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Followed This Strategy to Pass Part 1 with Wiley

I cleared CMA Part 1 in Jan-Feb Window with 370. And here is the strategy I followed,
Chapter A- Numericals from Wiley, only focused on important concepts in A2
Chapter B- Numericals from Hock, Theory from Wiley Textbook- covered this comprehensively
Chapter C- Numericals from Hock- Comprehensively covered this as well
Chapter D- Numericals from Hock- This section requires a lot of practice as it has process costing, job order costing, absorption vs variable and overheads
Chapter E- Numericals and Theory from Wiley.- Easiest of all, don’t leave anything in this chapter
Apart from these, I saw videos on very important concepts that you will find in CMA like drum buffer rope system,variances, RI vs ROI, Balance scorecard etc.


Anon

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

It's Hard to Trust Wiley

Currently using Wiley, finding answers on study questions in the individual modules do not always match the answers in the test bank. Also, some of the answers are incorrect, you can check them verbatim to the outline reading materials. I am a little disappointed with needing to have to ask myself if I really think I got an answer wrong or if it is just another error. At least there are discussions boards where I can research if anyone else had the same issue and of course google. I would recommend buying another product. It’s hard to trust this one.


Disappointed User

I Don't Recommend Wiley

After going through CFA exams, the CMA seems too easy.

I used Wiley for studying, spent about 70 hours for Part 1 and about 50 hours for Part 2.
Went through about 400 practice questions for part 1 and about 300 for part 2. Took 1 practice exams for each part.
I took Part one on early September and part 2 on mid October.
Passed level 1 with 440 and level 2 with 450.
I didn’t try other study materials (so I don’t have basis for comparison), but overall I don’t recommend using the Wiley material. The explanations are quite lengthy and the practice questions are not quite representative of the actual questions you would encounter during exams (the Wiley Questions are much more difficult).
Final advise, make sure to type fast for the Constructed response questions and don’t think too much, you will have less time than you think would have.

Some background info:
Engineering background, currently a MBA and MSF student of a little Ivy school.


AnAngryBCEagle

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

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

I Recommend Wiley's Test Bank

I am using the Wiley study material. I use the textbooks and the online question bank. I passed part 1 first time and am studying for part 2 now. The textbook is more comprehensive than the online notes so I do recommend getting it. Also I do recommend the online question bank. I found it prepared me sufficiently for the format of the exam and also lets you time yourself which is beneficial for preparing yourself for the exam. Best of luck.


Samantha

Passed Both Parts with Wiley

Hi Stephanie,

I would like to share my CMA story with you.

My name is Baivab Kumar Ghosh. I live in Kolkata, India. I am a Commerce (B.Com) graduate with specialization in accounting & finance. I graduated in July 2014 from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

I was also pursuing the Chartered Accountancy course side by side and had cleared CA- Intermediate (both groups) in November 2012. But soon I realized my interest was more in finance than in auditing. So I started researching and came across the CMA(USA) course. Without wasting any time I started to take coaching classes for 2 months. I followed the Wiley CMA Learning system. The online test bank was a lot of help. Finally I gave both the parts in October 2014. I got my results in mid December and was really happy as I cleared both the parts. I secured a scaled score of 370 in Part 1 and 390 in Part 2. My suggestion to all future CMA takers would be that you should give equal importance to your preparation for the essay section. And for MCQs, conceptual study is a must.


Baivab

My Hard Work with Wiley Paid Off

I also cleared my part 2 exam with a score of 390. Thanks for all the support and guidance during the prep period. I would be appearing for Part 1 in June. All the hardwork with wiley and self study notes had paid off in part 2. I would continue the same strategy for part 1.


siddharth parekh

Failed Part 2 with Wiley

I took the CMA part 2 using Wiley and didn’t pass. The question format was totally different from what I saw online. I was around 80% on my grades online but the actual testing format was completely more detailed and tricky.


Brandon

Found Wiley to Be Very Useful

I followed Wiley study material and found them really useful. Initially, I gave a complete read of the entire material and then a round of revision. I gave equal weight to all the sections. However, I found the coverage was very extensive for Section A (External Financial Reporting Decisions) in the material and very technical as well which took more time to read and understand. Practiced MCQ’s for all sections and also tried cracking some of the essay questions before the exams. Try to practice as many MCQ’s as possible. But the model MCQ’s are quite simple when compared to actual exam questions. Ensure that you are able to complete 100 MCQ’s in 2-2.5 hours with 85% correct answers in your practice sessions to be more confident when you take your exams.

All the Best!


Sathish Kumar

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

Used Wiley to Pass, But It Has Issues

I am using the Wiley review materials for exam prep. I was able to pass Exam 1 on the first attempt (May/June 2017 window), and will sit for the second exam in the September/October 2017 window.

As many have commented in Wiley’s mentor forums that accompany each online section, many of the questions are incorrect as well as there being some errata in both the lesson outlines and the book. Admittedly, these are minor compared the study question errors. In several instances, the errors were discovered and pointed out as long as 2 years ago, and have yet to be corrected. As of this writing, it does not appear a mentor has answered a question in over 6 weeks. In some instances, questions posted as long as 2 years ago are still unanswered.

I’m hoping this is a recent issue for Wiley. To be fair, some of the content, such as the videos featuring Dallon Christensen, are quite good. But when Wiley’s price is factored with their current lack of response, I’m hoping your readers can utilize this to make an informed decision regarding CMA study materials.


Tom Spahr

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

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

Satisfied with Wiley

I used the Wiley material. Some of the material especially in Part II is wrong and not updated in spite of repeated assurances given. However, I was satisfied with the material overall and provided a good bank of questions and I felt confident going through those questions from the material.


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