Here’s a quick overview of things to work on as you head into the homestretch of studying before the next CMA exam window opens.
There are many reasons why it makes sense to schedule your exam in the early part of the CMA exam window. One of the most important reasons is that you can reschedule your exam (for a $50 fee of course).
Give yourself a reality check: Do you really have time, between now and when the next CMA exam window opens, to fully prepare?
If work is too hectic or there’s too much pressure from various family obligations, recognize it now. This is your last chance to push your exam date to a later week in the two-month CMA exam window.
Follow the IMA’s guidelines on rescheduling. But make your decision right away — there must be at least 30 days prior to your scheduled exam date for you to reschedule it.
Goal: Ensure You Have Enough Time Remaining to Prepare (Or Reschedule)
The CMA Exam is often compared to the CPA Exam in terms of structure, but its multiple-choice questions (MCQ) are longer and more complex. Even if you’ve recently passed the CPA Exam, you should still spend a great deal of time preparing for the MCQ section.
Why? Because the MCQs represents 75% of your total score and you must score at least 50% on this section to advance to the essay section. The more questions you get through in your allotted three hours, the better your chances of passing .
Plus, after you hit “submit” to complete the MCQ section, whatever time you have remaining of your allotted three hours is carried over to the essay section. An extra 10 minutes can be a huge cushion .
So, in the weeks leading up to the next CMA exam window, you’ll want to increase the speed with which you read and comprehend each question and its answer choices.
Goal: Complete 100 MCQs In 3 Hours or Less
The essay section may only count for 25% of your total score, but for many candidates it accounts for the majority of anxiety. This is especially true with candidates for whom English is a second language.
Here are few tips:
Goal: Write Two Well-Reasoned, “Sandwich Style” Essays In An Hour Or Less
Obviously, you can’t work on your MCQ speed and essay writing without taking some full practice exams, right?
Practice makes perfect. Do your best to complete at least one or two full practice exams before the next CMA exam window opens up.
Goal: Complete 1-2 Practice Exams In Final Weeks Of Prep
If you’re signed up with one of our approved providers, it’s best to follow your instructor’s advice.
But when it comes down to the final weeks of preparation, you might want to get some help. Wiley’s CMA Online Intensive Review course lives up to its name and features tons of MCQs and essay questions plus practice exams that recreate the exact conditions of the CMA Exam.