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CMA Exam Blog: Meet Our Future CMAs (with Amazing Stories!)


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This site is a lively community of aspiring CMAs. In addition to the interaction we have on facebook, you can now read the stories of fellow exam candidates — the why, when, where, what and how of their CMA journeys.

Current CMA Exam Blog and Blogger


Saher will start sharing her amazing story in December 2017.

A bit about Saher: she took the time between her CFA Level I and II to study (and pass) both part of the CMA exam. How could she do that? Let’s find out.

Success Stories

Hari R.

Hari is a first-year PhD student in Michigan. He didn’t just pass both exams in one go, but made a mark by achieving the highest CMA exam score among students in the Jan/Feb 2017 window.

Check out Hari’s sharing and advice here>>

Sherif A.

Sherif is our first CMA blogger from Egypt. He started the journey when this was still a 4-part exam, and failed 3 times.

He decided to take a break, and challenged himself again in 2015, took Part 1, and passed this time. He successfully passed Part 2 in 2017 in his first attempt.

Sherif has been active in the IMA community and is the treasurer in his chapter. Follow Sherif’s journey here>>

Susan O.

CMA exam candidate from TexasSusan is a young professional recently started her first job as a financial analysis in Austin, Texas. Like Gavin (see below), she wants to obtain the certification as soon as possible — before heavier commitments from work and family comes in.

Susan took Part 1 in Sep 2016 and passed on her first try! Check out Susan’s story here>>

Joan D.

joan-profile-transparentJoan is originally from the Philippines and now living in Dubai with her husband and daughter. She has been idle in accounting practice for years, but after assuming a new role at work, she decided to start re-learning everything about accounting and finance. The CMA certification is an important part of this process.

Joan just passed both parts of the exam after one retake for Part 1. She passed Part 2 shortly afterwards and is now a Certified Management Accountant. Follow her story >>

Amani A.

Amani, our middle east CMA exam bloggerAmani is our blogger from Jordan. She graduated recently and has been working as a financial analyst and assistant accountant for more than a year now. Amani has spent quite time researching on the benefits of getting a global qualification such as CMA, and has decided this certification is the best for her career.

  • Amani successfully passed Part 1 and Part 2, both with 410 and on her first try, and is now a CMA. Read her story here.

Gavin A.

Gavin CMA exam bloggerGavin is our “fresh grad” blogger, originally from California and recently graduated from University of Oregon.

His story echos a lot of accounting students’ experience — not terribly interested in auditing and not sure what to do next, until he finds his passion in management accounting. After an eye-opening opportunity to teach English and learn Spanish in Honduras, he is now full speed in his CMA exam preparation. His story starts here.

  • Gavin successfully passed Part 1 and 2 of CMA Exam in the Jan/Feb 2015 testing window.

Waqar A.

Waqar Gleim CMA customerWaqar is our first CMA blogger from Pakistan! He passed his Part 1 on his second attempt, and he has an honest and detailed account of his journey and why he is able to succeed at the end. With his experience from Part 1 and burning desire to succeed, Waqar passed his Part 2 on his first try in 2015.

Yen Wiley CMA Review customerYen H.

Yen is our first blogger from Southeast Asia — Vietnam to be specific. She has passed both parts of the CMA exam after a 2-year journey. Her blog is a reflection on her initial struggles, and how she overcame them one by one. You can read her story here.

Vinoth S.

Vinoth Hock CMA customerVinoth is our first “international” blogger, a finance professional in a global oil company in Chennai, India. Follow his sharing on why he is pursuing a US qualification, the registration process, and what kind of coaching is necessary for candidates with similar background. It offers a unique angle for non-US candidates to understand the CMA exam in their perspective. His story starts here.

pass cma on first tryNandhu K.

Nandhu isn’t our official blogger but he is kind enough to share his experience and 4-part tips on how he juggled, with success, his commitments in work and family.

Nandhu was able to pass both parts on his first try. Read his inspiring post here>>

sarang cma success storySarang B.

Sarang is another reader who wrote me a very long thank you note. I decided to organize it into a 5-post series to share with you all.

It is truly impressive how Sarang passed both parts with 400+ as a busy professional, husband and dad. This is his first post>>

Bloggers Working Hard but Putting Blogging on Hold

These bloggers are fighting on but they can’t find time to blog for us given the work and life commitment. We wish them the best of luck!

CGMA vs CMA vs CPAFifa Y.

Fifa is our blogger from London. Soon after making her mind to go for the CMA exam, she got a new job the consumed much of her time and energy. She almost gave up but finally decided to hold on.

After settling in with her new work and family life she is getting back to study. For now Fifa can’t commit the time to blog but I will keep you all updated.

Here is her story.

deepak uae cma exam blogger

Deepak S.

Deepak is from Dubai, UAE. He works as a Financial Analyst in the jewellery industry, and is looking to further enhance his knowledge with the CMA qualification.

Deepak recently failed his Part 1 with 350. With only 10 points off, he decided to bite the bullet and retake in the September window. Read his story here>>

Bloggers Putting the CMA Exam on Hold

Sasha H.

Sasha is a Director of Finance and Operations at a global professional services company in Texas. She started her CMA journey in 2015 when she was pregnant with her child, but soon realized it was a bit too ambitious…

She tried taking Part 1 in the May/June 2017 window but work + baby + busy husband was again too big of a challenge. Sasha is taking a break… but she will not give up!

Follow Sasha’s story here>>

Casey W.

casey cma exam bloggerCasey and his wife live in Kentucky and he recently attained the position of CFO at a small but growing meat processing company. He got some setback in Part 1 and is contemplating whether to continue…  Follow his story.

Heather N.

Heather CMA exam bloggerHeather is our Monday blogger. She has been working as an accountant since 1997, and currently an accounting professor in Pennsylvania.

She has a hectic schedule of teaching, studying for her PhD and for the CMA exam, all at the same time. She is also a CPA and MBA. It is interesting to read how she compares these qualifications. Her story starts here.

Interested in Blogging?

If you are inspired and want to to set up your own CMA exam blog to document your own CMA journey, feel free to contact me.

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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  • Priyamvada Trivedi says:

    Hello all. I just got my result for Part II a week back and I have cleared it with 470/500. I cleared my Part I in Oct 2014 and now I am waiting to get my professional experience verified. I started off my preparations in June 2014 when I came across Stephanie’s blog. Until then I was way too confused about how to build up my strategy for taking the CMA exam. The blog helped me select a great review course (Gleim) and the tips and suggestions helped me make my plan. I appeared for Part I in Oct 2014 and Part II in Jan 2015 and cleared both of them in first attempt. Since I chose Gleim, there was not too much I had to plan separately. They helped me prepare my study schedule and their materials supplied everything I could want for studying. I studied for about 5-6 hours daily for 1.5 months per exam. Practicing more and more questions surely helped me get a grip on the exam pattern. I want to thank Stephanie here for this amazing blog. She has been helping a lot of students like us. Kudos!!

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Priyamvada, congrats again on passing both parts of your exam! It has been great meeting you through this site and my very best wishes to your success. We’ll keep in touch by email 🙂 Stephanie

    • Farida says:

      Hello priyamvada …congrats on your success

      I am new to CMA blog.I have got some queries relating to course and question pattern.
      First of all,Is gliem review is sufficient to pass and how much average score you need in gliem test prep.
      I am planning for part two in next window and i am worried related to that.
      Are gliem question somewhat similar in exams too because sometimes i find too easy questions.
      Also need to know your study schedule…I mean how many test preps you use to do daily and how was your planning.
      Also have questions relating to essay self grading.Do in exams also we need to do self grading.

      • Stephanie Ng says:

        Hi, I understand you are addressing to priyamvada, but here are my thoughts:

        1. Gleim is sufficient. I suggest to aim for 80-85% for a comfortable pass. I myself would work towards 100% i.e. work on all wrong questions a few times to make sure I get them right at the end.

        2. There are easy and tough questions… but if you find everything is easy, and you do get them right for the right reason, then great news for you!

        Regards, Stephanie

  • Emvi says:

    Hi Steph, paper 2 results came out today.. I have cleared with 400 marks 🙂

  • jinesh says:

    hi stepahine,

    i am from india.i am interested in this course..

    coaching from miles or edupristine?

    which one will you suggest and please reply the reason also?

    if any recommendation from your side then it is highly appreciated.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Jinesh,
      I generally don’t recommend these type of coaching courses. It’s not that they are not good; but I have no way to track which instructor you will have, and this is the most important for any live courses. Instead I recommend online review courses which is usually more affordable and you’ll get exactly what everyone gets in the US (most US candidates take these online self-study courses anyway).

      More on this topic: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-prep-course-online-live-class/

  • Sarbesh says:

    Hi Stepahine,

    I am from Delhi, India. By graduation bba frm distance learning and pgdba in fin. also distance learning. I m doing job as accountant. I haven’t deeply knowledge of account. I want to doing cma us.
    Please suggest institution for cma preparation.



  • Ritz says:

    hey Stephanie
    I want to know if I can do CMA USA from India or will I have to go US for it.

  • Shahan says:

    Hi priyamvada.. congrats on your sucess. Can you suggest a study plan for studying i am planning to take part 1 in january..will four months of preparation be enough for clearing the exam…

  • Ahmed says:

    Dear All

    I am looking for a good institute in Kuala lumpur to study CMA.
    could any body send me name and address of a good institute?

  • Kellee says:

    Hi Stephanie – I have 28 years of finance and accounting experience and I have been a CFO for a publically traded advertising company for the last 13 years; however, I do not have a college degree. Can I qualify to take the exam based on my years of experience?

  • Prateek says:

    Hello Stephanie, I am currently pursuing CMA from ICAI India. I plan to settle in Australia later in life. To boost my chances of getting a decent job there which additional degree/certification apart from CMA I should get? I know of CIMA and its MoU with ICAI but there are Australian certifications too. Which option would be best? Please advise.

  • Anurag says:

    Hi Stephanie,I am Anurag from Bangalore,in order to register for CMA programme with IMA ,how can i send my Education Transcript to them ,i understand i can register using the Website And by paying the registration fees.i have completed my graduation from Bangalore University Which are among the Pre-Approved university to enroll for CMA Programme.?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anurag, I believe you need to arrange an official transcript to be mailed to IMA’s office. If this is difficult (e.g. your university doesn’t offer to print extra transcript), please contact IMA to see if there are alternative arrangement, such as accepting a certified copy. Many Indians have successfully applied for this exam so there must be a way. You can reach IMA at ima@imanet.org. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Ashish Kumar Singh says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    This Ashish from Kolkata, India and I’m planning to join CMA Course. I did graduation in Mathematics and Computer Science and after that completed Master of Tourism Management. I have 12+years in Accounts and working as Manager – Accounts for last 8+years. Request you to kindly guide me on below points:

    1. I’ve spoken with once coaching institute here in Kolkata which offers Online course for CMA (US) with options of Wiley, Hock and Rigos! Kindly help me to chose one.

    2. Is it possible to prepare by self study as my greater problem is to know the process like when n where to register, when n where to send the educational transcripts n like that.

    3. Does previous 12+years experience in Accounts fulfil experience requirement for IMA certification?

    Kindly answer, I need your help and guidance.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Ashish Kumar Singh

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ashish Kumar, thanks for your note and welcome!
      1. I have a pros and cons comparison page here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/
      If what they offer is online course anyway, don’t go through the coaching (unless they provide other value-add)

      2. You can get all then when, where and how on this site. I understand it’s quite common for Indian candidates to go through the coaching classes, but no one does that in the US (and in most other countries). The application is very simple. Please start with this page: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/how-to-become-a-cma/

      3. It should be, but if you want to make sure, you may describe your work and email IMA for their confirmation. They are quite helpful in this regard. They can be reached at ima@imanet.org

  • Mohammed Idris says:

    Dear All,

    Is any one from Chennai (India) going to start or preparing for CMA? Please let me know. I am struggling on how to start for CMA.

  • rahul says:


    I’ve just completed my honours degree in accounting and finance(UK). since its a three year degree I’m not eligible for the US CPA. while ACCA is offering me exemptions from all the fundamental papers. however, I’m exercising my options between CMA and ACCA. Can someone offer me some expert advise on what to pursue.

  • Sai says:


    My name is sai and i doing masters degree in accounts and i have 2 yrs full time exp in Reporting.

    Shall i apply the CMA exam with the student member ship and when i can i put my professional exp after clearing the exam.

    Once i clear the CMA exam can i add my professional exp.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sai, yes if you are a current student, you are eligible for the student membership and exam fee discount. If your two years of experience is relevant (sounds like it is) and that you work for two consecutive years, it can get it verified and then get the CMA title immediately after passing the exam. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Kathy says:

    I just started studying for part 1 of the CMA exam using the Gleim review materials. I have been in the accounting field for over 15 years and out of school for over 6 years. I am a little frustrated with my scores on my quizzes and wondering if anybody else had this problem. I am getting concerned that maybe I am not ready for this exam. I read the chapter and just have no idea where they get their answers. So questions get a little clearer after I see their explanation. Just wanted to see what other exam takers experience was like.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      No worries Kathy, I felt terrible when I first tried out the quizzes, and I can tell you many, many of my readers share the same experience. It will get better if you keep the studying consistent. That’s why we all mention we need to spend a lot of time in the practice questions. It feels great when you can get more and more of those questions correct.

      Hang in there, you can do it! Stephanie

  • muhammed says:

    i took both part exam offer,
    jan-feb window for 2nd part and
    may-june window for 1st part.
    I completed my 2nd part exam in Feb window but failed, pls tell me can I rewrite 2nd part exam in may-june window instead of 1st part by using this same offer.

  • Pinky sharma says:

    Hello ,my name is Pinky .I believe its very important that people demonstrate mastery of a subject by earning an objective signal or sign that they have achieved a certain level of competency. Thats why the CMA is such an excellent certification.I really follow a traditional accounting path. I majored in management and economics in college and working. As a manager, I have encouraged many members of my staff to pursue their certification. I decided that it was time to lead by example and earned one myself.I see it as my goal to help students and to be a positive influence on their lives. I really feel like its my duty to tell the students about the advantages of the CMA and what it can mean to their careers. It’s a smooth journey for me from scratch to end.

  • Abhijit Biswas says:

    Wrote my CMA part 1 exam on 23rd Feb, 2016. Any update on when the score is going to be released.

    • Aaron says:

      From what I gather, the ICMA typically release scores around 40 days after the close of the month you tested. I also read that they like to release on Fridays or Mondays but I don’t know how true that holds as I received my Part 1 score on a Thursday. I’m still hopeful the scores will be released tomorrow or Monday, but we may have to wait as long as the 15th… Last time I received my result on the 9th of July (39 days).

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Possibly tomorrow or Monday — they usually post the results on Friday or Monday. Keep our fingers crossed!

      • Abhijit Biswas says:

        Score released. Passed with 420 score.

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          That’s great Abhijit. Great score. The hard work waiting pays off 🙂

          • Abhijit Biswas says:

            Thank you Stephanie. Your efforts in guiding CMA aspirants deserve kudos. I am a professor of Finance and have been in academics for last ten years. Intend to continue the same even after completing CMA. Will CMA qualification help me getting teaching jobs abroad, especially in USA or Canada?

          • Stephanie Ng says:

            Hi Abhijit, I have a deep respect of your profession, and I am glad to know you will be staying on. I notice that there are quite a few CMAs in the management accounting discipline within the academic circle. Maybe you can start with connecting with these people through IMA chapters? This is a great networking circle and IMA works hard to help members on this. Good luck and let us know how it goes! Stephanie

  • Woody says:

    Just got my score 450 of part I and 430 of Part II. I spent roughly two weeks on each exam and took Part I on Feb 8, and Part II on Feb 25. I am also working on my CPA exam. Hard work paid off. During Feb month, I barely slept well, nothing but practice. Now working on my experience.

  • siddharth parekh says:

    HI Stephanie
    I also cleared my part 2 exam with a score of 390. Thanks for all the support and guidance during the prep period. I would be appearing for Part 1 in June. All the hardwork with wiley and self study notes had paid off in part 2. I would continue the same strategy for part 1.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Great to know Siddharth! Keep doing what you have been doing for Part 1 and you’ll be in great shape to pass. Cheers, Stephanie

    • Farida says:

      Hey Siddharth !!!

      Congratulations….For clearing part two….Well if you can share some thoughts on which review material book Gleim or Wiley is better?
      And, how many months you studied? Can you share your study pattern and some Study notes?

  • Ya says:

    Hi Stephanie, I am holding a MBA diploma, can I study to get CMA? Where to get the crash online course in Toronto, ON Canada that will help me to pass the exam of CMA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ya, sure the education requirement for CMA exam is bachelor degree (3 or 4 years), so you should be able to qualify with no problem.
      As for review courses, I generally recommend online review courses because it is more efficient and you know exactly what you are going to get (there are free trials). It makes sense to study on computer for an exam that is 100% computerized. You can check it out here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

  • Abhijit Biswas says:

    Hi Stephanie, I am not very clear about the IMA’s CPE requirement. If you explain the CPE requirement, it will be helpful.

  • karan says:

    hii i am karan from india .iwould like know the job oppurtunities for cma in germany .. as i am planning to move germany for my masters ..and also suggest me which master degree will be good along with cma…
    were there any cross exemptions for any other courses on qualifying the CMA ..thanking you…

  • Jaspal says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    First of all a big thanks to you for running this wonderful and useful initiative.

    I am from India working in shared services. By qualification I am MBA from premier institute of India, I am also CPA and CFA (ICFAI). My question is should I do CMA as it is not directly related to my profile. Will it help me in growing further in my career if I go to USA based company given that I am already a CPA.

    Will appreciate your response.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Jaspal, hmm, in my own opinion, given you are already a CPA/CFA, the marginal benefits of getting a third qualification is quite low, especially it isn’t in your core expertise. I would try to do the best job in your existing company and make good use of your CPA/CFA qualifications, join the networking events at CFAI chapters, and go from there to land a job in, say, a financial accounting or finance role in a US company. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Mehtab hussain says:

    Hello, I am from India and a recent graduate. I have passed Part 1 on my first try after 4 months of studying.

  • Mehtab hussain says:

    ooooh i passed part 1 CMA in my first attempted it was very hard time for me to waiting for result after get to know that i am passed now i very happy.i did study 4 months for Part 1 CMA.now i am preparing for Part 2 CMA

  • SANDEEP says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    How many days before I have to register for cma exam

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sandeep,
      Technically you can register pretty close to the exam date, such as a week in advance, but you run the risk of prometric center getting full. I would do it at least a month in advance. Regards, Stephanie

  • Ahmed says:

    Hi guys,

    Any updates on May exam results?


  • J says:

    I just found out I got a 340 on the CMA part II. I had passed the first part of the CMA so I was disapointed to find this out since I had heard part II was easier. I don’t think it was in my opinion. Has anyone heard of IMA doing a second review of the test score and has anyone had their score change after the review? Is it worth it?

  • F says:

    Any updates on June Exams result 2016

  • Mehtab says:

    i m waiting for June Exam Result 2016
    i given CMA exam Part 2 on month of june -15 if anyone know about exam please let me know

  • F says:

    Hello CMA Friends!!!

    Any update on results for June 2016 window.Took test in end of june….

  • jes says:

    Nop .. I think it will come now on fri only that is the 12th … I’m waiting for the June results as well

  • Abhijit Biswas says:

    Passed CMA Part 2 with a score of 440. With part 1 cleared April this year, I am a qualified CMA. I just need to get my credentials and work experience verified.

    • F says:

      Whoa.. 440 what a score… Stood in Merit what? Congratulations

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Yay! I am really happy for you Abhijit. You’ve got to share with us how you managed to get a 440. That’s amazing!

      • Abhijit Biswas says:

        Stephanie, I need a clarification regarding submission of educational documents to ICMA. Can I email the scanned copies of my educational documents? As I am in India, I prefer to avoid mailing the documents to ICMA.

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Abhijit, I think certified copies are ok, but not sure. Scanned copies can be uploaded to the profile (if I remember correctly) but it has to be backed up by something authoritative. Otherwise, anyone can potentially submit faked ones, right? Regards, Stephanie

          • Abhijit Biswas says:

            Stephanie, today I have got my CMA licence number. Now I can officially use the CMA credential against my name– a sense of achievement beyond words. With both the parts cleared in the first attempt (420 in part and 440 in part 2), my CMA journey has been very smooth so far. I feel my teaching experience in Accounting and Finance made the job little easier for me. However, I must say CMA exams are challenging and evaluations are undoubtedly equitable.
            Stephanie, I am grateful to you for your guidance and encouragement. And, let me congratulate you for the good job you have been doing for the CMA aspirants.


          • Stephanie Ng says:

            Dear Abhijit, it is so great to hear. I am glad that the journey has been smooth — you are obviously very qualified and experienced, but I am sure you put in the hard work as well. Congrats again and best wishes to you!

            Come back and help answer readers’ questions from time to time 😉

            Regards, Stephanie

  • F says:

    Hey friends. I cleared my CMA part two in first try with score of 370. Thanks to this blog which helped me a lot and reading successful stories motivated me to complete my part two sooner. Now battle for part one begins. Stephenie you are really doing good work…

  • AnthonyF says:


    Just want to thank you for putting together an excellent source of information and inspiration for those looking to attain the CMA designation. The FAQs and blogs provided a wealth of knowledge and the blog/stories shared gave great insights. I passed both parts on my first attempt. My advice to aspiring CMAs is to stay committed. There are ups and downs through the studying and exam taking. If you stay focused and motivated, you can pass the exam!!!

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anthony, thanks very much for your note. Congrats! It is always so encouraging to know how my readers can pass both parts on the first attempt. Keep up with the great work and all the best!

      If you have time to write a longer story about your exam experience, please email me and I’d totally love to turn this into a blog post (like Nandhu’s and Sarang’s). My email is stephanie@ipassthecmaexam.com.

  • Haitham says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’d like to thank you for the great work and help you are making through this site, it was really helpful and inspiring, I had my exam results for part1 on Aug 11 , and thanks god I ‘ve passed with a score of 360. I know it is the least score but I hope it will be higher for part2.

    I have one question about the credit earned which is 60 for me does it count as credit hours ? or what does it mean ? because I want to proceed for the CPA after finishing the CMA but my credit hours are just 133.

    Thanks again for your time

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Haitham,
      Congrats! As long as you pass, you pass!
      As for credit hours, I am afraid the US CPA exam does not count professional qualifications as part of the educational requirements, so no, likely not helpful in that regard. Regards, Stephanie

    • F says:

      Hello Haitham!!!! Congratulations!!! for clearing part one.
      Can you share your study schedule and for part one you reviewed which books?
      Also, need some help on Study unit one as too much of syllabus is covered in Unit one and Gleim does not cover in detail. Please mail me at


  • Emad Abdo says:

    Hello Stephany
    I did not pass CMA part2 recently but I want to apply for both parts on next Feb 2017 and I need your advise on how to prepare for them .
    I need a daily plan for both two parts please

  • John says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I need to redo a part for the program. I got my analysis report back and they said I need to spend substantial amount of time on the sections not passed in order to pass the exam on the next attempt. I feel I could take the exam again in Jan 2017. Have you seen people pass their second shot in such a quick turn around? or do people wait 2 exam windows generally? does the IMA prefer people to wait?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi John, I don’t think IMA has a preference. They also want you to pass. Yes I have seen people passing on the next testing window, but it all depends on the reason why they failed, e.g. they might not have time to complete the studying. For those who think they have fully prepared but still failed, it could be a bit more tricky because there is no obvious reason why they failed.

      So I guess it isn’t really answering your question but hope it helps to point you to the right direction. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Ahmed says:


    I am Ahmed, 30 years. I keep think about switching career to budget or cost analysis but i have no idea at all about accounting. What i knew is that i’ll start from the scratch (which i am fine with) but my questions here are:

    1- Will i be able to find a job as a career shift in that age, and what am i supposed to target?
    2-What courses (as a beginner) am i going to need to study before i start looking for a job or pursuing the CMA?
    3- Is the promotion in this field takes place like any other job (based on performance) or its about how many years you spent in your current position before being promoted to another one?

  • Samyak says:

    In final year of my graduation in economics. Wanted to pursue CMA or CPA or both, Please help in identifying which would be better option for an India Student.

  • Jaspal says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    I don’t have words to say thanks to you for running this portal and answering each and every query.

    My query is how beneficial it is to do both CPA and CMA given my current profile does not require any management accounting skill? Will it add any value to do CMA if I am already a CPA even though as mentioned earlier my current profile do not involve any management accounting skills? In later part of my career having both qualifications will that help instead of having just one qualification?

    Will appreciate your response.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Jaspal, thanks for your note! It depends on where you work… the value of CMA is indeed lower if you’ve got the CPA license, but if you work in a company that values CMA a lot, then yes, it has value. Otherwise, I would have second thoughts on yet another qualification. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Jaspal says:

    Thanks Stephanie for your reply. Actually I want to add one more qualification to enhance my technical skills. if not CMA, will CFA help me to grow in my career with my CPA?

    As in order to grow in my career to Finance Director or CFO etc. I need to be a complete finance professional

    Please advise

  • Nidhi Hariyani says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am preparing for Part 2 CMA from Gleim, and i think that there are less questions in Gleim material to completely prepare me. In your opinion,Is it enough for the test? Do you have any suggestions about any other question bank I can solve?

    Also, it is difficult to find used review books on sites like ebay(USA) or craigslist, can you suggest where i can buy the question bank/flash cards at discount?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Nidhi, I believe Gleim’s part 2 question bank is enough. Unless I am mistaken, theirs is already the biggest one out there. Remember that it’s not only about the quantity — the quality matters too. Instead of zooming through 3000 questions, it is better to work on 300 carefully and make sure you understand the reasons behind the correct answer, and which concepts they are trying to test you.

      As for used books, it is hard to find ones that are up to date. There are some discounts here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-discounts/

      For flashcards, I would just make them myself. It takes time but it’s free and the process of making them is a great way to pound the concepts into your head. Good luck!

  • sana shabbir says:

    HI stephanie…
    I am studying CMA..
    I passed bachlor of arts in 2015.i want to attempt paper in feb .can u help me about the study of CMA.
    I am stuuding gleim.is it sufficient for taking 80 marks…

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sana, I am happy to help out but you’ll need to be more specific on this. But it is the best if you seek the help of your personal counselor. It’s their job to guide and keep you on track.

  • Rick says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    When taking the real exam, is there a way to skip questions you don’t know and come back to them later without having to scroll through the whole exam?
    The reason I ask is because when practising, you can see the questions listed in the side window which allows scrolling through the questions easier.
    On the real exam, that side window is not there anymore and scrolling becomes a chore by having to go one by one through the questions.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Rick, I believe so — you can flag the questions. But I’ll ask one of my bloggers to respond as many just took the exam. Will get back to you. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Rob says:

    Thanks Stephanie for investigating.
    It is just more efficient to be able to scroll back to a question then having to click one by one back to the question, do you know what I mean?

  • Ashu sharma says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am from India, switching to dubai soon in January 2017 to join a company for CMA Training. Need some good tips for the exams and training.

  • Ashu Sharma says:

    hehhe..For now i am going to take the training for CMA..after that i can teach as well.

  • Abdullah says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I already failed part 1 three times, yes three times. I took a break for few months after the last time and now I’m planning to re-take the exam on the last days of February. My previous scores were 340-350-340 respectively.

    Do you think if I give it enough time everyday I’ll be able to finally make it? Knowing already all the subjects and already studying for it 3 times.

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Abdullah, thanks for your note. Those were all pretty close to pass!

      I am sure you have worked hard and spent time on this… so the issue may not be spending extra time. How did you do on the practice questions? When you got those answers correctly, did you genuinely understand what the examiners are trying to test you or that you simply memorized the answers? Things like this make a big difference. I would say identify your weakest areas and go through the classic questions slowly, but thoroughly, and make sure all the concepts flow, meaning even if the trickiest version of this question are thrown to you, you can still get the answers right. I hope this helps! Stephanie

      • Abdullah says:

        I do understand the whole material honestly. I’ve always felt that my problem is that I don’t practice enough on quesiton. This time I’m planning to finish a week before the exam date (Between Feb 22nd-28th). I usually use hock’s softwar along with the book’s questions (also hock).

        Do you have any advice to practice better for the exam?

  • Sai says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I took my Part 2 exam recently in Jan 2017 window. I was able to go through the essay questions. I have a small question (might be irrelevant at this stage, but want to know- Slightly curious).

    Since i was able to go to the essay window, how many MCQ’s i would have answered correctly (minimum level) Whether it is 50 % on 100% or 50% of 75%.

    Thanks a lot in advance.


  • Raghu says:

    I also have the same question. Please reply.

  • sai says:

    Hi Abdullah,

    In my personal opinion, Once you practice the practical problems separately and theory questions separately. Then take random 100 questions and solve in exam environment. This will give you confidence

    All the best


  • sai says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks a lot for your response.


  • Sai says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Can you give your predictions on the result dates for Jan/Feb 2017 window. I took in Jan 2017 window.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

  • Josh says:

    You should see your result in the second full week of March. March 13th-ish

  • sai says:

    thanks John. BTW you took your exam? which part?

  • Shinas says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m Shinas from Qatar, planing to take the Part 1 in May and Part 2 in June, I have already purchased Wiley’s CMA Learning System and doing my self studies while practicing the questions in online test bank and it is going good. I just need your advise that, will it be useful if I purchase Gleim Mega Test Bank as well for additional test practice please?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Shinas,
      You don’t need to, but it helps if you have time to go through more questions. Why don’t you decide later when you are sure you have the time to work on the extra ones? Regards, Stephanie

  • Shinas says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks a lot for your quick reply, when I was reading your Course Comparison I saw that you have mentioned regarding the Wiley as

    “The practice questions in the test bank are not as complex and comprehensive. I personally prefer tougher practice questions to get me fully prepared for the exam.”

    so I am bit confused will Wiley will be sufficient ?

    Kind Regards

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      I see – Wiley is good enough but Gleim is better in my opinion. And people have different definition on “better” — to me better means tougher questions. Some people, particularly those who are running out of time, may not like that.

  • shinas says:

    That is right , Thanks a lot Stephanie.

  • Thomas Joseph says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I am Thomas.My score always falls between 330 to 360.can you give a reason for this failure.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Thomas, I am afraid not given I am not the examiner, but this page may helpful in identifying the reasons: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/fail-cma-exam/

    • Sai says:

      Hi Thomas,

      Getting a score of 330-360 is very close indeed. You are almost there. Just concentrate more on your concepts plus be more clear and precise on your essays.

      Its just a matter of getting another 4-6 MCQ’s right. Work on your weak areas.

      One quick note: the weightage given section wise doesn’t apply to Essay. So give equal importance to all sections for essays.

  • Thomas Joseph says:

    Can you give the scope for revaluation.is it wise to give request for that.

  • Gerald Favors says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am very interested in getting the CMA designation. I passed the BEC section of the CPA 5 years ago, and really enjoy managerial and cost accounting. Is the BEC exam comparable or similar to the two CMA exams required for certification? I am considering purchasing CMA textbooks. The two textbooks I am considering purchasing are the 2015 edition. Has the exam format changed since 2015? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Gerald, that’s great to know. There was a considerable change in 2015 so your text book should cover those changes, but it was prepared before the publisher saw the actual exam (noting that they wrote the materials before 2015). So, I would expect that there has been some improvements in terms of examples and practice questions.

      Anyway, strictly from the syllabus perspective it should be good. If you are to go for the CMA exam, I suggest that you at least get the latest online test prep just to get you covered. Cheers, Stephanie

  • shibili says:

    Can someone please tell me more about the CPE requirements for CMA USA?

  • shibili says:

    Am i required to meet the continuing education requirements even after getting my certificate?

  • Far says:

    Hello….Can anyone update me on syllabus for Part 1 CMA. any changes?As planning to appear in September 2017

  • Purva Borse says:

    This site of yours has been of great help in this journey of mine and today I’m happy to tell that I’ve finished my course. I’m now a CMA.

  • Abdullah says:

    After failing it 3 times I finally did it. I got my part 1 results yesterday. 380 is the score.

  • Haneen says:


    My exam is in 3 weeks , I am practicing on the mcq so far , did not try the essay . How do I know I am well equipped for mcq and I am fine and time to
    Move to essay , what are the recommendations for the last days for studying ?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Haneen,
      I would say, when you answer the MC questions, you know which concepts that the examiners are trying to test you, you are all set. You should also spend the rest of the studying time reviewing and redoing the previous wrong questions.

      I would at least try the essays in the mock exams. This is likely enough as the concepts are the same as those tested in the MCQs. Good luck!

  • Prajeesh says:

    BE very cautions while joining any CMA coaching in Indian institute…
    Please contact me will explain you how to go head with CMA Tranining

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Prajeesh, you are most welcome to offer your advice here. Please note that I delete all messages that directly or indirectly solicit business using my blog. Thank you.

  • Viju John Alex says:

    Hi Stephanie. Some times i used to read your blogs here and it is an encouraging platform for the CMA aspirants. I have passed the part 1 last window, and am going to give Part 2 on 23rd June.. Can someone let me know the exact short cut keys for clicking Next, Previous , Mark , Unmark and selection of options a,b,c,d instead of using mouse to be used in the real prometric test window as a time saver.

  • Haneen says:

    Hello Stephanie ,
    I sat for my cma exam part 2 , 2 weeks ago , I know I did very well in the multipale choice , but I am worried about the essay questions a little bit , because the screen closed while I was typing the last question . I was wondering if the passing rate , has to be as In total passing grade , or I have to get the 72% on each part the multiple and essay ?
    Please help me in this I cannot stop thinking about the result !

    • Sai says:

      Dear Haneen,

      Regarding the pass percentage – It is 72 % (ie 360 points in total) aggregate of MCQs + Essay. There is no requirement of getting in both. In a nut shell, the results are based on your put-together efforts of MCQs and Essays.

      There is an auto-save option in-built in the exam software. Need not worry about it. In worst scenario, only the last typed answer might not be saved.

      You have done your part. Just relax and spend these 42 days at peace. Read the below blog:

      Stay Positive.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Haneen,
      It probably just went out of time. No worries the answers were saved. But the score is given for the total exam instead of by section. Also, it isn’t exactly 72% because the scoring is not based on a straight formula. You can learn more about the scoring mechanism here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-exam-scoring/

      Regards, Stephanie

  • F says:


    My part one of CMA is pending .Is two months enough to study and clear in first try.As ,I am working and I wont get any holidays.
    Please suggest as I am taking October window

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hello, most candidates have a full time job while taking the CMA exam, so no worries, it is doable.
      As for whether two months is enough, it really depends on the number of studying hours you can dedicate to the studying. Some people can allocate a full day Saturday and Sunday to do it, while others can only manage an hour each day. It can make a big difference, you know.
      We have a CMA exam study planner that you can use to estimate the number of hours required: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-exam-study-planner/

      Regards, Stephanie

  • Didi says:

    Has anyone received grades for the June window. I took both parts in June and I am anxious about my results.

  • Olu Joaquim says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    When does the result for the June window come out and how do we check the results

  • Didi says:

    I have received Part 1 but not Part 2 but I took both in June. I passed Part 1 and have not heard anything about Part 2. Does that mean I failed Part 2? I expected to receive both at the same time. I am so nervous I can’t even celebrate Part 1.

  • Viju John Alex says:

    Hi Didi,
    Congrats on becoming a CMA..
    Finally I am also a CMA..

    Hi Stephanie,
    I thought to share a link for the post i blogged on June 10th Viju John Alex says
    June 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm -Query regarding the shortcut keys to be used in the prometric exam center.
    Might be useful for those who are going to take up the tests. I am not pretty sure regarding the reliability of this information as i used only mouse for MCQ’s instead of keyboard during the last window..
    The practice tests in Hock software works the same way.. May be a time saver..



    hello Stephanie Ng
    I am CA Ritesh Khera from India currently working as senior internal auditor in one of the companies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    My question is If i become CMA whether I will be eligible to apply for ACCA membership i.e.whether all the exams of ACCA will be exempted because in one of the videos of yours u have stated that ACCA membe can apply autometically for IMA so whether it is applied visa versa

  • F says:

    Hey Everyone !!!

    I just appeared for my part one today and must say TIME is BIG CHALLENGE…you have to be very quick as part one is little exhaustive…though i completed and also entered in essay portion.Just keeping my fingers crossed..that I pass and get CMA badge soon!!!!(please pray for me-wink:-)

    I just have one doubt what if in MCQ if questions are marked but answered will it matter?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hello, thanks for sharing! Let’s keep our fingers crossed for you!
      It shouldn’t matter whether the questions are marked, no worries. Cheers, Stephanie

      • F says:

        Hey ,

        Got my CMA badge!!!!!!Finally a journey of CMA is done……

        Now need to know about post CMA procedure. I have three questions.

        1-Do I have to send my graduate transcript and if yes, how to submit?

        2-Also in Work experience form how many years experience to be shown and will audit work is counted? Do IMA verify employer details and call them.?

        3-How many CPE hours to be completed after CMA and how to pursue them?

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi F, congrats!
          1. You can contact your school to have the transcript sent directly by the school to the IMA
          2. I think the supervisor/employer needs to write down the contact details. The IMA may not call them but we have to make sure the info is correct, in case they do call.
          3. I don’t think the exam counts any towards the CPE hours required, but you can read more about it here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-cpe-requirements

  • Musharraf says:

    HI Stephanie,
    Good Day!

    I have one query.
    If I purchase part 1 & part 2 both on the same time, will they be helpful for me till I pass my exams or do i need to but them again if godforbid i failed in my attempts.
    Please advise.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Musharraf,
      You don’t need to study Part 1 and 2 together to pass the exam as the syllabus is independent of each other. You can say they are complementary because, after all, they are for the same exam. In other words, you can buy them separately.

      Having said that, some review course providers give you discount if you get both courses at the same time. That’s one thing you can consider.

  • Tahir Hussain says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    i am working for an exchange company as a JR.Accountant in kuwait , due to work i cannot find sufficient time to study . I have material of 2015 ( Gleim)
    I am a Bcom degree holder having good knowledge of basic accountancy .
    Can you please help me out on this matter.

    Tahir Hussain

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tahir,
      While I always recommend candidates to get the latest version, if budget is an issue, 2015 version is ok as it covers the latest change (which occurred in 2015). If possible, at least get the latest version of the practice questions. Regards, Stephanie

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  • Harleen Singh says:

    What are the hidden charges apart from $ 1325 for CMA. After completion of both parts, what are charges that one has to pay to obtain certificate. Secondly , every year from 2nd year onwards one has to pay fees for renewal of membership and has to sit for exams again.

  • Hien Nguyen says:

    I am Hien from Vietnam. I am currently studying for my first attempt Part 1 CMA in June. I use gleim review and just started leaning from this month. I am not sure whether i can learn all within 3 months if i target to spend 2 hours learning per day?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      I’d recommend that you spend 100 hours in total study time, so as long as this works out correctly, then I think you’ll be okay.

      Did you sit for the CMA exam, and if so, how did it go for you?

  • Rohan Joshi says:

    Hey Stephanie, I used to read your blogs when I was preparing for my exams and they have benefitted me a lot. I was sucessfully able to clear both the parts in my 1st attempt.
    Thank you for your efforts and guidance it means a lot.


  • shibili muhammed says:

    How i can change my name in ima profile..
    Because it is wrong in the profile.. please help..

  • santosh says:

    hi Stephanie,

    Is it OK to just study from online free trial available from wiley, as they are more compact, point to point notes their or should I just study from books that I have of Wiley which is too much to read.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Santosh,
      Yes the book itself can be overwhelming… for the online trial that you have, does it include only the test prep questions or it’s a complete package in electronic format? Some people who have accounting background can go straight to the test prep, see how things go, and go back to the book as reference materials on a need-only basis. You might want to try that.

      Obviously when the free trial ends you need to pay for it – you can pick the basic option (without videos and print books) which should be a lot more affordable. Good luck and let us know how it goes! Stephanie

  • Roy says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Hope you are well,

    I need to know which option should I choose for registering e.g. student/academic/professional ? As I am working in private company as an accountant. I just asked this question as because there is fees difference, If I choose student, will there be any problem in future ? Thanks in advance.

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