CMA Exam Toolkit

If you are planning or have made the decision to become a CMA, but don’t know what tools or resources to use, you’ve come to the right place. This is the most comprehensive CMA toolkit available online to help you find the best CMA study materials.

What will you find here

A list of the best tools and resources to prepare you for the CMA exam and help you pass on your first try. I recommend that you bookmark this page as it will be continuously updated to provide you with only the best resources.

Best CMA Instructor-led Prep Course


CMA Exam Academy: If you are looking for an online instructor-led prep course that will help you understand the CMA subject matter in-depth and keep you accountable every week, there’s no other online CMA prep course that will help you like this one. As a disclaimer, I’m the founder of this program. Thousands of candidates asked me to coach them, and this is how I do it.

Plus you’ll get a 15% per part discount at checkout using coupon code CMACOACH.

Free CMA Exam Guide


CMA Coach Study Guide: After passing both parts of the CMA exam on my first try, I wrote this guide that’s packed with study and exam hacks. Now it’s available to you at the touch of a button and absolutely FREE.

Best CMA Explainer Videos


CMA Coach Videos: Watch these videos to learn how to answer multiple-choice questions and increase your chances of passing your exam the first time. 

These videos are absolutely free because you are part of the CMA Coach community.

Best Calculator for the CMA Exam


Texas Instruments Calculator: This is the calculator that I used for the exam. I really like it because it’s easy to use and very reliable.

I even use it on a daily basis at work. 

115 Comments on “CMA Toolkit”

  1. Hello!

    I am going for my CMA this next year, and was hoping you could guide me to which study material was best suited for my experience and education. I have a BBA in Business Management and an MBA. I have taken accounting and finance courses, and I loved managerial accounting, especially in my MBA program. I have just started my finance career as a financial analyst within a company that is willing to pay for my CMA, but I am still developing my accounting/finance skill set on-the-job. Which program would be the best review for me? I have heard a lot about Gleim, but I want to see what your opinion is.

    1. Hi Chase,

      You are a good candidate for the Gleim Review Course. With the type of background that you have, that course is the best fit for you. Get your 10% discount here

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  2. Hi Nathan,

    Thanks for the goods reviews and info in your website. I have been thinking of doing the CMA and was earlier comparing it to an executive MBA. Since I don’t have an undergraduate background in accounting or finance, and considering MBA costs, and more keen on the CMA.

    Would you recommend the Wiley CMA given my knowledge handicap? Thanks.


    1. Hi Sunil,

      You are welcome. I’m glad that you found the site helpful. MBAs are getting more expensive by the year and the ROI is quite low. More people are optin out of it and choosing other designations and credentials such as the CMA.

      If you have worked in accounting and have that experience, I would recommend Gleim. If you don’t have experience in accounting, I would recommend Wiley.

  3. Dear Sir,

    I’m planning to purchase your ‘Most popular” study guide. But here its asking some discount coupon code. Please let me know where will we get that discount coupon code.

    Thank you,

      1. Dear Sir,

        Its alright. I’ll purchase as it is. coming to the study material part, please let me know which one I can choose as I have done B.Com and MBA in Finance. I was planning to purchase Gleim. Then I saw Wiley test bank. so I am bit confused of which one is better for my background.

        Thank you,

        Thank you,

  4. i wanna ask some thing pl z
    i want internet forum for CMA candidates so i can have new in studying
    can you help me

  5. Hii Natha,

    I would like to take your advice, i have tried Gleim long time back but i did not go well with it, i have ordered “Hock” for now amd am planning in entering May window Exam, i saw your study guide promotion and it seems to be very handy, as i am not focused in how to study or even draw a guidline, what do you think will it be helpfull for me and guid me right along with my “Hock” book, and where can i find aTest Bank that would help me in my studies.

    Many Thanks sir.

    1. Ahmed,

      My study guide is an excellent companion guide to any learning system. You will find tips and techniques not found in any other textbook. These were drawn from my personal experience and helped me pass on my first try.

      Gleim or Wiley’s test banks are excellent sources of retired CMA exam questions. If you purchase Wiley’s, use coupon code CM14C during checkout to redeem a 10% discount.

    1. The one mentioned above in the toolkit is the one I used for the exam. I really like it and highly recommend it.

  6. Hi Nathan

    I am a CA and wanted to pursue CMA but would like your advice whether it is possible to crack CMA exams along with job or does it require full 6 month dedication.

    1. Hi Neha,

      Yes totally. I prepared for the exam while working full-time. It’s more challenging but if I could do it, you can totally do it too 🙂

  7. Hi Nathan,

    I am chartered accountant and sap certified associate in fi module.
    I want to pursue cma. I wanted to know which course would be best gleim or willey.
    I am thinking of gleim.
    please guide

    1. Ashutosh,

      Gleim is a great option for someone with your qualifications. Use the link on this page to get a 10% discount.

  8. Hi Nathan,

    I just recently finished my B.S. in Accounting (graduated in May, the day after my 36th birthday) and originally wanted to sit for the CPA exam. I have since decided that the CMA would be a better fit for me and my interests. Over the past few years, I have worked my way up to Controller for a smaller manufacturing company (45-50 employees). I can’t quit my job to get the public accounting experience, plus the possibility of doing taxes or audits every day doesn’t really appeal to me. I enjoy my role now, but want to be able to grow to the CFO position one day.

    My question is about study materials. I have the Gleim materials, but they are for the four part test (I believe they say eight edition and they are green). Is it possible to use these to study for the 2 part exam? If so, which parts, if any, combine together? Would there be any material that is needed, but was not included in the 4 part exam?

    Thank you for any help that you can provide.

    1. Robbie,

      I took the two-part exam so I’m not intimately familiar with the 4-part exam that was discontinued a while back.

      I would highly recommend that you purchase Gleim’s two-part learning system as it’ll guarantee that you’ll invest your time in the topics that matter. Some content of the 4-part exam was removed altogether from the current 2-part exam.

      Preparing for the exam takes effort and dedication. If I were you, I’d want to make sure my time and effort is invested in the appropriate content.

      I hope that was helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m always glad to help 🙂


  9. Respected Nathan,
    Gratitude to you for supporting and helping out students like me to attain best in exams as well as in their professional life.
    I am appearing in Oct 2014 for CMA Part 2 exams, i am following Gliem 15th Edition. Is 15th edition is good for me?
    Also will you be available till Oct 2014 for any further discussion.
    Thanks & Regards

  10. good evening,

    am now preparing to take part 1 exam in october,2014
    am using the old materials…but i will take the part 2 exam in 2015…

    is it better to take part 1 or part 2 exam in 2014 noting that i took the courses and classes for both based on old naterials…

    thank u

  11. Hi, Nathan,

    About matching between textbook material & vedeo lectures,
    as I browse the Acdemy CMA contents, the L. systems are Wiley or Glim,
    if I experienced with Hock L. System, is this led to iteruption?

    Thank yuo,

    1. Abdalla,

      You can use any system with the Academy. The order of topics may not be presented in the same order as in the textbook you use, but if you follow based on topics everything will be covered.

  12. Nathan,

    I was trying to purchase your study guide. I am having difficulties as there is an error message stating that there is something wrong with the merchant configuration, when paying via credit card. Is it currently down?

    1. Hi Terrence,

      It seems to be working now. Would you mind trying again? Sorry for the inconvenience.

  13. Hi,
    I am a Student from a Indian University. I would like to apply for a membership as well as pay the fees for everything. I was told by a local private trainer stating that i can get the below special promo offer if joined his training course.
    For Students
    Regular Price Promotion
    a) Membership $39 $25
    b) Entrance Fee $120 $75
    c) Processing Fee $15 $0
    d) Exam Part1 $197.50 $125
    e) Exam Part2 $197.50 $125

    Also, that private trainer told that i can avail this promos if i join that private training and make the payment to them. But i prefer not to pay the IMA fees to a 3rd party, however i prefer to make the payment to IMA direclty using my credit card. So can you kindly let me know how to avail this promo offer directly from IMA website.

    Your earliest response on this will be appreciated.

    1. Manor,

      I can’t speak for the private trainer, but if you prefer to pay the IMA directly by all means do so. In my online Academy, I ask my students to pay the IMA directly as to prevent any confusion with membership and/or fees.

  14. Hi Nathan,

    Good Day !

    i need all formulas used in CMA if you have can you provide me ASAP. i really appreciate for you help.

    Waiting for your reply.

    thanks .

  15. Hi,

    I completed my MBA(Financial Management) in 2005 and having post qualification experience in finance and accounting field about eight years. I got stuck in my career because of not being a qualified accountant. I decided to choose CMA. Could you please help me in deciding the right study material so that I may start my CMA?


    Syed Sajjad Sabir

    1. Hi Syed,

      I’d be happy to help you choose a review course. Do you prefer to self study or have 1-on-1 coaching?

  16. dear sir

    i need to pass part 1 send me the tips and materials and cost of this material need something direct to

    1. Francis,

      These are the calculators allowed:

      Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator
      Basic 6 function calculator
      Hewlett-Packard HP 10BI
      HP 12c
      HP 12c Platinum

  17. Dear Mr. Nathan,

    Good Day…

    i would like to ask you which CMA study material is better. in market so many brand are coming like HOCK, IMA RIGO’s etc ….. kindly advise which will be easier to understand. which one material is proving good knowledge for the exam preparation.

    i have done and working in real estate company as a Senior account.

    IS CMA course is too hard to past exam?

    waiting for your reply …

    Thanks & Regards,

    1. Hi Puneet,

      Great question. I believe many have this question as well. The top two courses is Gleim and Wiley.

      The exam is hard to pass but with the adequate preparation, you can too.

  18. Dear Sir,

    I’m trying to do my CMA exam this jun I have BSc in Accounting and i work as an accountant, Could you help me in deciding the right study material please ?

    thank you

    1. BadrEldin,

      If you have less than 5 years experience in the field, I would choose Wiley. Otherwise go with Gleim. Use the links above to get a 10% discount in your order.

  19. I have an MBA and working Finance but my accounting background is a weakness. I understand the basics but am having a hard time choosing which test prep to use. I understand Gleim and Wiley are the best and even have Part 1 of th Gleim review material. At times, I find the content and answer explanations inadequate. What does the Wiley test prep offer over and above the Gleim test prep that would ensure I understand the mat’l to pass the test?


    1. Dave,

      Gleim is an excellent review course but is geared for candidates with solid accounting experience. In your case, I would go with Wiley because their content is more in-depth and better covered. Use the links above and get a 10% discount on your order.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Nathan

  20. If I decide to go w/ the CMA Exam Academy/instructor led route, will i still be able to access the video related content that Wiley offers? I registered for a 14 free trial to research their content and really like the video lectures they provide.


    1. Dave,

      The Videos is the only product that I do not incorporate into my academy due to the ones I created. Their videos are for a specific number of topics, whereas the academy has videos for every single topic.

      Their videos are great but if you are looking for lectures in every topic, those may not be the best fit.

    2. Hi Dave,

      The offering over at CMA Exam Academy does not include Wiley’s videos. If you really like their videos and want to go with them it’s totally fine. Be aware that their videos only cover a certain number of topics. Use promo code CMACOACH to save 10%.

    1. Hi, open enrollment will begin in a few weeks. I saw that you reserved your spot already so you’ll be getting an email from me very soon 🙂

  21. what is the cost of the Ebook and

    what does the ebook contain, like does it have the whole syllabus covered as per Gleim, am finding gleims book difficult or time consuming as there are lots of data that I find is extra or the course I attended in class is not the same as per the glems book, hence am confused

    does the Ebook consist also of a question bank

  22. I completed in September 2015. I will do the MBA in August 2016. I want register for membership in April 2016. can I eligible for student category

  23. Hi Nathan,

    1.What is the difference and additional benefit’s between enrollment in CMA Exam Academy and purchase of CMA Complete Course ?

    2. Pursuing the CMA USA , what is the scope if I intend to shift to Australia in a couple of years.

    1. Hi Suraj,

      The added benefit of CMA Exam Academy is that the program has a step-by-step study plan and also that it provides all the material and tools needed to effectively study for the exam. As an experienced CMA Coach, I’ve created a program that addresses candidates needs and provides the attention from a dedicated coach (me) until you pass the exam.

  24. Hi Nathan!

    I’m from the Philippines and want to be a CMA. I would like to ask what would be the process as well as to the review. My main concern is about the fees because I see this as a major investment and would entail large amount of cost outlay.

    I’m hoping that you could help me regarding this matter. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Rommel,

      It’s great to hear from more people in the Philippines. The CMA designation is becoming well known in that country 🙂

      To learn more about the steps to to become a CMA please visit my FAQ page for answers to all of you questions. But if you still have questions don’t hesitate to post another comment 🙂 Cheers!

  25. Hello Nathan, thank you for sharing such valuable info. I am interested in making myself more marketable, & seriously contemplating the CMA. Have been out of college 25 years, currently a plant controller, have received news of plant closing in 2017. Took sample questions, & was totally lost, as have not worked with Cash Flow statements since college, nor other areas of balance sheet side. Time an issue, as job is demanding. Any recommendations on how I may best suceed at CMA?Also, is a basic laptop recommended rather than Android tablet for the prep courses? Thank you,

    1. Hi Dana, Thanks for posting this comment here but I believe we got it all sorted out via email 🙂 Thanks

  26. I am a law student pursuing corporate laws from India.But the legal market is not very rewarding.I also have bachelor’s in accounting(bcom). Will CMA designation help me to be finance manager at a company..Will I also be able to work in banks as I being a lawyers banks have lot of legal compliance so that I can work in legal and finance department.. Plus MBA is too much money and time commitment….Pls reply

  27. What is the method of CMA Exam Academy coaching????
    Its a soft copy material or Hard copy shipped to doorstep ???

  28. Hi Nathan,

    Hope you are doing great! I have a non accounting background and I am an IT Auditor. I wanted to pursue a accounting degree and was looking into CMA. I also looked into the CIA certification as it is inline with what I am doing currently. I had couple of questions, it will be great if you can answer them so that I can make a decision as to which of your course to choose:
    a. Does it make sense to obtain both certification? I am biased and they both look good in terms of career progression but I have so much time!
    b. Does CMA and CIA have overlapping content? Meaning, If I study for CMA, is it going to help me prepare to certain extent for CIA as well? (Obviously, I haven’t looked into the course in detail)
    c. What exact materials should I be referring to apart from your study guides. I don’t want to have two many books arouund and be confused!


    1. Hi Sam,

      Please see responses below:
      a. Taking both the CMA and the CIA will definitely give you a professional edge. If you need to choose, you may want to read my article on this topic “CMA vs CIA – Which is Right for You“.
      b. Yes, they have an overlapping content. The CMA exam covers Internal Controls in Part 1 and Risk Management in Part 2 while the CIA covers Financial Management (Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting) in Part III of the exam.
      c. Our course offering is complete. We have unlimited one-on-one coaching, weekly accountability reports and more. Our latest innovation is our online interactive textbook which provides you with LOS-based reading material, valuable tips and tricks, online quizzes and videos in just a click of your fingertip.To know more about our course, please click this link.

      Thanks and Regards,

  29. Hi sir,

    I m pursuing my articled training, with in the completion of my articles period, i would like to complete my cma course.But i dont know how to start it, i completed my ( also. whether am i eligible for cma. If so, can you please provide me the step by step procedure along with the fee structure.

    1. Hi Naveen,

      For a complete information about the CMA exam, please read my article and FAQs using this link.


  30. Hi
    Could you teach me. I want to become cma could you provide best study material and what is your fee structure

  31. Nathan,

    My background/experience is much like Dave’s above; I have an MBA in Accounting, but most of my professional experience has been in Finance (primarily public sector). Based on your reviews and my personal assessment, I believe either your course or the Wiley course would be a good fit.

    I’m leaning toward you course. Does your course offer any flashcard references as does the Wiley course, and can you “sell” me why you course might be a better option of the two?

    Many thanks in advance,


    1. Hi Tom,

      Please check this link for a detailed comparison of the CMA courses (CMA Exam Academy, Hock, Wiley and Gleim).

      Thanks and Regards,

  32. Hi Nathan,

    I am working as SAP Finance consultant with 6 + years of experience and done my graduation and Indian ICWA Inter. I am planning to do the US CMA course. Please let me know the Process and complete details.


  33. Hi Nathan,

    This is a great website for people who are considering taking the CMA exam and thank you for providing us the information.
    I am a CPA and working in a public accounting firm as an auditor. After the busy season, I have some free time and considering taking the CMA exam to enhance my career. I didn’t have any good luck with Glem and Wiley when I was studying the CPA exam, but I have never heard of Hock. According to your review, Hock seems like have too much information. My BBA and Master’s degree are both in accounting. Do you think Gleim would be a good fit for me?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you for visiting my blog!

      Yes, I think Gleim is a good fit because of your extensive experience. You may also check my course if you’re interested. Either one will work great for you.

      If you have any further questions, please let me know.


    1. Hi Sanjeev,

      Yes, you are eligible for the CMA exam, however in order to become certified you’ll also need to fulfill the experience requirement. You can learn about it here.

      Best of luck!

  34. Hi Nathan,

    I work 7 hours in 6 days a week plus 4 hours for the transportation and all that’s left of my hours in a day is divided for studying, sleeping and me time. I barely have 20 days left for my scheduled exam of Part 1 of which I have covered 10% only yet in preparation.

    Honestly, I’m cramming right now, though I try not to and focus instead in preparing and studying. Financial wise, do you think I should rather postponed my exam schedule? Or give it a best try?

    Oh, I am to study everyday at least 5-6 hours by the way. I’m studying with Gleim at the moment.

    1. Hi Diva,

      Sorry to hear that you have so little time to prepare for the exam. Unfortunately, appointments cannot be rescheduled to another testing window, so you may as well appear for the exam and do your best.

      Good luck!

    1. Hi Sai,

      To enroll in a CMA Coaching Course, please click here. This course includes all the study tools you need to succeed on your CMA exam.

      You can also purchase the study materials that fit your needs separately here.


  35. Hi Nathan,

    I am really appreciated the free advice you are providing us. I am currently doing the final ACCA exam paper (14 Exams) and I was recently rewarded Oxford Brookes Bs Degree in accounting. I am planning to travel to USA within 2 or 3 months and I heard that I can not get good accounting or finance job unless I get US qualifications, so I decided to do CMA. What materials are you advising me given I am ACCA with relevent one year experiance.

    I will keep in touch with you



    1. Hi Mohamed,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I recommend you my CMA Coaching Course. It provides a 12-week study system that allows students to follow it without wasting any time figuring out what or how to study. It’s a step-by-step program.

      It also includes all the study tools you need to efficiently prepare for the CMA exam, such as the interactive textbook, a test-bank with adaptive learning technology, in-depth video lessons, weekly assignments and 1-on-1 coaching for you to ask as many questions as you need to truly grasp the material.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  36. Hi Nathan,

    I am an Oracle ERP consultant mostly worked on Financial modules though I did not have any accounting background I learned basics on the job.

    Now I am planning to take up financial certification compared CPA, CFA, CMA concluded CMA would be the best choice which covers management accounting. I am confused with the Institute choice(Gleim, Wiley, CMA Exam Academy), please suggest me, Thank you.


    1. Considering that you don’t have an extensive background in accounting, I’d recommend you to opt for the instructor-led course at CMA Exam Academy.
      This program provides a 12-week step-by-step study system with weekly assignments and unlimited 1-on-1 coaching for you to ask as many questions as you need to truly grasp the material and pass the exam on your very first try.

      Feel free to reply back if you have any further questions.


  37. Hi Nathan

    Considering the different prep providers to choose from – which additional material does one have to cover to pass the CMA exam or would the material provided suffice to pass the exam?



    1. Hi Werner,

      The material provided by prep courses covers all topics tested in the exam and is usually sufficient to pass the exam.

      However, for candidates who do not have an extensive accounting background, I recommend my coaching course which is designed for accountants at all levels.

  38. Hi,

    Do you provide the online question bank for practice and mock test only and I already have the Wiley review material but would like to practice as much as I can.

    1. Hi Syed,

      Yes, click here to check our test bank.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to reply to this comment.

    1. Hi Krishna,

      Here’s the list of IMA fees you’ll need to pay to sit for the exam:
      1. IMA Membership: $230/year or $39/year if you’re a student – it’s an annual payment.
      2. CMA entrance fee: $250 ($188 for students). Note that from the day you enter into the program you’ll have 3 years to clear both parts of the CMA exam. It’s a one-time payment.
      3. Registration fee for one part of the CMA exam: $415/part.

      And here’s the coaching course which includes everything you need to prepare for the exam and pass it on your first try.

  39. HI Nathan,

    I’m going to take CMA Part 1 Exam on September 2018 term. Actually, I am Graduation person in Accounts and having 5 years experience in Accounting matters(Mid Level only). Should I clear in first attempt?. Because, I took Wiley CMA review course, while reviewing the material I’m getting 100% confidence, but when taking the pratice exams, my confidence levels are down. I’ studying July first week on wards, Should I get more practice? or Do you suggest anything?

    1. Hi Bhaskar,

      The scores you get when practicing on MCQs are the best indicator of how prepared you are for the exam.

      Aim to score above 85% on each section AND on the practice exam, and make sure you’re not just remembering the correct answers, but also fully understand the logic behind them.

      If you need coaching support to help you with all your questions, check out my video coaching course here. It’s designed to supplement a regular self-study course with unlimited 1-on-1 support, in-depth video lectures and a weekly step-by-step study plan.

      Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  40. Hi Nathan,

    I am an Engineer mostly worked on Engineering design though I did not have any accounting background.

    Now I am planning to take up financial certification compared CMA concluded CMA would be the best choice which covers management accounting. I am confused with the Institute choice(Gleim, Wiley, CMA Exam Academy), please suggest me, Thank you.


    1. Hi Kedar,

      I understand that there are many choices to prepare for the CMA exam. It comes down to your learning style. If you are more of a self-started who doesn’t procrastinate and can figure things out on your own, I think any of the self-study courses ie Gleim, Wiley, Hock, are good options for you.

      If you need a coach and study structure course that mimics a classroom setting but online, CMA Exam Academy will be a better fit.


  41. Hi NATHAN ,

    I am an ACCA member and would like to know how many exams will I have to write to get a CMA certification.

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