Adaptive Technology Comparison

Adaptive learning technology aims to deliver content matched to a student’s demonstrated skill level and typically continues to adapt as the learning progresses based on the student’s answers and demonstrated competence. Many CPA Review courses claim to use adaptive technology, but are their courses truly adaptive? Measuring adaptive features, we examined several leading providers.

Is it truly adaptive? View the results below in this handy Adaptive Technology Comparison Grid!



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Adaptive courses focus students less on what they already know, resulting in shorter study time. Average number of hours based on actual observed study time for Surgent CPA Review. 

For other CPA Review providers, average study time was estimated based on the following factors:

  • Student watches all videos one time.
  • Student reads all textbooks one time (time estimate: 10 pages per hour).
  • Student views each multiple-choice question (MCQ) an average of 2 times (time estimate: 1.5 minutes per question).
  • Student completes each task-based simulation (TBS) one time (time estimate: 20 minutes per question).

Adaptive Technology Summary

Surgent CPA Review – Overall Adaptive Ranking – 5
Pre-assessments identify student’s strong and weak areas and create a study plan based on result. As the student uses the program, the software continually adapts and delivers study plans guiding the student toward weaker areas and away from stronger areas. Student does not need to study all of the material. 

Becker CPA Review – Overall Adaptive Ranking – 2
Student takes a short pre-assessment at the beginning of each section; score determines the order the student should study, not what material the student should study. Student must study all of the material. 

Gleim CPA Review – Overall Adaptive Ranking – 2
Student creates a test planner; the software then inserts course assignments into a calendar. There is a short pre-assessment that does affect the order in which the student completes the sections or the student’s planner. Student must study all of the material. 

Wiley CPA Review – Overall Adaptive Ranking – 1
Student takes a short pre-assessment at the beginning of each section; score determines the order the student should study, not what material the student should study. Study planner is a simple calendar (not student-specific). 

Roger CPA Review – Overall Adaptive Ranking – 1
This course does not currently have any adaptive features.

Note: The information above was based on information available and updated as of 5/24/17.