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CPA Study Materials & 9 Things To Know

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1. Everyone Supplements their CPA Study Materials

Before we get started, we need to acknowledge a universal CPA Review study truth:

Everyone supplements their CPA Review Course to one degree or another.


The degree of supplementing ranges from posting questions to a study group or message board, using free CPA study guides, or investing in supplemental materials like NINJA CPA Review.

Studying with one course is so … 1990s. (The best music [and movies] decade ever btw.)

The most popular types of supplemental CPA Study Materials are:

  • CPA Study Guide
  • CPA Review Audio
  • CPA Test Bank
  • CPA Exam Cram Course
  • CPA Book
  • CPA Tutoring

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

“Why We Chose It: 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

2. A CPA Study Guide Will Save You

A CPA Study Guide will save you on Exam Day.

The most popular CPA Exam Study Guide of all time (for the last decade, anyway) are the NINJA Notes.

No other supplemental CPA Study Materials come close.

Sure, you can write your own CPA Exam Notes, and it's actually part of the NINJA Study Framework, so we are big believers in the power of taking your own notes.

We are also big believers in passing, so pairing your own CPA Review notes with the NINJA Notes is a smart move.

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).

The action-packed NINJA Notes are included in NINJA Monthly.

Download Them. Study Them. Re-Write Them.

If it's in the NINJA Notes, it's on the CPA Exam.

3. CPA Review Audios Are the Ultimate Study Hack

Want to study on the go and turn downtime into Study Time? Smart Move.

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

It's the Ultimate Study Weapon in your CPA Study Materials arsenal.

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 CPA Study Materials-land.

(and unlike other audios, it's not a stripped-out audio file of a video lecture – we created this and recorded this specifically for auditory learning)

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.

And one more time … just so it sinks in.

You will also silently thank me (and possibly later via email, as has happened) as you sit there in Prometric on Exam Day, drawing a blank until my voice popped into your head.

(Sorry about that … my voice goes away … eventually)

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. πŸ˜€

Turn Drive Time into Study Time.

(Click the playlist arrow in the top-right of the video to pull up the entire “CPA Exam Study Tips” playlist)

4. A Second CPA Test Bank Is a MUST

A Second CPA Test Bank is a Really (Really) Good Idea MUST.

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

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

  1. You will start memorizing your 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 β€œWHAT!?!?!” moment on the CPA Exam, you know what I'm talking about).

NINJA MCQ and its 7,000+ AICPA-licensed questions & simulations are included with NINJA Monthly and work great with a course like Becker CPA Review.

Here's a screenshot of the NINJA MCQ Dashboard. The Sparring & CRAM videos below both extensively look at the NINJA MCQ software, as it's integrated into the lectures.

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5. Not All CPA Review Books Are Big, Boring, and Bloated

A CPA Book is the perfect self-study option in CPA study materials. Some CPA candidates prefer to ditch videos in the CPA study materials and go the self-study route with a good ol' fashion CPA Exam book.

When we designed the NINJA Book, we sat down and said, “You know what the world really needs? Another big, bloated CPA Exam textbook full of word-for-word FASBs, IRS regs, and auditing standards that no one can stomach reading, so a $2,000 video course is required.”

(My tendency toward sarcastic humor is shining through here. My wife has softened it a lot over the past 20 years, trust me. πŸ˜€ )

Our goal with the NINJA Book was simple: Make it not as terribly boring as the other books out there.

Not a high bar, I get it … I mean, it is accounting, so there are only so many ways to spice it up.

Perhaps a Jason Bourne-style thriller involving the protagonist solving a Dollar-Value LIFO problem in order to save the world from impending doom is in our future.

NINJA Book: All Killer, No Filler.

6. A CPA Exam Cram Course Is Your Silver Bullet vs. the Procrastination Monster

A CPA Cram course is the perfect final review before your upcoming high-stakes battle with FAR, AUD, REG, or BEC.

Complete your CPA study materials course and need a good last-minute review?

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 cram can save the day – and possibly your CPA Exam life.

This is why we designed NINJA CRAM, and included it with the $67 NINJA Monthly subscription.

7. A CPA Tutor Adds a Friendly Face to an Unfriendly Exam

You have a CPA Review book. You have lecture videos. The problem?

You can certainly talk to them, but it's a one-way conversation.

What if you actually want to speak to a live human and get a CPA Exam question answered?

A CPA Tutor adds a friendly face to a very unfriendly Uniform CPA Examination.

The problem? CPA tutoring services that charge hourly rates that would make a big city attorney blush.

Our solution? NINJA Sparring: Live CPA Exam tutoring 4 nights a week.

We've included NINJA Sparring with NINJA Monthly, so you don't have to worry about crazy hourly rates.

Do the other CPA tutoring companies hate us? Yes. πŸ™‚

Check out these free CPA Tutor / Sparring videos.

Yes, 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 get.

NINJA Mike is one of the best instructors in CPA Review.

(Not his real name – it's a pseudonym to keep a much larger competitor from stealing him πŸ˜€ )

Coincidentally, he also scored top-5 in the world on the CMA Exam and is the lead instructor for NINJA CMA Review.

8. CPA Exam Flashcards Are the Key to Microstudying

CPA Flashcards allow you to microstudy. What is microstudy (verb)? I don't know, I just made it up – I think. If I'm stealing it, someone is welcome to let me know.

Microstudying (as I am presently defining it) is when you have 3 minutes or less to study. No need to scroll mindlessly on Facebook or IG.

Bursts of microstudy add up in big ways. 3 minutes here … 3 minutes there … do that 10x a day, and that's 30 minutes of “found” study time.

cpa exam flashcards

NINJA Flashcards are available to all NINJA Monthly members.

9. Three Study Supplements Are the Sweet Spot

β€œBack 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.” – Roger CPA Review

It can be easy to get overwhelmed with too many study options when it comes to CPA Review materials. In this post alone, I threw seven different types at you:

Study Guides, Audios, Test Banks, Crams, Tutoring, Book, Flashcards …. AHHHHH!!!!

Too many CPA study materials can cause a CPA Candidate to fall into a pit of analysis-paralysis never come out.

If you dismiss supplements altogether, you're missing out on a potentially game-changing study boost.

The sweet spot: Pick 3.

Most people who join NINJA CPA Review (and are on the Supplement Path) primarily use 3 Study Weapons:

  1. NINJA Notes
  2. NINJA Audio

Check out these 3 CPA Study Materials, as well as the others on this page.

If you're considering “NINJA Only,” then you'll definitely want to check out the NINJA Book (above) and NINJA Sparring.

If you're wanting to use NINJA as a supplement, then decide which you like better: NINJA CRAM vs. NINJA Sparring.

Or – you can use both πŸ™‚

If things start to click better, or you find yourself finally remembering key concepts, become a NINJA.

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  • FAR – Governmental Accounting
  • AUD – Audit Sampling
  • REG – Partnership Taxation
  • BEC – IT


To Your Success,

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

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