Updated:December 14, 2018
Kenneth W. Boyd
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roger-cpa-review-vs-wiley-cpaexcelRoger CPA Review and Wiley CPAexcel are both industry-leading CPA exam study guides that many candidates struggle to decide between. They both offer similar features, but the courses in and of themselves could not be more different. For instance, both CPA exam prep courses offer test banks, video lectures, study books, and practice questions. So which course is better?

Before we can answer that question, we’ll need to look at each of the components in these CPA study materials. Luckily, I’ve used both of these courses extensively, so I know my way around them. 🙂 Let’s compare the CPAexcel Platinum Course to the Roger CPA Elite course and see which one comes out the victor.

Wiley CPAexcel or Roger CPA Review Comparison

Wiley versus Roger Prices

Both of these CPA review courses are fairly expensive. That should be assumed because they are best courses that both of these companies offer. That being said, they include all the features that the companies offer as well. This is a true comparison because it shows what the high end of both companies will get you. Roger CPA Review has a significantly higher purchase price and requires an additional expiration fee if you need the course for more than 24 months. (Unfortunately, some of us do. 🙁 )

CourseFull Course PriceSingle Section Price
Wiley CPAexcel$2,800$800
Roger CPA$2,895$1,135

Unlimited vs Limited Access

As you saw in the pricing table, Wiley CPAexcel offers unlimited access to their full set of study materials. This means that you will be able to study with them as long as you need to in order to pass the exam. In addition, these materials will be updated as soon as an update is released. Thus, you will never have to study outdated materials with Wiley.

Roger CPA Review, on the other hand, does not offer unlimited access. Your course has a 24-month time limit on it. After that, you are out of luck. The test bank, lectures, and all other online study materials will no longer work until you pay an extra fee. If that’s not bad enough, the fee will only buy you an extra 6 months.


Wiley vs. Roger CPA Review Test Bank

The Wiley test bank includes more than 12,000 multiple-choice questions that can be taken in either exam mode or study mode. These modes give you the option to see the answers immediately or wait until the quiz is submitted for grading. The Wiley CPAexcel test bank also features more than 600 task-based simulations and 6,250 true/false practice questions. This is the second biggest test bank in the industry!

The Roger CPA Review test bank includes more than 5,000 multiple-choice questions along with 200 task-based simulations. There are no true/false practice questions include with any Roger course. Although this test bank is nowhere near as large or expansive as Wiley’s, it does include enough questions that you won’t be running into the same one over and over during your study sessions. The last thing you want to be doing is memorizing the answers to questions when you should be learning the concepts and working through the questions.


Roger vs Wiley CPAexcel Study Text

The CPA study books for both of these courses are pretty similar with a few exceptions. Roger’s study materials tend to be more detailed and provide many more examples and memorization techniques in them. Roger is famous for using several unique mnemonics in his materials. His books are also meant to be paired with his video lectures.

On the other hand, Wiley’s textbooks aren’t extremely detailed. They tend to be short and to the point. This can be a good thing for people who don’t want to be bored to death reading an accounting textbook. These study books list information and concepts that are heavily covered on the exam. They don’t tend to have many memorization techniques in them, but that’s what the Wiley Focus Notes are for. This is an added bonus in the Platinum course that is filled with nothing but acronyms and mnemonics in both print and digital formats. 

The Wiley books don’t go into as great of detail as Roger’s do, but there is definitely enough information in there to explain the most important topics that will probably be covered on your exam.


Roger vs. Wiley Flashcards

The Wiley CPAexcel course features a full set of digital flashcards. These 4,000 plus flashcards cover all of the main topics in the study materials and can be used on your computer, phone, or mobile device. This is great for flipping through a couple while you are waiting in line at Starbucks or sitting in line at the bank counting all the cash you saved by using one of our course discounts. Wiley also includes a set of 1,000 printed cards.

The Roger CPA Review Elite course also comes with both printed and digital flashcards. This set of more than 800 flashcards covers most of the main CPA exam topics and key terms. It is nice to have printed flashcards, but Wiley’s deck comes with much more.


Audio Lectures and Books

Roger CPA Review is the only course with audio lectures and audio study books. This can be a big deal for many candidates who are on the run a lot. For instance, it’s nice to listen to an audio lecture while you are in the car on your commute to work or at the gym. These lectures are convenient because you can carry them anywhere and listen to them without an internet connection.


Offline Access

Both courses offer ways to access the study materials offline. Both the Roger CPA Review Elite course and the Wiley CPAexcel Platinum course comes with flash drives with all of their study materials on them. They also offer mobile apps with practice questions and flashcards that can be downloaded on any device.


Roger CPA Review versus Wiley CPAexcel Course Format

Both of these courses are only offered in a self-study format. Neither company offers live lectures or classes that you can take. In my opinion, this is a good thing. Who wants to drive to a lecture site each night for months on end to listen to a lecture? I don’t. I’d rather sit at home, eat Mac ‘n Cheese, and study on my own time. That being said, the course materials are laid out in a slightly different way.

Roger’s course broken into 12-20 large chapters that focus on using the Roger method where candidates listen to the lectures and follow along in the study text. These lectures are long and cover a lot of information in one sitting. Each lesson requires about 1-2 hours to complete.

Wiley’s course is broken into tons of small bite-sized sections that cover specific topics instead of broad concepts. Each lesson only requires 10-30 minutes to complete.

*Update: Wiley’s new Platinum course now offers Live Online Lectures where you can listen and ask questions in real time!


Wiley CPAexcel or Roger Lectures

The Wiley CPAexcel lectures are short and to the point. They cover small, bite-sized topics and only list information that is most likely to be on the exam. They are also a little like a traditional accounting lecture. In other words, they are very professional and don’t have any jokes in them. The typical lecture is about 10-15 minutes in length.

Roger’s lectures couldn’t be more opposite. Roger is crazy and flamboyant. He flails around, tells jokes, and yells. These are great for candidates who want to stay awake during their study time. It’s not so good for people who don’t find Roger amusing. These lectures are way more detailed than Wiley’s and cover more information. Each lecture is about 45 minutes in length.

This is more of a personal preference. Neither video lecture is better. It’s more in what you prefer.


Study Material Updates

Both of these courses come with updates. This means that if any new updates are released by the companies, your course will also be updated. This sounds like common sense, but many companies don’t do this. In fact, Roger’s lower courses don’t offer this feature. Once you buy a course, you are stuck with it no matter how outdated it is.

One caveat is that Roger’s course is only updated until it expires. You don’t have to worry about this with Wiley CPAexcel, because it doesn’t expire.


Recommendation

This is a difficult comparison because both of these courses are so good. They both have their unique qualities. I think it comes down to personal preference. If you really enjoy Roger’s lecture and teaching style, this might be the course for you. If, on the other hand, you can’t stand him, CPAexcel is a better option.

Personally, I would recommend Wiley CPAexcel because it is more affordable, doesn’t expire, and has a bigger test bank. I also enjoy the bite-sized learning approach.

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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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