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Gleim vs Hock CMA? How Anna Made Her Decision

Gleim vs Hock cmaAnna is our weekly CMA Exam Blogger. She writes for us every Monday.

It took some time before I actually chose the review course.

Gleim vs Hock CMA Comparison

First, I toyed with the idea of purchasing Gleim. Then I was in two minds about buying Gleim and/or Hock. In the end, I chose Hock as I liked the way they presented the material in their books and they used lots of examples that helped understand the bits of presented theory. Maybe with time I’ll use Gleim but for the time being I’m undecided. If I need any more textbook guidance maybe I’ll decide to buy Gleim’s books. It remains to be seen.

I hope that it will meet my expectations, but I’ll provide more feedback after some time. In these four initial posts, I’m trying to give you some general hints, and overview of what worked out for me so far, so bear with me 😉

Just for now, I think that Hock materials along with reading list books suggested by IMA will be enough. Also, I’ve heard that as for Gleim they have the good testing software, so once I’m ready for the exam I’ll buy the software to practice. Have a good overview of the review courses; look, compare, see sample materials and decide for yourself. You will also find the review comparison on here on Stephanie’s website. Have a good look and see how you would find studying with that particular book and materials.

Some people find it convenient to combine materials and review courses from different sources – e.g. Gleim and Hock. Or maybe you’ll find Gleim to be good for the first part of the exam, but for the second you decide to choose other learning materials, etc.

Also, if for any reason some review course doesn’t seem to appeal to you – opt for another. There is no point fighting with it and making you study with a textbook and study materials that you don’t like. A good review course will be your friend ‘for better and for worse’ and you need to feel secure with it.

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About the Author Anna

I am Polish with an M.A. in English studies and translation as well as a post-graduate diploma in banking and finance. Going to reunite with my fiance in the US shortly, and thinking about passing the CMA exam, then the CPA.

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CMA tiger says August 17, 2017

I bought virtually all cma review courses available in market. I realised useful ones are 3 only Wiley, Gleim and Hock. I myself liked Hock as best since it has the most detailed and easy to understand structure with lots of examples. Hock text and videos combined with Wiley Test MCQs is the best combination. Gleim also has good videos coupled with test prep. Wiley has good videos but a bit advanced. Brian Hock makes it very clear. Becker is nothing but PRC and its junk, exam matrix and Rigos are junk, Fast Forward Academy and CMA exam Academy are good for those with no accounting/finance background but you will need more to pass. Nathan Liao’s books are too summarised so are FFA’s books.

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    Stephanie Ng says August 17, 2017

    Hi CMA Tiger! That’s pretty much our conclusion here too… from the surveys I ran earlier, almost every reader who took part in my survey used Wiley, Gleim or Hock.

    I cover the pros and cons of these 3 (plus some comments on the others) on this page: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

    Regards, Stephanie

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Stephanie says September 28, 2012

By the way Anna, Kevin Hock (from Hock) told me they just launched the ipad/iphone version of the study software. I wonder if you can still get it, since you just bought their product? Stephanie

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Stephanie Ng says September 21, 2012

Thanks Atul for your sharing! Stephanie

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atul says September 17, 2012

hi,
i am from mumbai,india. i bought gleim and hock and rogis. but for the beginners it advisable to start with the hock and then go for gleim. the text books of hock is errors free and that of gleim is full of errors when it relates to theory and also in practical aspects. rigos is a like short notes of gleim version,nothing more than that. and for exam matrix,i would say that they use rigos materials for delivering cma course to students.

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