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Preparing for My CMA Study Plan and Performance TrackingVinoth is one of our CMA exam bloggers. He documents his CMA journey every Wednesday. 

Before we begin my blog for this week let me share good news! During the last exam window of Sep-Oct’14 I have appeared for Part 1 examinations of CMA. The results got published last week and I have successfully passed my Part 1 CMA examinations.

During last few weeks I have been talking about choosing the best material and finding the coaching institutes for your exam preparation. So this week we talk about how you can prepare your study plan and how you can track your progress for the same.

How To Prepare Your Study Plan

Basically study plan consist which part you’re going to do first or going to both parts at the same time and how many hours per day you can spend for the CMA preparation.

Once you have made the decision, it’s time for the study plan. You can refer to some of the existing templates available on this website.  Some review course providers such as Hock also have their own format for study plan.

The main purpose of study plan is not to create and then forget about it. We need to constantly update our progress on each section and keep track of our performance on the Mock test after studying each section/sub units.

As per my experience, ideal time for exam preparation would be 3 to 4 months with full dedication on the exam preparation.

I suggest spending two hours on each weekday, and a little more during weekends. This will help you to prepare for the exam very well. Please do keep in mind that each study material and their related exam software has different ways of practicing the questions.

Try to buy exam practicing software from the text book providers which you’re using for the exam preparation. Hopefully after studying each sections/chapters on the text book please practice the questions from the software then keep a track of your performance on the study plan.

Also, it will be useful for you to concentrate on the weakest areas while doing the revision before the exams.  In case you want to practice some more questions than you can buy practice software from other service providers as well. This suggestion is optional and it’s purely based upon the availability of time and money.

In case you need any help/suggestion while preparing study plan or in CMA, please do not hesitate to contact me or Stephanie. We will try our best to help you on the same.

Note from Stephanie

First of all, congratulations Vinoth! Very happy for you to have passed Part 1. It is also very nice of you to share your (obviously workable) study plan and offer help to fellow readers.

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About the Author Vinoth

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

  • jennifer says:

    just wanted to know what material did you use? Im using Wiley ( Books and online test bank ). Is this sufficient?

  • Vinoth S says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I am using Hock text book and Hock exam preparation software. Also if its possible try the Gleim test bank to practice more on the questions.

    Yes its sufficient enough make sure that you have go through the material and clear in concepts , also at the same time do test and evaluate yourself . Please do a revision one more time once your done with first round of studying and testing the software.

    I would say the more you would practice its better for your exams.

  • Keith Leiws says:

    Hello Vinoth,

    I have two questions for you:

    1. How many questions do you think you actually completed in preparation for the exam?

    2. How much did you incorporate the Practice Essay Exam Questions?

  • Vinoth S says:

    Hi Keith,

    Apologies for the late reply.

    1. I would suggest you to complete as much you can, the more number of question you practiced its good for you. I have completed questions from Hock and Gleim as well.

    2. I have gone through several essay sample questions from IMA, Gleim, Hock and Wiley materials. You need to get an idea how they written the answer for the question not about the content of the answers. Because during exams you will not get a same question to answer it. So better prepare well in concepts of the subjects then get an idea of how to write during exams.

  • lohitha says:

    Hi,
    can you please suggest any coaching centers for CMA in Hyderabad .I’m pursuing my b.com computers (III Year) . I’ve contacted edupristine regarding coaching .

  • shamshad says:

    Hi vinoth sir,
    I completed my bachelor degree and I started CMA coaching at my home town. Iam an average student.I really want to pass the CMA exams.do you think I can pass the exam. I’m weak in English language.

  • Ravi says:

    vinoth plzzz send me your whatsapp no.
    this is only for asking question.
    plzzzz vinoth

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ravi, we do not release blogger’s personal info to protect their privacy. They are already giving a lot to our community by writing these blogs despite the fact that they were busy preparing for the exam at that time. If you have a question, please ask here (can be anonymous). I don’t think we can ask for more than that. Hope you understand, Stephanie

  • Gaurab says:

    Hi, I have multiple questions to be answered. It will be of great help if I can interact with you guys personally. Email id I have provided. Many thanks.

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