Ninja CPA Review 2017: Pros and Cons of MCQ, Notes & Audio

ninja cpa review: notes, audio, mcq

The Ninja CPA Review is a product by Jeff Elliot at Jeff started as a blogger documenting his multiple takes of the CPA exam and how his persistence rewarded him the CPA title. He also wrote about his views on various review courses along the way.

After recommending Yaeger and then Wiley test bank for a few years, Jeff launched his own Ninja CPA notes, audio review, followed by Ninja CPA MCQ in 2014.

Ninja CPA Review: An Overview

You can download the Ninja CPA notes and audio review for free trials at, and therefore, I will focus on the MCQ.

The Ninja CPA multiple choice question is based on the same database as Exammatrix. This CPA exam practice questions database comprises mostly (if not entirely) AICPA released questions: around 6,400 multiple choice questions and 250 task-based simulation questions.

What’s special about Ninja CPA review questions and others using the same platform is that it is adaptive learning technology. That is, the system “learns” about your stronger and weaker areas, and once identified, they will feed you more questions from weaker areas for a faster and more efficient improvement. In order to do that, you need to complete 35% of the questions before hitting the adaptive phase.

What’s the Strength and Weakness of this Adaptive Learning System?

For a more detailed discussion, please refer to a similar comparison on my Exammatrix page.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Stephanie

  • Lily wang says:

    Jeff uses exam matrix software, not anything new to the market nor created by him.

  • 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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