Picking a CPA course

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    Hey guys I was wondering what would be a good cpa review course for me. I know a couple of them such as becker, roger, ninja but didn’t know if you guys might recommended something else? I personally don’t learn much from lectures. I love to just cram away on MCQ and practice tests so whichever course provides the best quality in terms of that would be my most favorited. Any suggestions?

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    ninja. I didnt use it myself, as roger was more my style with his lectures and all. Ive heard good things about ninja MCQ and sim banks. GL.

    AUD - 85
    BEC - 89
    FAR - 91
    REG - 97

    I used the wiley question bank and the wiley print review books. I also wasn't a fan of video lectures, I did a free trial of them for wiley and the script was pretty much the same as what the review books said

    AUD - 85 - 9/10/18

    BEC - 88 - 8/24/18

    FAR - 88 - 9/05/18

    REG - 89 - 8/20/18

    Hank Scorpio

    I hated Becker. Wasn't my learning style. Passed with Roger and Ninja supplements. You have to see what fits your learning style. Ninja has some free materials and Roger's has a trial plus videos on YouTube. Becker does more highlighting than anything and that doesn't fit me at all. Look into each and find your style. That is most important to me.

    AUD - 71, 79
    BEC - 69, 74, 75
    FAR - 71, 74, 80
    REG - 74, 78

    FAR - 10/3/16
    BEC - 69 - 10/31/16
    AUD - November 2016
    REG - December 2016


    I used NINJA & BISK. I also took online lectures provided by Korean CPA Prep School, because my native tongue is Korean and it was just easier to learn from lecturers who spoke Korean.

    I listened to lectures once. Read the summarized notes provided by prep school once. Did further reading on BISK on subjects I couldn't grasp after listening to lectures & reading the summarized notes. Did practice problems from Prep School, BISK, & then NINJA. Started writing down notes I wanted to review before I took the exam. Did more problems til the exam.

    I averaged about 2,000 MCQs & 200 sims per section. I also dedicated 3 months per section, studying 3-4 hours per day during the week and took most weekends off til two weeks out from the exam date. For 2 weeks prior to the exam, I averaged about 5 hrs per day and only took Sundays off. A lot of people told me this was an overkill, but hey, I never felt confident before & after the exam and did what I could to keep my anxiety at somewhat manageable level.

    AUD - 99
    BEC - 91
    FAR - 94
    REG - 96
    Done with exam. On with life.

    FAR - 94 (10/4/15), Local Prep Online Lectures, BISK & NINJA MCQ
    AUD - 99 (1/19/16), Local Prep Online Lectures, BISK & NINJA MCQ
    REG - 96 (4/19/16), Local Prep Online Lectures, BISK & NINJA MCQ
    BEC - 91 (7/19/16), Local Prep Online Lectures, BISK & NINJA MCQ

    581 days of listening to lectures, reading texts & 10,000+ MCQs...


    Thank you guys for the responses! Ill give all the programs a chance during a free trial hopefully ill find something that works best for MCQ/Sims

    Jimmy Dugan

    most of them have a free trial. Check a few out and see which one resonates with you the most.

    AUD - 95
    BEC - 87
    FAR - 84
    REG - 90
    You're killing me Smalls



    Becker still has the highest pass rate of any of them.

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 81
    FAR - 84
    REG - 78
    Becker Self Study supplemented with Ninja MCQ's for BEC and REG.

    Licensed CPA in Louisiana.

    FAR 04/11/2016 - 84
    AUD 05/12/2016 - 79
    BEC 07/06/2016 - 81
    REG 08/29/2016


    Highly recommend using all the free trials you can.
    Ninja, Roger, Becker, Gleim, Wiley.
    I had months to kill before I was approved to sit, so I took advantage of all the free trials.
    Ninja or Gleim would probably be the 2 I would point to if you just want to hammer MCQs.
    Wiley or Roger if you want lectures. I tried them all and purchased Roger and Gleim Testbank. You just need to find what works best for you.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)


    Like you, I learned best by hammering questions and taking notes on wrong answers. Ninja was my saving grace and finally helped me pass the exams after many failures. For me, the questions felt most similar to what was on the exam. I also had Wiley, but didn’t really use it on my last run where I finally passed. I seriously can’t recommend Ninja enough. Definitely take advantage of the trial periods, though!

    AUD - 85
    BEC - 84
    FAR - 82
    REG - 78
    Ethics - 95
    Licensed in IL & MO

    AUD - 56 - 68 - 61 - 9/8/16
    REG - 75
    FAR - 7/15/16
    BEC - TBD

    Wiley CPAexcel and NINJA 10 Point Combo

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