The new CMA exam testing window is approaching fast. In a little over a month, the 2014 CMA exam window will open up and thousands will take the exam worldwide. Are you ready?
It’s so awesome to see how much the CMA designation has grown over the years in prestige and around the world. A shout-out to all candidates taking the CMA exam in the upcoming testing window in the USA, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, UK, Russia, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, and all countries around the globe.
The exam is 4 hours long split into two sections. One is 3 hours long and includes 100 multiple-choice questions, and the last hour for 2 essay questions.
Because you are taking the exam in a little over a month, I would like to share with you some tips that helped me pass the exam on my first try. My goal is to guide you to exam success!
CMA Exam Tips for the Multiple-Choice Questions
- Stay positive and don’t be afraid of the exam. Having a positive mindset does help a lot.
- You can jump between questions, and answer the ones that are the easiest to you, and later come back to the ones that are tough. Be careful not to jump to the essay section if you haven’t answered all questions in this section. If you do that, you won’t be able to come back to this section.
- If you jump between questions, make sure to write the number down so you remember which ones you skipped.
- If you are running out of time and cannot complete all the multiple-choice questions, take a best guess and answer them. NEVER leave a multiple-choice question unanswered.
- If you finished before the 3 hours are up, you can either review your answers or move straight to the essay section. If you do the latter, you’ll have more time to answer the essay questions.
The Multiple-Choice section looks like this:
CMA Exam Tips for the Essay Questions
- If you show your work and assumptions, you can earn partial credits.
- Expect 3 to 6 questions for each essay scenario.
- You can scroll between questions and scenarios within the essay section. This will help you assess how much time you’ll need for responses.
- Pay close attention to verbs. If it says compare or contrast, don’t spend your time defining something. Only do what is asked on the question.
- Read the entire questions to understand all requirements.
- Focus on the user of standard English, organization and clarity.
- Graders are looking for effective writing skills.
- Be brief and to the point. Bullet points are OK.
- Don’t leave questions blank. If short on time, at least write an outline of your main points.
- Graders are looking to give you points, not take them away. Make it as easy for the graders to give you points by showing your work.
- Be sure to use all the time available to you.
The Essay section looks like this:
What are you struggling with in your preparation for the exam? How can I help? Leave a comment at the bottom and share that with me.
I look forward to helping you out so that you too may become a Certified Management Accountant.