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Choosing the Best CMA Study Material and Coaching Institutes

Introducing Our Wednesday Blogger: VinothLooking for CMA study material? Well, Vinoth is one of our CMA exam bloggers. He documents his CMA journey every Wednesday. Today, he will cover his decision about choosing the best CMA study material. 

I hope everyone has read my last post about why I am choosing CMA as my professional certification.

This week, I will talk about which study material is the best for exam preparation and how you can choose a coaching institute based on your location.

Choosing the Best CMA Material

Let me begin with how I have started my preparation for the CMA exam. In mid-2012, I came to know about CMA courses and did some research to find out the course requirements from one of the course providers near me.

Then, I learned about the background of the subjects and course content from the IMA website. Based on this information, I knew I needed to select the best and most affordable CMA study material.

I suggest using the comparison provided on the I Pass the CMA exam website to select the best study material. I have tried to check out the comparisons on several other websites, but I couldn’t find a website with neutral opinions about all the course materials for the CMA.

In my opinion, I suggest the HOCK material if you want to understand the content from beginning to end. Compared to other study materials, the HOCK materials can be easily understandable to any student, regardless of whether or not you have a finance background.

Also, I want to give a suggestion to all the students pursuing the CMA: Please don’t download any materials available on the internet for your CMA exam preparation. It is against the IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

The IMA has something to say about that on its website (mentioned here for students’ reference only). It states there, at the bottom of the page:


Any reproduction, reuse, or distribution of CMA materials relating to exam review without prior written permission of the publisher is illegal and a material violation of IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

Any CMA or CMA candidate who reproduces, reuses, or distributes CMA materials without prior authorization from IMA is subject to legal action and will be expelled immediately from the IMA and CMA program.

It is your responsibility to ensure that any CMA exam review materials that you are using have been provided to you through authorized channels or personnel (i.e., IMA, Gleim, Rigos, HOCK, PassMatrix, Lambers, etc.).”

Next week, we will discuss the registration process and how it will be helpful for exam preparation.

About the Author Vinoth

Dear readers, I am from India and currently studying for the CMA exam from my home country. I chose CMA (vs other qualifications) as I work in a multinational corporation that values this global certification. After passing Part 1 exam in the Sep/Oct 2014 testing window, I had to postpone Part 2 until Sep 2015 due to heavy commitment in work and family. Finally got the good news in Nov. Thanks for reading!

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