There is a simple formula when it comes to CMA exam results dates:
It’s around 40 days from the last day of the month you took the test,
likely a Friday or the following Monday. Update: in the last two rounds, it has been 42 days, and no longer on Fridays or Mondays. We have changed our estimation accordingly.
If you take the exam on January 30th, you will know the date sometime in the middle of March.
If you take the exam on January 2nd, your CMA exam result is released the same day as the above because it is 6 weeks after the end of the month you tested.
The result will be updated online in your IMA profile almost immediately. The mail will come in 2-3 weeks after that.
Estimated 2017 CMA Score Release Dates
The release dates are now exactly 42 days after the end of the testing month.
| Testing months (2017)||Jan||Feb||May||Jun||Sep||Oct|
|Est. score release dates||Mar 10||Apr 10||Jul 10||Aug 11||Nov 11||Dec 12|
|Actual score release||Mar 14||Apr 11||Jul 12||Aug 11*|
|# days after end of testing month||42||42||42||42|
* For June results, some candidates got the news on Aug 11 (a Friday) while others will likely need to endure an agonizing wait over the weekend.
| Testing months (2016)|| May||Jun||Sep||Oct|
|Est. score release dates||Jul 15/18||Aug 12/15||Nov 11||Dec 12|
|Actual score release||Jul 12||Aug 11||Nov 11||Dec 8|
|# days after end of testing month||42||42||42||38|
Why Such a Long Wait?
This is because the exam isn’t fully computerized. The essays need to be graded by humans. Also, extra work and checking may be required when the raw score is converted into the scaled score.
For your reference, the CFA exam takes 7-8 weeks to get the results even though the first two levels are fully computerized.
For CPA exam, candidates need to wait up to 10 weeks when the new exam format kicks in in 2017. Hopefully things will speed up after that.
You Need to Wait, Wait and Wait for the CMA Exam Results
You can do the following while waiting for the CMA exam results.
1. Spend Time with Your Family and Friends
If you have half-abandoned your dear ones during the studies, it is the best time to make it up.
2. Give Yourself a Well-Deserved Break
It’s time to unwind! Whether you choose to go crazy shopping, pay for a luxurious spa or relax on a beach, do something that you truly enjoy. You can consider combining point 1 above by going for a short trip or do something fun together with family and friends.
3. Plan Ahead for Your Next Part of the CMA Exam
If you still have another part to go, it’s time to get organized and prepared. Take a moment to learn from your experience from this past test — how can you prepare your next part more efficiently and effectively? Should I increase or decrease study hours? How can I balance between reviewing and working on practice questions? Incorporate your findings in your next study plan.
4. Explore How You Can Fulfill the Experience Requirement
If you are done with both parts of the exam and are waiting for the final CMA exam results, you can print out the experience verification form and see how you can complete the work experience requirement.
You are required to provide a description of your daily work. If your work is not directly related to accounting or financial management, you may need extra time to frame it in such a way that your experience can be counted.
5. Draft Your Promotion Request or Start Your Job Search
Ultimately, getting the CMA certification is a means to get promotion or better career prospects. It may be a good time to revisit your career plans. Think about how you can ask for a promotion after you attain the CMA certification, or start drafting a good resume and aim for your dream job.
6. Research on Another Certification?
This is not for everyone, but if some of you are thinking of a dual qualification, it’s time to take a good look at the options. This is exactly what one of our bloggers, Waqar, did while waiting for Part 2 results.
7. CMA CPE Courses
Most people wait after getting the CMA exam results to do this, but if you want a complete planning you can explore the CPE requirements and available courses (see below).
I just took Part 1, my first exam. I am not sure if I will pass. Should I wait for the results first, or start studying for Part 2? When is the best time to start studying?
As for when to study the next part, unless you quite sure you fail the Part 1, I encourage that you take a few days break and dive into Part 2 during the wait for the first part results. This way, you don’t lose the momentum. If you are really busy on other commitments, then the waiting time is a great opportunity to clear up your to-do list, and give Part 2 a fresh start.
See How My Bloggers Spent their 6 Weeks of Waiting Time
|Waqar: looking into|
|Amani: keeping herself busy|
with these 3 things to do
Here is a Summary in Video Format
For Your Further Reading
- CPE requirements and available courses
- Should I start think about the MBA?
- What’s the next certification I can get?