Wiley CPAexcel and Becker CPA Review are some of the most popular CPA review courses used by test takers. But you’re probably wondering: what’s the difference between the two? And which one is better for test prep?
Let’s compare and contrast Wiley CPAexcel and Becker CPA Review’s textbooks, software, practice tests, and other important features. This way, you can pick the course that best fits your learning style!
Wiley CPAexcel vs Becker Course Formats
Becker has 3 different course formats for you to choose from: Advantage, Premium, and Pro. Currently, they’re the only CPA review company that provides a live classroom course.
Wiley CPAexcel is offered in an online, self-study, and virtual classroom format. You’re given a USB flash drive with each course so you can have access to all its materials offline as well as DVD’s of the video lectures. Wiley’s virtual classes are a blend of pre-recorded lectures and live instruction.
Although Wiley’s offerings are decent, there’s simply no beating the option of a live classroom environment.
Wiley CPA vs Becker Cost Comparison
Becker is a pricey course, currently costing $2,299 for the top course and all the features. This is unavoidable, but it helps that they offer financing through 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month payment plans. Thanks to this, you can still afford Becker’s Pro membership on a smaller budget— which is currently the best option for CPA exam prep online.
Alternatively, Wiley CPAexcel is a little cheaper. For the Wiley Platinum Course, they currently offer a discounted price of $1,799. I will reference the Platinum Course in the pricing chart below since it is the one most similar to Becker.
|CPA Review Cost Comparison||Wiley CPAexcel||Becker CPA Review|
|Single Section Price||$800||$799|
|Cost to Repeat the Course||Free||Free (With Becker Promise)|
Wiley vs. Becker CPA Books
The Becker books are comprehensive and filled with more than enough information you will need to pass the CPA exam. The content is organized and structured, with sections that are much longer than those in Wiley’s. This is an incredibly helpful resource for students who need to understand specific CPA exam subjects in greater detail, but it can be harder to fit quick study sessions into your busy schedule.
Wiley has plain looking books that don’t have as detailed graphics and formatting. This means that you’ll have more space to take notes in the margins and in between paragraphs. However, it’s just not as informative or effective, so Becker wins this category.
Wiley vs Becker CPA Exam Practice Questions
Wiley CPAexcel’s course includes an impressive combination of TBSs (Task-Based Simulations), MCQs (Multiple-Choice Questions), and “true or false” questions. The total number of all these practice questions combined is nearly 19,000. Hence, Wiley provides a seriously dense collection of material that should last you several months of hardcore studying.
Becker, on the other hand, has only 9,200 multiple choice questions and 580 task based simulations. Therefore, Wiley wins over Becker when it comes to practice questions.
Wiley CPA vs. Becker Flashcards
If you go with Becker, their most recent update added 1,400+ digital flashcards free to all their course packages, including their cheapest Advantage tier. The digital flashcards can be found in your course dashboard, but you can also seamlessly access them on iOS (Apple), Kindle, and Android mobile devices. But if you prefer physical flashcards, those are exclusive to students enrolled in their Pro course.
Wiley CPAexcel also provides free flashcards, with each section in their software including some that directly relate to core concepts and definitions covered in each section. If you want physical cards, you can buy 1,000 of them for $150. And while they offer a mobile app like Becker, it performs very poorly according to student reviews and won’t be an effective resource for studying on the go.
It’s a tough decision, but Becker takes the win. Despite not having as many flashcards as Wiley, they offer a far easier study experience with them— which is the most important part of flashcard studying.
Course Expiration and Access
Becker has recently updated their CPA exam prep course to offer Premium and Pro subscribed students unlimited access. This means that there are no longer any time restrictions, which can be helpful for students who find themselves failing a section of the exam. In a similar vein, Wiley CPAexcel also never expires and you never have to pay to renew your access or update your materials. Furthermore, you can take unlimited course repeats and have access to their online material for an entire year AFTER you pass the CPA exam.
Software and Content Updates
Although this wasn’t the case in the past, Becker now offers all course updates for free regardless of what package students are subscribed to. Each time the material covered on the CPA exam changes, you won’t have to pay extra for the most relevant course.
Wiley CPAexcel lets students receive all updates for free as well, whether they pertain to software changes or material changes. Therefore, you will always have access to the up-to-date video lectures online for free. They also provide students with the ability to watch these materials on a physical medium with a paltry $8 cost to receive a DVD copy. This is the same cost for a CD copy of their offline study materials.
It’s not easy for me to pick which course wins when comparing the two’s features, but there is a winner. Becker has the better educational value when it comes to individual study materials, mobile compatibility, and support from instructors. However, you’ll be in the best possible hands if you pick a CPA review course that compliments your learning style, whether it’s Becker or another company!