The Becker program is considered an industry standard for CPA review programs, and endorsed by several large accounting firms – Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. The course features online classes available at any time or ‘live’ classes that are structured more like a traditional classroom setting, to a point. There is a comprehensive final review in the weeks leading up to the final exam. Android and Apple mobile apps including flashcards for review are available as well.
As one of the more popular CPA courses available, and due to recommendations from key figures in CPA industry, it would suit most aspiring CPAs and students.
No discussion of the Becker course would be complete without mentioning that it is quite expensive. The student is provided with a thorough treatment of the material, and the course is well regarded, but the pricing structure alone is enough to dissuade many students. There are other courses available that certainly provide the same level of preparation, but at a fraction of the cost.
In light of the steep pricing schedule, Becker does offer a financing program to qualified students as well as some price discounts for certain universities and employers. The financing option does promise 0% financing, but do note, there is a non-refundable processing fee for loan applications.
Online & Offline
You can enroll in either online or offline classes with the Becker CPA review. In order to take the live classes, you do need to live near a Becker training location. The live classes are based around watching videos, so don’t expect an engaging Q & A. The online courses are recommended for anyone that needs to travel for work, needs to keep up with a complicated schedule, or simply likes to study at a more personalized pace.
Becker offers over 7,000 multiple-choice questions that link directly to the electronic textbook, with 300 task-based simulations that mirror the CPA exam. Android and Apple mobile apps allow for unlimited access to academic and personalized support. The lectures tend to run long and are not necessarily a better learning tool as a result of the additional time.