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MDS CPA Review – MDS CPA Review

Format: Online, Book/Print Material, Classroom, One-On-One Instruction

State(s): All

Average Cost: $1,450

Average Rating: 1

Textbook: Online, Book/Print Material

Technical Support: 614-229-5371

Accounting Support: 614-229-5371

Online Tutorial: Yes


Justin T. Linscott, president of MDS CPA Review and the lead course instructor, is the only currently practicing CPA in the country who serves in a management role at a CPA review course. Steve Martin, founder of MDS CPA Review and instructor, has been teaching CPA review since 1985. With the MDS courses, candidates get personal assistance from the owner/instructor, homework tutoring, books (written solely by MDS), flash cards, online videos, homework software and free repeat privileges upon completion.

MDS has also developed detailed guidance documents for the task-based simulations and for the BEC written communication portion of the CPA exam plus a Test Techniques video to help exam candidates develop an effective and efficient study plan.

MDS offers live classroom instruction, online self-study courses and Bootcamp – an intensive study program designed for candidates to pass the CPA exam in only 15 weeks!

Broken down into the four parts of the exam, each review package includes the same all-inclusive suite of learning tools, with access for 2 years. Purchase each section as you need it, for only $535, or purchase all four parts together for $1799, a savings of $341.

MDS also offers Partnership Discounts, an Ambassador Program and special discount codes. Check out all the options here: www.mdscpareview.com

For additional information, visit www.mdscpareview.com

Refund Policy:

Provided that all of the materials are returned in a pristine condition, we have a 2-week no questions asked return and refund policy for Online Course purchases only. There are no refunds on any sales made using an affiliate discount code or purchased through an affiliated reseller.

If you devote yourself to passing, you should be able to pass all 4 parts within 6-18 months, even if you have to take each part more than once. The key is don’t give up! Keep focused, continue to study, and retake it until you pass. But if you take all 4 parts at least twice a year, and earn Free Repeat Privileges between each attempt, and still do not pass after 36 months from purchase, we will refund your original purchase price. There are no refunds on any sales made using an affiliate discount code or purchased through an affiliated re-seller.

Repeat Policy:

If you need more time with access to the course materials, you can earn a Free Repeat Privilege by completing all of the homework and emailing us a copy of your exam results. We’ll give you 6 months of additional access from the date you received your exam results. We’ll provide a PDF of updates to the book made since your original purchase, so you’ll be able to continue using your current books to repeat the course.

Access Limitations:

Internet access is needed to access the online features of the course, and the course is mobile-friendly.


James S on December 21, 2014 at 2:12PM said:

I stumbled upon MDS while doing some research online. I went onto the website and really liked the idea that Steve Martin was formerly with Becker and had been teaching CPA candidates for over 20 years. However, what I soon realized after failing Audit (with a 71) and failing BEC is that the program was deficient in many areas:

1. The biggest issue with the program is that a lot of what Steve said would not be heavily tested ended up being heavily tested. I know that there are thousands of multiple choice questions that can be given for any section of the test on any day, but there were several topics that Steve blew by or only put a small paragraph into his books that were actually heavily tested on the exams. I had a written communication on BEC that Steve maybe had three or four sentences of material for in his BEC book.

2. For as much as Steve claims to be there for his students, he really isn't much help when you try to get in touch with him. I will give him some credit: he gets back to you in a very timely manner. I think the longest I ever waited for an email reply from him was maybe an hour. However, every time I had a question about something or questioned something in his materials (more on that in point #3), he would act like it was a crime to question his review program and didn't really provide thorough explanations on things. He would just refer back to the page in the text where the content related to my question was located.

3. There seemed to be a couple of different errors in the Audit textbook that would confuse me. I don't know for 100% certain that they were in fact errors, but based on doing some reading in my college Audit book and moving onto Roger CPA Review, it seemed very likely that there were multiple errors in his text books.

For the amount of money you have to spend on CPA reviews, I highly recommend passing on MDS and doing research on other programs that have a lot more to offer in the same price range.

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