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September 24, 2023

Becker CPA Review


Original Hype Man and Coffee Enthusiast Peter “Sugar Bear” Olinto is Leaving Becker

We had to go way back in the archive for this image. In a LinkedIn post on Friday, Becker superinstructor and the man single-handedly propping up the coffee shop industry Peter Olinto announced that he is leaving Becker. “I am NOT RETIRING!!” he said in a follow-up comment. He writes: Hello LinkedIn connections and current/former […]

Peter Olinto Inspires Would-Be CPAs To Look Down on Their Loser Friends

How do you inspire a bunch of uninspired CPA exam candidates to get off their asses and study? By reminding them their friends are a bunch of losers who will mooch off them: Studying got you down? Think of all your broke friends begging to sleep on your mansion floor once you get your CPA […]

Even Becker Uses Becker to Study For the CPA Exam

Minor malfunction over at the Becker PR department? For me it's a no-brainer, of course I am going to prepare for the #CPAExam with Becker! — Becker CPA (@BeckerCPA) February 28, 2014 Are we missing something here? Is Becker taking a page from the Life at Deloitte/Life at EY playbook and letting ambitious young staff […]

We Hear Peter Olinto Celebrated His Birthday at a Nursing Home

Thank you for being a friend, Tim Gearty. It took a lot of digging but Going Concern was able to track down this exclusive photo of Peter's birthday celebration at Tim's retirement home. How sweet, he gave the birthday boy a pony! Happy birthday, Peter!

Going Concern CPA Review Survey Results Are Here!

First, thanks to everyone who stepped up and not only provided me great answers but a laugh or two within their surveys. It's awesome to know you guys do, in fact, have a sense of humor. A few things: I included the average rankings with each course, after asking each respondent to rank their course from […]

Beware Fake or Unauthorized CPA Review Sellers

Back in the day, I used to get people who claimed to be former Becker students calling my CPA review company for the 35% discount we offered to past students of an equivalent CPA review program. Because we weren't interested in offering several hundred dollars in savings to just anyone, we needed to see a […]

Is Anyone Surprised That Becker Swept The Elijah Watt Sells Winners?

This press release should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Becker Professional Education, a global leader in professional education and a part of DeVry Inc., announced that all 19 of the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners prepared for the exam with Becker's CPA Exam Review. Since the American Institute of Certified Public […]

Turns Out Becker Didn’t Come Up With the Intensive Review Course Concept

Fun fact: the intensive review course is not a Becker invention. As far as we are aware, it was actually pioneered at James Madison University in 2005. Known GC reader Professor Tim Louwers sets the record straight (note for disclosure purposes that Professor Louwers serves on the AICPA Auditing and Attestation Subcommittee and is therefore […]

Has Anyone Passed the CPA Exam Using a 5 Week Intensive Course?

This may come as a shock to the youngsters out there but a long, long time ago, you had to study for all 4 CPA exam parts at once, sit for them in a weekend (you could only go twice a year) and hope that you got at least a 50 or you'd fail miserably. […]

Becker Finally Gets Around to Recognizing Wake Forest’s CPA Exam Domination

I'm not saying Becker outright snatched this headline from my hands, I'm just suggesting that the timing of this press release is a tad suspect given the fact that NASBA released the candidate performance book in October of last year and the actual Wake Forest press release came out in November but I just got […]

UPDATE: Are Deeply Discounted CPA Review Programs Legit?

I Pass the CPA Exam was asked if a $799 “Becker” program being sold online could possibly be legit. After asking the owner of the site peddling the stuff, Stephanie asks Becker directly if they allow affiliates to sell their product wholesale to other retailers so they, in turn, can cut the price. Something about this just doesn’t seem right, why would Becker want to get ripped off on its own product, which it routinely sells for $3,000 (give or take)?

When in doubt, maybe you should ask the review course:

I continue my due diligence and ask Becker directly whether the serial number from CPApassmaster would indeed verifiable at their site. This is their answer:

“The only legal site for Becker material is”

Well, I would appreciate if Becker can just be a little bit more helpful in terms of explaining this further, but knowing how Becker is (big and institutionalized with little “real” customer service), this is probably the best we can get.

Then, I heard from industry sources that in fact Becker is trying to stop this offering via an injunction, and supposedly Becker can render all their materials with serial number from this reseller unverifiable if / when they are allowed to do that.

Interesting. I agree with Stephanie’s assessment that whoever she spoke to at Becker is probably just some hack in a headset who barely knows what the CPA exam is, let alone is high up enough to actually comment on their policies.

It would be interesting to hear this directly from, say, a Becker high up. Hint, hint. Perhaps a qualified Becker manager would like to get in touch and clear the air.

UPDATE: Becker spokesperson Molly Tarantino wrote me last night to clarify Becker’s policy on unauthorized dealers. Please consider her comments before going for a cheap review course that is NOT offered directly from the company:

Becker Professional Education does not support materials purchased through unauthorized dealers. Only materials received directly from us are guaranteed to be authentic. Unauthorized dealers, such as CPAPassmaster, are either in violation of their license with Becker or selling counterfeit materials. Counterfeiting is illegal and purchasing counterfeit products supports this illegal activity. This type of activity is especially troubling since it is occurring within a profession whose foundation has always been and always will be based on ethics and integrity.