Wiley CPAexcel Review

Course Rating: ★★★★★

Wiley CPAexcel is one of many high-end CPA review courses on the market. Their CPA study materials are geared toward students who need to cram short study sessions into an already packed schedule. However, there are some annoying issues that you should be aware of before enrolling.

If you’re working many hours on the job and studying for the CPA exam at the same time, you will really appreciate the efficient “bite-sized” lessons Wiley created specifically for busy employees and students. And while they’re not as substantial or entertaining as lecture content from other courses, they’ll get the job done in a pinch.

Within the past year, Wiley has made some significant upgrades and improvements to their CPA review courses. Part of these changes involved tweaking lectures and materials so that they get right to the point. But by cutting out extra information so that you can focus on those items that matter most, customers have remarked that some nagging issues have appeared that detract from the overall experience.

Comparison of Wiley CPAexcel Course Offerings

 Course Features Platinum CPA Review Course Gold CPA Review Course Silver CPA Review Course
Cost $2,800
($800 per part)
$2,275
($650 per part)
$2,100
($600 per part)
Partner Until You Pass Guarantee with free online content & courseware updates until you pass
Online Course Study Materials with text, 7,500 exam questions, 110+ hours video instruction, 450 task-based simulations, 4,000+ digital flashcards and more
Efficient Learning System with bite-sized lessons, exam planner, discussions, unlimited practice exams and more
Study Guides mapped to the lessons in the courseware (print and ebook included)
Companion Mobile App with 7,500+ exam questions, available in iOS and Android
Professor Mentoring with online support from subject-expert professors
Virtual Classroom Series with live, online instruction and support
Online Test Bank with additional 4,400 exam questions and 160 task-based simulations
Focus Notes with acronyms and mnemonics (print and ebook included)
Flashcards to reinforce and improve retention (print)
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Bite-Sized Learning

Wiley CPAexcel comprehensive study packageWiley CPAexcel prides itself in being super efficient. Each section of the review course is broken down into smaller sections, which makes studying for the CPA exam seem a lot less overwhelming. This is great for anyone who has a full-time job and other obligations that prevent long, uninterrupted study sessions.

One of the best features of the course is the way that the material is divided up into smaller, more manageable topics.

Each main topic is broken into smaller subsections that will only take about 30-45 minutes of your time. This gives you the flexibility to squeeze in a study session even when you have less than an hour to spare. Chunking the information also makes it easier to process and memorize.

Huge Practice Question Test Bank

Wiley CPAexcel gives you access to 12,000 practice questions and 600 task-based simulations, more than any other CPA review course on the market!

The practice questions in the Study Mode take the form of a short multiple choice quiz. This is a great way to check your understanding of the material right away without taking a full-length practice exam. You can speed through a large number of questions quickly to give you a ton of practice and immediate feedback.

Practice questions in the Launch the Exam mode look exactly like the official CPA exam. In this mode, you don’t find out if you got the question right immediately; the questions are graded after you have taken the entire simulated exam.

You can also customize your practice exams. For example, you can choose to retake one using only those questions you got wrong. Additionally, you can select how many questions you want on each practice test.

The task-based simulations include questions that have tables and other areas that must be filled in (i.e. not just multiple choice). Note that many of the task-based questions are very similar, with different numbers substituted for what is basically the same question. Additionally, the sheer volume of practice questions can quickly become overwhelming, making it difficult and tedious to make it through them all.

Wiley CPA online test bank

Simulated Practice Exams

Wiley CPAexcel identifies which questions you missed and then provides an explanation of how to get to the correct answer. This is very helpful because it helps you identify your weaknesses as you review each question. After understanding each incorrect answer, you can jump right back into taking the Simulated CPA Exam again.

The large test bank makes sure that new questions appear each time you retake the test, giving you the repetition and practice you will need to pass the actual CPA exam. You may want to keep taking the Simulated CPA Exam until you consistently score above 85-90%.

Exam-Identical Software

The practice exams and simulations are presented in the same computerized format you will see on test day, including the specific time limits, break policies, and rules for moving through the exam content. This will familiarize you with the CPA exam format and the functionality of the built-in calculator and flagging system so you won’t waste any time on the big day.

Wiley CPAexcel video lectures and online study materialsVideo Lectures

Although most Wiley lectures are not particularly entertaining, they are gratifyingly short. Most are under 30 minutes, and many are significantly shorter (as short as 5-10 minutes!). Ultimately, any student with prior CPA prep experience will immediately recognize that these lectures aren’t as engaging or fast-paced as some of their competitors’ videos, like Roger or Becker.

Important information is displayed alongside the lecturer to help you identify the key points, and essential terms may be emphasized in bold. Slides can also be printed out as study aids or if you like to take additional notes.

Audio-visual learners will benefit from this format because they can listen to the lecture while reading the most important points and taking notes. Although I wouldn’t recommend skipping the assigned readings, the information that comes up on the slides and is explained by the lecturers will help you retain the most important information necessary to pass the exam.

Deep Dive Lectures

Another useful feature to help you improve your scores comes in the form of Wiley’s “deep dive lectures.” In these, experienced accounting professors lay out how to solve the most challenging problems on the CPA Exam step by step.

Online and Offline Accessibility

There is no limit on the number of computers and devices that can download the software. The course is also accessible from smartphones and tablets via Wiley’s Android or  iOS apps.

Unfortunately, many students have experienced technical difficulties when using Wiley’s mobile app, especially when on Android devices. One common issue is being unable to connect to Wiley’s server and access their materials. Another problem is that some of the study materials available on their desktop dashboard can’t be accessed on mobile. Because of these issues, mobile users may want to steer clear of this course.

Wiley’s Partner Until You Pass Guarantee ensures that your course will always be up to date, no matter how long it takes you to pass, thanks to the free content and software updates. Hopefully, this means they’ll provide free updates to their app that improves its functionality and connectivity.

Weekly Special Offers

Every week or two, there are new Wiley CPA promo codes on their website. To find out what promotion they are offering this week, click here.

Additional Mentoring Available

If you need additional one-on-one instruction or want to discuss more complex questions, mentoring is included with the platinum and gold courses. You can post your questions on a discussion board and get answers from experienced professors or other CPAexcel users.

You can also search the archived discussions to see if the answer is already there, or get personal help on topics covered in the lectures and demonstrations of how to solve specific problems. In fact, this is probably the best way to have your questions answered in a timely manner, since some students have complained that instructor response time can be slow.

Virtual Classroom Series

Wiley CPAexcel offers a Virtual Classroom which includes a combination of pre-recorded lectures and live online classes. Here instructors focus on the most challenging questions that students frequently get wrong on the exam.

You can ask questions during the live presentation and interact with your peers, making it a much more interactive experience. There are also lecture archives, so you can look to see if a topic that you need extra help on has already been covered. And while this isn’t as involved as Becker’s live classroom courses, it’s still a helpful resource!

My Suggestion

If you are looking for an efficient way to study for the CPA exam, this course is worth considering. Wiley offers the most benefits to students who need a creative way to cover all the CPA exam material as quickly and conveniently as possible. The only exception to this is if you use a mobile device to access most of your study materials.

Recent upgrades and updates have made this course more efficient at the expense of general functionality. The Mentoring option, Virtual Classroom Series and large number of Proficiency Questions and authentic Practice Questions are appealing on their face. However, small annoyances when navigating these features can add up to a frustrating experience.

Wiley’s course offers more practice questions than any other course on the market, giving them a huge advantage over their competitors. This is great if you want to drill exam topics as much as possible, but don’t be surprised if you run into a few repeat questions.

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Pricing

Financing options are available, here.

Silver CPA Review Course

Price: starts at $2,100 or $600/section
Includes:

  • Bite-Sized Lessons
  •  Electronic Study Text
  • 7,500+ AICPA Past Exam Questions with Answer Rationales
  • 5,500+ Proficiency Questions
  • 4,200+ Digital Flash Cards
  • Student Discussions
  • 450+ Task-Based Simulations
  • Unlimited Simulated CPA Exams
  • Final Review
  • Exam Planner & Personalized Study Schedule
  • Diagnostic Exams & Strategy Support
  • Performance Metrics
  • 110+ Hours Video Lectures + Slides
  • Course Outlines (print or eBook)
  • Partner Until You Pass Guarantee – Free Content and Software Updates
Gold CPA Review Course

Price: $2,275 or $650/section
Includes: Everything in Silver CPA Review Course plus

  • Professor Mentoring
Platinum CPA Review Course

Price: $2,800 or $800/section
Includes: everything in Silver and Gold CPA Review Courses plus:

  • Virtual Classroom Series
  • Online CPA Test Bank – offers an additional:
    • 4,400 AICPA Past Exam Questions with Answer Rationales
    • 148 Task-based Simulations
    • Replicates Prometric Experience
  • Flash Cards (print)
  • Focus Notes (print or eBook)
  • 12,000 total practice questions
CPA Course Supplements

Certain elements of the program can be purchased individually as a supplement to the Silver and Gold courses:

  • CPA Focus Notes – starting at $40
  • CPA Flashcards – starting at $50
  • CPA Virtual Classroom Series – starting at $100
  • CPA Self-Study Pack – starting at $240
  • CPA Online Test Bank – starting at $150
  • CPA Study Guide – starting at $65