Becker? Wiley? Roger? … NINJA?
“Pick the CPA review course that best fits your needs.”
With CPA exam passing rates at 55% and below, smart candidates have always used exam review courses in their study and success strategies to boost their odds of passing. We can all agree an individual’s background and discipline in study skills trumps all, but the quality of the study material is also definitely a factor.
You know best your strengths and weaknesses for attacking the exam. So how does one select the right course – giving you the biggest bang for your buck?
Live or online? What if you don’t live near a class location, or travel is part of your job? Many of us have schedules that don’t allow a structured lecture schedule – like Becker’s program. Although live classes provide an opportunity for in-class feedback and discussion, online sources do offer support with e-mail, at a minimum, and some include forums, mentors, and live chat.
Online sources offer a variety of styles and platforms, with options to choose customizable courses. Some students prefer to focus on a particular section (FAR, BEC, AUD or REG) and opt to use courses offering a module-type approach. Some learn better with videos, mnemonics, multiple choice questions, notes, or flash cards.
What is your budget? Most review systems, if not all, offer discounts, and one even offers 0% financing. Some programs offer features only available in premium courses and discounts apply to bundled packages. Are the updates free? Or free, if certain conditions are met?
Expiration or other special restrictions
Double and triple check expiration dates and time limits. One system offers a money back guarantee, as long as the request for a refund is made within 24 months of purchase. Ideally, you don’t want to leave any money on the table if you are not able to complete a course within a specified time. Nothing worse than not passing and having to pay – again and again.
Watch for any IP restrictions – this could be a potential problem when traveling. Is there a restriction on the number of times you can access an online lecture – or is it unlimited? And unlimited until when? Find out – before your purchase!
One thing is true of all the CPA review courses on the market – there are multiple reviews of the review courses. Much is written on their different options, delivery styles, price points, instructor quirks, and customer service philosophies. Trying to evaluate pass rates, statistics, comparisons, articles, success stories, and more statistics are enough to make your head spin. It is easy to get lost in the forest on this – remember, we are focusing on passing the exam.
The comparison table below offers an overview of features – check out them out to see if any are worth a closer look. Sample the free trials, notes, guides and other offerings – usually with no obligation – to help you get a better feel before your purchase.
But remember – the course that will work the best – will be the one that works with you! (And, you got to study hard. No way around this. This part is all you!)
If you are still not sure how to proceed, hit us up with your questions. We’re here to help you successfully prepare and pass the exam – faster than you can say HiYA!
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|NINJA Monthly||Roger Premier||Gleim Premium||Gold Course||Premium Course|
|✅ AICPA-Licensed||✅ AICPA-Licensed||✅ AICPA-Licensed||✅ AICPA-Licensed||✅ AICPA-Licensed|
|🚫 Course Videos||✅ Course Videos||✅ Course Videos||✅ Course Videos||✅ Course Videos|
|✅ Course Book||✅ Course Book||✅ Course Book||✅ Course Book||✅ Course Book|
|✅ Test Bank||✅ Test Bank||✅ Test Bank||✅ Test Bank||✅ Test Bank|
|✅ Study Notes||🚫 Study Notes||🚫 Study Notes||✅ Flashcard App||✅ Study Notes|
|✅ Audio Course||✅ Audio Course||✅ Audio Course||🚫 Audio Course||🚫 Audio Course|
|✅ Flashcard App||✅ Flashcard App||✅ Flashcard App||✅ Flashcard App||✅ Flashcard App|
|✅ Cram Videos||🚫 Cram Videos||🚫 Cram Videos||🚫 Cram Videos||✅ Cram Videos|