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Dear NINJAs, I am stuck. I started my CPA Exam journey several (more than two) years ago. I started with (expensive course). I do not like their product. I like the study schedule that's created, but the program has since changed and I am having a hard time using their study schedule. Consequently, I have fully converted to Ninja. Unfortunately, when I am on a study roll, life happens. Well, long story short. I am at it again. I need a good study schedule, what are your suggestions for FAR. I really want to get this behind me before tax season. -Cynthia Dear Cynthia, Ahhh, tax season. …Empty roads and parking lots on Saturday morning as you drive in to work and normal people are at home. …Continuously brewing pots of Folgers coffee… …Clients who call you in early January, tell you about their family drama for 35 minutes (while

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Dear NINJAs, Short and Sweet: How long should I study for FAR? -Kay Dear Kay, Short and Sweet back at ya: “Traditional” Course Study Method: FAR = 7-8 Weeks @ 20 hours a week. NINJA Study Framework: FAR = 6-7 Weeks @ 20 hours a week. (If you're not studying 20 hours a week … you're not studying … unless you're sick … or it's busy season … or an American NINJA Warrior marathon is on) … Use the NINJA Study Framework (video). -The NINJAs Have a question for the NINJAs? Send it here and Jeff will forward it to them via Carrier Pigeon. Get more Ask the NINJAs Listen to the CPA Reviewed Podcast

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Dear NINJAs, Hope this email finds you well! My name is Karina. It's nice to “meet” you. I work full time at an audit firm. Studying for AUD which I'm sitting for early December. I purchased Wiley as my main course and started studying in September but lost motivation due to needing to find the most efficient/effective way to study so after lots of research I came across your forum and purchased the Sniper Package. I have about 7 weeks until exam day. I watched your video on how to study but I have a few questions: – At what point or what week would you begin to hit the MCQs? I get the reading the entire book (taking intense notes while reading) – I was going to aim to finish the book 3 weeks before exam date. Is this too late? Should I be aiming for 4 weeks before

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Dear NINJAs, I am looking to start studying for the BEC or AUD after tax season 2018. A co worker gave me her CPA Review materials she purchased during 2017 (books/flashcards). Would these still be a good thing to use to study for the CPA Exam in 2018 along with NINJA Study Materials also? Thanks for your advice. -Deana Dear Deana, BEC and AUD should be just fine. If it were FAR with the Revenue Recognition rules, we would say no. Of course, NINJAs like yourself never have to worry about using outdated materials since you get free updates until you pass. ๐Ÿ˜‰ With that said – if you're using NINJA Materials with them…just the “other” book as a backup and study with the updated NINJA Book. Their flashcards should be fine as well and give you another look at the materials, in addition to your NINJA Flashcard App. -The

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Dear NINJAs, I have about 2 weeks until my REG exam. I've skimmed the book and listen to the NINJA Audio during my commute. I've written the notes once and I'm currently taking notes while doing the MCQ's however my average score is about 25% – I'm struggling! I know REG isn't in my wheelhouse, but how do I “get it” enough to pass this test!? Thanks! -Eleanora Dear Eleanora, Some early warning signs are showing up… – Low average score (your cumulative score since you began working MCQs vs the Trending Score which takes more recent sessions into account) – You acknowledge that REG isn't an area of strength – Knowing this, you only skimmed the NINJA Book Our advice: Reschedule your exam for before Thanksgiving (no one studies over Thanksgiving, so that's a bad time for the “fina push” … take your exam before Thanksgiving. Make sure you

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Dear NINJAs, I am currently studying Far using Wiley CPA and Ninja Book, Notes and MCQs. But the material is overwhelming in Wiley. I study 8 hours a day itโ€™s taking me a long time to get through the lessons … It took me 3 weeks to get through 50 lessons in Wiley … Is there a different way of getting through this material quicker? Taking the exam supposedly in December of this year. -Ramona Dear Ramona, It's quite possible that you're getting too “in the weeds” while you study … taking notes over every little nuance … pausing the video after every few sentences because you're scared of missing a key detail. FAR is a mile wide and an inch deep. (Jeff says that someone smarter than him said that once but he can't remember who). Get through your videos, skim/read the NINJA Book, and at some point say

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