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CMA Course Price Comparison: Which is the Best in 2021?

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One of the most important steps in your CMA exam prep is to pick the best CMA course. This is actually very subjective as it depends on your own background, learning style, and budget. Still, to offer some tangible help, I’ve done an analysis based on a CMA price comparison. Also, if you’re ready to jump in and purchase a course, I highly recommend you utilize my Gleim CMA Discounts and Becker CMA Coupon.

Of course, if you’ve done any research into books to pass the CMA test, you’ll know that not all review courses are the same. In addition to CMA exam prep books, most courses come with materials like test question banks, CMA practice exams, video or audio lectures, and more. Thus, CMA material course prices vary by what’s included.

CMA Single-Part Course Materials

It used to be somewhat difficult to buy CMA exam study books for only one part. However, nowadays, most testing companies allow you to purchase course materials for each part separately. Purchasing a single part will cost less than purchasing both parts. However, a single part is not usually substantially cheaper than both. In fact, you’ll pay more if you purchase both parts separately than if you purchased a 2-part set instead. Therefore, only purchase one part at a time if you’re absolutely sure you won’t need CMA course books for both parts.

In my opinion, Gleim CMA 2021 offers the best value for money. It offers the best CMA software with many additional features, including video lectures which I find very useful.

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* Pricing of Gleim reflects a 20% discount like the one that you can get from my site.

Becker

For its single-part packages, Becker CMA offers one standard review course. Each part costs $899 and contains the following:

  • Online review course with Adapt2U technology
  • Digital textbook
  • Flashcards
  • Multiple-choice and essay practice questions
  • Lecture videos
  • SkillMaster videos (Part 1 only until September 2021)
  • Simulated exams
  • Personalized review sessions
  • Unlimited practice exams
  • Success coaching and academic support
  • Online FAQ database
  • 24 months of access

Gleim

You can purchase materials for either part of the CMA exam from Gleim CMA in either the Traditional or Premium packages. Gleim’s Traditional package includes the following:

  • Digital and physical textbooks
  • Online review course
  • Audio lectures
  • Personal Counselor
  • Study planner
  • Test bank
  • Final review
  • One full-length exam rehearsal

Furthermore, Gleim’s Premium package includes everything from the Traditional package plus the following:

  • Video lectures
  • Digital flashcards
  • Instructor support
  • Extra exam rehearsal
  • Access Until You Pass Guarantee

Ordinarily, the single-part Traditional package costs $825, and the Premium costs $950. However, with our exclusive Gleim CMA discount, the Traditional package costs only $660, and Premium costs $760.

Moreover, if you want to purchase Gleim’s CMA sample exam questions separately, perhaps as a supplement to another course, you can do so. The Gleim Mega Test Bank includes all the questions, plus a single exam day emulation designed to look as much like the real thing as possible. This costs $499 per exam part or $399 with our discount.

Hock

As with Gleim, Hock International CMA allows you to purchase just the test bank and mock exams, and you’ll pay $274 per exam part. However, if you’d prefer a full course complete with instructional materials, you have a choice between two packages. The CMA Review Standard is the less expensive package at $424, and it includes the following:

  • PassMap interactive study guide
  • PDF textbooks
  • Multiple-choice and essay questions
  • Mock exams
  • Teacher support and updates

In contrast, Hock CMA 2021’s CMA Review Complete costs $874 per part. You’ll get everything in the Standard bundle plus 30-32 hours of video per part. You’ll also receive the Pass or We Pay Guarantee.

Finally, if you just want Hock’s highly-reputed video lectures, you can purchase those separately at $449 per exam part. Hock is the only company that offers its video lectures a la carte.

Surgent

The Surgent CMA single exam part packages cost $499 per part. Here’s what they include.

  • Digital CMA exam book
  • S.A.P. adaptive learning platform
  • ReadySCORE exam readiness indicator
  • Unlimited practice exams
  • 1,600+ multiple-choice questions/38 essay problems (Part 1)
  • 1,845+ multiple-choice questions/29 essay problems (Part 2)
  • Pass guarantee
  • 12 months of access

Even with the single-part courses, Surgent gives you access to the company’s proprietary adaptive learning software. This digital platform allows you to study more efficiently by helping you target areas of weakness.

Wiley

Wiley CMA 2021 offers two course packages, which you can buy per part. The Wiley Pro CMA Review Course costs $900 per part and includes the following:

  • Online study text
  • Digital study guide
  • 50+ hours of video content
  • 1,100+ multiple-choice questions
  • 16 essays
  • 750+ digital flashcards
  • 135+ “bite-sized lessons” with text/video
  • Unlimited access until you pass

Alternatively, the Wiley Platinum CMA Review Course costs $1,000 per part and adds the following features to the Pro package:

  • 11th Hour Final Review
  • Instructor mentoring
  • Live CMA classes
  • Score predictor
  • Microsoft Excel course

The 11th Hour course, which contains 16 hours of video review and a full mock exam, may also be purchased on its own. This supplemental course costs $400 per exam part.

CMA Two-Part Bundles

If you purchase study materials for both parts of the exam, you’ll receive a few more options from companies like Becker and Surgent. Other companies simply offer the same packages, just with both exam parts.

Bar graph comparing prices for two-part CMA courses from Becker, Gleim, Hock, Surgent, and Wiley

Becker

Becker offers two packages of two-part bundles. The first, the CMA Review Advantage, typically costs $1,499 and contains the following:

  • Online review course with Adapt2U technology
  • Digital CMA test prep books
  • 500+ flashcards
  • 3,000+ multiple-choice questions
  • 70 essay questions and accompanying SkillMaster video guide (Part 1 only until September 2021)
  • Lecture videos
  • Simulated exams
  • Personalized review sessions
  • Unlimited practice exams
  • Success coaching and academic support
  • Online FAQ database
  • 24 months of access

The second course, the CMA Review Pro, includes everything in the Review package. For the cost of $2,099, you’ll also receive:

  • Printed textbooks
  • Five one-on-one academic tutoring sessions
  • LiveOnline virtual classroom
  • One-year CPE subscription
  • Unlimited access until you pass

If you purchase the Advantage package and then decide you need additional help, you can upgrade to the Pro package for an additional $600.

Gleim

Gleim CMA Review for both parts of the exam is also available as Traditional or Premium packages. These contain the same study materials as listed above. However, for both parts, the Traditional package costs $1,349 and the Premium costs $1,599. Once again, if you use our discount, you can receive lower prices: $1,079 for Traditional and $1,279 for Premium. Finally, you can purchase both parts of the Gleim Mega test bank for $999, or $799 with our discount.

Hock

Hock CMA’s two-part bundles contain all of the material for the single-part bundles, and they’re divided up the same way. Here’s the pricing structure:

  • Test bank and mock exams only: $499
  • Video lectures only (62 hours): $749
  • CMA Review Standard: $699
  • CMA Review Complete: $1,449

Surgent

If you purchase Surgent CMA’s two-part bundles, you’ll have a little more choice in your package contents. The least expensive bundle is called the CMA Review Essentials Pass. It costs $699, and here is what you’ll get:

  • PDF textbooks
  • Adaptive learning platform
  • ReadySCORE exam readiness indicator
  • 3,945+ multiple-choice CMA exam questions
  • 65+ essay problems
  • Unlimited practice exams
  • Pass or money-back guarantee
  • 18 months of access

The next level is Surgent’s CMA Review Premier Pass. By paying $999, you’ll receive everything in the Essentials package plus more than 60 video lectures. You’ll also have access for 24 months.

Finally, Surgent’s CMA Review Ultimate Pass costs $1,699 and includes everything above plus two one-on-one coaching sessions. In addition to the digital materials, you’ll also receive printed flashcards and textbooks. With this package, you’ll have unlimited access to all materials until you pass the exam.

Wiley

Wiley also offers both its Pro and Platinum courses as two-part packages. The Pro course costs $1,200, and the Platinum course costs $1,500. You can also purchase the 11th Hour Final Review as a supplement for $600 for both parts.

Best Book for CMA Preparation

It’s hard to identify the best CMA prep book apart from the rest of the exam review course. After all, no company sells only books to study for the CMA exam and no other materials. If you want the Becker CMA part 1 book, for example, you’ll at least have to buy the single-part package, which comes with a number of extras. However, for most people, this is a good deal, as studying usually involves far more than simply reading CMA preparation books.

As far as the best book for the CMA exam, though, Gleim CMA books are famous for being incredibly detailed and thorough. However, this can also make them overwhelming and a bit hard to read. In fact, even Gleim’s study guides don’t recommend reading the books from cover to cover. Instead, the study guide instructs you to look at individual sections covering the topics you’re weakest on.

The Hock CMA textbook is less detailed, but many candidates report it’s easy to read. There’s even space in the margins of the physical books to take notes. The Surgent CMA books are actually one of the limitations of that company’s prep course, as some students say they’re sparse and lack detail. The Wiley CMA books price is no longer the highest, thanks to Becker, but with even the basic course coming in at $900/$1,200, there’s no low-cost option. The 11th Hour course doesn’t come with a textbook. Finally, the new Becker CMA book is simply out of most people’s price range.

CMA Test Prep Cost: Conclusion

Hock is the most affordable among the full courses. In terms of discounted pricing and best value for money, however, Gleim CMA Review stands out in the full course category. We find the additional materials to be worth the extra CMA test prep cost.

The CMA certification exam is a difficult one, and most people need to factor more materials than that into their CMA exam prep costs. In terms of basic study materials, Hock’s test bank option is again the most affordable, but given that it’s just questions with no textbook, I would pick either Surgent or Gleim as a supplement.

For a more detailed analysis of the courses, please review our best CMA exam prep comparison.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a book for CMA test prep?

In case it’s not clear by now, it’s hard to narrow down good exam prep materials into a single book. However, nearly all of the review courses discussed in this article come with textbooks. Typically, if you purchase one, you’ll need to decide whether you’d prefer reading a digital file, usually a PDF, or a physical textbook.

There is no extra charge to download a file, but you will usually need to pay shipping and sometimes an additional charge to receive an actual book. Of course, with a physical book, you can highlight important sections and take notes in the margins. If this is how you study best, it may be worth the extra fees to purchase a printed text.

What’s the best book to use to study for the CMA exam?

Each textbook put out by each different test prep company has strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I find Gleim’s incredibly detailed CMA review books to be the best resource, but they also have their downsides. These are long, dense textbooks, and they can be overwhelming to some students.

Here’s a quick rundown on what I know about other companies’ CMA textbooks:

  • Becker: new for 2021, quite comprehensive
  • Hock: easy to read, well-formatted with space for taking notes
  • Surgent: printed books include questions and answers, both digital and print books are updated frequently
  • Wiley: some errors in the books have yet to be corrected

Luckily, all these companies offer free trials of their CMA review materials. So if you’re still undecided, you can sample these free CMA materials and see which textbook is most appealing to you.

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

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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26 comments
shaik says December 6, 2015

Will the 2015 review materials enough to pass the exams? and which one is better between Hock 2015 and Wiley 2015?

Thanks

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    Stephanie Ng says December 8, 2015

    Hi Shaik, I will check with the review course providers but I think the changes are minor this time. I personally prefer Wiley a bit more, but it’s more important that it fits YOUR learning style 🙂 I have this page on the pros and cons: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

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Vishnu Nair says November 16, 2015

Dear stephannie. ..I want to buy study materials.from facebook I got this site..

http://www.cmareview.co.nr

Can you tell me the credibility of this site and is it safe to buy from online sites

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    Stephanie Ng says November 17, 2015

    Hi Vishnu,
    Never heard of it. Doesn’t mean it isn’t good, but I personally would choose a provider with good reputation. I stick with my recommendations here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

    Regards
    Stephanie

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Goh says October 26, 2015

Hi,

Can we use 2015 version to sit for 2016 exam? Will it be big differences?
Is it sufficient to have only textbook and questions bank to pass the exam? Assume someone with accounting background.

Thanks!

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    Stephanie Ng says October 27, 2015

    Hi Goh, the difference should be small because they just had a big update in 2015. If your question bank is one of those online test prep that simulate the real testing environment, then yes, this together with the textbook is generally enough. It all depends whether you will make good use of it, of course. Hope it helps! Regards, Stephanie

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aamer says August 12, 2015

Hi stephenia ..how the career will be after I graduate as CMA
what salary can I expect …and wats the highest salary paid til now to a CMA graduate…than plzz answer to all

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    Stephanie Ng says August 13, 2015

    Hi Aamer,
    There are quite a number of CMAs who are CFOs and COOs of Fortune 100 companies, so those would likely be the ones who have the highest salaries. Having said that, I am not suggesting that if you get the CMA certification you will be guaranteed to those jobs. There are many factors involved.

    You can look at the benefits of CMA in another way, on how much more you may be able to get afterwards, i.e. the CMA “premium”. I have a post here. This is very general of course but it gives you some idea: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-salary/

    Regards, Stephanie

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jahanzaib says June 3, 2015

hi Dear
i have done masters of commerce and want to ask how useful hock video lectures for preparation should i purchase them.One thing more that if i use hock books with glim practice software would it be good one.

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    Stephanie Ng says June 3, 2015

    Hi Jahanzaib,
    I haven’t got a chance to video Hock videos yet (I will soon), but I understand it is a recording of live classes. For others, such as Gleim and Wiley, the lecture is recorded in a studio. There are pros and cons of the two arrangement and it really depends which type of learning style you prefer.

    But I probably wouldn’t use books from one provider other products from another provider. It is quite confusing as their chapters don’t match and also the coverage may be slightly different. If you, say, use everything in Hock first, and get Hock only as extra practice, it’s ok.

    Hope it helps! Stephanie

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Sudarshan says January 19, 2015

Hi Stephanie,

I have been going through all these posts and your mails are really helpful,, I am working as a Finance manager in a software company. and I am holding a MBA and Executive degree from top 5 B schools ( IIM ).. couple of clarifications
1) Once I complete US CMA.. if I wanted to do a UK CIMA. will i be getting any exemptions on papers
2). How is the job market after completing CMA.. if i wanted to move out of India and work..
Thanks
Sudarshan

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    Stephanie Ng says January 21, 2015

    Hi Sudarshan,
    Thanks for your kind words! On your question, I am not too sure because I don’t really cover CIMA, but the more important point is, why get both CMA and CIMA? In my opinion it is an either-or. If you want to work in the US, then CMA; if it is UK or commonwealth countries, then CIMA. If in other regions, please take a look at this page: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-vs-cima/

    Understand that the ultimate goal is to work abroad. I have to say while the CMA certification is helpful, it doesn’t guarantee jobs. And there are so many other factors such as your prior experience, resume and interview skills…

    I would say the easiest way to work abroad is through an internal transfer of an existing company. Maybe you can explore that angle. Best of luck! Stephanie

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Noman says December 2, 2014

Hello, I m MBA in finance and have been working in Finance for more than 5 years now am a Senior Accountant with a company. I want to get a certification and grow in future. I want to go for CMA, what would you suggest

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    Stephanie Ng says December 4, 2014

    Sure Noman. The CMA certification is best for companies with manufacturing facilities (vs service oriented companies). If this suits you, you can go to this page and see how you can get started: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/how-to-become-a-cma/

    Regards, Stephanie

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manoj says August 20, 2014

Hi
I have done MBA in Finance and have been working with Genpact since 3 years for Fixed Assets.
Could you please let me know whether CMA can be completed by working professionals if so how much time do i need to invest for preparation on daily ?

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Zahra says June 16, 2014

Hi,
I’m considering getting Hock study bundle. I was wondering should I get the whole bundle or should I just buy the text book? Is the bundle really useful? please advice

Thanks

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Harr says April 22, 2014

Do you have any estimates of the yearly costs of the required 30 CPE courses after the CMA is passed?
Thanks

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RAJESH says March 7, 2014

HAI

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ABOUT CMA STUDY PLAN

RAJ

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    Stephanie Ng says March 25, 2014

    You can download my Gleim study plan for free on the side bar.

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Sai says November 30, 2013

Hi, stephanie.
This is sai. I need to know onething from u that can these materials be available in India?
Thanks in advance.

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    Stephanie Ng says January 21, 2014

    Hi Sai, yes, these are either purchased online or have access online, so you can live anywhere in the world to get these materials (and study at the comfort of the home). Stephanie

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RANJAN VIJ says October 30, 2013

Hi

I am a CA from India with a post qualification exp of nearly 17+ yrs. What do you think will be a best course to do so as to enhance knowledge as well as future prospects. Will CMA be better.

Best Regards

Ranjan Vij

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Anil says February 4, 2013

Hi Stephen,

This is Anil, into FP&A role with 10yrs experience from India. N i am a MBA graduate. Would like to pursue CMA. Need your suggestion,
after completeing this course any better opportunities will be there.
Presently i am with GE-as Dy.Manager. And can you please suggest good books/material at nominal prices

Thanks,
Anil
9972237125
sranilp125@gmail.com

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    Stephanie Ng says February 4, 2013

    Hi Anil,
    I can’t say CMA can guarantee any jobs or advancement because there are many factors involved, but it is a globally recognized designation. I think I can say it is well regarded if you work in manufacturing companies in particular.
    You can check out these CMA review courses/materials for details:
    https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

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