Roger CPA Review 2018: New Technology & Discounts

Roger Philipp founded Roger CPA Review in 2001. Originally beginning as live classes in San Francisco, the review courses have developed into an interactive e-learning platform. Disclosure: The I Pass Team may earn a small amount of compensation if you purchase from our links; our team uses these revenues to maintain the site and produce awesome free content just for you!

Roger boasts a 88% pass rate with over 85,000+ students completing his CPA review program.


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Why Candidates are Paying Attention to Roger CPA

Roger CPA has always been popular in the Bay area where his course originated. And the momentum has really picked up since Roger stopped teaching live classes and focused on developing new and innovative products.

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1. 88% Pass Rate + Entertaining Teaching Style

The Roger CPA Review course aims to be the “Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable” CPA review course.

Roger Philipp founded Roger CPA Review, and he is also the video lecturer in all the classes. He made his name by offering entertaining and engaging lectures and is still personally teaching every class. The fact that Roger personally teaches the classes is a big plus when compared to some institutionalized CPA review courses where the quality of lecturers varies.

Some review courses teach you to memorize the exam content with very little explanation. This is tough for those who have never worked in Audit for example. Because Roger actually teaches you Audit like in a way that makes sense, this course can really help you grasp topics that may be challenging.

Here is a video clip on one of his lectures:

In case you are wondering, Roger CPA Review is not a one-man band. Most noteworthy, Mark Dauberman has joined Roger as Senior Editor, helping with the course textbooks and other course-related initiatives. Mark founded Dauberman CPA Review in early days and had years of experience teaching CPA review courses.

2. An Effective and Integrated Review Course — now with SmartPath

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The course comes with 100+ hours of focused, dynamic video lectures, corresponding books, 6,000+ practice questions, flashcards, homework help center access, and customizable study planners. (Also, Roger offers CPA Exam flashcards, audio lectures and a CRAM course in its Elite course). You can either access the course online (desktop or any portable devices) or offline via USB.

Aside from Roger CPA’s engaging lectures, what helps to really set this course apart is the addition of SmartPath to all its offerings. The team at Roger has worked diligently to offer something completely new for its students. SmartPath technology allows students to predict how well they will perform on the actual CPA Exam. Additionally, this new technology also course compares your study progress against that of candidates who have already passed so you can see the amount of effort passing requires.

4. Homework Help Center

Specifically, the Roger team provides expert CPA moderators for quick, comprehensive answers and assistance on the most challenging concepts you encounter as you study. Here is additional information from Roger’s team to address my questions about customer support:

We have two professional moderators on our Homework Help Center who are professional CPAs and go through and answer students’ questions. We always encourage students to go through and see if their questions was already asked, because oftentimes they were. Additionally, if there’s a lapse in response time, it’s because the moderators are generating the best answer.”

Also, the Elite Course also includes phone, chat, and email support. If you think you’re going to need to rely on the professionals at Roger to help you through some of the more challenging topics, then the Elite Course might be the best option for you.

5. 2-day Free Trial

Roger has a 2-day free trial, which is helpful for potential customers to experience the new SmartPath technology and the engaging lectures.

What are the Limitations of Roger CPA Review?

1. Talking Too Fast?

A notable comment from my readers is that Roger talks too fast. If you are a native English speaker who has grown up in America or work in a fast-paced environment, this is not an issue. But if you are a “mature” candidate, accustomed to the “Old School” style of learning or you are an international candidate, you may want to double check the demos before making the decision.

As a result, the new platform has video capabilities designed with the international and/or non- traditional student in mind. Now the Roger CPA Review video lectures include lecture bookmarks, closed captioning and adjustable playback speed.

2. Limited Coverage?

Quite a few readers mentioned that Roger skims over details. Some actually prefer this style so as not to waste their time, but for others who haven’t yet received any practical experience in audit and accounting, this could represent a bit of struggle.

The highlighting of only the exam topics most likely to be covered on the actual exam can usually be overcome by taking the time to think over the concepts and work through more practice questions.

My Bloggers who Use Roger CPA

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Travis (US)
Passed all parts
Bhairavi (US/India)
Passed all parts on
first try (98 on AUD)

My Conclusion: Great Choice & Definitely a Unique Offering!

I highly recommend Roger CPA Review if:

  • You prefer a refreshing and unique review course
  • You need an engaging and dynamic instructor to help you get through the CPA exam 🙂
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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites

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  • Shawna Johnson says:

    Does Roger still offer the 14 day review? I cannot get the link above to open and am interested.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Shawna,
      It just checked and the link is working.
      But this particular page has been attacked by malware yesterday so if you could wait a couple more days for my IT guru to remove that, it’s better.
      In the meantime, please see if you can go to Roger’s page directly through this link:
      It’s here:

      Thanks, stephanie

  • CPA Student says:

    How would you compare Roger notes/textbooks vs Becker’s notes/textbook? Becker’s text looks impressive (displayed some pages of their textbook in their site) but just wanted to know your recommendation as well.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi CPA student, I also like Becker lecture notes but that’s probably the only thing I like about them. Roger’s strength is not on the notes (although they are decent), but on Roger’s videos. You can sign up for a free trial and see if you like that enough. If you don’t find that useful, then Roger may not be your best choice.

      Just click on the long button above and give it a try 🙂 Regards, Stephanie

      • CPA Student says:

        Thanks Stephanie 🙂 I did try those videos and they are simply awesome. But was skeptical about his lecture notes!C

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          I see. I find them pretty ok… I wonder if they include e-book in the free trial? Stephanie

          • CPA Student says:

            Becker has included some pages of their lecture notes in their site (which is quite impressive) not Roger’s but in Roger’s video the relevant content discussed in the video is shown on their sideslide.

          • CPA Student says:

            The best combo I see is Becker notes + Roger videos . Haha an expensive option though! 😀

  • Ambika says:

    Hi Stephine ,

    As I discussed with you before .. I have opted for Yaeger CPA review and paid for full course .. But now they r claiming that I will have access for just 12 months and they stopped taking new students .. What is happening with Yaeger .. I paid for the course last month and I feel so depressed now … I don’t know what to do .. How will I take up exam without they giving support for updates before exam .. Never expected this …. Donno what to do …

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ambika, I just got the news on Yaeger as well. What a surprise — Yaeger was still promoting their course on Twitter on May 23.

      I would try to take as many parts as you can handle, and you may consider taking BEC because it has the most changes in 2017. I don’t know if they will actually update what they have for the 2017 exam, but I doubt it, given they are winding up the business… anyway, let’s do whatever we can, see how many parts you manage to pass, and we can discuss further.

      Regards, Stephanie

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ambika,
      I just got this from Gleim, and will announce this on my facebook page shortly after making sure Gleim is ok for me to release the following. Hope it helps!

      Gleim CPA Review greatly appreciates the many contributions that Yaeger CPA Review, and Phil Yaeger personally, have made to the CPA Exam prep profession and to the multitude of students that he and his organization have helped since 1977.

      In recognition of this, Gleim wants to help ensure that all of Yaeger’s current students have the ongoing support and assistance that they require in order to confidently prepare for and pass the CPA exam.

      Therefore, we are offering all Yaeger students the opportunity to trade-in their current Yaeger review course for 100% of its purchase price (up to a maximum of $1,000) toward the cost of a Gleim Premium Review System.

      For full details, please contact Gleim CPA at 800.876.5346 or at

  • Lal says:

    Hi Stephanie, I am using Roger review course. I see lot of reviews online suggesting to supplement with Wikey or Ninja as their MCQ’s are easier than what you encounter during the exam. Also, I’m from India and planning to visit and write REG and BEC in Dec 1st week. Given the short time, what’s your advice on taking up two exams back to back.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Lal, sorry to have missed your note. There should be some improvement in Roger’s MCQ but it seems like my readers are still getting Wiley or Ninja or Exammatrix as supplement. I am sure there are people who pass with Roger alone, so don’t feel like it is a must. Hope you did well in the exam!

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