Success May Rest on Choosing the Right CPA Exam Test Bank


The right CPA Exam test bank can make the difference between passing and failing the Uniform CPA Exam. You can consistently score high on progress tests and complete all the simulations and still suffer a rude shock on Score Release Day if your review course doesn’t challenge you with the right questions.

Choosing the right CPA Exam test bank may seem like another of the difficult, confusing and expensive choices you have to make on the road to effective test preparation. It doesn’t have to be.

Rely on what you already know about your budget, learning style and background. Then concentrate on the key components that go into any CPA Exam test bank.

First, you want a lot of practice. The more practice, the better. Practicing will help you get comfortable with the test format and give you more time to focus on what’s important on test day. You don’t want to be fumbling and wasting time that you could spend on evaluating your answers.

You want an interactive application that gives you a lot of practice on a screen that looks like the one you will see in the real exam.

You want a lot of questions, a lot of variety and some of the more obscure questions. Don’t be annoyed if your test bank throws you questions you think are off the wall; they may just wind up on the real exam. Definitely the test bank should include questions provided by the American Institute of CPAs.

Effective MCQs and Sims help you learn content

You want practice questions and simulations that test you on content corresponding to what you will see on the real CPA Exam. Be cautious about review courses that offer only true or false questions you will never see tested on the CPA exam.

Remember that the key to passing the CPA Exam is not just memorizing answers but understanding content. You want a test bank that not only tells you the right answer but also explains why your choice was correct or incorrect.

The best supplement will help you refine and add to your notes. On-target multiple choice questions will help you refine your thought process and your method for tackling questions and problems.

You want software that is flexible and that allows you to customize your study sessions to your particular needs. Find a test bank that permits you to choose subtopics as well as the number of MCQs and simulations. Customization gives you more productive study.

Find a test bank that helps you track your progress by giving you online reporting and analysis. Choose one that lets you view practice test results by subjects, by raw score, by percentages, and by other customized features.

There are a number of review courses that meet these criteria. Find one that allows you a free demonstration so that you can make sure the format is right for you.

It all comes down to cost, volume and refund policy

Now, let’s talk about cost. Most of the CPA Exam test banks are very expensive. Two are not. All other things being equal, why not go with the most affordable: Wiley CPAexcel and NINJA MCQs.

Even between these two, one is more expensive. Wiley CPAexcel CPA Online Test Bank costs $575. The Complete NINJA MCQs set is cheaper at a cost of $497.

Both offer MCQs and simulations for each of the four individual CPA Exam test sections: Business Environments and Concepts (BEC), Regulation (REG), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Auditing and Attestation (AUD). Wiley charges $150 for each individual section. NINJA charges $47 for each of the stand-alone sections.

Drill down and you will find significant differences between Wiley and NINJA besides the price. One consideration is the number of MCQs and simulations they offer.

Wiley offers 4,451 AICPA exam questions and 148 task-based simulations. NINJA provides considerably more with 6,567 CPA Exam multiple choice questions and 257 simulations.

There’s another noticeable contrast between the two: refund policy. Wiley has no money-back guarantee. NINJA MCQ gives a full refund with no questions asked if you decide their test bank if not for you.