Fast Forward Academy CPA Review

Updated:June 18, 2018
Jason Galaif, CPA
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Fast Forward Academy Review

  • The Bad

    No final review offered

    No CPA audio

    No flashcards available

    Online format only, no offline option

    No Mobile App

    Only 30 Days to Claim Refund

Fast Forward Academy CPA Review

  • Paperback Study Guide
  • FastBook (Online Textbook)
  • 5,000 Study Questions
  • Unlimited Practice Exams
  • Video Explanations
  • Free Domestic Shipping

You know having that CPA credential could do wonders for your career in accounting.

You also know that the CPA Exam is a very difficult exam to prepare for – so which review course should you use, Fast Forward Academy CPA Review or another course?

To help simplify the situation – and save you time and money – we have reviewed the most popular review courses and attempted to provide you with the information you need to know to make an informed selection.

In this review, we are taking a look at the…

Fast Forward Academy CPA Review Course

Fast-Forward-Academy-LogoThis review course provides you with comprehensive a review that adapts to your level of knowledge. Even though this course is one of the cheapest on the market, there are other courses out there that use the same technologies with additional study features.

Fast Forward Academy allows you to do all of the following:

  • Plan – It contains an interactive study planner
  • Diagnose – As you complete practice questions the course tracks your performance and learns how well you know certain subjects
  • Focus Your Study Efforts – The course allows you to use performance data to make better use of your study time.
  • Practice for the Exam – You can create unlimited practice exams featuring questions formatted just like the real thing.

Course Structure

The Fast Forward Academy CPA Review features textbooks and questions focused on each of the four major test areas.

In addition, course creators have identified the test areas that students struggle the most with and created video explanations for those areas to give students greater understanding and depth of knowledge.

Course Features

  • Printed CPA Exam Textbooks – This four textbook set is updated to meet all current standards and features all the same information as the course’s electronic book versions.
  • FastBook – The Intelligent Book  – The course also offers electronic textbooks that actually learn what you know and where you can improve and then suggest areas to focus your study efforts on. The books also highlight ways for you to get the best score come test time.
  • CPA Study Bank – Fast Forward claims to have one of the largest exam question study banks available with over 6,000 questions and over 230 simulation questions.
    • Plus, the company has put all the questions into an adaptive study system that learns about you and helps you concentrate your study efforts for maximum benefit.
    • When it comes to the amount of practice questions you have, it’s pretty standard compared to other courses. There are other options, such as Wiley, that have a lot more questions for you to practice with.
  • CPA Practice ExamsThis course allows you to create an unlimited number of practice exams, all formatted exactly like the real exam. The company says that through its practice exams students get used to the experience of taking the real exam and feel more calm and comfortable when they go to sit for the CPA Exam.
  • Academic SupportIf there is a question you don’t know the answer to or an area that, try as you might, you just don’t understand, this course allows you to contact a CPA Review instructor with a single mouse click.
  • 80 Hours of Video Lectures
  • Video Explanations – As mentioned previously, course creators have also filmed video explanations for the areas that historically give students the most trouble.

Course Analysis

Fast Forward Academy CPA Review’s most attractive features are the relatively low price and flexibility in the course design. There are a decent amount of practice questions in the study bank and the way the course is organized in a way that keeps you focused on your studies. All of this being said, it’s not really worth it to go for the cheapest option.

Unlike some competitors whose founders have a vested interest in the CPA exam because they were looking for a better way to pass it themselves, Fast Forward Academy’s materials have a more distance approach and lack the personal touch I have found in other courses.

Fast Forward Academy’s option to buy individual sections and affordable pricing make it an okay supplement to other CPA review programs for students who are interested in extra practice questions or exams. Just make sure you decide if you like the course or not by the 30 day refund mark—this is quite the negative feature for the course.

This course is best suited for independent and self-disciplined students who are looking to read the material at their own pace and focus on drilling lots of practice questions.

Company Credibility & Support

They are a company that is passionate about providing students with both the ability to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses and direct their study efforts via a user-friendly interface.

The company offers one-click academic support as well as attentive customer service via phone, chat or email.

Fast Forward Academy CPA Review Breakdown

The Good The Bad
Unlimited course access No final review offered
Most affordable study materials No CPA audio
Email support No flashcards available
Focuses in on your specific learning needs Online format only, no offline option

Fast Forward Academy CPA Review
Written by: Jason Galaif, CPA
4 / 5 stars



  1. Arnold February 9, 2016 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    What’s your feedback on Fast Forward Academy? I’m was thinking CPAexcel, but now after seeing your review, Fast Forward is really appealing too. The cost is great, but what’s the downside of the cheaper cost? Thanks

    • Jason Galaif February 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply


      It depends on what a downside is for you. If you prefer offline material, then FFA isn’t a good option. If you are an auditory learner, then you will be missing out on FFA because they do not offer a CPA audio option. You should ask yourself what features matter the most to you, and then make an informed decision on which test prep will better help you succeed. Hope this helps!


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