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 Wiley CPA Excel Review:

  Surgent CPA Review Wiley CPA Review
Course Expiration None of our courses expire. We’re with you ’till you pass! Unlimited access to all courses until the student passes the CPA Exam.
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; Students seeking help must post on Wiley’s discussion forums.
Customized Study Plan A.S.A.P. Technology works continuously throughout the course to help you identify your weak areas, focus your studies, reduce study time, and improve your pass rate. Wiley’s Efficient Learning Platform™ does not provide a tailored study plan.
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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No payment plan options.
Money-Back Guarantee Surgent offers a money-back guarantee. Full Refund (less shipping fees) will be issued if the product is returned within 10 business days of purchase.
Number of Practice Exams Unlimited practice exams Unlimited practice exams
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.
Course Price Full-course prices range from $1899-$2999 Course price ranges for $1700-$2450
Average Study Hours Per Part 95 hours per part 280 hours per part
Assessment 10 Quizzes comprised of a total 450 questions pulled from all CPA Exam categories Short assessment at beginning of each category
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


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.

I wish you all the best, and hope to help you become a CPA!

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.