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2018 CMA Exam Changes and Updates (Are There Any?)

2018 is another unexciting year for those of you looking for CMA exam changes (anyone? 😉 )

While the LOS (Learning Outcome Statement, or basically the syllabus) remains the same, there are subtle changes in the Professional Ethics Statement that IMA updated in July 2017. The new Statement is effective to be tested in September 2018.

The changes are very subtle and it is hard for me to summarize them here. What’s more, if you get the latest review course materials and / or test prep, you don’t need to spend the time figuring out the difference and worry about it.

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2018 cma exam changesQuestions? Feel free to drop a note below.

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I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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Fadi says October 7, 2018

I have CMA 2015 materials! Do I have to buy or download the 2018 edition? Can I rely on 2015 edition?

    Stephanie Ng says December 3, 2018

    Those are quite out of date, and personally I wouldn’t rely on them, no. You can find info on all the best CMA review courses, and everything is up-to-date for 2019 exams!

ANIKET KUMAR says September 23, 2018

Hi Stephanie,
I hope you are doing well.
Thanks for doing such a great work and helping people.

I want to appear in Jan&Feb 2019 exam window for part 1,
And I am using “Wiley Book 2016 edition”.

Can I rely on this book for over all coverage of syllabus?
If there are changes or updates after 2016, can you just tell me
what are the sections of part 1 which is updated.

I will be very thankful to you, if you would be able to answer my question.
Please reply as soon possible, I have started the preparation already.

Thanks & Regards
Aniket Kumar

    Stephanie Ng says September 25, 2018

    Hi Aniket,

    I do not have access to both the 2016 edition and 2018 edition to tell you what has changed, unfortunately. However, I would personally not rely on materials that are more than one year old. The exam changes frequently, and there have been large accounting changes since 2016 (e.g., revenue recognition changes). I would at least recommend purchasing a CMA review test bank so you can have access to updated questions. You may also find CMA review discounts on the site.

    Kind regards,

Meenu s says June 30, 2018

Your blog is so helpful for those who are looking forward to pursue CMA. And I am here to clear a specific doubt. I am a student from India and I would like to prepare for CMA USA. I came to know that there is a MoU between IMA and ICAI ie; we will get membership in ICAI even if we attempt CMA USA and vice versa..And the only condition is that we have to complete the exam outside India. And I would like to know that is there any change in the MoU in 2018??
Please share your valuable comments asap.

Thank you

    Stephanie Ng says December 3, 2018

    The MOU that is live on the ICMAI website is updated as far as I know. If you have specific questions about the MOU, you’d need to email the ICMAI with this question.

Asif says October 14, 2017

Hi Stephanie,

First of all, a great effort in helping us confused ducklings! There is a lot of stuff on these exams scattered all over the web and I personally felt very confused as to what to follow and what to skip. Yours is the only blog I felt like reading while actually clearly understanding something out of it. So, thank you for your efforts once again!

Coming to my questions now, first, I am planning on taking the CMA exam in Jan/Feb 2018 window. I was wondering if I purchase something right now or could manage to get my hands on something that was purchased earlier this year, would I be seeing any shocking surprises in terms of syllabus changes on the exam?

Second, before I came across your blog, some of my friends suggested Becker’s prep material to me and told me that it’s really good. So I was a bit inclined toward Becker’s. I am pursuing a graduate degree in finance, so I only have very basic acquaintance with accounting. I taken introductory accounting and Financial Accounting classes though. Considering my exposure to accounting, what course material would you suggest should I take up for CMA Prep? Is Becker’s still a good option? Please guide. Many thanks in advance!

    Stephanie Ng says October 18, 2017

    Hi Asif, thanks for the kind words! My blog was started as a way to answer questions on the exam, so naturally it’s more helpful than others who started with something else in mind 😉

    Rest assured that we don’t expect to see big changes in the 2018 exam. If there is the IMA would have told us and run lots of surveys at least a year ago. If you get an online course, you don’t need to worry about the timing because they will update the materials for free and will sufficiently notify you so not to confuse your study.

    Becker does have a very strong and established US CPA exam review course. However, for the CMA exam, they are just reselling the course from a company called Power Resources. The (very few) feedback from readers are so-so at best… I am sure there are happy customers around. I just haven’t heard from any yet.

    Here is my thoughts on Becker CMA for your info: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/becker-cma-review-course/

    Hope it helps! Stephanie

      Asif says October 28, 2017

      Thank you for your reply, Stephanie. I have certainly found your blog more helpful than the others out there! Keep up the good work!

      I actually feel more comfortable studying something off paper instead of a screen, so I am more interested in getting the paper textbooks. As per your recommendation, I will not be going with Becker’s. Do you think Gleim will be a good fit for me considering my limited accounting background? I am a bit more inclined towards Gleim because of their extensive test prep bank.

      Regarding the changes in the syllabus or the exam strategy, I shouldn’t worry about it, right? Does that also mean I can still use the books that came out for 2017 exams? Please suggest. Thanks in advance.

        Stephanie Ng says November 3, 2017

        Hi Asif,
        Thanks for your kind words! Yes I would pick Gleim and whenever you need a closer at a concept, try youtube or Khan Academy first. They could have easily cleared things up.

        We don’t expect major changes in 2018. If there were IMA would have announced it a while back. The last big change was in 2015 and you couldn’t have missed it 😉

Adam Kira says August 15, 2017

i have the gleim materials of 2015 is there anything wrong with that?! , my exam is on Jan 2018

Amitkumar Samdaria says May 28, 2017

Hi…i have wiley book of 2015 edition and planning to appear for exam in 2017. Can u go ahead with 2015 edition?? Also please suggest any other materials to support the preparation?

    Stephanie Ng says June 19, 2017

    Hi Amitkumar,
    At least for 2015 it should cover the new 2015 syllabus, but the providers have improved the questions and explanations since then. You can always use older versions for the exam. I have to say the risk is yours to take 😉

    If you have a good set of review materials, it’s all you need to have. Regards, Stephanie

Sumesh Mangalath says May 15, 2017

Hi ,

I would like to appear for CMA exam from Qatar within 6 months? could you please advise me how to proceed further.

Waleed says May 8, 2017

Hi Stephanie,

I’ve heard from some friends that “accounting for pension” Unit 3.7 in Gleim is deleted according to new LOS. Is it right?

Thanks in advance.

    Stephanie Ng says May 9, 2017

    Hmm, I didn’t check with Gleim topic by topic, but Gleim told me the change is very minor. For specific changes like this, please check with them. Thanks! Stephanie

Yusuf says March 15, 2017

Hi Stephanie,

I have Gleim 2015 edition, can I study from it or it’s outdated?


    Stephanie Ng says March 16, 2017

    Hmm somewhat outdated, as in there should be better examples and practice questions given 2015 was the year when they had some substantial changes. So the changes are there but then the providers didn’t have a chance to check out the real exam when they published the books.

      Karen says May 23, 2017

      Hi Stephanie,

      But 2015 edition reviewers are still fine to use for the review?
      Since you are telling that changes are minor.

      Thanks in advance.

        Stephanie Ng says May 27, 2017

        Hi Karen,
        The only thing about 2015 version is that it’s the first edition after a major change. Normally review materials didn’t get the chance to look at the real changes before putting this out, so while the technically the syllabus should be well covered, the examples and practice questions are understandably not as good. If possible, 2016 and later editions are quite a bit better in my opinion. Regards, Stephanie

    Amir says March 26, 2017

    I am also preparing by 2015 Gleim.. Mr. Yusuf can we make a group for study together

      Karen says May 23, 2017

      Hi, can I know from which country are you?
      I am currently in UAE and interested to take CMA exams too, but unfortunately I am having 2015 reviewers too.

Jeeno says March 6, 2017

Hello Stephanie,

Thank you so much for this information. Please guide us how can we update this in our study process. Because myself already started preparation with Gleim Materials.

Is there any separate article to go through the changes.

Please guide us. Thanks in advance Stephanie:-)

    Stephanie Ng says March 7, 2017

    Hi Jeeno,
    Since there are only minor changes, and that the changes are not related to the syllabus itself, but more on examples and questions, it is hard to compare them. In any case I don’t think you need to worry. It’s only that, if one can afford the latest version, there are benefits of getting the latest one. Regards, Stephanie

      Jeeno says March 8, 2017

      Thank you Stephanie.!!

Abood says March 1, 2017

What does this mean to us who are about to write exam in june.

Please explain in details

Thanks and Regards

    Stephanie Ng says March 2, 2017

    Hi Abood, it basically means the change is minimal and not to worry about it. Cheers, Stephanie

      Abood says March 2, 2017

      Thanks a lot stephanie

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