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Wiseguides EA Review: My 3 Pros and Cons

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wiseguides EA reviewWiseguides is one of earlier online review course providers in the Enrolled Agent exam prep market. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons. 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!

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Wiseguides EA Review Product Offering

WiseGuides EA Review was founded in 1994 by Andrew Rosenberg, CPA, EA. Andy earned a BS degree in Education in 1969 and a MS degree in Accounting. He worked as a staff auditor with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (now part of KPMG) and later on started his software firm and other ventures.

1. Online Study Questions and Practice Exams

Commonly known as the online test prep, Wiseguides EA has a database of 2,880 questions with detailed answer explanations.

These questions are presented in study mode and exam mode.

2. Online eLessons

These are essentially PDF files by chapters and study units.

3. Online eStudy Cards

The flashcards are available with 1,700 e-cards for 3 parts.

Pros and Cons of Wiseguides EA Review

Pros

1.It’s Dirt Cheap!

The review materials are available as low as $49 per part and $147 for all 3 parts. This is the rock bottom price for any review pack with book and test prep.

2. Almost 3,000 Questions and Unlimited Practice Exams

Gleim has more practice questions, but Wiseguides comes second. There is only explanation to the correct ansewer (versus explanations for all the wrong answers and why they are wrong), but overall it is detailed enough.

3. Free Demo and Pass Guarantee Available

You need to submit personal information to get the free demo — or free trial for 30 days. Access is quite limited but you get to click around and try out the practice questions.

Cons

1. It Feels like 2003…

You’ll have to agree that the interface doesn’t look terribly appealing:

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More importantly, it lacks features that are considered basic these days, such as:

  • Marking the practice questions for later checking (this feature is available in the actual exam)
  • Listing the incorrect questions for reference and redo

2. The eLessons are Really Boring to Read

The eLessons are basically a seemingly never-ending list of text. I’ve clicked through tens of pages and cannot find one single example or an attempt to present information in a more palatable manner.

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Conclusion

Wiseguides EA Review is a solid product trapped in an archaic platform. It is so out-dated that it does not reflect the actual testing experience. Also, the lack of mobile access and analytics affects the user-friendliness and effectiveness.

Unless you are boot-scraped, I wouldn’t go for this review materials as it stands.

You may want to check out these other EA review courses:

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