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Amani Gleim customerAmani is one of our CMA exam bloggers. She writes for us every Tuesday.

Firstly and most importantly I want to discuss this little incident that happened the other day.

ACCA vs CMA

We had an external audit auditing my company and through our talk I found out she is pursing the ACCA certificate. I encouraged her to keep going and informed her that I am following the CMA, but in my mind I was thinking, she may have made a mistake by starting with the ACCA instead of the CMA.

As you may know, CMA holders are granted ACCA exemptions from around 7 exams, meaning you’ll have fewer ACCA exams to take and you have already gained the CMA certificate.

Having said that, by finishing all ACCA levels she would absolutely gain more knowledge than regular CMA holders, as the ACCA material covers more topics than the CMA.

But this little incident taught me the importance of researching anything you plan to start and commit to, always do a small search, ask around, see what people are doing and then choose the best path for you, because you never know when you might find a shorter, better way to get the same results.

Falling Behind Schedule?

On another topic, the last two weeks were rough on me. I had lots of pressure at work, couple of CMA lectures which needed a lot of preparation, and one interview with a new teaching center who required that I prepare a small presentation to show my teaching skills.

All of that delayed my study, and I fell four days behind my schedule. I tried to compensate for those lost days and luckily I was able to catch up with the delay and now I am only one day behind.

Today I have less than one month left for my exam, and I’m currently conducting a general review of the material and I will start solving questions tomorrow as planned in my earlier post. But the weird thing is, this time I don’t feel the pressure to excel as I used to in part one. I can’t really tell if this is a sense of carelessness or peace and confidence.

Also, this time I’m leaving a little room for failure, although I don’t accept it, I don’t accept to fail the exam, but at the same time I don’t want to push myself over my limits, especially that I’m currently dealing with many things and I am afraid that something might slip away from my control. I don’t know if this makes sense to you, but this way if i didn’t pass the exam (hopefully i will) it will not be like a huge slap on the face.

Share your thoughts with me, how do you feel about your coming exam?

Note from Stephanie

Amani, thanks for sharing your thoughts. It reminds me a lot of my own when we went through our own journeys.

I agree that it is very important to do proper research before making a decision as big as taking on an accounting exam. Sometimes, people find it overwhelming to plan the whole path, so they just start and see how things move along. It works most of the time, but the journey may be longer and bumpier than a well-planned one.

So yes, I can’t agree more that we all should spend the time to think about why the CMA (or other qualification) is beneficial to our careers, and why CMA and not others.

Your second point is very interesting as well. Waqar, our other blogger also said something similar — that we should try our very best but be mentally prepare for failure. No matter how hard we try, we may still fail — in this exam, or in life events in general.

We strive to push our limits towards success, but there are limits. If studying means too much sacrifice to health, family and our core values, it doesn’t worth it. It may simply means slowing down and postponing the exam. Definitely not the end of the world.

Back to Amani’s question — how do you all feel about the upcoming exam?

About the Author Amani

Hello, I am from Jordan and a recent graduate. I have passed Part 1 on my first try after 4 months of studying. I accepted a teaching position for a CMA review course and therefore have to postpone my Part 2 to 2016.

  • David says:

    Well Amani, I’m always following your story, I agree, as the exam day approaching, we get more panic but we should limit our fears and exploit it to do more hard work (Practicing).. I’ve just sat for the exam earlier and I failed… It wasn’t the end of the world.. But instead, I learnt from my mistakes and practiced harder, and just took the exam and I wish I could pass this time..

    Of course, we need to expect the unexpected and think that we might fail as we may pass, so it won’t like a slap on our face.

    Good luck

    • Amani says:

      Thank you david for your encouraging words, i cant agree more to what you said, yet its very hard to control one’s feelings.
      but lets hope for the best and stay optimistic 🙂

  • Mohamad says:

    Hi Amani,

    Keefek ?

    Trust me, I know how it is. I moved between jobs in a senior level as well as studying for part II of the exam. I always believe that Intensity brings greatness, just think about yourself holding as a well-respected Certified Management Accountant. It is an international passport for the whole world.

    I’ve had come to the moments where I didn’t feel like studying with lack of motivation as a result of the daily life pressure, but at these precise moments, you distinguish yourself of the average people by holding up yourself into the best version of you to focus, work, and keep pushing until you get it.

    I’ve took the exam yesterday, It was tricky but I felt comfortable about it. The questions are not harder than Gliem practice questions and the essays were straight forward. You should be fine but try to understand the whole concept of each topic. I would give an extra attention on the corporate finance topics, study them inside and out as the question are again, a bit tricky. Please pay close focus on the ERM topics as well.

    I wish you all the best.
    Mohamad

    • Amani says:

      El 7amdella im good,
      i know what you mean, i feel the same 🙁
      i loved your words, “at these precise moments, you distinguish yourself of the average people”, thank you so much for youe encouragment and advice.

      hopefully you’ll pass the CMA exam and become a holder.
      Good Luck Muhammed.

  • Amani says:

    Thank you Stephanie for your words, highly appreciated 🙂

  • Sarang says:

    Hi Amani, I am also writing second part on end of this month and while preparing have precisely same feeling as you. I do not feel pressure as I felt while preparing for first part. While one mind says its carelessness, other mind says its confidence. I I do believe its not carelessness. With experience of writing and clearing one part and being fairly on track of preparations might have prompted peace of mind which helps in preparations as its positive energy after all.

    I can see you are much ahead of me in preps. So surely, with your dedication, your success looks possible. Yes, unexpected changes in work load disturbs all the study schedule but that’s how we need to manage time and account for unscheduled diversions from study regime.

    All the best!!

    • Amani says:

      Thank you Sarang for you words, i truly hope its confidence.
      Good luck in your exam and please update us when you finish.

      Regards,

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