Wiley CPAexcel vs Becker

Last Updated:February 17, 2018
Jason Galaif, CPA
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Wiley CPAexcel and Becker CPA Review are two of the most well known names in the CPA industry, but which one is better?

It may not be initially clear which course you should choose, so in this article I compare Becker and Wiley’s costs, software, practice tests, and other features so you will be able to make an educated purchasing decision.

I’ve used both courses extensively and was able to pinpoint the significant differences between the two that you should know before selecting a CPA Review Course.

Cost

When it comes to the cost of the course, Wiley CPAexcel beats Becker CPA Review every time. Becker is the most expensive course on the market with a whopping price of $3,393. CPAexcel on the other hand is a whole thousand dollars cheaper for their Platinum Course, costing only $2,295.

A single section for Becker costs $1,131, while Wiley charges only $765 for specific sections. And if that isn’t enough to make Wiley the clear winner when it comes to price, Becker charges a $95 admin fee and $565 to repeat each section. Wiley CPAexcel does not have admin fees and offers you the chance to repeat the course for free.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Expiration and Course Access

Becker will give you only 18 months to use their CPA review course. This can lead you to unnecessarily spending more money if you fail the exam or need a little more time. Since Becker does not offer you the chance to retake their course for free if you should fail, you will have to pay 50% of the original cost to renew your access.

Wiley is much more generous and understands that passing the CPA exam is not usually a first time thing. You’ll get free course repeats and, once you finally pass, you will have access to Wiley’s online material for an entire year after your CPA exam.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Practice Questions

Again, we see here how Becker can’t compete with Wiley. CPAexcel has a large bank of practice questions that include 12,000 multiple choice questions, 600 task based simulations, and 6,200 true/false questions, while Becker CPA Review offers a mere selection of 7,200 multiple choice questions and 400 task based simulations.

Wiley does more than provide more practice questions than Becker. CPAexcel comes with “proficiency questions” that are in the form of true/false quizzes that gauge to whether you really understand a particular section or if you need to spend more time studying.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Flashcards

Both courses offer Flashcards and you’ve probably already guessed that Becker charges you extra for their flashcards—$299 to be exact. If you want to spend even more of your hard earned money, you can get 1,000 Becker Flashcards that are accessible in either a print edition or through iOS (Apple), Kindle, and Android mobile devices.

Wiley continues to be considerate and equips CPAexcel with 4,100 digital flashcards at no additional cost. The flashcards are relevant to the most important definitions and terms covered in each section.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Format

Becker offers 3 different course formats: online, self-study, and live classes. Becker will proudly say how they are the only CPA review company who provides a live classroom course. But, using Becker’s live course option has rarely generated any positive reviews. Many students who use Becker avoid the live classes since they tend to be a waste of study time.

Wiley CPAexcel also offers 3 course formats: online, self-study, and virtual classroom. The virtual classroom is a new feature and provides a blend of pre-recorded and live lectures. If you are traveling or don’t have online access, Wiley has your back. Each course comes with a USB flash drive containing all of their materials offline as well as DVD’s of the video lectures.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Wiley vs. Becker CPA Video Lectures

Wiley has great video lectures, as these classes are thorough and laid out in a manner that’s easy to understand. While they aren’t the best CPA video lectures on the market, these classes are superior to those offered by Becker. 

I’d recommend Wiley’s CPA video lectures over most of the other classes in the industry, with the exception of Roger CPA review. With regard to Becker, I wouldn’t recommend the video lectures, especially given the ridiculous price attached to the course.

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Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


Updates

In case you haven’t noticed the trend, Becker does not offer free updates to their software. If you want the most relevant practice exams, simulations, or video lectures, you will have to pay extra to make sure you are prepared for your CPA exam if you choose Becker CPA Review.

Wiley knows that the CPA exam changes constantly, that’s why they make it easy and free for you to have the most up to date materials. Updated video lectures are available online and Wiley CPAexcel will even ship you a DVD for only $8 if you prefer to watch them offline.

Winner: Wiley CPAexcel


My Suggestion

The clear winner is Wiley CPAexcel. Compared to Becker, Wiley has lower costs, more practice questions, and overall a better understanding of how difficult it is to study for the CPA exam. Both courses have the material it takes to pass your exam, but Wiley wants to make it as easy for you and your wallet to become a CPA.
Wiley CPAexcel offers more for a cheaper price and there are no extra charges for things like flashcards or course renewals/updates. Check out the free demos for each course if you want to see some of the differences for yourself, but I strongly recommend Wiley CPAexcel over Becker.

Go to Wiley CPA Review

If you aren’t convinced that Wiley CPAexcel is a superior course, checkout the other top CPA review courses and find one that fits your needs. The factors mentioned above are important to consider when choosing a course. You don’t want to risk your valuable time and money on a course that doesn’t lead you to success!

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