CMA Exam Locations: Find the Best Test Site Near You [Video]

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“Is this exam available in my country? What’s the best way to find the CMA exam locations?”

This is one of the most commonly asked questions I get from aspiring CMAs – and I agree this is very valid. If you’re wondering, “Where can I take the CMA exam?” then I am here to help. In this post, I will clear up all the answers for you so you can walk away confident in when and where you can take the exam.

If the exam is available in your own country, then you can avoid the hassle of getting a visa and save a lot on travel and accommodations, let alone the inconvenience such as jet lag and extra anxiety in a foreign country. Traveling all the way to another country to take an exam may sound like a real hassle, but when you see how much the CMA certification can help you in your career advancement, you will understand why some people are willing to do it.

That said, wouldn’t it be better if there were CMA locations closer to you? There have been many new CMA exam locations added since the demand for the exam has increased.

CMA Exam Locations: The Good News

You have to take the CMA exam in person. This is not one that is offered remotely, so it’s important to find out where the testing locations are before you sign up for your test. The CMA is given in two parts and you will need to travel two separate times to take them. You’re going to want to find the location closest to you because it will make this travel easier.

Unlike the CPA exam, the CMA exam is available in many parts of the world. IMA is proud to have members from 120 countries with 300 local chapters around the world.

You can easily check the location with the exact address, google map and direction from the Prometric center website. Scheduling is also done here once you apply for the exam.

Check the Closest CMA Exam Centers Here

Tips for Locating the Best CMA Exam Center for You

Now, when you’re ready to look for the best CMA center for you, there are some tools that can help you. First, is the search tool from Prometric. On this page, you can search for testing centers anywhere you live, to find which ones are closest to you. This is really important since the CMA exam is given in two parts, each which is 4 hours long. You also have to account for prep time and travel time, so finding the closest center to you is essential.

How does it work?

Let’s say you are from Toronto, Canada and you would like to check the location before applying for CMA exam. Okay, it’s really easy.

If you type in “Canada”, it will only show you one location (in Saskatoon!) but if you type in “Toronto”, it will show you the two centers available in town as well as the three in the surrounding area.

In other words, it is better to narrow down your searches by city name or zip code, versus the name of your country. This is going to give you the best and most accurate search results.

Here is a quick screen capture video showing how I locate the São Paulo testing center for Ailton, who asked for my help in the comment section:

If you have difficulty using the tool, simply drop a note below in the comment section, and I can copy and paste the exact address for you. Hopefully, this tool will aid you in finding the closest testing center near you so you can plan accordingly to take the exam.

While many people who take the CMA are from the United States, the popularity of this certification means it is not exclusive to the Americas only. Let’s take a look at some places outside of the U.S. where candidates sometimes want to take the CMA.

Becoming a CMA in the Middle East

If you live in the Middle East and you want to become a CMA, is it possible? What is the process? Of course, you’re going to want to know if there are testing centers near you. There are, and I will give you some info on this before. The structure of the exam and its two parts is also the same. Pass rates, however, are not favorably high for people who test in the Middle East.

During the 10-month period from January to October 2013, only 21% candidates passed Part 1 and 29% passed in Part 2. This could be because the test is given in English and English is not the first language for most people in the Middle East. It could also be because candidates from the Middle East are relying on local exam review courses to prepare for the CMA exam and these review courses are not the best resources.

If you are from the Middle East and plan to take the CMA exam, consider our recommendations for review courses instead. You can do them all online, just as easily as you are reading this post, and it will greatly improve your chances of passing, and on the first try. Now, let’s look at those exam center locations.

US CMA Exam Centers in India

Are you wondering if you can become US CMA certified in India? If so, the answer is yes! I have found that many Indians search for information on the CMA certification each year and I want to provide useful information here on this site to guide you through the process. It’s very good news that you can take the CMA exam right in India, so you don’t even have to travel outside of your country. You do, however, need to be properly prepared to take it and pass it.

If you’re an Indian working in the Middle East, you’ll want to read my page about becoming a CMA in the Middle East. It goes into much more detail about what I was discussing above about prepping and testing for the CMA in the Middle East.

There are currently 10 test centers in and around India:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Dhaka
  • Gurgaon
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Trivandrum

There are also regional IMA chapters in India, which provide you with the opportunity to meet up with other candidates or CMA certificate holders. You will find these in:

  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Kochi
  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Pune

CMA Exam Centers in Hyderabad

Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state Telangana and it is one location for CMA testing in India. When you use the search tool to look for CMA testing centers or CMA exam locations in India, you will find that there is a testing centered here:

PROMETRIC TESTING PVT LTD
9th Floor, Unit – 2,Kapil Towers IT Block
HYDERABAD

This location allows you to test for the CMA Part 1 and Part 2.

CMA Exam Center in Saudi Arabia

There are several CMA exam centers in Saudi Arabia for you to consider. A current search in Prometric’s tool shows the following testing centers:

8292: RIYADH MEN/WOMEN, SAUDI ARABIA
AMIDEAST Saudi Arabia, Al Kindi Plaza
#57, First Floor, Diplomatic Quarters
RIYADH – MEN/WOMEN

8293: RIYADH WOMEN, SAUDI ARABIA
AMIDEAST Saudi Arabia, Al Kindi Plaza
#57, First Floor, Diplomatic Quarters
RIYADH WOMEN

8056: QASIM MEN, SAUDI ARABIA
ALKAFAT, AL Manar neighborhood
Althamaneen ST Southwards, Qassim- Buraidah
QASIM MEN

8062: QASIM WOMEN, SAUDI ARABIA
ALKAFAT, AL Manar neighborhood
Althamaneen ST Northwards, Qassim- Buraidah
QASIM WOMEN

You can take note of the testing center that is closest to you and also that meets your needs the best. You will see that there are designated locations for Qasim women and men, as well as Riyadh women and men.

Note: Testing centers and locations can change so use the Prometric tool to double-check that these centers are still active if you are planning to take the CMA exam in Saudi Arabia.

CMA Exam Testing Centers in the Middle East

If you are looking for CMA test centers in the Middle East, there are many to choose from to make it easier for you. We’ve talked about Saudi Arabia, which has four testing centers, but there are more across the Middle East.

Exam sites are conveniently located in major cities in the following:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia (4 centers, 2 for men and 2 for women, as listed above)
  • UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
  • West Bank

You can find out the exact address of the exam sites here. Again, if you have trouble finding the one closest to you, just leave me a comment and I’ll try to get the exact address for you.

CMA Exam Testing Centers in Other Countries

If you are living in another country and wish to take the CMA exam, again, just use the tool to select your country and look for the closest testing centers to you. It’s there to help you plan in advance for your CMA exam.


Scheduling Your Exam with IMA Prometric

Once you know your closest testing center location, the next step is to schedule your exam with IMA Prometric. Exams are always administered through the network of Prometric Testing Centers located worldwide.

CMA Exam Parts:

  • Part 1: Financial Reporting, Planning, Performance, and Control
  • Part 2: Financial Decision Making


CMA Exam Testing Windows:

  • January/February
  • May/June
  • September/October

There are some guidelines to follow when scheduling your exam with IMA Prometric. First, you need to schedule your exam appointment at least 72 hours in advance of the exam date. Most people will schedule much earlier than this because they already know which testing window they are trying to get into. If you need to reschedule your exam appointment for any reason, you need to provide 30 days notice and you will need to pay a $50 rescheduling fee.

Seats at the exam centers are very limited and failing to give notice means you will pay the full exam fee, even if you don’t show up and sit for the exam. You are taking a seat that could have gone to someone else. Because of the rescheduling fee, you should do your best to avoid canceling and rescheduling for any reason. However, if an emergency arises, you do have this option available to you.

Many Prometric Testing Centers

There are over 8,000 testing centers spanning 160 countries, so you are sure to find one close to you when you are ready to take the exam. If you want to plan in advance, you can also use the search tool above, as I explained, in order to find the testing center that you would use if you decide to sit for the CMA.

There are many reasons why people choose to get CMA certified. Of them, increasing their salary is top. When you want to earn more in your current profession, or move your way into a CMA certified profession to earn more, the CMA exam is required.

Any Questions?

For more information on the CMA exam tips and study tactics, check out my FAQ page. Here you can find the answers to things like why you should choose the CMA, how it will help your career, how difficult the CMA exam can be, what the current CMA exam pass rate is and so many other common questions. Look at it as a database of answers related to the CMA.

My goal for this site is to help you learn more about the CMA, the CMA exam, and how to prepare for and pass it. If you have any questions that you do not find answered here on the site, please feel free to leave them in a comment, or send us a message so that I can get it answered for you. I understand that a lot goes into the decision to take the CMA and I want to help you make it as smooth as possible.

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

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  • alethea says:

    am in namibia where do i take the CMA .exam

  • I am interesting to study CMA. Please provide me more information

    Sincerely,

    Muhammad Sajedul Islam

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Muhammad, this site is only providing information on the CMA exam. You will need to go to the official IMA website to apply for membership first, then you can pay the exam fee whenever you are ready: http://www.imanet.org/

  • vali says:

    I m in the final year of bachelor degree in accounting in Ireland . My question is can I enroll myself in the CMA program before I graduate or do I need to wait till I graduate , also if my work experience gained till now was as self-employed in import-export buisness will count towards my experience for the CMA program. Regards Vali

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Vali,
      Yes you can take the CMA exam before graduation with no problem. The self-employed situation is more tricky though… I doubt if it can be recognized because it doesn’t sound like a accounting or finance related work, but you can check directly with IMA. Regards, Stephanie

  • Tasdeeq ahmad says:

    I am tasdeeq ahmad i have completed m.com(pg) from india and want to cma.can i do it here? Please guide me

  • Saifk says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I took this exam sometime back and I thought it was one of the easiest exams I have ever taken. I have never taken the CPA exams so I cannot compare to those, but I studied about 100 hours for part 1 and about 60 for part 2 and made it through very easily.
    I think the most important aspect I found was being to APPLY knowledge rather than just vomit out concepts. The second most important thing to me was that anyone going in with less than perfect English will be heavily handicapped. The questions are tricky enough for native English speakers (I am not one), anyone who is struggling with basic English should focus on getting that up to par before attempting the exam. Just my 2 cents

    • Hi Saifk, thanks for your sharing. I agree that in terms of the scope, the CMA covers less than the CPA exam. But the questions are longer and more “narrative”, so you are exactly right that if the candidates have trouble comprehending long and complicated English paragraphs it is much tougher. But lots of international candidates are taking this exam so it is doable. Stephanie

      • Saifk says:

        Hi Stephanie,
        I agree it is doable for international candidates. I am one myself. CMA would not have members in over 100 non English speaking countries if it were impossible to pass. However I have seen some of the comments posted on the CMA facebook and twitter pages and many that were addressed to me directly, and I was surprised that many people who who were not forming a single coherent English sentence were attempting the exam. I also think that this aspect is not emphasized enough. This I believe accounts for 90% of the difference in the pass percentages in North America and the Middle East. CMA should have an online English quiz, Like ACCA`s math and English test online, to plainly tell which candidates need to first work at getting their language skills up to par.

        • That’s a very good point Saifk. I also think the command of English has a lot to do with the lower pass rates in non-English speaking region. It’s hard to practice writing in English if there is no need to do that in the home country, but candidates can at least work on comprehension. This can be easily done by reading reputable publications such as Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

  • manuel says:

    hi stephanie,
    im currently pursuing my bachelors in business management from india,can i complete my two years of work experience requirement after graduating?

  • Kamal says:

    Hi, I’m Kamal actual I’m looking to improve my experience to take this CMM in Saudi as I have Bachelor degree in economics,

    my question here can I apply & study the CMA or I cannot?

    Br,
    KAMAL

  • Salauddin says:

    I am from Bangladesh and willing to accomplish the CMA usa. So please details advise me how could i complete the course perfectly from my country.

    Regard
    Salauddin.

  • Francis Sejohn says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Would like to know whether there is any prometric test centre in Uganda.

    Regards,
    Francis

    • Hi Francis,
      I checked using the prometric center link above, and I found this location. Hope it is close to where you live:
      Future Technologies Ltd, 4th Floor, Room 409
      Ganesh Plaza
      Kampala

      • Anthony Osuji says:

        Good day Stephanie.

        Please is there any prometric centre in Nigeria. Just in case there is none. How about any West African country.

        Anthony.

  • Ailton Santos says:

    Hi, I am from São Paulo, Brazil and I would like to know if there are some places to make CMA test here.
    Thanks in advance.

    Ailton Santos

  • ALI says:

    HY,

    I am Ali. i leave in Lubumbashi-R.D.CONGO. i want to joing CMA so what should i do is there test center in city or where in congo and how should i paid my fees ?

    thanks

    ALI

    • Hi Ali, if you like on the link in bold above, you can access to Prometric center’s database and from there you can search for a test center near you by typing in the name of your city. Please let me know if it works. Regards, Stephanie

      • ALI says:

        Hy Stephanie,

        in country location CONGO is not available is it means that it is not exit or what? If so than what should do?

        Please help me,

        Regards,
        ALI

  • parmesh says:

    hey,
    i live in india and i had done my graduation and now i want to do cma(usa)
    1. can i do it from here in india?
    2.will i get a job in USA?
    3.can i take experience from usa write after clearing the exams?
    please help me?

    thanks in advance.

    • Hi Parmesh,
      Thanks for your note. On your questions:
      1. Yes. More info here on which cities you can sit for the CMA exam:
      2. I can’t say it is directly related to the CMA certification. I wouldn’t want to count on getting a job with CMA alone. Previous experience, your own networking, skills in drafting a good resume and good interview skills also very important.
      3. The CMA program won’t provide an internship after passing the exam. You can certainly get one on your own. In any case experience from around the world can be counted as long as it is relevant and is verified by your supervisor.

      • parmesh says:

        1.i wanted to do job in usa or canada which course do you recommend to do by which i could get job.
        2.I have cleared my 3years graduation and also cleared the entrance exam of CA(ICAI) of india.
        3. MBA is better than CMA?

        • Hi Parmesh,
          In terms of getting a job in the US, I think it is best to arrange an internal transfer from an existing company in your home country. Otherwise, getting a degree in the US, especially from a good university, will help because you can join on-campus interviews and benefit from the guidance from their career centers. Online MBAs and those very commercial schools that churn out “diploma mills” won’t help though.

          For CMA, it is something that big US companies consider but I can’t say it directly helps you get a job. It may put you in higher priority (esp if your interviewer is a CMA) but will never guarantee a job. Hope this helps?

          This post may be useful as well:
          https://ipassthecmaexam.com/mba-or-cma/

          Stephanie

  • k karuna says:

    Dear Stephine,

    I am working as a Head cashier for Amway India Enterprises through Vaishnavi Associates.Is it will be consider for my work experience?

    With regards,

    Karuna

    • Dear Karuna,
      Thanks for your note. It is hard for me to know exactly the nature by the job title alone, but if your work involves some financial management and analysis, it should be fine. You can write up for get a job description from the HR department, email to IMA and see if they think it’s ok. They are very customer-friendly and will usually tell you before you attempt for the exam. IMA’s email is ima@imanet.org.

      Regards, Stephanie

  • nasir1985 says:

    Hello,
    I am working in corporate planning division, would it be counted as required job experience?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Nasir, it depends on what role you are in within corporate planning. If it involves some accounting, and/or financial analysis or management, it should be fine. It is best to ask IMA in advance so you are sure to be ok. They are pretty helpful. They can be reached at ima@imanet.org. Good luck!

  • Sameer says:

    I registered at IMA before a few days. I want to plan to take my exam in June 2015. Please can you tell me how I can know the exact dates of the exam without actually registering or I mean committing for the xam . Is there a calendar or something showing the dates. I am in Kuwait. Waiting for your reply

    • Yes, if you click on the Prometric link above, it shows you the test centers and once you pick one, there is a calendar showing currently availability. Please note that Fridays and (if applicable at your center) Saturdays get full very quickly so what’s showing available now doesn’t mean it will be still there next week. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Zarafshan Iqbal says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m from India. Although there are many test centres available in India for taking the CMA test, can I still choose to take up the exam in US?

    Regards,
    Zara.

  • shibin gafoor says:

    Hi stephanie,
    Iam from INDIA,
    Could I aquire Indian CMA, if we attempt the test outside the country? 🙂

  • abhi says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I hold a pgdm in finance from an Indian institute and do have some working experience in accounting.
    I would like to know approx how many hours of study would i need to put in to clear the exams in the 1st attempt ? I have a one year old son , thus I would like to be comfortable regarding the commitment before I pay for the course.
    Thanks

  • prashant malani says:

    i am in congo..please provide the detail of exam center

  • srinu says:

    Hi this is srinu
    I written to exam in next testing window(sep~oct) I choose write to exams in dubai. which testing center best for me?

  • S.Mujtaba says:

    Hi I m Mujtaba, i m living in Afghanistan ,i m in final year of BBA ,i want to start CMA but here in Afghanistan no Exam center,but Afghan student sit for their exam in UAE but is so far.Can we sit for Exam in Pakistan cities Lahore or Karachi if register as candidate in Pakistan.please advise us

    • Hi Mujtaba, you should be able to take the exam in Pakistan without registering as a candidate there. For CMA exam, candidates can take exams anywhere and they can schedule online at the prometric website accordingly. This is at least the general rule — not sure if there is certain additional restriction in your area… but you can give it a try first, or email ima@imanet.org directly for any questions and concerns. Good luck!

  • Harinder says:

    Hi my name is harinder(India). I m graduate with B.com and planning to do Pg in M.com. Plz guide me if after finishing m.com am I still qualify for CMA or need work experience.

  • Asharaf Veluthedath says:

    I recently registered for cma (us) through miles education at India, could you send me the examination centers in Dammam area at Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Deeksha vaish says:

    I m interested in doing cma …is there any centre in india near haryana?

  • vijayant jain says:

    I have given my part 2 exam from Nepal and the other part I am thinking to give in Canada since I will be travelling there during the month. If yes, what will be the impact on my CMA certification. It will be awarded from CMA Nepal or cma Canada centre because I am planning to move to Canada in next few months and want to do job in Canada.

    • Hi Vijayant,
      Thanks for your note. It doesn’t matter because the certification will be granted by the IMA regardless where you take the exam. It is a global organization (headquartered in the US). There are IMA chapters in Nepal and Canada but they are more like networking associations under IMA. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Safura says:

    Hi. I live in Baku, Azerbaijan. Would you, please, tell me the closest test centers.

  • Anantha Padmanabha says:

    Is there a centre in Srilanka? When can i take the exam if i enroll today?

    • Hi Anantha,
      Please go to the link above and check if there is a prometric center.

      Nov and Dec are blackout periods meaning there are no exams running at this time. The earliest you can take the exam is Jan 1, 2018. I suggest that you register at least one month before the exam date because the prometric center may run out of space. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Abdikadir says:

    I am in Somalia how can get training center in Somalia or near location?

  • ADORA R. DELA PENA says:

    Can I take CMA exam in Guam?

  • mai says:

    Can you please tell me the exact exam locations in West Bank?

    Thank you.

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