Choosing a CPA Review course that is best suited for you is a very important decision. There are so many factors to consider. Because I have been preparing candidates for the CPA Exam for more than 25 years, and have been a full-time college professor for almost 30 years, I have tremendous insight about how students learn. I also understand the challenges that candidates encounter as they navigate the CPA Examination process. When designing the Surgent CPA Review program, I wanted to provide all of the best possible features to truly give students everything they need to pass the CPA Exam.

To help you decide which course is best for you, I have compiled a list of our most important features as compared to Becker CPA Review:

  Surgent CPA Review Becker CPA Review
Course Expiration None of our courses expire. We’re with you ’till you pass! Course expires in 18 months – if you meet the strict guidelines of the Becker Promise, you can get access for additional year at a cost of $195 per part. If a student does not meet the guidelines of the Becker Promise, receive a 50% discount on the purchase of a new Becker course.
1-on-1 Coaching Surgent offers several student support options, from onboarding, to CPA Exam success coaches, to accounting professor tutors. No 1-on-1 coaching available
Customized Study Plan A.S.A.P. Technology works continuously throughout the course to help you identify your weak eares, focus your studies, reduce study time, and improve your pass rate. Adapt2U technology does not provide a customized study plan. Candidates must study everything.
Payment Plan Fees Surgent offers 3, 6, or 12 month payment plans through . Rates vary from 0-30% APR, which is the only fee associated with the loan. Affirm does not charge late fees, service fees, repayment fees, or any other hidden fees.
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Application fee of $125 for the 18-month interest-fee loan.
Money-Back Guarantee Surgent offers a money-back guarantee. Full tuition refund will be issued within 10 days of initial purchase or first login.
Number of Practice Exams Unlimited practice exams Course includes two practice exams per section
Free Course Updates Updates are FREE and made continuously, so you can be sure you’re always studying the most up-to-date material. Online content and software updates are free. Printed text is $25 for new content upgrades.
Course Price Full-course prices range from $1899-$2999 Course price ranges from $3487-$3393
Average Study Hours Per Part 95 hours per part 208 hours per part
Assessment 10 Quizzes comprised of a total 450 questions pulled from all CPA Exam categories 1 8-question quiz
Study Planner Study planner calculates necessary amount of study time per day based on student’s chosen availability, and adjusts that study time based on performance. Static calendar. Software does not calculate study time per day.
Adaptability to Student Progress Real-time algorithms ensure study material is always adaptive to the student’s progress. No continuous adaptation
Category Content Weightings Assessment quizzes, daily study material, and practice exams all factor in exam content weightings No category content weighting

Don’t just take our word for it! See what Bryce from Crush the CPA Exam has to say about what sets Surgent CPA Review apart from Becker:

Plus, if you’ve previously used another CPA Review course, like Becker, you are eligible to save up to $900 when you switch to Surgent! Click here to learn more.

For a more in-depth look at how Surgent CPA Review’s course technology compares to that of other leading CPA Review course providers, check out our Technology Comparison Grid.

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Liz Kolar, CPA, CGMA, has been teaching CPA Review for more than 25 years in the United States, has personally taught more than 2,500 live sessions, and has helped thousands of candidates pass the CPA Exam. She founded Pinnacle CPA Review and co-founded Surgent Kolar CPA Review.

She is a recipient of the ASWA Business Woman of the Year Northeast Region, Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year, and PICPA Outstanding Educator of the Year. Liz began her career in Public Accounting with a Big Four accounting firm auditing financial service clients after graduating from Pace University with an MBA in Public Accounting. Liz’s teaching career spans almost 30 years. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Pace University and Seton Hall University, and is currently a professor at Delaware Valley University.