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Hock CMA Review 2019: Learn About Hock International CMA

Hock International CMA is a popular CMA course among international CMA candidates. But why do international CMA candidates trust it so much? And is it also good for candidates in the United States? We answer these questions and more so you can determine if Hock CMA Review is the right course for you!

Hock CMA Review

Hock International History

In 2000, Brian Hock, CMA, CIA, created Hock Training in Moscow, Russia. He did this in order to supply candidates with an interactive classroom-style course. Based on the success of Hock Training, Hock created a U.S.-based company called Hock International in 2003. With the mission to produce high-quality exam prep worldwide, Hock International currently provides prep materials for these exams:

Contents of Hock International CMA Review Courses

For CMA review courses, Hock offers 2 options:

  1. Hock CMA Complete: everything you need to pass the CMA exam, including videos, MCQs, essays, and books
  2. Hock CMA Individual Products: you can purchase only the videos or only the books and questions

Therefore, Hock gives you the option of purchasing a full course (both CMA parts together) or individual products (Hock CMA Part 1 or 2). Furthermore, you can also choose if you’d like to receive both a printable PDF and hardcopy textbook or only just the printable PDF. And unless you purchase Hock CMA Complete, the videos will be an add-on. In that case, you can elect to purchase the videos at a later time.

Hock CMA Course Features

When you purchase the Hock CMA Complete course, you’ll receive:

  • 1,452 thorough textbook pages: You can select either PDF or hardcopy books.
  • 53 hours of videos: Brian Hock will lead you through the materials by following a classroom-style format.
  • 2,887 multiple-choice questions: the course provides answer explanations for all answer choices.
  • 42 essays: each essay includes detailed answer explanations, and some of the essays also include video walkthroughs.
  • 604 flashcards: the flashcards come in a PowerPoint.
  • 4 mock exams: the mock exams introduce you to the real exam before you take it and include brand new questions and essays not found elsewhere in the course.
  • Personalized Study Plan: an automated exam planner that identifies the due dates for all your assignments is available.
  • “You Pass Or We Pay Guarantee”: Hock is the only CMA review provider to pay for a candidate’s second exam attempt, so long as you adequately completed the course and still failed on your first attempt.

Because Hock CMA Review is the only course with a guarantee that provides a financial commitment, we know that Hock really stands behind their products. Additionally, the Hock CMA Complete package includes access until you pass, so your course won’t expire.

Strengths of Hock CMA Review

1. The Course Delivers a Classroom-Style Learning Environment

Hock presents all of their 53 video hours in a classroom-style format. So, we like how this course has maintained its classroom roots even though candidates can now access the lectures online. Additionally, candidates can download the lectures via Hock MP3 video downloads, which is convenient.

What’s more, the lectures cover the most critical topics by showing the important points alongside Brian Hock. Hock also explains example problems and complex calculations in the video lectures.

If you are a visual learner or feel more comfortable having a professor lead you through the course materials, you will likely enjoy the Hock CMA videos. And if you learn best through video lectures, you will also develop a deeper level of understanding than if you only read a textbook.

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2. Hock Provides More In-Depth Explanations

Hock International CMA’s notes are in-depth, clear, and user-friendly. So, candidates with little to no accounting background can benefit from studying with these notes.

Also, Hock’s CMA candidates have mentioned that studying with the textbooks is easy because Hock prints the textbook pages on paper that is perfect for highlighting. And, the books afford candidates space to take notes while listening to the video lectures.

Finally, Hock CMA Review also supplies detailed answer explanations for both the correct and incorrect answer choices. In fact, Hock CMA Review is only one of 2 courses to provide this level of explanation. Gleim CMA Review is the other.

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3. The Hock Guarantees Are Industry-Leading

In the process of passing the CMA exam, many CMA candidates find that they really need an access until you pass policy for their review course. And luckily, Hock CMA Review contains such a policy. With access until you pass, your course won’t expire. And, for this reason, you also won’t have to pay any costly reactivation fees.

Also, Hock is the only CMA review provider to offer a “You Pass Or We Pay” guarantee. With this ground-breaking guarantee, if you fail the exam on your first attempt, Hock will pay the registration fee for your next exam attempt. In order to qualify for this guarantee, you must meet the following simple criteria:

  • Complete 95% of all the video lectures (this equates to about 48 lecture hours)
  • Score 75% or higher on the online section reviews (you can take these more than once to achieve a score of 75%+)
  • Earn a score of 75% or better on the mock exam (like the online section reviews, you can re-take the mock exam as many times as necessary to achieve a score of 75%+)

Finally, you can only qualify for the “You Pass Or We Pay” guarantee if you have the Hock CMA Complete Course package.

4. The Hock CMA Forum Adds an Extra Layer of Assistance

The Hock CMA Forum allows students to post questions about exam content that is causing them problems. Then, the Hock teachers monitor the forum and answer the questions candidates have posted. Additionally, the Hock forum permits other CMA candidates to offer advice and guidance as well. Consequently, you’ll find no shortage of assistance should you need it!

When reviewing the Hock course, I could see that the Hock teachers answered the questions in a timely manner. In fact, some teachers answered questions within a few hours, and the teachers answered every question I saw in 24 hours or less. And thankfully, this extremely prompt turnaround time prevents candidates from getting stuck on one specific question or topic.

Hock organizes the forums by course sections so as not to overwhelm candidates who are studying materials from different parts of the course.

Limitations of Hock CMA Review

1. Hock CMA Test Bank May Not Tough Enough

Some candidates find that the Hock practice questions are not comprehensive enough when compared to those of Gleim CMA Review. Specifically, they have complained that Hock’s breadth of coverage is not as wide as Gleim’s and that Hock has fewer tricky MCQs.

While Hock CMA has added more questions to its test bank in recent years, it still provides far fewer questions than other CMA exam prep providers. And because CMA candidates often have issues with the CMA exam essays, your test bank should also include a fair number of essays with which to practice. Hock’s CMA course includes 42 essays, which may seem like a lot at first. But in contrast, Gleim CMA includes hundreds of practice essays, so CMA candidates have far more opportunities to improve their weak areas and their understanding of the required topics.

While Hock CMA supplies more hours of video lectures than Gleim, candidates may still find themselves underprepared due to the insufficiencies of Hock’s test bank. Completing practice questions and essays is critical, so the more you can practice, the better.

2. Hock International CMA Doesn’t Recreate the Exam Environment As Well As Other Providers

In 2019, the ICMA updated the CMA exam environment in a major way. As a result, the exam has a whole new look and feel. So, we’d like to see Hock update its course interface to mimic the Prometric testing environment as much as possible. Currently, the other CMA review providers do a better job of emulating the exam in their courses.

What’s more, the interface of the Hock course is pretty busy. The selling elements of the main Hock website are always present in the course except when watching a video or answering practicing questions. Consequently, I found myself constantly clicking away to the selling pages on accident. So, navigating the Hock course was difficult, and the other CMA courses have done a better job of minimizing distractions than Hock has. For example, Gleim CMA and Wiley CMAexcel both have entirely separate portals for their courses. Therefore, navigating back to their sales websites is quite difficult, which is ideal for your CMA study sessions.

3. Hock CMA International Isn’t As Affordable As You May Think

Hock CMA Review is certainly less expensive than Wiley CMAexcel. But so is Gleim, for that matter. However, when you use my Gleim CMA Review discount, the cost of Gleim’s CMA course is also less than the cost of Hock’s CMA course. You’ll only pay less for Hock CMA Review if Hock has a very big sale, which doesn’t happen too frequently.

Therefore, you shouldn’t make the Gleim CMA vs. Hock CMA decision based on price alone. Rather, you should determine which course is better for your learning style. If you learn best by answering thousands of practice questions and essays, then Gleim CMA Review is the better choice for you, as it includes more than twice as many practice questions and essays as Hock CMA Review does.

My Blogger Who Used Hock CMA Review

My CMA blogger Vinoth resides in India, and he successfully used Hock CMA Review to pass the CMA exam. Prior to sitting for the CMA exam, Vinoth had already earned an MBA and had over a decade of finance experience. He pursued the CMA designation because he wanted to set himself apart from others, and he knew the U.S. CMA was the global designation that would enable him to do just that. Now, Vinoth is a CMA and works in a management position at a multinational oil company.

Vinoth used my CMA comparison chart to select Hock. And in the end, Vinoth stood by his decision because he felt that Hock covered “the content from the beginning until the end.” Additionally, Vinoth used Gleim CMA’s test bank to help him account for the fact that Hock had fewer questions than Gleim.

My CMA Review Recommendations

Hock CMA Review is perfect for those who have absolutely no accounting background whatsoever. However, I cannot crown it the winner of the best CMA review course title because the number of practice questions is low when compared to other courses. Furthermore, I can’t rank Hock any higher until they’ve made some significant improvements, such as updating their exam emulation and offering exclusive discounts for my readers.

So, because the Hock CMA course is good for some candidates but not all, you may want to consider the alternatives.

Also, I want to point out that while Hock CMA Review is not a bad course, it just doesn’t measure up to Gleim CMA Review and Wiley CMA Review, especially in light of how similar the prices are. Hock has certainly enhanced its CMA course over the years, but the price is still a bit high.

Hock International CMA vs. Gleim CMA Review

Both Hock International CMA and Gleim CMA Review provide candidates with access until you pass and industry-leading guarantees.

However, Gleim CMA Review is one of the best CMA review courses available. And, when I poll my readers about their chosen CMA review course, Gleim CMA Review is also the most popular response. What’s more, this course is the gold standard in CMA review and the most widely used. And I’m not surprised by these facts because Gleim created the very first CMA course in 1980 and continues to produce high-quality exam prep.

Additionally, Gleim’s CMA course is less distracting and easier to navigate than Hock’s. And most importantly, Gleim gives you more than double the number of multiple-choice questions and essays that Hock does. Finally, the Gleim CMA course is a near-perfect match to the actual Prometric testing environment, so using Gleim enables you to be comfortable on exam day.

Hock CMA vs. Wiley CMAexcel

Wiley CMAexcel is another very good course option to consider for a few reasons. First, Wiley CMAexcel offers more video lecture hours than either Hock or Gleim. Second, the Wiley CMA test bank is almost as good as the Gleim CMA test bank, although it does not include as many essay questions.

However, Wiley CMAexcel has its issues as well. For example, Wiley CMAexcel doesn’t include as many guarantees as Hock or Gleim. Instead, Wiley only offers access until you pass and a 10-day refund policy. Consequently, both Gleim and Hock CMA provide far better monetary guarantees than Wiley CMAexcel.

Moreover, Wiley CMA is the most expensive CMA review course available. Even with my exclusive Wiley CMA discount, you’ll still pay more than you would for either Gleim or Hock.

And yet, Wiley CMAexcel includes so many features. In fact, no other CMA review course includes an 11th-hour final review, so many video lecture hours, and a complete study app. Therefore, we can understand why Wiley CMAexcel’s price is so high. However, CMA candidates on a budget still might want to consider Gleim instead.

Conclusions About Hock CMA Review

Hock CMA Review is a good course, especially for non-accounting majors that need thorough instructions for each concept. However, if you learn best by using practice questions or don’t need as much hand-holding, you might find that Gleim CMA Review is a better option for you.

But if you do choose Hock, you can always buy the Gleim CMA Test Bank as well to get access to thousands of additional practice questions.

Still not sure about Hock? Check out our comparison of the best CMA review courses.

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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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  • Alexa says:

    Hey Stephanie, I’m interested in trying to find a study resource to get my feet wet for the CMA exam and was thinking about getting Hock as it is less expensive than the other companies products. Once I’m ready for full blown studying (I’m waiting until after my ironman race) then I’ll look into Wiley and Gleim. Anyways, I’m wondering do you think the Hock study materials package (not including multiple choice software and audio) is enough to get my bearings on the subjects and is easy enough to follow? I’m 7 years out of undergrad so some of the topics might be stale. I also work in a financial reporting role rather than finance management so I don’t practice these topics at the moment. Let me know what your thoughts are. Thank you.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Alexa,
      My opinion is that, with any study materials it is most important toget the multiple choice software, because the key to success for this type of professional exams is to practice, practice and practice. Some people only skim through the study materials and dive into the practice questions. If you are a busy person, this is probably the best way to do it.

      Obviously being out of school for a few years you do need to have do some basic reading. Hock is good, but I personally think Gleim has a better, more integrated package. I’ve yet reviewed Wiley (got a full copy but still sitting on my desktop). Will let you guys know once I complete the evaluation.
      Best of luck to your ironman race. Wow, sounds very impressive!

  • salum says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I’m doing my graduation right now n planning to do cma after it. I wanted to ask that if by studying Hock cma thoroughly will I be able to get 80 to 90 percent marks in cma. I know that there is no asurity of getting high marks by referring any particular book, but just for an idea that is hock good enough for attaining good marks.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Salum, Hock doesn’t disclose the detail (and honestly, I don’t think they know) so I cannot comment on it. Hock does mention that around 60% of students took Hock and passed.

      By the way, unless it is for personal challenge, you don’t really need excellent score in CMA because the grade won’t be showing in any official document. The passing mark is 360 out of 500.

      Regards, Stephanie

  • Imad says:

    Dear Stephanie ,

    I’m planing to prepare for the CMA exam ,would you please advise me how to choose between the Hock International Material or Wiley


  • suja manoj says:

    i am planning to take up CMA, pls advise which study material to refer.

  • Brian C says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have a BS in Accounting with a few years experience mostly in mfg. I am leaning heavily towards Gleim for my CMA prep but I keep hearing about Fast Forward Academy.Their most expensive bundle is $469 which includes text books & online with 2,564 questions& unlimited practice exams.They also offer prep for CPA, EA & CIA as well as Tax Training, their website is fastforwardacademy.com Have you heard of them or checked out their website?

    Thank you,

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Yes Brian, I heard of them but the more popular review courses/materials are listed on this page:

      This “popularity” is based on the number of real customers (my readers) who use these materials; not how many bloggers who discuss/promote them. I am not saying Fast Forward is not good. I just don’t have enough data points to properly evaluate their products. Hope it helps! Regards, Stephanie

  • Anand says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am from India and working professional, started studying for Part 2 (part 1 not started). I have enrolled in a coaching center who uses hock materials however I am not able to follow it completely. I have heard that first the candidate need to go through part 1 and then part 2. Does it makes difference? And, is it necessary to have Indian CMA degree before starting US-CMA.
    Please advise how to study using hock books. Please also provide some tips for June exam as I am studying after a decade now.


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