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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