA switched to the subscription model, numerous would-be competitors have come out with a kind-sorta-not-really product like NINJA.

They advertise a low monthly fee (like NINJA), but they make you stay until you've paid thousands of dollars (unlike NINJA).

NINJA Monthly is not financing and there's no commitment.

It's a subscription – like Netflix.

You can start…cancel if you want…start again…cancel again, etc.

NINJA is the only CPA Review company that will start and stop as you wish, with no penalty.

Other companies want to tangle the low price of NINJA, but want to be in control of when you come and go.

With NINJA, come and go as you please – whenever you wish – and as many times as you want.

Don't want to spend thousands on a course? NINJA Only is a great option as well.

3. The Best CPA Review Course depends on you.

Which CPA Review courses are the best? Easy. There is no “best course.” 

The real question is: “which review course is best – for me“. It really comes down to:

  • Budget (will you still be paying for this course 15 years from now?)
  • Learning Style (talking head? powerpoint? self-study?)
  • The 5 a.m. Test (will you want to study with this course at 5 a.m. or does the instructor annoy you so bad, you want to stay in bed?)
  • Refund Policy

4. Ignore Advertised CPA Exam Pass Rates

There are high CPA Exam pass rates out there advertised by some CPA Review courses. The first-time pass rate for the CPA Exam is around 30-ish%. The pass rate for any given CPA Exam section is around 50%. You will see some review courses advertise a rate nearly double that of the AICPA, and I'm not privy to their data, so I don't know how they've arrived at those numbers.

Nearly all – if not all, CPA candidates use more than one study source for the CPA Exam. If you visit the another71 Forum and get help on a homework question, technically, you've used more than one study source. I don't know how anyone can know what their exact pass rate would be. Another curveball is that CPA candidates are more likely to tell you they passed than they failed. When you pass – you shout it from the rooftops.

When you fail, you lock yourself in your spare bedroom and eat 5 gallons of ice cream, and don't talk to anyone for three days.

That's a long-winded way of saying – don't factor advertised pass rates into your buying decision.

5. Add a Second CPA Test Bank? Good Idea.

While all AICPA-Licensed CPA Review courses get their MCQ from the AICPA, the differences among courses is notable.

Adding a second CPA Test Bank is a 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 a study tool that let's you know if you're on track for exam day victory – or if you're walking into an 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).

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

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

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.

6. Customer Reviews Tell the Real Story

What do the people in your online CPA study groups have to say about the course you're considering?

Is there negative chatter about the course – or worse, no chatter?

If you google any course, you're likely going to get spammed by affiliate farms trying to get you to come in pick the course that they “rank” #1 and click a link so they get paid.

Instead, see what a CPA study group like Reddit has to say.

You'll get the good, the bad, and definitely – the ugly.

(Oh, and you'd better be treating people right if you point to Reddit discussions about your company) 😀


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.”

– Olga Timirgalieva (Roger + NINJA), Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

*Results not typical. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the EWS Award.

“After taking three exams I was in reach of the EWS award. I knew that I needed a high score on my last exam to get it, so I decided to use NINJA MCQ and practice tests to supplement my Becker materials.

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.”

I thought it was set up really well and had a different approach which definitely helped.”

– Brian Wright (Becker + NINJA), Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner*

*Results not typical. Only 1 in 1,000 CPA candidates win the EWS Award.

7. Check for Discounts & Free Trials

Would you buy a $2,000 car without test driving it? Of course not.

So – why would you buy a $2,000 CPA Review course without trying it first? 🙂

The following courses have Free Trials:

In CPA Review land, the price is rarely “the price”.

Most review CPA Review courses run discounts and sales throughout the year and you can usually find a coupon code floating around.

Most courses have discounts hovering around $500-$1,000 off retail price.

If you need a discount, email and I'll track one down for you.

(If it delays your purchase 2 hours and you save $1,000, that's a nice hourly rate, even for a CPA) 🙂

The best CPA Review discount* out there is the Roger + NINJA promo, where you get the Roger CPA Review Elite Course for $1,699 ($1,300 discount) and get 4 Months of NINJA free ($268 value). Total Savings: $1,568.

* Actually, the best CPA Review discount is the thousands you save by going NINJA Only at $67 per month 🙂

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

Another71 | NINJA CPA Review

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