Roger CPA Review vs Wiley CPAexcel CPA Review

UWorld Roger CPA Review and Wiley CPAexcel are both industry-leading CPA exam study guides. dus, many candidates struggle to decide between the two. They both offer similar features, but the courses in and of themselves could not be more different. Bygelyks, 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. Lokkich, I’ve used both of these courses extensively, so I know my way around them far better than someone trying them for the first time. 🙂 Let’s compare the CPAexcel Platinum Course to the UWorld Roger CPA Elite-Unlimited course and see which one comes out the victor.

Wiley CPAexcel or UWorld Roger CPA Review Comparison

Wiley versus Roger Prices

Beide fan dy CPA review kursussen binne frijwat djoere. Dat moat wurde oannommen om't sy binne de beste kursussen dy't beide fan dy bedriuwen biede. Dat wurdt sein, se ûnder oare alle eigenskippen dy't de bedriuwen biede likegoed. Dit is in wier ferliking omdat it lit sjen wat de hege ein fan beide bedriuwen krije jo. Surpisingly, beide fan dy opliedings stuit hawwe de eksakte deselde priis ($2,999) foar de eksakte deselde tagong perioade (unlimited). It’s a tie!

CourseFull Course PriceSingle Section Price
Wiley CPAexcel$2,999$800
roger CPA$2,999$649

Wiley vs. UWorld Roger CPA Review Test Bank

De Wiley test bank omfiemet mear as 12,000 meardere-kar fragen dy't nommen wurde kinne yn beide eksamen modus of stúdzje modus. Dy modes jouwe jo de opsje om te sjen de antwurden fuortendaliks of wachtsje oant de praktyk eksamen wurdt yntsjinne foar grading. De Wiley CPAexcel test bank ek hat mear as 600 taak-based simulaasjes en 6,250 wier / net wier praktyk fragen. Dit is it twadde grutste test bank yn 'e yndustry!

The UWorld Roger CPA Review test bank includes more than 6,000 meardere-kar fragen tegearre mei 200 taak-based simulaasjes. 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. Still, the obvious winner here is Wiley.

UWorld Roger vs Wiley CPAexcel Study Text

The CPA study books for both of these courses are pretty similar with a few exceptions. UWorld’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, which are a key selling point in and of themselves. But more on that later!

Oan de oare kant, 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 much detail as UWorld, mar der is wis genôch ynformaasje yn dêr te lizzen oan CPA kandidaten de meast wichtige ûnderwerpen dy't sil nei alle gedachten wurde bedutsen op it eksamen. Still, I think Roger is the winner in this category based solely on the strength of its textbook.

UWorld Roger vs. Wiley Flashcards

De Wiley CPAexcel kursus hat in folsleine set fan digitale Flashcards. Dizze 4,000 plus Flashcards omfiemet alle fan de wichtichste ûnderwerpen yn 'e stúdzje materialen en kin brûkt wurde op jo kompjûter, phone, of mobile apparaat. lykwols, there have been a string of complaints from students about the reliability of this app. Because of connectivity issues and limited features, the end result is pretty disappointing.

All UWorld Roger students can access a substantial library of digital flashcards that are better than any other course’s offerings. furthermore, their most recent update allowed students to work with a group of cards hand-selected by Roger himself. The extra time and effort that went into these materials results in a clear difference in quality— especially when you take into account the spaced repetition tech built into the platform. For these reasons, you’ll want to try UWorld Roger over Wiley if flashcards are your thing!

Audio Lectures and Books

UWorld Roger CPA Review is the only course with audio lectures included at no extra costs. This can be a big deal for many CPA candidates with an auditory learning style or for those who are short on time. Bygelyks, it’s nice to listen to an audio lecture while you are in the car on your commute to work or at the gym. Dy lêzingen binne handich omdat kinst drage se oeral en harkje nei har sûnder in ynternet ferbining. What’s even better is that they offer the same engaging style as you’d find in Roger’s video lectures

Since Wiley doesn’t have any audio content whatsoever, UWorld Roger gets the win here as well. Noticing a pattern yet?

offline Access

Both of these courses offer ways to access their test prep study materials offline. UWorld Roger CPA Review lets you download content through their mobile app to access without an internet or data connection. Wiley CPAexcel’s Platinum course comes with flash drives containing all their study materials, in addition to mobile apps with practice questions and flashcards that can be downloaded on any device. lykwols, yet another complaint from Wiley customers is the difficulty in downloading app materials for offline use, so UWorld Roger just barely ekes out a win.

UWorld 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. Dat wurdt sein, the course materials are laid out in a slightly different way.

UWorld’s course is broken into 12-20 large chapters that focus on using the Roger method. 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. lykwols, the beauty of these lectures is the way that Roger himself manages to make the material engaging and interesting, keeping the attention of his audience. Each lesson requires about 1-2 hours to complete, but students have said that the time flies because of how entertaining these videos can be!

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. This is nice for candidates who have less time to study, but they’re missing out on the fun that comes with the lectures in UWorld Roger CPA Review.

Wiley CPAexcel or UWorld 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. Mei oare wurden, they are very professional and don’t have any jokes in them. The typical lecture is about 10-15 minutes in length.

Oan de oare kant, UWorld’s lectures couldn’t be more different. 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. lykwols, 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.

úteinlik, it’s no contest which video lecture is better. You may have a different preference for your study material, but the vast majority of students and reviewers (like me!) prefer Roger’s unique style.

Study Material Updates

Both of these courses come with free 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. You have been warned!


This isn’t too difficult of a comparison. It’s true that both of these courses have their strengths and weaknesses, but UWorld Roger CPA Review offers the better experience overall. Maybe Wiley will improve on their faults in future updates, but for now you’re better off with the other guy!

kenneth W. Fanning

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. Hjoed, Ken continues to use those finely tuned skills to educate students as a professional writer and teacher.