Preparing for the CMA exam can be pretty stressful, and if you don’t stick to a strict study plan then chances are you won’t feel prepared when the time comes for you to write the exam.
While this is just one of many reasons why you may want to reschedule your exam period, there is a CMA exam reschedule procedure that you will want to follow so you don’t lose your money.
Why Would You Reschedule The Exam?
There are so many reasons why you may feel the need to reschedule your CMA exam. For example, you may be falling behind on your study plan like I mentioned above, there could be a family emergency, health issues, or more.
If your reason for rescheduling is more along the lines of feeling underprepared then you will want to make this decision no later than 1 month prior to your exam date to avoid financial penalties.
The CMA Exam Reschedule Procedure
The best way to reschedule your exam is by doing so 31 days or more in advance. Doing so is easy and you have two options. You can:
- Call Prometric at (800) 479-6370
- Change your date online using the Prometric website
If you are calling, it’s important to note that their offices are open Monday through Saturday.
Should you need to reschedule your exam due to a more last minute scenario and it is 30 days or less until your exam, you will be charged a $50 fee.
You cannot cancel or reschedule your exam within 72 hours of your testing date though. If you do so, it will be considered a No Show and you will lose your entire payment.
Speaking of cancellations, you are technically able to cancel your exam date, but to not lose your money you must take the exam within the same testing window. Essentially, a cancellation is just a longer winded form of rescheduling.
Exam Extensions or Retaking the Exam
Life happens, but unfortunately there is no wiggle room to reschedule your exam to a new testing window. Once you book your exam it must be completed within that testing window, otherwise you will lose out financially.
If you have any fear of sitting for the exam it is better to wait to secure your spot, than book and have to reschedule.
Should you take the exam and not pass one of the parts, you are able to retake the exam, but you must wait until the next window. For example, you can only write Part 1 during the January/February testing window once. If you need to re-write it, you must wait until the next testing window; the earliest of which is May/June.
Additionally, you will be required to re-register and pay the appropriate fee to retake a certain part of the exam.
Before diving headfirst into the CMA exam registration process, make sure you consider what you are getting in for. If you work better on a deadline that’s great, but for those of you who don’t, it’s probably safest to register when the window gets closer so you can avoid having to reschedule and potentially lose any money.
All the best and study hard candidates!
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