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The CMA exam has a unique scoring system that can sometimes be confusing for candidates. Here’s everything you need to know to correctly interpret your CMA exam score.

When Are CMA Exam Scores Released?

Essays are graded offline by ICMA, the certifying body of the IMA, so do not expect to see your results the day of your exam. Instead, the ICMA will email your exam results to you approximately six weeks from the end of the month in which you’ve taken your test.

The ICMA email provides all the information necessary to find out if you achieved a CMA exam passing score. At the time grades are released, results are also available online in your Account Profile transcript. Unfortunately, the ICMA does not share exam scores via telephone.

(*) Please note there are no official, set score release dates.
January and February2nd week of February -1st week of April
May and June2nd week of June – 2nd week of August
September and October2nd week of October – 2nd week of December

CMA Exam Scoring Scale

  • Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam are scored on a scale of 0 to 500.
  • In order to equate all scores for all forms of the exam, the scores for each part are placed on a scale from 0 to 500. On this scale, a score of 360 represents the minimum CMA passing score. The scaled score allows candidates to know how they performed in relation to the passing standard of 360. (Source: IMA)

Your Performance Report

  • Performance Reports are sent via e-mail from Prometric to all candidates who take an exam part.
  • The performance reports are e-mailed approximately 14 days after exam results are posted to the candidate’s profile.
  • Candidates who do not  achieve a CMA exam passing score will receive a report that indicates their performance on each of the key topic areas in the multiple-choice section as well as their overall performance on the essay section of the exam. There are three performance ratings: Satisfactory, Marginal, and Unsatisfactory.

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