Pros

Wiley CPAexcel offers a free 14-day trial for any CPA candidate who is still on the fence about purchasing it. This is a great opportunity to see what the software looks like, get a feel for the lectures, practice the questions, and see if it’s right for you without paying a dime.

 

The bite-sized learning approach works for a certain kind of student. It can hold your attention and allow you to focus on one thing at a time without boring you to sleep. It also allows busy candidates the ability to study in shorter time intervals without having to cut individual lessons in sections.

The Wiley Testbank is one of the most used and popular testbanks in the industry for a reason. It’s huge (more than 12,000 questions) and it has comprehensive explanations for each answer. This is particularly important because it helps candidates understand the topics better by reading why certain answers and thought processes are wrong. It’s also important because it’s really the only substantial feature this course has going for it.

Wiley lets you use this course without an expiration date. Feel free to use their complete set of online test banks and focus notes until you pass the entire exam without paying any extra fees!

Cons

Candidates who want more in-depth lectures won’t be happy. The Wiley lectures are short and don’t cover topics in great detail. They are more bulleted presentations than actual lectures. Thus, if a University style accounting lecture is important to you, this course might not be right for you.

The modern world demands multitasking, which is why so many students like to review educational content over audio. If you’re interested in brushing up on important accounting topics while running on the treadmill or doing the dishes, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Wiley offers no audio lectures at this time.

Another common practice for modern students is to study for their exams on a tablet or smartphone. Wiley’s companion app for Android and iOS is intended to provide this experience for their students. However, the actual experience is far from pleasant, with many students leaving negative reviews about frequent errors and the inability to access all their materials.