Gleim CMA Review is likely the most popular CMA exam review programs. Let’s analysis the pros and cons of the latest 2018 version.
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If you have gone through the CPA exam, Gleim CMA pretty much shares the same pros and cons of their CPA package.
Test Prep Software + Book
Test prep software is like a big database of practice questions presented on the computer for you to practice. I haven’t got the chance to review the latest copy, but the layout and format should be very similar to what you get in the exam. The pack comes with the book too, which is very comprehensive and detail.
Gleim CMA Online
Gleim CMA Online is rather revolutionary and unique tool that teaches you how to self-study for the CMA exam. You will be going through these 4 steps for each of the study units:
- 30 true/false study questions
- A knowledge transfer study outline
- Two 20-question multiple-choice quizzes
- One essay question
First, take the True/False questions to gauge your basic knowledge on the subject, and depending on the result you can choose to thoroughly read or skip parts of the notes (i.e. the knowledge transfer study outline).
You will then go through two 20-question MC quizzes to test whether the concepts have sunk in, with one essay question at the end.
Gleim CMA Online comes with a personal counselor. This person is not ta teacher or lecturer, but s/he is like a counselor/customer service professional that follows up with all your questions and cheer you up.
Full Review System
Gleim CMA Review System includes everything you need to get for your CMA exam preparation.
For example, the Review System Part 1 includes the following. You can either get a single part or a two-parts bundle with a discount:
- CMA Part 1: Financial Planning, Performance, and Control book
- Essay Wizard – Part 1
- Test Prep Software Download
- Part 1 Audio Review Download
- CMA Gleim Online 1 (comes with personal counselor)
- CMA Practice Exam Part 1
Money-back Guarantee (on Gleim Online) if You Don’t Pass on Your First Try!
This guarantee is exclusively for customers who got the full CMA Review System: You will receive your choice of either a refund for Gleim CMA Online or unlimited continued access until you pass.
Video Walkthrough of the Gleim CMA Review System
The review system is obviously more expensive but it has value add. I would say whether to get the Review System or Test software+book/Gleim CMA Online only will depend on how well you are in self-studying and your budget.
You can decide after taking a look at how the CMA Review System works:
Feel free to watch the parts you find interesting:
- 0:57 Gleim Study Planner
- 3:21 Gleim Online
- 7:30 CMA Test Prep and Performance Report
- 11:14 Essay Practice, Audio Review and Exam Rehearsal
- 12:39 Videos with instructor explaining difficult multiple choice questions
Gleim CMA 2018: The Pros and Cons
1. Gleim has a Strong Team
Dr. Gleim is one of the earliest CMAs in the country (you can check out his certificate number on IMA website). He is a highly respected professor at the University of Florida, and he has many years in teaching exam review courses for accountants. You may not know, but Gleim is actually the first author of the popular Wiley CPA Exam Review!
Amy Ford, the lead instructor whom you’ll see in the video, is one of the top scorers awarded with a Certificate of Distinguished Performance by the IMA. Amy is an instructor of Accountancy at Western Illinois University (WIU) and is named IMA Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2011.
2. Excellent Set of Practice Questions
Gleim is proud of their practice questions covering the widest range of topics. If you are one of those who study by cranking lots of practice questions (what I did), then Gleim is an excellent choice.
In my opinion, Gleim is able to come up with such a comprehensive set of questions because they have also been teaching review courses from CPA, CIA and EA and have a deep and wide understanding beyond only management accounting.
3. Very Close Simulation of the Real Exam Environment
I really like how they set up and format the test prep software because it helps you to practice online, and in a way similar to what you expect in front of the computer at the exam site. Another great feature is the “test mode” in which you can pick to do the test as a very close simulation to the real thing.
4. A Learning Tool that Teaches You how to Self-Study
I can see that Gleim has put in a lot of thoughts when they designed the Gleim Online. I appreciate the detailed instruction as well as the very specific guideline including the study tactics and recommended number of hours of study, down to the each section of the sub-units.
Not only that this will help you achieve the goal of passing the CMA exam, it’s also an invaluable skill that will be useful throughout your career.
5. A Personal Counselor is available to work out a study plan for you
If you get Gleim Online, the package comes with a personal counselor. Many students are study on their own and need advice in working out a study plan and tips on how to stick with it, together with answering some questions on the practice problems. The personal counselor is a value-added service meant to provide a solution to this common issue.
1. Book Could be Overwhelming?
While I appreciate the very detail discussion on every topic I could see that some candidates will find it hard to read, or too much to read. I personally prefer a more bullet-point format with more white space on each page.
Having said that, if you follow the study guide in Gleim Online, you will see that students are not required to read the whole thing but just focus on the parts they are not familiar with. If you do that the book will be much less overwhelming.
2. Designed for Candidates with Accounting Background
Gleim tries the very best to show you how to self-study. But then, no one is going to push you to do that. Whether you can stay disciplined throughout the few months of studying will make or break your success with Gleim.
3. Audiovisual Presentations Not Fully Converted to Video Course
There are now over 64 videos in the CMA course and Gleim is working to expand that. For now, you will find both videos and audiovisual presentations in the Review System.
Update: All study units now feature video lectures in the Gleim CMA Review System.
My Bloggers who Use Gleim
| Gavin (US)|
Passed Part 1 & 2
on first attempt
| Amani (Jordan)|
Passed Part 1 & 2
on first attempt
| Waqar (Pakistan)|
Passed Part 1 (2nd try)
Passed Part 2 (1st try)
| Vinoth (India)|
Passed Part 2
Would You Pick Gleim CMA Review?
If you are asking me… yes, definitely!
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