NINJA CPA Review 2020: Affordable Supplemental & Whole Course Options

ninja cpa review: notes, audio, mcq

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NINJA CPA Review is an advertiser of I Pass the CPA Exam. However, opinions of NINJA CPA Review are truly our own.

The NINJA CPA Review is a product by Jeff Elliott at Jeff started as CPA Exam blogger back in 2008 (you can read his story here). In 2012, Jeff launched his own NINJA CPA Review notes, which included audio reviews and flashcards. Then, he followed it up with NINJA MCQs in 2014.

Today, NINJA CPA Review is a complete review course offering, and candidates can use it as a full course or as a supplement. The NINJA materials are very popular and are some of the most affordable CPA review options available at $67 per month with no upfront costs and/or commitments beyond 1 month.

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NINJA also offers the most friendly return policy in the CPA review industry with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t like their materials for any reason — or for no reason at all. And, NINJA will let you keep what you’ve downloaded as a gesture of goodwill.

NINJA CPA Review: An Overview

NINJA CPA Review includes:

  • MCQ and SIM bank
  • NINJA Notes (these notes allow room for you to add some of your own content)
  • Flashcard App
  • Audio Reviews
  • CPA Review Book
  • Video lectures (this course component is called NINJA Plus)
  • Cram course (called NINJA Blitz)
  • Value-added features like private social media groups and more

The NINJA CPA Review bank includes approximately 6,200 AICPA-released questions. The breakout is as follows:

  • 6,000+ MCQs
  • 200+ TBSs
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What’s special about NINJA CPA Review questions? The system “learns” about your stronger and weaker areas, and once identified, the test bank will feed you more questions from weaker areas for more efficient studying. In order to do that, you need to complete 35% of the questions before hitting the adaptive phase.

Let’s take a look at some of the best features of the course!


ninja cpa test bank questions

The image above showcases how MCQs appear in the NINJA CPA test bank.


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An example of NINJA CPA’s detailed answer explanations.


ninja cpa simulation

The above image is a sample of a task-based simulation in NINJA CPA.

As I mentioned above, the NINJA test bank includes AICPA-licensed content (aka retired actual CPA Exam questions).

You’ll also get access to the authoritative literature for the research questions, plus the bank includes adaptive learning technology so you can focus on improving your weak areas.


ninja cpa notes

The NINJA CPA notes feature memory aids and white space for you to add your own notes.


ninja cpa book

The NINJA CPA books provide the relevant information and then immediately test your knowledge with application questions.

NINJA CPA Review Cost

So, how much does NINJA CPA Review cost?

Well, NINJA CPA Review is a pay-as-you-go subscription CPA review course. So, you simply pay $67 each month for as long as you want access to the NINJA materials. The NINJA materials include:

  1. MCQs + SIMS
  2. Notes
  3. Flashcards
  4. Audio
  5. Book
  6. Blitz
  7. MCQ Audio

The value of these materials ranges from $188-$497, so you get a great deal with this model.

And NINJA doesn’t make you pay any other upfront costs. You also don’t have to enter into a contract or engage in financing. Finally, you pay the same amount every month to prepare for all 4 CPA Exam sections. When you’re ready to switch to another exam section, you simply contact NINJA from within the course. You’ll then receive access to the materials you need for your next section.

Who Should Use NINJA CPA Review?

Anyone can use NINJA CPA Review. It doesn’t matter if you already have a course because NINJA CPA is a great supplement. In fact, it’s one of the best-selling supplements out there. That said, it can also be used as your main course. However, you should note that the NINJA CPA course really strives to deliver an efficient learning format and if you are a person that likes to study everything, regardless of the likelihood you’ll see it on your exam, NINJA CPA may not be the best option for you. But the good news is that there is a free trial, so you can see if the course will work for you before you make a purchase commitment.

NINJA CPA Free Trial

Since I recommend reviewing each course you consider yourself, I highly recommend checking out the NINJA CPA trial (it’s free). Unfortunately, not all of the components work in the trial, but you can see most of what you’ll get when you purchase your review materials.

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites

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  • CPA Student says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Is NINJA MCQs sufficient as a stand alone product or do we need to supplement with MCQs from other course providers? TIA

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hello CPA Student, from what I understand from Jeff, many customers use them as supplement, but there are candidates who rely on his notes and mcq alone. I guess it really depends the education and experience of each individual. Regards, Stephanie

  • CPA Student says:

    Thanks Stephanie. I am a CMA. So are his notes and MCQs alone good enough? Is WILEY as an AICPA material like how IMA endorses Wiley for CMA?

  • Tracy Ayers says:

    For audit, I purchased the PDF book and one 3 month session of MCQs. There are 1,646 MCQs, I had 4,486 attempts. My average score was a 79, and I passed the audit portion with an 81. I should note that it took me less than 90 minutes to complete the exam. The difficulty of the Ninja MCQs really helped me feel comfortable with the questions on audit exam, which is how I was able to fly through so quickly.

    I like:
    -How user friendly the MCQs are, and how closely it resembles the actual exam.
    -You can review prior session results. I don’t know exactly how far back you can go, but I entered 99 as the number of prior sessions to show, and it did exactly that.
    -You can test in different modes. In one mode, the questions are randomized for you. In another mode, you manually select what chapters/module you want to be tested on. You choose the number of questions as well.
    -I took the practice exam twice – both times felt very similar to the real CPA exam. The scores I got on the two practice exams were pretty close to my actual exam score too.
    -You can get the first chapter of each section book, along with some other helpful goodies, for free.
    -$47 for 3 months MCQ and $97 for the book – $150ish to pass audit.
    -Studied about 3 hours a night for 2 months while working and attending college.

    I don’t like:
    -The BEC book is dry and could use some more explanations in the first chapter. Some of the concepts involve jargon I don’t remember well, or things I learned in a class long ago. I didn’t experience this issue with AUD, just BEC.
    -The audit sims could use a bit more variety to them. Too many related to research, too few to other miscellaneous items. That being said, I still think Ninja does better with sims than some of the other companies out there. Not sure anyone really has sims down pat yet.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tracy, congrats, and the comments are really helpful! You explain both pros and cons right to the details 🙂 Stephanie

  • Amanda says:

    The MCQ’s and AUDIO are SOOOOOOOO worth it. These people were super generous to me and helped me out even! What a great company to get help from in your time of need!

    Helped me so much especially with FAR!!

    Thanks so much!


  • Rohit Gupta says:

    I am planning to give my exams (all 4 paper) in the month of July. I have not yet started my studies. Is 4 month enough for the preparation (I can study 2-3 hours in a day as i am also working)? Is MCQ enough for the preparation?

  • Christina says:

    I read somewhere that to listen to NINJA audio lectures, you need to be connected to the internet. I’d like to put the lectures on my iPhone to listen to on the way to work, is that possible?

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