Becker CPA Review + NINJA: How to Roundhouse Kick the CPA Exam in the Face and Finally Become a CPA in 2023
“I used NINJA MCQ for each of the exams as a supplement to Becker, which was provided by my work…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.”
– Matt Durette, Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner
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Step 1. Nail the Concepts (2.5 Weeks)
Fire up your Becker CPA login and Nail the Concepts with your Becker video lectures (or Becker CPA books) & NINJA Audio. If something is confusing in your Becker CPA Review materials, look it up in the NINJA Book or NINJA Notes. 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 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 in your downtime, especially at work. It's ok if you haven't studied the section before. It will start clicking the third time through, regardless of where you are in your prep.
Step 2. Intense Notes
Take Intense Notes over your Becker CPA Review and/or NINJA Sparring lectures or NINJA Book.
First Time? Retake? 15th Retake? It doesn't matter. Take Intense Notes while watching your Becker CPA lectures. Struggling to take notes? That's ok. You can fall back on the NINJA Notes.
Step 3. Non-Stop MCQ (2.5 Weeks)
Non-Stop MCQ – Becker CPA Test Bank or NINJA MCQ. & Take Notes. If this is your first time taking this exam, do Non-Stop MCQ with your Becker CPA Test Bank, and then in the review phase (A – All Comes Together), you switch to NINJA MCQ and work backward, beginning with your weakest topic.
If this is a retake OR you've found yourself memorizing your Becker questions, then switch 100% over to NINJA MCQ 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 Becker CPA questions for N (Non-Stop MCQ) and use NINJA MCQ for A (All Comes Together) as you review.
If this is your first time taking this exam and you're memorizing the test bank questions (which is 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 your Becker Test Bank and NINJA MCQ.
Step 4. Just Rewrite (1 Week)
Rewrite Your Becker CPA Review notes or NINJA Notes. We know you took killer notes over your Becker lectures … re-write those. 😀 If taking notes with your Becker materials wasn't in the cards this time, and you did your best, I suggest you re-write the NINJA Notes instead. (Listen, I get it – re-writing notes sounds sooo boring. You know what else is sooo boring? Re-studying for a failed exam. Just. Do. It.)
Step 5. All Comes Together (1 Week)
All Comes Together in a Final Review. Watch your NINJA CRAM and the Becker Final Review. If you're using your Becker Test Bank 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, start with the one that most 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 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. 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 – 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…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 MCQ … NINJA 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?).
Walk through those Prometric doors confidently, barf out all of that knowledge in your head, and then take three days off to rest, relax, and recover.
You've earned it.
THEN … back at it.
No stopping until you're a CPA.
You'll have those three letters after your name sooner than you think.
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“Appreciate it, Jeff! I used the Ninja MCQ for AUD and BEC to supplement Becker, and they were extremely helpful, so I appreciate it!” – Dan Bierley, Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner
“I personally used NINJA when I studied for the CPA Exam (in addition to Becker). Back then, NINJA was only a supplement, whereas now, it’s a full course. However, the NINJA Notes are still as concise and helpful now as they were when I sat for the CPA Exam. In my opinion, there’s no better way to quickly solidly all the topics covered in the AICPA’s CSOs than NINJA notes. And if you’re unhappy with your NINJA products, you’ll receive a no-questions-asked refund.” – Stephanie Ng, CPA – iPass The CPA Exam
“Thank you so much for the NINJA notes, audio, and mcq. I used them as a supplement to Becker and I’m convinced that’s why I passed. I’ve listened to your audios more than you can imagine. I’ve read the notes until my eyes hurt (sorry I’m still a fan of my own notes) and did so many mcq that I’m an expert at exams.” – Sukpreet K.
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“I recently took FAR. One of the biggest takeaways for me was my struggle with the simulations. I started using the Ninja materials to supplement my Becker package as a final review and I really do believe Ninja helped me review all the material well and I also feel pretty confident by my performance on the mcq on the exam, though only the results coming out later this month will tell.” – Monika K.
“Jeff– This isn't a question, just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the NINJA material you work so hard to put together. I passed all my exams on my first attempt and I can honestly say I would not have been possible if it had not been for NINJA. I used Becker as my primary study material and supplemented with NINJA multiple choice. Once I began my review process with NINJA it brought everything together. If I had it to do over again, I would recommend NINJA as the primary study material. It was an absolute game-changer for me. All the hours, tears, and frustration have paid off. Thank you again!” – Erin A.
“My Becker subscription expired just before I began studying for FAR, and I came across NINJA while exploring other, more affordable alternatives to renewing Becker. Having used Becker exclusively for the first three sections, I managed 84 in REG, 85 in AUD, and 89 in BEC. Using NINJA exclusively for FAR, I achieved my highest score of the four – a 91. The service you provide through NINJA is a tremendous value – perhaps the best on the market.” – Ethan G.
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“I passed BEC first try (92) and AUD retake (1st: 73, 2nd: 84) using NINJA to supplement Becker! Thanks so much for this great resource. Wishing you all the best!” – Madeline C.
“I failed Aud in October with a 74 using Becker. I subscribed to ninja and passed 3 weeks later with a 77!” – Sidney Z.
“It took me a little longer than a year, but I just passed all four parts of my exam on the first attempt! I supplemented Becker with Ninja Notes and Ninja Audio! Thank you so much for creating those products!” – Brad A.
“Just want to give a major thanks to you. I started out with Becker, and I didn't take the exam seriously. Beginning of this year I got Ninja and it has been a wild ride. I've now passed all four parts using Ninja. I'll definitely be spreading the CPA word to get more people to the dojo. Take it easy my great sir. Thank you again!” – TJ R.
“Thank you to you and your NINJA team. With your help and Becker, I am officially done with the CPA. Couldn’t have done it without your help. I can’t express how thankful I am.” – Jacob M.
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“Ninja was a great help! I used it as an extra tool to supplement Becker's materials. I especially thought the notes helped after doing the long Becker lectures. They were great to simplify what I was learning and in combination with doing as many multiple choice as possible was a huge help. I also enjoyed reading other people’s experiences since I did fail FAR a few times. Seeing that other people had some failures but made it through was encouraging.” – Michelle D.
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NINJA Study Paths
NINJA CPA Review is a complete course that has also been the #1 study supplement for over a decade.
NINJA Only? NINJA Supplement? Choose the path that best suits your CPA Exam journey.
The NINJA Only path is for candidates who want to use NINJA as their primary CPA review course.
The NINJA Supplement path is for candidates who already have a primary CPA review course (Becker, Wiley, Roger, Surgent, etc.) that hasn’t gotten the job done, i.e., you’ve recently failed a section, OR you want to give yourself that little extra boost to avoid failing.