Surgent + NINJA CPA: How to Quickly Pass Any CPA Exam & Be a CPA in 2022 (and Actually be a Fun and Smiling Person Again)


Disclosure: Another71 has an affiliate partnership with Surgent CPA Review. We also own NINJA CPA Review.


“Why We Chose It: Surgent CPA Review provides students with AI software to determine exactly what topics need to be covered. This ensures the shortest study time. Their advanced online technological tools set them apart from the others.”

“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.”

– Investopedia – The 5 Best CPA Prep Courses of 2022


Brian Wright (Becker + NINJA)

Brian Wright (Becker + NINJA)

Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

“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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How to Quickly Pass Any CPA Exam with Surgent + NINJA


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Follow these 5 (Easy) Steps. Starting is the Hardest Part.

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

NINJA CPA Review


Nail the Concepts

Nail the Concepts with your CPA Review lectures.


Supplement Path: Start by printing out your NINJA Study Framework (you can enter your email and download that below if you don't have it).

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 Surgent CPA Review materials, look it up in the NINJA Book or NINJA Notes (free demo downloads below).

Start listening to your NINJA Audio (included in NINJA Monthly – free demo download below). 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 1 hour round trip, then that's 1 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.)

Start reading the NINJA Notes (also included in NINJA Monthly) 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 Only Path: Same as above, except Nail the Concepts with the NINJA Book or NINJA Sparring videos (Free book demo below. You guessed it – both included in NINJA Monthly). If you like Sparring – stick with it and supplement any weak points with the NINJA Book. If you prefer the NINJA Book, then supplement with NINJA Sparring videos on your weak topics.


Intense Notes

Take Intense Notes over your Surgent lectures.


Supplement Path: First Time? Retake? 15th Retake? It doesn't matter. Take Intense Notes while watching your Surgent lecture videos.

Used the proven method provided in the NINJA Study Framework.


NINJA Only Path: Same as above – take Intense Notes over your Sparring videos or the NINJA Book.


Non-Stop MCQ

Non-Stop MCQ (Surgent Test Bank or NINJA MCQ).


Shulem Rosenbaum (Wiley + NINJA)

Shulem Rosenbaum (Wiley + NINJA)

Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

“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.”


Supplement Path: If this is your first time taking this exam, then do Non-Stop MCQ with your Surgent CPA Test Bank and then in the review phase (A – All Comes Together), then you switch to NINJA and work backward, beginning with your weakest topic.


If this is a retake OR you've found yourself memorizing your Surgent MCQ, then switch 100% over to NINJA MCQ (NINJA Monthly strikes again!) for this phase. When it comes time to do the SIMS, switch back and forth, according to which software you like better.

Again … if this is your first time taking this exam, use your Surgent CPA questions for N (Non-Stop MCQ) and use NINJA MCQ for A (All Comes Together) as you review. You can also mix in your any CPA supplemental multiple-choice questions.

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.


NINJA Only Path: All NINJA. All the time.


Just Rewrite

Just Rewrite Your Intense Notes.


Supplement Path: We know you took killer notes over your Surgent lectures … re-write those 😀

If taking notes just wasn't in the cards this time around and you did the best you could do, then we suggested re-write the NINJA Notes.

NINJA Only Path: Same as above. Re-writing the NINJA Notes is just as effective.


All Comes Together

It All Comes Together in a Final Review.


Actual* CPA candidates leaving Prometric after using becoming NINJAs. *May not be an actual photo of this, but it should be.

Supplement Path: If you're using your Course Questions in the Non-Stop MCQ phase, 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, then choose the one that keeps you awake at night first.

The one you DREAD seeing on exam day.

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

The reason why you don't go for mastery here is that you have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time for your review. It's better to get all of the topics into the 70s and then come back and hit them again vs get a few into the 80s/90s and run out of time before you can get to the rest.

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For instance, if you're taking Financial Accounting and Reporting and your weak area is Bonds, then do 20 question mini-testlets until you're scoring in the 70s (which may take 3 or 4 sets) and then move onto your next-weakest area, which might be Leases. Repeat this with Leases, and then move onto the next one – which might be Governmental Accounting, etc.

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

(Note – if you have 5 minutes to spare – DON'T spend it on Facebook (unless you're checking our Facebook Study Group, then totally legit 😀 ) … knock out two pages of NINJA Notes instead).

Everywhere you go – car, 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?).

3 Days out from your Exam – Watch the NINJA CRAM (Yep – also NINJA Monthly).

THEN … walk through those Prometric doors with confidence, barf out all of that knowledge in your head, and go sleep for 3 days.

You've earned it.


NINJA Only Path: Same as above. The supplement path and the NINJA Only path are basically the same here because when you supplement, you've switched over to NINJA completely at this point, with the exception of some sims from your other review if you really want to mix it up, but it's not necessary.


How Claire Passed the CPA Exam with NINJA

(and battled some serious health obstacles along the way)



Matt Durette (Becker + NINJA)

Matt Durette (Becker + NINJA)

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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Olga Timirgalieva (Roger + NINJA)

Olga Timirgalieva (Roger + NINJA)

Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner

“NINJA MCQ – A must! Solving through all of the MCQ, understanding solutions, and adding new information nuggets to your notes — absolutely critical. With the NINJA Notes, I printed out the notes and used them as a knowledge check closer to the exam. Information is high-level, so you can quickly run through and get a comfort level on what you should go back to review in detail. NINJA Audio is nice to use during the commute or if you are an auditory learner. The Audio MCQ is nice to keep you engaged.”


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To Your Success,

Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)

Another71 & NINJA CPA


Have a Question about Surgent + NINJA? Ask Jeff. 😀