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NINJA CPA Review | How To Stop Wasting Thousands of Dollars, Pass the CPA Exam, and Get Your LIFE Back

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Introduction: It's Time To Stop Messing Around & Finally Be A CPA


Everyone Fails

Everyone Fails. Well, most everyone 🙂

I know some crazies who passed the first time, and you may also know some.

For us mere mortals…

70-75% of CPA Candidates fail at least one exam.

1 in 2 people taking any given CPA Exam section will walk out having failed it.

This leads to needless frustration, embarrassment, and thoughts of quitting altogether.

If you want to be different and pass, you must do something different.

Maybe you're sick of your CPA Review Course and want to ditch it completely.

Maybe you like your CPA Review videos but want to switch to the NINJA Study Plan, swap out your course's Test Bank for NINJA MCQ, and add NINJA Notes and NINJA Audio for some more firepower.

Either way, it's time to switch to the NINJA Framework, which is a tried-and-true path to follow.

It's About To Get Real

First things first. If you don't have the NINJA Study Framework, be sure to download it.

Downloading the NINJA Framework is the easy part.

It's about to get real from here on out.

That's ok because if you're reading this, it means one thing:

You're neck-deep into the CPA Exam (or are about to be), and you're committed.

If that's the case, 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 to study.

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.


Starting is the Hardest Part (Maybe)


Before we begin – let's talk about the elephant in the room: Starting.

“Starting” is the hardest part—both from a CPA Journey perspective and on a daily basis.

It's much more fun not to get up in the morning and study.

It's much more fun not to start studying for the CPA Exam at all.

If you're new to the game, then the fact that you've purchased CPA Review materials likely makes you feel like you've accomplished something.

That's like saying you've started training for the Boston Marathon because you shopped for running shoes on Amazon.

If you're a jaded CPA Exam veteran, then you know that these review materials won't study themselves.

(Although, if it makes you feel any better when you are knocking out continuing professional education (CPE) someday, you can watch a live webinar and not actually have to answer any questions (other than the “I'm still here” button that chimes every 15 minutes) and you get credit for it. Something to look forward to!)

Real progress begins now, and the accomplishment is complete when you score 75 on all four exams within the 18-month window.

Until then, the only difference between you and other staff accountants at the office who aren't pursuing the CPA designation is the fact that they are spending their money on fun things, unlike you, who is spending hundreds/thousands of dollars studying for a 14-hour accounting test.

Don't let perpetual “I'm studying for the CPA” talk trick you into thinking you've accomplished anything other than spending a lot of money.

The first Thanksgiving that your relatives heard about your CPA Exam prep made for an interesting and intriguing update.

The 2nd and 3rd Thanksgivings of you talking about the CPA Exam, well, they're tired of hearing about it.

I'm not judging – I was you.

I've been in your shoes.


I worked in public accounting and left the office at 5 p.m. each evening to take more college classes to earn my 150 hours.

I did this for two years. TWO YEARS.

Once I got my 150 hours…

I piddled around with the CPA Exam for two years until my wife lovingly said, “hey – I support you, but let's either finish this thing or move on.”

I got to work, developed my own study framework (N.I.N.J.A.), which is completely different than what everyone teaches, and finally beat the AICPA.

I've been there. I get it.


Here is the candid truth…

All your extra efforts (accounting degree, 150 hours, paying for an NTS, buying a stupidly expensive CPA Review course) to get here are a moot point if you don't embrace the fact that the grind starts now.

Do you have to be a CPA to be a successful accountant?

No, but it will forever haunt you.

It will be the career gauntlet you couldn't overcome.

You will be asked about it in every accounting-related job interview for the rest of your life.

Always. Every interview. Every job application.

Whether you pass or not, you will have dreams about the CPA Exam. I still have them to this day, and I've been licensed for 12+ years.

My dreams are typically that I can't pass FAR and lose all my credits. Thankfully, I woke up, and it was just a dumb dream.

If you don't pass – you will have the same dream, except yours will be a real nightmare.

So…you might as well pass it.

There is GOOD NEWS, however.

If you start, and if you grind, you WILL Pass.

I know of someone who took 23 exams.

23.

Today, that person is a licensed CPA.

Resist the temptation to pass judgment.

If they work tax returns 24/7, who cares that they struggled in Governmental Accounting, Business Law, COSO, or Audit Risk?

It doesn't matter to their clients.

You can absolutely suck at the topics in the CPA Exam as long as you're an expert in your specific field.

No one will ever ask about your scores or how many times you took the CPA Exam. I promise.

This is how you grind.

This is how you (finally) Pass the CPA Exam.


Before We Start: Who is this “NINJA CPA” guy, anyway?


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I was in a magazine. Mom was so proud.

My name is Jeff Elliott, and I'm a normal 40-something dude with ten kids (ok, that's insane totally not normal), but I am unique for one reason:

Since 2010, I have done nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe the CPA Exam.

I'm a licensed CPA (KS), a member of the AICPA, and have been 100% self-employed and helping people pass the CPA Exam with Another71.com and NINJA CPA Review full-time since 2010.

Prior to flying solo, I worked in public accounting, private accounting, and for two SEC companies, so I've also spent plenty of time in a cubicle. 🙂

My CPA Exam Journey began in late 2005.

When it was all said and done, I passed, got licensed, and even scored a 92 on REG along the way.

It wasn't all Sunshine & Rainbows, however.

I wanted to be a CPA, but I didn't really want to be a CPA.

So…I failed. Multiple times.


I wasn't fully committed to studying (who wants to go home and study after a full day of public accounting?), and I would try to “cram” for two weeks before my exam and was coming up short.

Maybe you can relate?

Everything changed, however, in February 2008.

I said, “Enough is enough,” and created a new study approach called “N.I.N.J.A.” Then, by the end of the year, I passed all four sections of the CPA Exam—each exam on my next attempt.

In 2008, I was a desperate CPA Candidate on the verge of throwing in the towel.

My CPA Exam Scores:
FAR 4x (70,71,76*,76)
BEC 4x (71,71,71,80)
REG 4x (69,74,74, 92)
AUD 2x (69,79)
AICPA Ethics (89,92)
* = I lost my credit due to the “18-month rule.”

Did you catch that I scored back-to-back 74s on REG? It was brutal, and it also cost me my FAR credit.

(On a side note, I am the only CPA Review course instructor that will publicly list their scores) 😀

Today, All I do is help people pass the CPA Exam—every single day for 14+ years.

* NINJA CPA ($67 monthly) is the only course on the list that doesn't retail for $2,000+

Between email, phone coaching, podcasts, the Another71 Forum, and social media…

Since 2010, I've personally interacted with more CPA Candidates than all five of the top CPA Review course instructors combined.

A bold but true statement.

Most review instructors show up to film their lectures and rarely, if ever, interact with any real CPA candidates.

I've interacted with tens of thousands of CPA candidates via emails, podcasts, private coaching, social media, and forum posts.

Why? Helping people is my favorite thing to do, and God has given me the platform to do it.

I know the bitterness of failure.

I know the heartbreak of 74s (I had two of them).

I know the misery of losing an exam credit (FAR).

I know the exhilarating feeling of scoring 90+ (92 on REG).

I know what you're going through as a CPA candidate right this very second.

I've either been there myself or have coached someone through it.

I'm here to help.

Let's get started.


NINJA Study Paths: NINJA Only vs NINJA as a Supplement


Before we dive in, we need to briefly provide context for the 5 Steps and cover the two NINJA Study Paths.

NINJA as a Supplement (most common): If you already have a CPA Review Course (Like Becker, UWorld, etc.) and want to continue using parts of that course, then you want the Supplement Path.

This can range from continuing to use the majority of your main course but adding in the NINJA Notes, NINJA Audio, and NINJA MCQ (and probably NINJA CRAM) to ditching most of your course, aside from the test bank or the cram and using the NINJA CPA Review course as your main CPA Review course.

How much or how little NINJA you want to use with this path is up to you. If you love your course, keep it and use it.

NINJA plays nice with other courses. If you hate your course, salvage what you can (simulations?) and let NINJA pick up the slack.

Go To NINJA as a Supplement


NINJA Only: CPA Candidates who go the NINJA Only route primarily come from three camps:

1) They don't have a course yet, but have heard good things about NINJA from study groups and other places and want to try passing the CPA Exam with a reputable $67 monthly course vs. shelling out $2,000 to $3,000 unless they really need to.

2) Their course has expired, and they have a few exams left and are rolling with NINJA Only to close out the CPA Exam.

3) They hate their course; they're over it. They would rather pay someone to drive a tank over their CPA Review materials than study. They're burning the ships and are studying on NINJA Island, come hell or high water.

Go To NINJA Only


NINJA Study Framework: How to Pass the CPA Exam in 5 Steps


What is the best way (and fastest way) to study for the CPA exam?

It's a simple acronym: N.I.N.J.A.

The NINJA Study Framework (or NINJA Method) isn't the only study method that works, but after using it for a decade or more, I believe it's the best.

Why? Because it strips out the redundancy that everyone else prescribes.

  1. Watch Chapter 1 Video
  2. Do Chapter 1 Questions
  3. Watch Chapter 2 Video
  4. Do Chapter 2 Questions

(repeat)

Guess what you'll do in Week 7 when you've forgotten the Chapter 1 questions?

Chapter 1 questions. Again.

The N.I.N.J.A. Method removes that redundancy and gives you precious hours of your life back so that you can … have a life.

  1. Nail the Concepts (2.5 weeks)
  2. Intense Notes
  3. Non-Stop MCQ (2.5 weeks)
  4. Just Rewrite Your Notes (1 week)
  5. All Comes Together (1 week)

By starting MCQs in Step 3 instead of Step 1 like all of the “big courses” mindlessly recommend, you're saving yourself a minimum of 102 hours of study time as a CPA candidate.

Here's the math:

If you study 20 hours per week and do MCQs for 2.5 weeks on Step 3, that's 50 hours.

During those 50 hours of Non-Stop MCQ, if you spend 2 minutes per question on average (a reasonable pace), then that's 30 questions per hour (60/2).

50 hours of Non-Stop MCQ x 30 questions per hour = 1,500 questions.

Instead of doing 1,500 questions twice (like everyone else), you do them once the NINJA Way.

That's 50 hours saved per exam and 200 hours saved in total.

“But Jeff – that's not really fair … I'm using (insert course), and yes, they have us do questions with each chapter, but it's not 1,500. C'mon, man.”

I agree. I always want to err on the side of fairness and conservatism (like any good accountant would).

Let's assume that your video lectures have 10 modules with 50 questions assigned per module.

A reasonable assumption? Some exams or modules may have more or less, but 10 modules with 50 questions is fair.

That's 500 questions worked during “concepts” mode per exam x 4 exams = 2,000 questions.

(Yes, you'll do 800-1,000 during MCQ and review mode, but we'll set that aside for now).

500 questions using the assumed pace of 2 minutes per question as described above = 1,000 minutes.

1,000 minutes is 16.6 hours… rounded up to 17 hours.

That's 17 hours of wasted time.

Why? You will need to do those questions again because, in some cases, those questions were done 6 weeks ago.

17 hours saved per exam x 4 exams = 68 hours.

Except, according to NASBA, the average CPA candidate takes 6 exams.

Remember that the first-time pass rate for the CPA Exam is historically 25%. Unless you're in that 25%, you should plan on 6 exams.

17 hours saved per exam x 6 exams = 102 hours

At a minimum, the NINJA Method will save you 102 hours of study time.

This single fact alone should cause you to download the NINJA Study Planners, which are 3 easy payments of free.

If I still haven't convinced you, then either

A. My assumptions are wrong

B. My math is wrong

C. You would rather study for the CPA Exam for an extra 102 hours than hang out with friends and family

D. You are convinced. You just don't want to buy anything.

The correct answer is, of course, D.


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Step 1. Nail the CPA Exam Concepts


With either path, the NINJA CPA cost is always an affordable $67 monthly with no commitment.

For simplicity, we will cover the NINJA as a Supplement Path.

Get the concepts out of the way before you begin MCQ.


Start by printing out your NINJA Study Framework.

Nail the Concepts first and get them out of the way before you begin your CPA Test Bank. Yes, we realize that this isn't how the ‘big courses' do it, but their way wastes at least a week per exam, which at a minimum is a month of study time if you pass on the first try.

Even if you never become a NINJA, the NINJA Framework will save you weeks of needless misery.

(unless you like sitting in a spare bedroom by yourself and watching Dollar Value LIFO breakdowns.)

There is a 4-week plan and a 7-week plan.

If you're studying full-time – use the 4-week plan. If you procrastinated and are in “oh crap” mode – use the 4-week plan. 😀

Most people will use the 7-week planner. This is the perfect study plan for working full-time and having a “life” while studying.

Aim for 20 hours a week.

If you're not studying 20 hours a week, you're not studying.

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


NINJA Audio


NINJA Audio is the most popular CPA Exam Audio. In fairness, only a handful of companies have even attempted an audio course (they're not fun to make) 😀

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 a one-hour round trip, then that's one 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).


NINJA Book


The NINJA Book is the most efficient complete CPA Review book on the market. We don't pad the NINJA Book with FASBs to make it more daunting, so you need an expensive video course to sift through it.

“All Killer / No Filler” is our NINJA Book philosophy.

Nail the Concepts with the NINJA Book. Set a firm deadline of 14 days to blast through the concepts and take in as much as you can. After 14 days (max), put the NINJA Book away and move on to MCQ.


NINJA Notes


The NINJA Notes are the famous CPA Notes/Study Guide that take the NINJA Book and trim 70% off, give or take.

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.


NINJA Sparring


NINJA Sparring is our version of CPA Exam Tutoring. Except, instead of charging you $100 an hour, we include it in the $67 subscription that comes with everything. That's how we roll.

There are hundreds of hours of Sparring sessions over every topic you can think of and they've morphed into our own video course. Mike is the ultimate CPA Review Ninja and people love him.

If you like Videos instead, watch NINJA Sparring. Use the same 14-week clock as the NINJA Book.


Step 2. Intense Notes


Take Intense Notes.

First Time? Retake? 15th Retake? It doesn't matter. Take Intense Notes.

If you're using NINJA as a Supplement, watch your video course lectures and take notes.

If you're going NINJA Only, take notes over the NINJA Book or NINJA Sparring.

Struggling to take notes? No problem – just do your best. If it's too frustrating, just punt this step.


Step 3. Non-Stop MCQ


NINJA MCQ


NINJA MCQ is the most popular “Second” CPA Test Bank. People supplement with NINJA MCQ to give their “main” test bank a boost.

Of course, plenty of CPA Candidates go the “NINJA Only” route and strictly use NINJA MCQ.

In addition to cool features like Dark Mode (we were the first course to add Dark Mode) and Adaptive Learning, NINJA MCQ has 8,000+ CPA Exam Questions and 300+ Simulations.

One feature that you'll hear people talk about the most is our “Trending Score” feature, which takes your 250 most recent questions and uses the weighting of the CPA Exam Blueprint to predict what CPA Exam score you're “Trending” toward.


AICPA Questions


CPA Candidates are always on the lookout for the “AICPA Released Questions.”

Good News: In addition to our unique expert-authored CPA Exam questions, NINJA MCQ contains all of the past AICPA Released Questions and simulations, including those released in April 2024.

NINJA features more questions and simulations than you can possibly do and is the only CPA Test Bank you need.


Take Intense Notes over your MCQ sessions.

Crucial Step: If you missed a question, take notes about why you missed it. If you got the question correct but will likely miss it in the future, take notes.

You can punt taking notes in step 2. You cannot do it here, or you will likely fail. There is simply too much to remember to just cover something once.

If you're using NINJA as a Supplement, and this is your first time taking this exam, do Non-Stop MCQs with your “main” CPA Test Bank. Then, in the review phase (A—All Comes Together), switch to NINJA and work backward, beginning with your weakest topic.

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

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.


Mock Exams


NINJA MCQ has Mock Exams, but I hate Mock Exams. So…why do we offer them? People still want them, so it's easier to just lean into it.

Let me put it this way: You should do ZERO Mock Exams prior to Exam Day.

A bold and seemingly wreckless statement, possibly.

Here are three reasons why you shouldn't work Mock Exams prior to taking the CPA Exam:

  1. The scores don't mean anything. The 75% you should on your Mock Exam does not translate to a 75 on exam day. Not even close. Think of a 75 on the CPA Exam more like a B+/A-. It is NOT a 75%.
  2. You don't get instant feedback. You must wait until the end to see the answer and explanation for a problem area that you run into early on with your Mock Exam. In the moment, it's a learning opportunity. The more distance you get between that question and the answer explanation, the less it will mean to you.
  3. It is largely a waste of valuable study time. Every study second counts. A Mock Exam is easily 3-4 hours, depending on how well you're doing and how seriously you're taking it (actually trying as you would on exam day or just click-click-clicking to be done.

As you walk into Prometric and you're magically granted four more hours to study, are you going to do a Mock Exam — or work MCQ in “Study Mode”?

That's easy – Study Mode. Those four hours are granted to you now.

Use them wisely. Friends Don't Let Friends Do Mock Exams.


NINJA Simulations


A common question from CPA candidates:

“When do I practice NINJA Simulations?”

There are several schools of thought on this topic. Some courses treat simulations like MCQs, and you do them together.

I disagree.

Here's why: You know for certain that you will have MCQ over certain topics. Simulations are not the same. You will get a handful of simulations over a handful of topics.

If you understand the CPA Exam material conceptually, then you can answer both MCQ and Sims.

Granted, simulations ask questions in a weird way, and sometimes you just stare blankly, not knowing exactly “what” they want you to enter (this horror scene played out for me once during FAR…I was sure that the simulation was a goof – because it didn't make any sense despite the fact that I knew the topic well. Unfortunately, skipping a simulation because “they” are wrong isn't an option).

How to prepare for CPA Exam simulations: The week before your exam, pick one day (Sunday?) and hammer away at nothing but your NINJA Simulations. Hit 10 of them and call it good.

Opinions vary – and that's my opinion on how to study for simulations.


NINJA Flashcards


NINJA Flashcards are like NINJA Notes that talk back.

Our flashcards use spaced repetition and other fancy things that only super nerds understand.

Step 3 is where you start utilizing your NINJA Flashcards.


Step 4. Just Rewrite


Just Rewrite Your Intense Notes.

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


Step 5. All Comes Together


It All Comes Together in a Final Review.

Step 5 is the same for both the NINJA Only and NINJA as a Supplement Path.

If you're using your Course Questions in the Non-Stop MCQ phase (NINJA Supplement), 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.

The one you DREAD seeing on exam day.

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

You don't go for mastery here because you have a lot of ground to cover quickly for your review. It's better to get all of the topics into the 70s and then come back and hit them again vs. getting a few into the 80s/90s and running 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, do 20-question mini-testlets until you're scoring in the 70s (which may take 3 or 4 sets) and then move on to your next weakest area, which might be Leases. Repeat this with Leases and then move on to the next one—Governmental Accounting, etc.

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

Everywhere you go – in the car, in the 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?).


NINJA CRAM


NINJA CRAM takes the NINJA Sparring concepts and breaks them down to the must-know information.

You can watch all of the NINJA CRAM topics over the course of a weekend, and they are a great final review just before Exam Day.


THEN … walk through those Prometric doors confidently, bar out all of that knowledge in your head, and sleep for three days.

You've earned it.


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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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Olga Timirgalieva (NINJA as a Supplement)

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“NINJA MCQ – A must! With the NINJA Notes, I printed out the notes and used as a knowledge check closer to the exam. NINJA Audio is nice to use during the commute or if you are an auditory learner.”

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Brian Wright (NINJA as a Supplement)

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“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.”

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Matt Durette (NINJA as a Supplement)

Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

“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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Shulem Rosenbaum (NINJA as a Supplement)

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“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.”

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Stephanie Ng (NINJA as a Supplement)

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NINJA CPA Review FAQ


Is NINJA CPA Review Good?

NINJA CPA is the Best CPA Review Course for the money and the second-most mentioned CPA Review course on CPA Reddit (behind Becker). You can search for “NINJA worth it” and read those posts for an independent and objective opinion. NINJA is also rated “Best Price” by Investopedia in their “Best CPA Prep Courses of 2024” awards.

What is the NINJA CPA Study Method?

The NINJA CPA Study Method is the most efficient and effective study method for the CPA Exam. It strips out the unnecessary redundancy that most CPA Review courses prescribe and cuts CPA study time significantly. The steps to the NINJA Study Method are 1. Nail the Concepts 2. Intense Notes 3. Non-Stop MCQ 4. Rewrite Notes 5. All Comes Together.

Can you Pass the CPA Exam with only NINJA CPA Review?

Yes. NINJA has everything that you need to pass the CPA Exam (lectures, book, study notes, audio course, flashcards, CPA test bank with 8,000+ questions, and 300+ simulations). NINJA CPA has everything that the “big” courses have, except the high price. In many cases, NINJA has more than the big courses (audio lectures, tutoring, a larger test bank, etc.). Again, on CPA Reddit, search “NINJA Only” for feedback on that approach.

Since NINJA CPA is Billed Monthly, is it like a Financing Plan?

NINJA CPA is not a financing plan. This is more like a ‘budgeting' plan or a ‘so your family doesn't have to skip summer vacation because you bought study materials plan.' With a financing plan – you're paying a large lump sum, but it's broken into monthly payments. With NINJA Monthly – there is no “lump sum” … it's simply a monthly fee you can cancel at any time without any further financial impact whatsoever. You can walk away at any time (for any reason). The bigger companies offer financing to try to make their product seem as affordable as NINJA – but the difference is, you're locked into that payment. With NINJA – you're always free to walk away. Them: Walk away when you've paid the entire thing. Us: Walk away at any time and come back later at any time, or never.

What is NINJA CPA Review's Pass Rate?

I doubt that any CPA Review Course objectively knows their actual pass rate. Why? CPA candidates don't use one “source” to study. Everyone supplements to one degree or another. They get help from online study groups, forums, and other supplements. Most CPA candidates use a handful of courses, and the first-time CPA Exam pass rate is extremely low (25-30%) and around 50% per section per the AICPA. I wonder how many courses are taking credit in their pass rates for customers who are also NINJAs. 🙂

Do I Need a NINJA CPA Subscription for each CPA Exam Section?

No – you never have to shop for CPA Study Materials again. Once you subscribe, study, and take an exam, we'll switch you to the next section – all with your same subscription.

Is NINJA CPA Review the Best CPA Review Course?

NINJA CPA is definitely the Best CPA Review Course for under $2,000 🙂 Truthfully, there isn't a ‘Best CPA Review course.' There is only the ‘Best CPA Review course' for you. It comes down to 1) Budget – What can you afford? 2) Learning Style – Lectures vs. Book vs. MCQ-Driven courses 3) The “5 a.m. Test” – Will you get up and study with this course at 5 a.m., or will you hate it so much that you stay in bed, never study, and never become a CPA? Choose wisely. Do free trials before investing thousands on a course you'll hate. If you're footing the bill for this CPA Exam Adventure, then the smart way is to subscribe to NINJA for $67 monthly, and if you use it and hate it, you can get a refund and still spend $2,000 on a course.

How Often can I “Switch” my NINJA CPA Section?

You may switch once every 30 days, but we are flexible if you need to make a change earlier than 30 days and plan on continuing with NINJA.

How Much is NINJA CPA Review?

NINJA CPA Review costs $67 a month. Your subscription will renew automatically each month, but you may cancel it anytime. There is no commitment beyond the month you’ve paid.

Can I Start with FAR, take my Exam, Switch my NINJA CPA Subscription, and then Start Studying for REG?

Yes – exactly. It's like Netflix for the CPA Exam – once you're done with one section, you can study for the next – all under the same subscription. If you start with BAR, hate it, and want TCP, we can do that too.

What if I Don't Need all of those NINJA Study Weapons?

People who have successfully used NINJA as a supplement typically cite three products: NINJA MCQ, NINJA Notes & NINJA Audio. People who have been successful with NINJA as their primary review typically cite all seven products. For only $67, all options are on the table. All the NINJA CPA study weapons are there for your choosing.

Can I Buy a Month of NINJA CPA, Download Everything, and Cancel?

Yes—absolutely. Many of the NINJA materials are downloadable with no weird access restrictions. This includes NINJA Notes, NINJA Audio, and NINJA Book. Other materials, such as NINJA MCQ, CRAM, Sparring, and Flashcards, however, are not downloadable due to the nature of test banks and streaming video lectures being online applications.

How Do I Get Started with NINJA?

The next step is to choose your NINJA Study Path.

What about NINJA CPA 2024 Updates?

NINJA CPA materials are completely updated for 2024. Another big perk about the NINJA Monthly plan is that you never have to email or wait for updates again. If you're an active subscriber, login and download the most current version of the Notes, Audio, Book, etc.

I Passed! How to Cancel NINJA CPA Review?

1. Go to https://dojo.ninjacpareview.com/cancel/
2. Select “Canceling Your Membership” from the top navigation menu.
3. Complete the short form and click “Cancel Subscription.”
4. Come back and see us for NINJA CMA or NINJA CPE 🙂

How Do I Use UWorld CPA and NINJA?

Use the UWorld CPA video lectures, but switch to NINJA MCQ for practicing questions. Use the NINJA CRAM and Flashcards for review. See Also: UWorld + NINJA

How many Mock Exams Should I do Before my CPA Exam?

Zero. A bold and seemingly wreckless statement, possibly. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't work Mock Exams prior to taking the CPA Exam: 1) The scores don't mean anything. The 75% you should on your Mock Exam does not translate to a 75 on exam day. Not even close. Think of a 75 on the CPA Exam more like a B+/A-. It is NOT a 75%. 2) You don't get instant feedback. You must wait until the end to see the answer and explanation for a problem area that you run into early on with your Mock Exam. In the moment, it's a learning opportunity. The more distance you get between that question and the answer explanation, the less it will mean to you. 3) It largely a waste of valuable study time. Every study second counts. A Mock Exam is easily 3-4 hours, depending on how well you're doing and how seriously you're taking it (actually trying like you would on exam day or just click-click-clicking to be done. As you walk into Prometric and you're magically granted four more hours to study, are you going to do a Mock Exam — or work MCQ in “Study Mode”? That's easy – Study Mode. Those four hours are granted to you now. Use them wisely. Friends Don't Let Friends Do Mock Exams.

How Do I Use Becker CPA and NINJA?

Nail the Concepts with the Becker CPA lectures. If you use the Becker CPA questions for the learning portion of your prep, then use NINJA MCQ and Cram for your review. See Also: Becker + NINJA

Does NINJA CPA have a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes – NINJA CPA's refund policy states: “If you're a first-time customer, you aren't satisfied with NINJA CPA Review (for any reason), and you have a NINJA MCQ Trending Score of 75 or greater at the time of your refund request, simply let us know within the first 30 days, and we'll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked.”


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To Your Success,

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

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