Introducing NINJA CPA Blogger Ben

28 Feb 2013



Hey there, NINJAs-

My name is Ben and I hail from the great state of Iowa. I hope everyone is doing well, considering the circumstances.

Passing the CPA Exam is a daunting task. However, it is temporary and I keep reminding myself that the benefits will far outweigh all of the time and money spent; even hair lost.

I earned my accounting degree in May 2009 and started my current job literally days after graduation. I work for a real estate appraisal company, and while I oversee the company’s accounting functions, I also spend a lot of time on other aspects of daily administration.

As a result, I initially saw myself at a disadvantage compared to an exam candidate who had public accounting experience. I’ve found this isn’t the case. It’s all about utilizing the right materials and putting forth the effort.

I really started focusing on the exam last spring. I started with Audit. It was kind of a “pick your poison” type of situation. In early June, I decided to supplement my study materials with the NINJA Notes and Audio, as well as the Wiley Test Bank. I honestly feel this is where my studying picked up steam.

I’ve never been responsive to reading a textbook, especially with accounting. The NINJA notes were condensed, and provided a general basis for understanding the material.

I also learn a great deal from working the Wiley test bank. My favorite feature is how it’s broken down by section, which allows you to focus on one area at a time, and gauge which areas need improvement.

I studied my butt off for Audit, sat in late July, and was relieved to pass with a 78.

After about a six-week hangover from the AUD, I was ready to tackle BEC. By this time, it was almost October, and I was still having trouble getting back into the rhythm. The holidays were coming up, and before I knew it we were a week into November and I was beginning to doubt if I’d be able to sit before the end of the window, which was ultimately extended into December.

I gave it my best shot. I wasn’t as confident as I had been with AUD, but still had a good grasp of the material. To my relief, I passed BEC with a 79.

Waiting for your score is tough. Getting re-focused for the next section is even tougher. I’m just now finding some encouragement with REG. Like many of you, I’m shooting for an early April test date.

I look forward to updating you on my progress in a week or so. Until then, good luck to everyone immersed in their studies and/or the busy season.

The best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

All the Best


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