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Prometric has strict environment and system requirements for remote testing. Your testing locations must meet the following requirements:
And system requirements include:
You should run a System Readiness Check and install the ProProctor application days in advance of your exam to ensure everything is downloaded and working correctly. This includes making sure your camera and audio equipment are working properly.
On the day of the exam, you will need to launch the exam application 15 minutes before your scheduled start time so you can complete the testing environment inspection. To launch the exam, enter your appointment confirmation and the first four letters of your last name.
Before being greeted by a Prometric Readiness Agent, you will need to go through a self-serve check-in process.
Once you have completed the self-serve check-in process, you will meet your Readiness Agent, and they will guide you through three security checks.
It is now time to take the exam.
Make sure to review the Prometric ProUserGuide prior to your exam so you are aware of any items or behaviors that are prohibited during remote testing.
This should come as no surprise, but you need to know exactly where your assigned testing center is and how to get there (in good and bad traffic). Use the locator tool to find your testing center.
Your Prometric testing center will likely be a small office space located in a nondescript business park or strip mall. Arrive at least half an hour before your scheduled exam time. You will need this time.
First, check in with the Testing Center Administrator, or TCA, when you arrive. They’ll check your ID and physically look to see that the picture matches your appearance.
The IMA requires you to present either:
There is no leeway on this requirement so ensure you have these documents in hand.
You will be issued a key to a numbered locker. You are required to stow all your belongings in the locker for the duration of the exam.
You may be allowed to wear a sweater or layers if you are concerned about being cold, but it is up to the TCA’s discretion.
Now, the TCA will go through Prometric’s thorough verification process to ensure you are who you claim to be.
Steps in this process may include:
Next, the TCA will ask that you turn out all of your pockets to show you are taking nothing into the testing environment. They will then wave a handheld metal detector over your body to ensure you are not carrying any electronics or metal objects. This scan has no ill health effects and is completely safe. Do know that a TCA will not place their hands on your body in any way.
The ONE thing that the IMA will let you bring and use during the CMA exam is a non-programmable calculator. If you’re one of those people who thinks the kind of calculator you use matters, the CMA Coach recommends the Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator. Be sure to bring a calculator–you’re going to need it!
Using the account information provided by the IMA, you’ll now log in to your exam. Before your time starts, you’ll receive a 15-minute tutorial on how to use the computer and take the CMA exam.
While Wiley CMA’s practice exams and questions are designed to recreate CMA exam conditions, that doesn’t mean you should ignore or blaze through this tutorial. Be sure you’re comfortable with how the program and computer work before starting the exam.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS: Let your proctor know or raise your hand and the TCA will come to assist you.
You now have three hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four potential answers, and you have roughly 1 minute and 48 seconds to read, process, and answer each question.
Skim the questions where possible and try to quickly narrow your options to the two most likely answers — then work from there. Do your best, because if you complete the MCQ section in under three hours…
You have one hour (or more) to complete two essay questions which each may contain up to eight parts … that’s a possibility for 16 parts you have to answer!
Expect to receive your CMA exam scores between six and 10 weeks following your exam.