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CMA Exam Dates Quick Facts

  • The CMA exam is offered three times per year during two-month CMA test windows.
  • CMA exam windows are January/February, May/June, and September/October.
  • You schedule your CMA exam with IMA testing partner Prometric.
  • Starting January 18, 2022, remote testing is now available for the CMA exam.
  • The CMA exam can be taken in-person at a Prometric testing center or remotely using Prometric’s ProProctor service.
  • If needed, you can easily reschedule your exam through the Prometric website.
  • There is a $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee for changing your exam appointment within 3 – 30 days of the original test date.
  • Preparing for the exam with a CMA exam review course can increase your chances of passing the first time.

CMA Exam Testing Windows

There are three CMA testing windows throughout the year and each period of CMA testing dates is two months long. Below is this CMA exam schedule and corresponding CMA exam dates.

CMA Exam Windows 2021 & 2022 and CMA Exam Dates 2021 & 2022:

CMA Exam Testing WindowCMA Exam Dates
January/February 2022
Part 1 Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics
Part 2 Strategic Financial Management
January 01, 2022 – February 28, 2022
May/June 2022
Part 1 Financial Planning, Performance, and AnalyticMay/June 2022
Part 2 Strategic Financial Management
May 01, 2022 – June 30, 2022
September/October 2021
Part 1 Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics
Part 2 Strategic Financial Management
September 01, 2021 – October 31, 2021

 

The recommended CMA exam registration deadline is at least 6 weeks before the date of the exam. This allows for your information to be processed in time. However, some testing centers and remote testing timeslots fill up quickly, so it’s best to register as early as you can to ensure you get your preferred date and time and/or testing center.

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CMA Exam Retake Policy

Candidates are only able to take an exam part once in a testing window. So, if you do not pass the exam part, you must wait until the next testing window to retake the exam. For each exam retake, new registration and applicable payment of exam fees are required.

If you get your CMA exam results and find yourself needing to retake an exam part, there are steps you can follow to get back on track quickly after failing the CMA exam.

CMA Exam Testing Centers

Starting January 18, 2022, remote testing is now available for the CMA exam via Prometric’s ProProctor service.

 

Both parts of the CMA exam are administered through Prometric Testing Centers or remotely using Prometric’s ProProctor service. There are thousands of testing centers in over 180 countries, so candidates will find many in-person CMA exam locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Remote testing is also available globally (except in the Crimea part of Ukraine, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Cuba) and is offered 24/7 during the exam window.

As of September 27, 2021, almost all in-person Prometric testing centers are open. There may be mask or proof of vaccination requirements to check in at a testing center, so please check with your center’s policies before any CMA test dates.

To take the CMA exam remotely, your computer system must meet certain requirements. See Prometric’s ProUserGuide to review remote testing systems requirements, environment requirements, and virtual testing procedures and visit IMA’s Remote Testing Resource Page for answers to other frequently asked questions about remote testing.

To locate and register for an exam at a testing center near you or to schedule your exam remotely, click here. If you would prefer to register by phone, visit the Prometric website to find the number specific to your region

Register for the exam here.

How do I schedule my CMA exam?

Before scheduling your CMA exam, there are 5 steps you need to take to register for the CMA exam, including making sure to enroll in the CMA program and gaining IMA membership.

Once you receive confirmation of your registration, you can schedule your exam with IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) testing partner Prometric. Upon visiting the Prometric website, you will need to input your registration information, choose to schedule an in-person or remotely proctored exam, choose your exam part and date/time, and select a Prometric testing center if you are testing in person.

You must bring the required identification documents to your scheduled exam.

Acceptable documents include:

  • A valid, government-issued passport OR
  • Two forms of ID that are not expired and bear your signature (one with a photo)

Acceptable primary identification documents include:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license with signature and photo
  • Employee ID Card
  • Official State or Government ID
  • Military ID
  • National Country ID card OR
  • Credit card with photo

Acceptable secondary identification documents include:

  • Driver’s license without a photo
  • Valid credit card with signature
  • Bank automated teller machine card

Forms of identification that will not be accepted include:

  • Social security card
  • Student ID card

How can I reschedule my CMA exam?

If you need to reschedule your CMA exam, you can do that through the Prometric website. Just make sure you are rescheduling over 30 days before the original exam day, or you will have to pay a $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee.

Three days before the exam is the last day you can reschedule and retain any of your testing fee, after that, you will have to pay a new exam fee (not to be confused with your CMA entrance fee).

If you are rescheduling for a date outside of your original testing window, you will need to pay for a new exam registration fee. And another important note is that canceling your exam through Prometric does not mean you will get a refund, or you’re approved for another test window, it just lets you schedule a new date for that same exam in the same test window.

Preparing for the CMA Exam

Your first step in preparing to earn the CMA credential is confirming your eligibility. CMA requirements include having a minimum level of education and meeting a minimum level of work experience.

CMA Education Requirement: having a bachelor’s degree or holding another qualified professional credential.

CMA Experience Requirement: 2 years of professional experience in management accounting and/or financial management, such as working in cost management, performance management, corporate finance, or financial reporting.

You do not need to meet the work experience requirement before taking the exam, but you do need to meet the education requirement beforehand.

Your next step to becoming a Certified Management Accountant is reviewing the exam content and creating your CMA exam study plan. This is also the time when you will want to consider using a CMA exam review course like Wiley CMA.

The right CMA course will fit into your busy schedule and give you the best chance of passing the exam on your first try. Especially considering Wiley CMA candidates’ pass rates are double the national average!

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