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Roger vs Becker CPA
Our in-depth comparison of the Roger and Becker CPA review courses
Prior to UWorld’s acquisition of Roger CPA Review a couple years ago, there were some major differences between Roger and Becker. However, with the resources and backing of test prep giant UWorld, Roger CPA Review is now much more similar and closely aligned with Becker in terms of course structure, style and digital platform. That said, some differences still remain and students need to know how these prep packages vary. As such, we explore the distinctions between these two CPA review courses in this detailed side-by-side comparison.
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Our Roger vs Becker CPA Video Comparison
In the video above, John from the Test Prep Insight team (who passed all four sections of the CPA exam on his first try) provides a head-to-head look at the CPA review courses from Becker and Roger. Or simply keep reading for a more detailed analysis.
Becker offers three different course options, each with ascending levels of features, content and access. These three prep offerings are as follows:
The Advantage course is Becker’s most basic offering and provides just the essentials. This includes video lessons, practice problems and 24 months of access to your content. This package lacks some of the more important features of the upper tier packages, but comes in at a fairly reasonable price point of $2,400. Compared to Roger’s basic course, however, this is no real bargain as it costs roughly $500 more.
At the next level up, the Premium Becker course is the most popular. It offers the same general features as the Advantage course, but adds in a couple thousand more practice problems and Becker’s noteworthy live lessons, as well as unlimited access. The inclusion of these additional aspects raises the price tag to approximately $3,000. This is the same price as Roger’s best-selling course, placing the two on equal footing from a pricing perspective.
Unlike Roger though, Becker provides an even higher end course with its Pro package. This course offering has everything from the Premium course, but adds in the option to take Becker’s live classes in-person, as well as a few hours of private tutoring with a Becker CPA pro. These extra features ratchet the price tag up to $3,500, which is steep, but if you want the tutoring and valuable element of in-person classes, this may well be worth it.
Course options and pricing current as of date of publication.
Becker’s Lessons and Study Materials
Becker has one of (if not the) most thorough and comprehensive curriculums in the CPA review space. Their student study plan is incredibly detailed and covers every aspect of the CPA exam. Not only that, it covers the material from a multitude of angles, including on demand video lessons, live classes, textbooks, flashcards and more. Essentially, Becker presents their material in a variety of ways to accommodate just about every learning style.
Their instructional material is led by some very good video-based lectures. These prerecorded lessons take the form of an onscreen, interactive textbook and verbal lesson overlaying it. The instructor takes notes in the margins, circles key points and generally highlights all the most crucial details that you need to pay attention to in a graphic form. These videos are fantastic and the combination of verbal lessons with visual text is a powerful learning tool.
Just as useful as the video lessons, Becker also offers live class sessions. More on these below, but this live class work provides significant benefit. In addition, when you sign up with Becker you will receive copies of their textbooks in both digital and print format. These books are thoughtfully crafted and have been clearly revised time and time again over the years resulting in a fantastic book set. In our team’s opinion, these prep books are better than Roger’s.
Finally, Becker also offers a some very high-quality practice questions, both multiple-choice and simulations. And for those who like to keep score, Becker provides 9,000+ multiple-choice questions to Roger’s 6,000, and 500+ simulations to Roger’s 200. With that said, we did find Roger CPA Review’s text explanations of the problems to be more detailed and helpful than Becker’s.
The biggest selling point of the Becker CPA Review course has to be their live classes. This concept of live class time is *almost* exclusive to Becker. I say “almost” because Wiley CPAexcel does offer live classes, but not nearly to the same extent or with the same depth that Becker does. Becker offers 90+ hours of live classes, all taught by experts who have years of teaching to the CPA exam under their belt. These class sessions cover generally the same material that is contained in the prerecorded video lessons.
If you have the Premium course, these classes are live online, but with the Pro package you get your choice of taking the classes live online or in person. Either way, Becker’s classes offer students who need commitment and accountability in their studies an extra nudge to keep their prep moving along. This is something that Roger CPA just doesn’t provide.
Roger CPA Review offers just two prep packages to students: the Premier Course and the Elite Course. Although dubbed the “Premier Course,” this is really their basic package. Carrying a price tag of roughly $1,900, this package offers the basics of most every CPA review course. This includes video lessons, digital textbooks and practice problems, and 18 months of access to your content. Compared to the analogous Becker starter-level offering, the Roger Premier Course is about $500 less.
While that price point may be attractive to some students, Roger’s more popular option is their Elite Course. In addition to everything you get with the Premier package, you also get 4 cram course sessions, additional flashcards, access to Roger CPA advisors, and printed textbooks. These additional resources add roughly $1,100 to the total, pricing this course out at around $3,000. At this price point, Roger’s flagship course costs just about the same as Becker’s standard offering, making this a push on pricing.
Course options and pricing current as of date of publication.
Roger CPA Review’s Coursework and Study Materials
Similar to Becker, Roger CPA Review offers a very robust course curriculum. We couldn’t find any gaps in the coursework or lesson plans, ensuring you get coverage of everything you need to know for the exam. In addition, the course is nicely structured into learning modules which align generally with the various subtopics covered on the exam.
At the heart of Roger CPA’s study plan is the video-based instruction. This is generally what you are paying for when you sign up with Roger CPA Review. There is nothing truly remarkable about the practice questions or textbooks with Roger – it’s all about the lessons. Company founder Roger Philipp leads all the video lessons and does a masterful job conveying otherwise dry and complex topics. He brings a crazy level of energy to each lesson and conveys concepts through anecdotes, mnemonics and jokes. He is downright entertaining, making these the most engaging videos in the industry by far.
Beyond the video lectures, the Roger CPA Review is rather average in a lot of ways. That is not to imply the course lacks in any regard, but it is more or less on par with other CPA prep providers in other respects. Roger offers 6,000+ multiple-choice questions and 200 or so simulations, which is somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of quantity. That said, the quality of these practice questions and simulations is very good. They very closely mimic real CPA exam questions, and we were quite pleased with the accompanying text explanation for each problem as well. Overall, Roger CPA Review boasts a pretty standard prep course that is buoyed by its fantastic video lessons.
As should be clear by now, Roger CPA Review’s video lessons make this course, and are by far and away the highlight here. Mr. Philipp (who is never called that by the way, always Roger) is constantly in motion, drawing notes on the whiteboard, gesticulating wildly to emphasize points, and generally causing his passion to ooze through the screen.
You can tell by watching the lessons that he just plain cares and wants you to learn and succeed. These lively lectures are permeated with jokes, anecdotes, mnemonics and more. Basically, if there’s a memory aid Roger can use to improve your retention, he uses it. All of this together makes it difficult to look away, which is a very good thing when it’s 10pm and you’re trying to study some nuanced FAR lesson.
And one other aspect of the video lessons that we particularly like is that the accompanying portion of the Roger CPA review textbook is displayed on screen to the right of the video portion of the lesson. This allows you to track along in written format, though Roger’s verbal lessons go into much greater detail and provide context that you just don’t get through the book. All in all, these video lessons are absolutely top notch and are what sell this course.
Becker and Roger CPA Review are similar in many ways – namely through their top end video lectures, comprehensive curriculums, and sleek digital platforms. But the two are also different in many regards as well, including quantity of practice problems, live class sessions and more. Hopefully this comparison guide has been helpful in highlighting the differences between the courses so that you can make a decision on which course is best for you. But just in case you need a final verdict, here is our blow-by-blow summary:
Lessons and Coursework – Edge: Becker. Nobody provides a core curriculum and study materials that are as extensive and detailed as Becker. Roger does an admirable job and offers a great all-around package of coursework, but Becker’s video lessons, live lectures and practice problems are just too good.
Price – Edge: Roger. The fantastic curriculum of Becker described above comes at a cost, as Becker is generally more expensive than every other course out there. While Roger CPA Review’s Elite course is the same price as Becker’s flagship Premium course, the entry level package of Roger is roughly $500 cheaper than Becker’s, giving them the edge.
Books – Edge: Becker. The textbooks offered by Becker have been consistently updated and revised by Becker’s team of CPA experts for decades. This has resulted in a set of incredibly through, yet succinct, prep books that are artfully crafted to spoon feed you the necessary content. Roger’s books aren’t bad, but just don’t stack up here.
Practice Exams – Edge: Becker. Becker offers 12 full-length simulated exams with totally new content. Roger also provides practice exams, but their questions are recycled from their test bank and they do not have the never before seen questions like Becker. To our team, this is the difference maker when the aim is to practice under exam-like conditions.
Interface and User Experience – We have this as a tie. Prior to UWorld’s purchase of Roger CPA Review, the winner likely would have been Becker here. But now that they’re backed by a test prep giant like UWorld and have upgraded their digital platform, Roger stands toe-to-toe with Becker in this respect.
Supplemental Resources – Edge: Roger. We like Becker’s supplemental resources a lot, but Roger’s add-ons are simply too strong. Altogether they offer audio lectures, final review cram courses, access to Roger CPA exam advisors, customizable digital flashcards, a mobile app and student forums. Becker offers some of the same extras, but Roger’s study resources are just too good not to give credit where it is due.
Online Content Access Period – Becker and Roger generally offer the same content access duration on their primary course offerings, which is unlimited. That is, when you sign up for either’s flagship course, you’re effectively getting access for life. However, one difference lies with the basic courses of each. Roger’s basic course carries a content access period of 18 months, while Becker’s basic package gives 24 months duration.
Which CPA review course costs more – Becker or Roger?
The flagship prep packages of Roger CPA Review and Becker CPA Review each cost right around $3,000, making them roughly equal in this category. However, Roger’s entry level course is a bit cheaper at around $1,900, while Becker’s basic package costs nearly $2,400.
What’s the main difference between the Roger and Becker CPA review courses?
The primary difference between Roger and Becker revolves around lesson work. Roger is known for their awesome and engaging video lectures with founder Roger Philipp, while Becker has the beneficial feature of live classes.
Which company provides more study material, Becker or Roger?
In total, Becker provides more practice material than Roger. Becker provides approximately 9,000 MC questions and 400 or so simulations, while Roger provides around 6,000 MC questions and 200 task-based simulations.