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Prefer Hock over Wiley and Gleim for Passing Part 1

I purchased the Wiley materials as my primary method for exam prep. I passed Part 1 on my first try, and am waiting for my results for Part 2, which I’m confident I passed as well.

While studying for Part 1 with the Wiley materials, I and several before me posted in there study forums about items such as information in the course outline and several practice questions being incorrect. In several instances, the error would be acknowledged but not fixed…often 18 to 24 months after the issue had been acknowledged by Wiley. The are migrating to a new user interface in 2018 as well. I was able to try the interface, and personally didn’t care for it…but I was used to the old interface, and saw no value in changing. But much of the underlying content issues still seemed to be present. I can’t state whether the interface I saw was the final version, and whether it was totally “debugged”.

I purchased the Hock materials (Part 1 and Part 2 text and exam bank), and a Gleim Part 1 book from 2014 (the book was still new, and contained access to the Gleim Part 1 exam bank). as supplementary materials. If I had to do everything over again, I would probably pick Hock. The “pros” were the quality of the materials, and facets of the exam bank, such as metrics that easily gave feedback that could be used to tailor your study to weak areas. The biggest “con” was that the materials were longer than Wiley, and definitely longer than Gleim. Additionally, there is a lot of information in Hock that likely won’t be tested. But I have no doubt that anyone that can master the information from Hock will pass each part of the exam on the first sitting. I also had occasion to call the offices once, and they are genuinely nice people.

I liked the Gleim material as well, but it is not nearly as in depth as Wiley, or as in depth and clearly presented as Hock. I also found their test bank to be more user friendly than Wiley’s.

Hock is a much more comprehensive presentation of the material. In my opinion it is better for those looking to actually learn the material vice simply passing the exam.


Tom Spahr

Gleim Covers the CMA Syllabus Well

I used Gleim. I think it covers more than the CMA syllabus and seems good. Especially MCQ. But I did not use any other material. So I cannot compare.


Saj

How to Pass with Wiley or Gleim

I’m not sure if my comment will count or not but I had used Wiley as well as Gleim so my views might be acceptable 🙂

If you are a commerce graduate or have an accounting background you might find Wiley too much for reading. I’m a CPA and used Wiley first for CMA exam. I don’t enjoy reading as my eyes get easily tired and when I saw how THICK Wiley book is my first expression was OMG! BUT I will surely recommend Wiley for those “new” in terms of accounting.

If the exam taker is like me who’s working and has only few hours to spend for self study (I’m not attending any class),Gleim is highly recommended. Gleim for me is a REVIEW not a means to learn accounting in one sitting.

Overall, if you got plenty of time, an avid reader and your objective is not only to pass but to get HIGH score – Wiley is the best otherwise use GLeim. One thing is sure BOTH will help you PASS 🙂


Maria

I Found the Gleim Material to Be Outstanding

Hi Stephanie,
I passed part 2 in October and received my certification. Using the Gleim test prep material and dedication to studying was the key to passing both parts on the first try.

I was working in Alabama away from my family the last 18 months and used that time to study, study, study. I found the Gleim material outstanding and felt well prepared on exam day.


Lisa R.

Passed on the First Attempt with Gleim

I passed Part 2 on my first attempt! Score is 10 points lower than for Part 1, but I know I made some stupid mistakes on the essay because of the stress and fatigue by the end of it. I confused my formulas a little on the last few questions. I answered all the MC questions on Part 2 compared to only answering about 90 MCs on Part 1. I guessed about 3-5 questions because I didn’t encounter similar questions in Gleim. I knew the formula but didn’t know how to use it the way the question was written. Now to just send in my experience, and I’ll be a CMA! 🙂


T

Gleim Provides an Integrated Package of Materials

I used Gleim Review in studing CMA . It provides an integrated package of materials .
– It allows for thoroughly understanding for the core of the topics discussed.
– Examples quotaed in the book support in clearing the meaning.
– Questions follow every section make the candidate to concentrate on the important points.
Great amount of qustions in Gleim CMA Test Prep. give more ideas and forms for questions.


Magda Hassib

Gleim Was Amazing

Gleim was amazing. I passed both parts first time. 390 and 430.


David Perrins

My Take on Wiley, Gleim, and Hock After Passing Part 1

I purchased the Wiley materials as my primary method for exam prep. I passed Part 1 on my first try, and am waiting for my results for Part 2, which I’m confident I passed as well.

While studying for Part 1 with the Wiley materials, I and several before me posted in there study forums about items such as information in the course outline and several practice questions being incorrect. In several instances, the error would be acknowledged but not fixed…often 18 to 24 months after the issue had been acknowledged by Wiley. The are migrating to a new user interface in 2018 as well. I was able to try the interface, and personally didn’t care for it…but I was used to the old interface, and saw no value in changing. But much of the underlying content issues still seemed to be present. I can’t state whether the interface I saw was the final version, and whether it was totally “debugged”.

I purchased the Hock materials (Part 1 and Part 2 text and exam bank), and a Gleim Part 1 book from 2014 (the book was still new, and contained access to the Gleim Part 1 exam bank). as supplementary materials. If I had to do everything over again, I would probably pick Hock. The “pros” were the quality of the materials, and facets of the exam bank, such as metrics that easily gave feedback that could be used to tailor your study to weak areas. The biggest “con” was that the materials were longer than Wiley, and definitely longer than Gleim. Additionally, there is a lot of information in Hock that likely won’t be tested. But I have no doubt that anyone that can master the information from Hock will pass each part of the exam on the first sitting. I also had occasion to call the offices once, and they are genuinely nice people.

I liked the Gleim material as well, but it is not nearly as in depth as Wiley, or as in depth and clearly presented as Hock. I also found their test bank to be more user friendly than Wiley’s.

Hock is a much more comprehensive presentation of the material. In my opinion it is better for those looking to actually learn the material vice simply passing the exam.


Tom Spahr

Will Stick with Gleim After Passing Part 2

Got my score for part 2 today. 430/500. I only use Gleim, Traditional package, No video lectures, Study all sessions in order, do as many mocks sessions as I can. I think I answered more than 1500 questions over the course of my study, wrote more than 35 mock essays too. I think I will just stick with Gleim and go through the Gorilla grinding process again for Part 1 which I will take in May 2018. I got a discount on Gleim from your side. And your estimate score release date is spot on too (10:30am today Dec 12 – US Central time)

Thank you, Stephanie and the team for this amazing blog.


Ocean

Passed Part 1 with Gleim and a Little of Wiley

After an anxious wait, received results today for Part 1. I just barely passed! First attempt. I used primarily Gleim book/test bank, as well as some of the Wiley online intensive review/test bank.

Now on to Part 2. I plan to stick with Gleim, but not sure about supplementing with either Wiley again or perhaps Hock.

Best of to luck everyone!


Robert

I Believe Gleim Is the Best

I believe that the Gleim study material for CMA is best for exam preparation.


atif

I Found Gleim to Be the Best

I am a perfect example of a little or no experience of accounting background and I found Gleim best out there in market. Gleim is best even for people who have no accounting background!


Waqar Akmal

Gleim Prep Material Was Excellent

I used the Gleim prep material which was excellent, in my opinion.

I focused on the MCQs and tried to ensure I hit atleast 80%-85% in the mock tests.
They also have a good essay bank that I read through to get a sense of the different types of questions and how to structure crisp responses.

I was a little worried about my essay section because I missed a question at the end due to bad time management but I guess I did well enough on the other questions and the MCQs to get through.


Deepak

Gleim Was the Secret to My Success

Hi Stephanie,

Glad to share with you that my CMA part 1 results are out and I have passed with a score of 370. Albeit was hoping for a pass I was still keeping my fingers crossed as I had to face an acute sinusitis issue during my preparation days on account of which my Gleim practice results were hovering around 65%-70%.

Having passed part 2 in Dec 2014 with a score of 400 and utilised the waiting period to get the other formalities like fulfillment of academic and experience requirement I can have a sigh of relief. My secret to success is consistent study and practice using Gleim and whenever I am held back I get few doses of motivation by going through your site.

My heartfelt and sincere thanks to you. Your website has been one of the major contributors towards my CMA success.


Halan Manoj Kumar

Gleim CMA Review

Hello!
I used Gleim, for CMA. Yes! It is a great material with superb test preparation software that initially teaches you through study mode and then finally prepare you for exam and time management through its Exam mode, Essay wizard is outclass, online excess (class room) feature is fantastic. Audio lectures proves helpfull during travel, No doubt Gleim team is very very helpfull, they respond me immediatly when ever i had problem during my CMA, In short each content of their material is nice.
But one thing that always surprise me is the way they have written the book and manage the MCQs at the end of each chapter, I used to think before purchasing the material that how can I manage to learn without any teacher or vedio lectures, but i found the book written in a superb way, at the end of each topic (Not chapter) it guides you to go to MCQS, and MCQs are managed in a ways that they start from the easiest (to develop understanding) to hardest (exam focused)
i think this is the most important factor, I’m looking for to pass my CPA.
Regards.


Muhammad Awais Alla Ud Din

Will Stick with Gleim to Pass Part 2 After Passing Part 1

After an anxious wait, received results today for Part 1. I just barely passed! First attempt. I used primarily Gleim book/test bank, as well as some of the Wiley online intensive review/test bank.

Now on to Part 2. I plan to stick with Gleim, but not sure about supplementing with either Wiley again or perhaps Hock.


Robert

Gleim Supplied Everything I Could Want for Studying

Hello all. I just got my result for Part II a week back and I have cleared it with 470/500. I cleared my Part I in Oct 2014 and now I am waiting to get my professional experience verified. I started off my preparations in June 2014 when I came across Stephanie’s blog. Until then I was way too confused about how to build up my strategy for taking the CMA exam. The blog helped me select a great review course (Gleim) and the tips and suggestions helped me make my plan. I appeared for Part I in Oct 2014 and Part II in Jan 2015 and cleared both of them in first attempt. Since I chose Gleim, there was not too much I had to plan separately. They helped me prepare my study schedule and their materials supplied everything I could want for studying. I studied for about 5-6 hours daily for 1.5 months per exam. Practicing more and more questions surely helped me get a grip on the exam pattern. I want to thank Stephanie here for this amazing blog. She has been helping a lot of students like us. Kudos!!


Priyamvada Trivedi

I Lost Confidence in Gleim

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the best experience with Gleim. I did pass Part 1 on my first attempt using Gleim. However, I tried to pass Part 2 twice already. I scored 330 and 320 second time around. Gleim guarantees if you score 75 % on their final 4 hour test, then the candidate will pass the real time exam on their first attempt. I did well during my practice; I did score 75 % on my final test (not including essay questions) and I scored 330 on my real time exam. For those of you who don’t know -360 is the passing grade. I then studied again and scored 84 % on my final practice with Gleim, however to my biggest disappointment – not only my exam grade didn’t improve, but it went down from 330 to 320. Needless to say I lost confidence in Gleim prep material. I work as an Assistant Controller, I have two Bachelors degrees and I graduated college with 4.0 GPA. I know that not too many people are as disciplined as I am when it comes to studying. I prefer to study on my own, I don’t like lectures, but Gleim definitely didn’t work for me. So I am looking to buy a new study material for Part 2, and I am leaning towards Wiley. They have 10 days money back return policy and since I know what to expect on the real exam, I think I would be able to make a judgment whether their material is rigorous enough.


Elena

Gleim Was the Right Choice

I recently passed the first section of the CMA exam with a 450. Words can’t even express how happy I am, I found out at work when I was looking at my profile on the IMA’s Website and saw that it listed me as having passed the first section and when I saw my score I almost screamed out loud at work. Thank you so much for your time. The in-depth review you did of the CMA review software’s lead me to choose Gleim and it was clearly the right choice. I am taking the second exam September 22nd (word of advice to other people sign up early during the final testing window I got stuck taking the exam on a Thursday night) and I am wishing I study more during the 7 weeks I was waiting for my results. It is truly great to see hard work pay off I can’t wait to report back in November when I get the results of my second section. Thank you again for all of your help.


Ernest Sherman

Considering the Switch from Wiley to Gleim

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you for all the useful information and advice on your website. It is great tool and source of comfort for me as I undergo the CMA process!
I used the Wiley System in conjunction with a review course at a university to prepare for Part 1 exam. I spent an additional 5 months after the class prepping for the exam and found the test bank to the most useful tool in retaining and understanding the CMA Part I material. I also found that I did better with self study than the review course that was moving at a quick pace, and I needed more time with each subject. The questions on the CMA exam were much more complex than I was prepared for using the Wiley materials. Fortunately, I passed the part 1 exam on my first try and now am considering switching over to Gleim program.


Celia Botet

Passed Part 2 with Gleim

Got the results passed part 2
400
Thank Stephanie for your advice. I followed gleim. …… is seriously very good.


AjayTakiar

My Take on Every CMA Review Course

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.


CMA tiger

Passed Both Parts with Gleim

Passed Part 2 am now a CMA (passed part 1 in June on my second attempt). Thank you, Stephanie, for a wonderful resource, it has been very helpful.

I am 42 and it took me 14 months to study and pass both parts of the exam. I used Gleim and watched all videos, took all tests, and made flash cards to help study. I took part 1 twice (failed with a 330 first time) and just past part 2. It took me a Total of about 550- 600 hours of study and preparation. That is probably more than what most people need; however, I have been out of school for a long time and it took me a little longer to re-master some concepts.

Good luck to all, and for those that didn’t pass, “just keep swimming!”


Paul

Gleim CMA Review Is Great!

Gleim CMA review is great! The Gleim Review System basically teaches me how to self-study and if I follow exactly what to do, I am confident that I can pass.

In the Review System it asks you to go through the multiple choice question first to determine how well (or not so well) understanding on a particular topic, followed by an audio-visual presentation. Because of the MC questions I find myself much easier to stay focused this time, because my brain has warmed up, so to speak, in studying and learning about that particular topic.

There is a choice to decide whether to go through the detailed notes, and for me I chose to just skim it through then go straight to the 2nd set of multiple choice questions and I am pleasantly surprised that I did much better than the first set.

Using this system I actually quite enjoy doing the exercises and I am confident that I can tackle all this within my planned time frame. Thank you Gleim!


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