When To Start Practicing CPA Simulations?

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    I started with Surgent but did not feel like it was enough. Diving straight into MCQs without any prep was very discouraging. I finally got some of my scores up and then hit the Written TBSs and felt the anxiety come rushing back. I found NINJA and decided to follow the 7-week study plan incorporating MCQs from both programs but ultimately relying on Ninja to give me the push I need.

    I am currently working through reading the Ninja Book and notes right now with a goal to finish the book by next Friday. As I read through the book and have a plan more suited to my study style, I have felt my anxiety coming down, but I am still very concerned about the written portion of BEC.

    When in the study plan should we start doing Sims?

    Also, are there any tips or tricks for studying for Written Communications?

    I am very happy so far with what I have seen. I am curious if you have a companion study app for Andriod so that it is a bit easier to pull up Audio and Flashcards on the go.

    – Brittany


    Even though simulations are 50% of your grade, I am still a proponent of focusing on MCQ and learning the concepts through MCQ. Simulations are just another way to apply the concepts.

    That said, I would take a Saturday and hammer simulations before your exam, starting with the topics that are obvious prime candidates to be on your exam (cost accounting, financial management, etc.).

    I would hammer NINJA MCQ but use Surgent’s simulations. Surgent has a great reputation for their technology.

    Make sure that you use keywords and proper sentence structure and grammar. Remember that your written communications will first be graded by AI and later by a human grader if needed. Even if you don’t know what to write, using keywords can save you.

    Great to hear you’re liking NINJA. We need to invest in an app at some point. We’ve focused on sparring and the test bank so far, but an app is definitely needed.

    – Jeff

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 80
    FAR - 76
    REG - 92
    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
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