Updated:March 23, 2019
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cpaexcel-vs-becker-cpaWiley CPAexcel and Becker CPA review are great CPA exam study materials, but one is clearly better than the other one. There several different things to consider when picking out a CPA exam prep course. You need to consider everything including the video lectures, study textbooks, testbanks, and overall course software to really decide which one is a better choice.

Let’s take a look at each component of each review course and see how they stack up to one another. Then you can decide which one is right for you.

Becker CPA Review or Wiley CPAexcel Comparison

CPA Excel versus Becker CPA Review Prices

One of the most obvious aspects of any CPA review course to compare is price. Becker CPA is significantly more expensive than CPAexcel starting at $3,400. This is partly because Becker is considered the “name brand” course, but are you getting what you pay for?  Wiley CPAexcel actually has more features and is over $1,000 cheaper.  Here are the prices for each course.

CourseFull PriceExpiration FeeFlashcard Price
Wiley CPAexcel$2,800$0$0
Becker CPA Review$3,393$565 Per Section$300

As you can see, Becker is almost 50% more expensive as compared with Wiley. In our opinion, this kind of price hike isn’t justified. You are paying more for the name than anything else. These prices reflect exclusive discounts you can get from us.

Unlimited vs Limited Access

Becker CPA course materials expire after 18 months. This is fine if you are able to pass all the sections your first time and don’t take much time off between each section. Unfortunately, this isn’t reality for most of us. If you want to renew your study materials for another 6 months, you will have to pay an additional fee.

CPA Excel, on the other hand, doesn’t have an expiration date. You can use all of the study materials as long as it takes to pass the exam without incurring an additional fee. Plus, the materials are updated while you are using them, so you never have to worry about studying outdated materials!

CPAexcel vs. Becker Testbank

The Becker test bank only includes 7,200 multiple-choice questions and around 400 task-based simulations. This isn’t a small amount of questions, but more is always better. You don’t want to run the risk of seeing the same questions over and over again. More questions ensure you won’t have the chance of memorizing the answers.

The Wiley testbank has over 12,000 multiple-choice questions. It also includes more than 6,200 true and false practice questions and 600 task-based simulations. There is no way you are going to be memorizing answers with that many questions. The Wiley test bank is way better than Becker’s test bank.

Becker CPA vs CPAexcel Study Text

Both of these study books are pretty comparable. Becker’s book tends to go into more detail than Wiley’s book does. Some candidates enjoy this, but most tend to get bogged down in the details and actually spend more time studying for no reason. Other candidates don’t even look at the book outside of the lectures. They simply highlight what they are supposed to and never look at it again.

The Wiley study book is short and to the point. It isn’t filled with excess information. Thus, it tends to be more preferred by candidates because it allows them to go through the materials faster and easier. Candidates also tend to recall more because they aren’t reading so many excess facts.

Becker vs. Wiley CPAexcel Flashcards

CPA Excel comes with a set of over 4,000 digital flashcards covering all the topics, key terms, and study questions throughout the course. These flashcards can be access on your computer or any mobile device. You can also purchase a set of 1,000 flashcards for an extra $150.

Becker, on the other hand, does not include any flashcards with its course. Instead, you will have to pay an extra $300 for a set of 1,000 flashcards. We think this is a little crazy. Wiley is a much better deal.

Becker CPA versus Wiley CPAexcel Course Format

Becker offers a few different types of formats for its courses. You can self study online or with printed books and you can attend live classes. Many candidates like the commitment required to attend live classes because it forces them to study and stick to a schedule. Others hate the requirement of driving to a class location every night after a long day of work.

CPAexcel only offers self-study courses, online and offline. These are convenient for candidates who don’t want live classes and can stick to a schedule on their own. I think we can agree that we are all adults and we should be able to stick to a schedule without having a teacher check up on us. 🙂

Study Material Updates

This is one of the biggest distinctions between the two review course. Becker does not update any materials after you purchase them. Thus, if you purchased a course right before a big update, you would be stuck with an outdated study guide.

Wiley, on the other hand, continuously updates their materials. As soon as they come out with updates, your study guide will be automatically updated to reflect the new changes. This is great for candidates who take more than 18 months to pass the exam because chances the AICPA will update something big within that time.

CPA Review Course Pass Rates

So which courses’ students pass the exam the most? Both review courses boast high pass rates and both review courses site pretty ridiculous claims about their students. I think we can all agree that these numbers are completely made up and don’t really prove anything. I think looking at the materials in each course and seeing the reviews of people who have used the courses is far more valuable than looking at stated passing numbers.


Honestly, both of these courses are extremely good and both will help you pass the exam. Really, in my opinion, the biggest difference between the two is price. Becker will cost you more upfront and will cost you more for extras and will cost you more for a 6-month extension. This is fine if your employer is paying for it, but unfortunately most of us aren’t that lucky.

Wiley CPAexcel is a far better deal and doesn’t charge you tons of fees every step of the way. I used CPAexcel and would recommend it to anyone.

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Kenneth W. Boyd is a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the author of several of the popular "For Dummies" books published by John Wiley & Sons including 'CPA Exam for Dummies' and 'Cost Accounting for Dummies'.

Ken has gained a wealth of business experience through his previous employment as a CPA, Auditor, Tax Preparer and College Professor. Today, Ken continues to use those finely tuned skills to educate students as a professional writer and teacher.

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