Wiley CPAexcel and Becker CPA Review are both popular CPA exam study materials. There several different things to consider when picking out a CPA exam prep course: video lectures, study textbooks, test banks, and overall course software. Comparing these criteria will help you find the best choice for your money!

So let’s take a look at these two courses and see how they stack up against 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

While Becker CPA is more expensive than Wiley CPAexcel, this is because of several reasons. The Big 4 Accounting Firms consider it a top tier CPA review course, as do many other industry experts. Because of this, many companies will outright pay for their employees to use these courses for certification.

If you’re one of these lucky people, congratulations! Becker is well worth the money, since they have cutting-edge technology and software to deliver a high-quality and highly customizable study plan.

So what does Wiley give you for its reduced price? Well, a lot of practice questions for one. However, there are some features you’ll miss out on if you pick them over Becker; more on that below.

Here are the prices for each course:

CourseFull PriceFlashcard Price
Wiley CPAexcel$2,499$300
Becker CPA Review$3,499
$2,299 (with discount)
$179

As you can see, Becker is more expensive when compared to Wiley. This all makes sense though when you consider everything else they have to offer.

Keep reading to see the differences.

Note – throughout this article, all comparisons made reference Wiley CPAexcel – CPA Platinum Review Course 2020 – Print + eBook and the Becker Pro package.

Winner:


Course Access

Here’s some good news; regardless of where you choose to apply for CPA study materials, neither Wiley nor Becker will require you to pay for extended access. Hence, you can use all of the study materials from either course for as long as it takes to pass the exam without incurring additional fees. Plus, the test prep materials are updated while you are using them, so you never have to worry about studying outdated materials!

Winner:

Tie


CPAexcel vs. Becker Testbank

The Becker test bank includes over 9,200 multiple-choice questions and around 580 task-based simulations with 400 coaching videos. 

The Wiley test bank has 12,000+ multiple-choice questions, as well as 300+ task-based simulations.

At first glance it might seem like Wiley is the winner here by having so many MCQ’s. However, the AICPA has shifted the CPA exam’s focus to rely more heavily on simulations than multiple-choice questions. For this reason Becker wins out with more than 180 extra task-based simulations and all the MCQ’s you’ll ever need!

Winner:

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Becker CPA vs CPAexcel Study Text

Generally speaking, Becker’s book tends to go into more detail than Wiley’s book does when it comes to many accounting subjects. Some candidates enjoy this, but others may prefer something simpler if they already have a good grasp on the fundementals.

The Wiley study book is short and to the point. It isn’t filled with excess information, but that also means you won’t get as much value out of this aspect of their review course.

Ultimately, the better textbook is the one with more information, more substance, and more educational merit: Becker’s!

Winner:

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Becker vs. Wiley CPAexcel Flashcards

CPAexcel comes with a set of 1,000 digital flashcards covering all the topics, key terms, and study questions throughout the course. These flashcards can be accessed on your computer or any mobile device. However, several student reviews have mentioned that their mobile app doesn’t always work properly, so you might experience some issue if you try to access their flashcards on your phone.

Becker also provides over 1,400 digital flashcards for free with all three of their course subscriptions. You can also get a physical version with their Premium and Pro courses, making it easy to get some study time without having to stare at a screen.

Since flashcards are all about repetition and memorization you can’t beat having more to study at no added cost. This makes Becker’s CPA flashcards the clear winner here!

Winner:

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Study Material Updates

This is a great example of Becker improving their products based on customer feedback. At first, they didn’t offer free course updates; however, they’ve changed this policy in response to their students. Now, all their course subscription levels include free updates, making Becker a tremendous value compared to the competition that doesn’t.  

With Wiley, it’s a similar story: 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 the chances are that the AICPA will update something big within that time.

Winner:

Tie


Recommendation

Honestly, both of these courses have great attributes, and both will help you pass the exam.

But in my opinion, the clear winner is Becker.

Sure, you’ll need to pay slightly more than you would with the Wiley. However, the study materials included with this course (including two fantastic mobile apps), and the glowing endorsements of the Big 4 accounting firms makes this well worth your time and money!

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.