The Blueprint

Our Objective Evaluation

In analyzing CPA review courses over the years, we have developed a detailed rating system that allows us to assess one program against another.  Our top 5 rated programs out of the 22 programs we have reviewed to date are as follows.

CPA REVIEW COURSES:
  • RANKING

  • PRICE
  • EXAM HUB RATING

    Our weighted score based on the criteria listed in this table.

  • LECTURES

    Does the provider offer video lectures that help teach concepts?

  • SIMULATIONS

    Does the provider include simulation questions in their database, as well as provide written explanations?

  • MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS

    Does the provider include multiple choice questions in their database, as well as provide written explanations for answer choices? The number of MCQs is also factored in.

  • CONTENT UPDATES

    Does the provider show their content directly aligned with the AICPA content specification outline? Also considered is how quickly a provider updates their content based on announced changes.

  • PROGRESS TRACKING

    Does the provider's solution include a dashboard that shows students their progress and is that dashboard automatically updated?

  • EASE OF USE

    How intuitive is the overall CPA Review program to the end user? Is the online course simple to access and navigate? Is it clear how to manage the study process?

  • STUDY PLANNER

    Does the provider have a study planner to help the student allocate and manage study time and is the study planner integrated with the student’s progress and expected test dates?

  • ADAPTABILITY

    Does the CPA Review program give the user the ability to adjust the way they study based on their study needs? Does it help direct the student toward (or away from) studying specific materials based on the student's progress or demonstrated knowledge?

  • CUSTOMER SUPPORT

    Does the CPA Review provider customer support? Considerations include type of support, hours of support, and whether support is included at no charge.

  • COACH AVAILABILITY

    Does the CPA Review provider provide individualized and personal coaching from a CPA Exam expert (i.e. beyond customer service)?

  • GUARANTEE

    Is access to the CPA Review course time-sensitive or unlimited? Does the CPA Review provider offer a pass or money-back guarantee?

  • PRICE & FINANCING

    How does the CPA Review provider’s price point compare to other providers? Does the CPA Review provider offer a payment/tuition payment plan? If a tuition payment plan is offered, how much interest or fees are involved?

  • #1

  • $1276

    Save $319

  • 89.75

  • 9 / 10

  • 9 / 10

  • 8.5 / 10

  • 4.75 / 5

  • 4.75 / 5

  • 8.5 / 10

  • 4.75 / 5

  • 14.25 / 15

  • 3.5 / 5

  • 4.75 / 5

  • 9.5 / 10

  • 8.5 / 10

  • #2

  • $2,295

  • 80.50

  • 8 / 10

  • 8.5 / 10
  • 9 / 10

  • 4 / 5

  • 4 / 5

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 4 / 5

  • 11.25 / 15

  • 4 / 5

  • 4.25 / 5

  • 9.5 / 10

  • 6.5 / 10

  • #3

  • $1,599

  • 77.50

  • 7 / 10

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 11.25 / 15

  • 4 / 5

  • 4 / 5

  • 9 / 10

  • 8.5 / 10

  • #4

  • $2,095

  • 75.00

  • 8 / 10

  • 8 / 10

  • 8 / 10

  • 4 / 5

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 8 / 10

  • 3 / 5

  • 10.5 / 15

  • 4 / 5

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 7 / 10

  • 7 / 10

  • #5

  • $3,393

  • 74.25

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 8 / 10

  • 8 / 10

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 4 / 5

  • 7.5 / 10

  • 4 / 5

  • 11 / 15

  • 3.75 / 5

  • 3.5 / 5

  • 7 / 10

  • 6 / 10

In Detail

Our Scores Explained

We’ve applied a science to arrive at our weight factors and scales that contribute to our total score.  Here are those elements from above explained in greater detail.

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Lectures

Ranking Scale: 10 Points

Does the provider offer video lectures that help teach concepts? Considerations in rankings include: quality of the lectures, quantity of lectures,  and how consumable they are (including both how long they are and how engaging they are).

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Simulations

Ranking Scale: 10 Points

Are simulation questions included in their database, and do the questions provide written explanations? The total number of simulations is also factored in.

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Multiple Choice Questions

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

Does the provider include multiple choice questions as part of the program, as well as provide written explanations for answer choices?  The total number of possible multiple choice questions is also factored in.

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Content Updates

Ranking Scale:  5 points

Is the course content directly aligned with the AICPA content specification outline? How quickly a provider updates their content based on announced changes?

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Ease of Use

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

How intuitive is the overall CPA Review program to the end user? Is the online course simple to access and navigate? Is it clear how to manage the study process?

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Study Planner

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

Does the provider have a personalized study planner to help the student allocate and manage study time and is the study planner integrated with the student’s progress and expected test dates?

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Customer Support

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

Does the CPA Review provider customer support? Considerations include type of support, hours of support, and whether support is included at no charge.

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Coach Availability

Ranking Scale:  5 Points

Does the CPA Review provider provide individualized and personal coaching from a CPA Exam expert (i.e. beyond customer service)?

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Guarantee

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

Course access terms – Is access to the CPA Review course time-sensitive or unlimited?  Does the CPA Review provider offer a pass or money-back guarantee?

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Pricing & Financing

Ranking Scale:  10 Points

How does the CPA Review provider’s price point compare to other providers?  Does the CPA Review provider offer a payment/tuition payment plan?  If a tuition payment plan is offered, how much interest or fees are involved?