Roger vs Wiley vs Becker – The Best CPA Course

If you’re like me and deciding where to go to dinner on Saturday night is exhausting, finding a CPA review course that works for you is downright terrifying. Luckily, there are several great resources out there (like this one) to help you decide which course fits your study style.

The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for a course is whether it’s compatible with how you learn. I’m a visual learner and I like to work alone, so classroom settings and lectures just aren’t my thing. Take some time to think about your learning style and what works best for it.

Let’s compare 3 major courses: Roger vs Wiley vs Becker.


Roger: High-Energy Lectures

From what I’ve heard, Roger Philipp is like your crazy uncle that somehow knows how to keep everyone’s attention. His teaching style keeps you engaged and the lessons are bite-sized (no long, boring chapters). He also uses memorization techniques to help you retain information.

Each lessons includes a video (or audio) lecture, an excerpt from the textbook and corresponding questions.

Cost: $1695

Discounts: 20% “Fresh Start” Discount – You purchased another review course that didn’t work. 10% Student Discount – Enrolled in 12 hours+ or graduated within last 2 months.

Cons: You only get 18 months of course access.

Conclusion: If you are an auditory learner, enjoy some help staying engaged and work better with smaller pieces of information at a time, Roger would be great for you.


Wiley: Great For Full-Timers

If you’re trying to pass the exam while working full-time, Wiley may be a great option. Each part of the course only takes 30 to 45 minutes and is only 2 to 6 pages of text. It’s followed by proficiency questions related to the topic just learned.

You also get access to Wiley’s 12,000+ multiple choice bank gleaned from previous CPA exams. Buy the platinum version and get the 600+ task based simulations also. The exam program on Wiley is also the same as the real CPA exam, so you won’t have any surprises on test day. Plus you get unlimited access to the course. FOR-EV-ER.

Cost: Platinum – $2295

Gold – $1800

Silver – $1590

Discounts: 20% Student Discount – Full or part-time student or graduated within last 90 days.

Cons: There are no live discussions or access to an instructor during the course, and the video lectures are less than satisfactory.

Conclusion: If you want bite size information and you are more of a visual, self-studier, Wiley would be a great course for you.


Becker: Best Reputation

When people think of CPA review courses, Becker is what comes to mind. It’s most recommended by the Big 4 and has a high success rate. I personally used Becker and found it perfect for my needs.

There are several options when you decide to go with Becker: you can do self-study, attend live video lectures, or opt to go to a classroom. I started out doing all three but found the classroom settings to be too unpredictable and the videos to be boring. So in the end, I just read the books.

Each lesson has a chapter and corresponding video lecture. Afterward are multiple choice questions that immediately let you know if an answer is right or wrong. The chapters are long, similar to what you would have done in college.

Cost: $3393

Discounts: Depending on who you work for, you may be able to get a firm discount.

Cons: Expense. Also, Becker is for people who have free time to study as opposed to those working a full-time job since it’s more of a “college” style format.

Conclusion: If you have time (i.e. the three months between graduation and starting your job), Becker is a great choice. It also caters to all learning styles.

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5 Responses to Roger vs Wiley vs Becker – The Best CPA Course

  1. Jen December 29, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    Hi Megan,

    Thank you for the recommendations! Becker has been around for a long time and holds a strong reputation. I’ve been leaning towards Becker and Wiley. Ideally, I’d like to pass all four parts within the next two window periods. You mentioned that you yourself studied with Becker. Did you take all four parts during one window period? What was your study plan and how long did you study before sitting for the exam? Any info would be most useful!

    • Megan
      Megan December 29, 2016 at 8:39 am #


      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      I took all four parts in two windows (same as you’d like to do!), between July and December. It’s very doable if you can put in the time. I studied like I had a full time job: between 6 to 8 hours a day with some studying on weekends. I typically had one “break” day where I wouldn’t study at all which was very helpful in keeping me motivated. I also studied the following amounts of time for each exam:

      BEC: 4 weeks
      REG: 3 weeks
      FAR: 4 weeks
      AUD: 4 weeks

      I personally think you could study 6-8 hours every day and pass any of the exams in three weeks. I took 4 for FAR and AUD because I did actually have a full time job at the time and had to spend evenings and weekends studying.

      Also, keep in mind your study style. For example, I retained information best when I read and did MC questions. I studied way too much for BEC because I read, watched lectures, went to a live class, and did the MC. It ended up being a waste of time, which I figured out and applied to the next exam. You want to be both efficient and effective when you study, and knowing your learning style will be monumentally helpful.

      I wish you all the luck with your studying! Just keep motivated, you can do this.

  2. Nate March 4, 2018 at 12:38 am #

    Hi Megan,

    Thank you for taking time sharing your experience with us! I am currently available for full-time study and am planning to purchase the textbook then study them alone. From all the reviews I’ve read, Wiley and Becker seem to be the winners but I haven’t decided which one to go for since people most of the time talk about the video lecture, the live classroom, the test bank,… not the content of the textbook. Have you had any experience with Wiley text? Any tiny information is much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Nate,

      Unforntately, Megan isn’t available now to share her personal experience. But I’ve worked with enough CPA students to have some answers on the actual books for Wiley and Becker. The general consensus among CPA preppers is that if you look at the books alone, Wiley tends to be preferable. The Wiley books are set up more like self-contained workbooks, so they work better independently of the video lessons and courses. And Wiley tends to focus more on academic content and concepts, while Becker is more oriented toward test-specific strategies for the CPA exam. Where that second contrast is concerned, Becker actually may be better if you already know all the facts of CPA practice really well, and are struggling primarily with the format of the exam. But that doesn’t seem to be the situation for most of the students I’ve talked to.

  3. Wendy Yanes August 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    Take a look at the Surgent CPA Review product. A huge time savings for study as the course software focuses on what you don’t know…

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