N.I.N.J.A Study Framework: Weekly Progress Tracker

One of the most common questions I get is, “In what order should I study all of these materials?”

Review courses are notorious for coming up with new study resources to help their customers. 

Most, however, don’t explain how and when to use those materials. 

That’s why I created the Weekly Progress Tracker. 

You can find more details on this in the free NINJA Study Framework which includes a convenient checkoff sheet as you progress through your study prep…

…But the general idea goes like this below. 

Note: this assumes you’re using the recommended 7 weeks in your prep. Also, you can use this method with any course…just replace NINJA Book with your course's book, etc. 


  • Read the NINJA Book or watch of the Sparring Lectures
  • Read all of the NINJA Notes
  • Listen to all of the NINJA Audio
  • Take your own notes on all of this 


  • Non-stop MCQ (Note: Do NOT start the MCQ until you have “Nailed the Concepts” in Weeks 1 and 2)
  • Read all of the NINJA Notes  
  • Listen to all of the NINJA Audio  
  • Take your own notes on all of this


  • Non-stop MCQ  
  • Take notes where applicable  
  • Listen to all of the NINJA Audio


  • Non-stop MCQ  
  • Just rewrite it (Note: see the NINJA Study Framework (LINK) for an explanation of this step)
  • Review all of your Keywords and Notes over and over again


You should now be in the RECON Phase of the MCQ. 

  • Find your weakest section, based on your scores, and start there with drilling down into those questions until you are at 70% proficiency or higher. 
  • Then move on to your second weakest topic 
  • Your Trending Score goal this week is to be at 85% or higher. 
  • Watch ALL of the CRAM videos and at least 1-3 Sparring Lectures based on your weakest topics. 

1 to 3 Days Before the Exam

  • Read NINJA Flashcards over and over again 
  • Continue watching Sparring Lectures on your weakest topics 

1 Day Before Exam 

  • Read NINJA Notes  
  • Read your Keywords and Notes

Day of the Exam (try to schedule your exam for around 1:00 p.m.) 

  • Do the MCQ of your weakest topic 
  • Read NINJA Notes 
  • Read your Keywords and Notes 
  • En route to the exam, listen to the NINJA Audio topic that is your weakest section 
  • At the testing center, in your car, review the NINJA Notes on your weakest topic

So there is your 7-week plan of how to use the materials and the order you should study them. 

You’ve got this! 

Will NINJA Work For You?

At this point, you are likely wondering whether NINJA will be effective for YOU personally?

NINJA CPA Review is a complete course that has also been the #1 CPA Review supplement for over a decade.

Based on this, there are two paths forward, please choose the path that best suits where you are in your CPA Exam journey.


The NINJA Only path is for candidates who would like to use NINJA as their primary review course.

NINJA As A Supplement

The NINJA As A Supplement is for candidates who already have a primary course (Becker, Wiley, Roger, Surgent, etc) that hasn’t gotten the job done i.e. you’ve recently failed a section OR you want give yourself that little extra boost to avoid failing.